Oceanside Region Travel Guide
Welcome to Oceanside Region!
The warm waters of the Strait of Georgia meet with long stretches of sandy beach at the remarkable Oceanside Region of Vancouver Island. Located north of Nanaimo, south of Courtenay and east of Port Alberni, the area is comprised of several communities, including Parksville, Qualicum Beach, Deep Bay, French Creek, Nanoose Bay and Coombs. The Milner Gardens and Woodlands, located in Qualicum Beach, is a popular attraction among tourists of all walks of life — even Queen Elizabeth has paid a visit. The renowned Rathrevor Beach and Provincial Park boasts a sandy beach, a wooded camping area and an extensive network of wheelchair-accessible walking trails. The inland town of Coombs offers Butterfly World & Gardens, where visitors can stroll amongst thousands of free-flying exotic butterflies and relax near the scenic water garden. The region's most prominent festival, the Parksville Beachfest, runs the entire month of August and features a world-class sand-sculpting competition.
This five kms of coastline situated along Parksville Bay becomes one large beach during low tide.
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At this resort, guests can walk on the beach, swim in the pool, enjoy fabulous food in the oceanfront restaurant and watch the sunset against the mountains.
Explore super natural wonders as you wander through caverns with ancient fossils and crystalline calcite formations.
Current & Upcoming Events [ View All ]
Looking for something to do in Oceanside Region? Check out these current and upcoming events. If you know of an event that is not listed in the travel guide, please feel free to add an event listing (it's free).
- Medieval Banquet
Apr 23 » Parksville
- Rhodo Bloom
Apr 24 to May 11 » Milner Gardens and Woodland
- Milner Gardens Annual Spring Plant Sale
Apr 26 to Apr 27 » Milner Gardens and Woodland
- Qualicum Beach Fire & Ice Festival
May 03 » Qualicum Beach
- Annual Coombs Rodeo
TBA » Coombs, BC
- Kidfest at the Parksville Community Beach
Aug 10 » Parksville Community Beach
TBA » Oceanside Region