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Holiday mornings here typically feature a therapeutic beach or forest hike followed by brunch or lunch at one of numerous bistros, coffee shops and diners. The day ahead then offers active exercise or gentle diversions. Gaze up in wonder at Cathedral Grove’s old-growth giants in MacMillan Provincial Park. Descend deep underground while spelunking at Horne Lake Caves. Play multiple rounds of mini-golf on Parksville’s delightful storybook courses. Or check out the ancient amphibian bones at the Qualicum Beach Museum.



The Beach Club Resort

181 Beachside Drive, Parksville, BC V9P 2H5 • Central Island
1-888-760-2008

The Beach Club Resort hotel is located on the site of the historic Island Hall Resort and features the most luxurious hotel rooms in Parksville, on Vancouver Island’s east coast. Guest suites offer private balconies, spectacular ocean and mountain views, thoughtful amenities, and feature beautifully appointed West Coast décor. The hotel’s…

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Nanaimo Airport

3350 Spitfire Rd. Cassidy, BC V0R 1H0 • Central Island, Cowichan, Gulf Islands, Pacific Rim
250-924-2157

For quick and easy international connections from anywhere in the world, Nanaimo Airport (YCD) is located just 18 kilometers south of downtown Nanaimo and is the gateway to Central Vancouver Island. This busy modern airport is home to three air carriers - Air Canada, WestJet & Island Express and offers 7 daily…

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Harbour Air Seaplanes

950 Wharf Street, Victoria, BC V8W 1T3 • Central Island, Cowichan, Gulf Islands, North Central Island, South Island
1-800-665-0212

Harbour Air Seaplanes offers fast, frequent flights between BC’s most popular coastal destinations 364 days a year. Fly between downtown Vancouver, South Vancouver (YVR), Pitt Meadows and Victoria, Nanaimo, Maple Bay, Comox, Salt Spring Island, the Sunshine Coast, and Whistler. Scenic tours show off our waterfront cities, majestic mountain ranges…

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Micky J’s Bar and Grill

2250 Fowler Road, Qualicum Beach, BC V9K 2A5 • Central Island
1-866-582-8633

Arrowsmith Golf and Country Club is located half way between Qualicum Beach and Bowser and open to the public year round. Drop by our fully serviced clubhouse with Micky J’s Bar and Grill, pro shop and exceptional staff. We offer a wide selection of delicious food and…

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Sunrise Ridge Waterfront Resort is the perfect place to start your Vancouver Island vacation. Located just 37 km north of Nanaimo, our Resort is situated on 10.2 beautiful acres of property with peaceful surroundings and incredible landscapes. A short walk will take you to the endless beaches that Parksville is…

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A discovery-filled vacation waits for you in Parksville Qualicum Beach… amazing sandy beaches, picture postcard views, world-class biking and hiking trails, salt-tinged ocean air, and the small-town charm of our communities. Spend some time in Parksville Qualicum Beach and recharge your batteries. Escape the crush of deadlines, traffic jams and over…

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Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort

1155 Resort Drive, Parksville BC V9P 2E3 • Central Island
1-800-663-7373

Reconnect with nature, family, friends and self. Discover Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort, Vancouver Island’s Natural Choice for your next getaway, retreat or corporate event. Located in picturesque Parksville, BC, Tigh-Na-Mara provides rustic charm in the heart of nature. Experience the comfort of 192 handcrafted guestrooms, the convenience…

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Milner Gardens and Woodland

2179 Island Highway West, Qualicum Beach BC, V9K 1G1 • Central Island
250-752-6153

Vancouver Island University’s Milner Gardens and Woodland is a magical seaside retreat once reserved for royalty. Sheltered by an old-growth forest and the Strait of Georgia, this one-of-a kind woodland estate rejuvenates the soul with its gardens and magnificent coastal views.Enjoy a leisurely pot of tea while taking in the…

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Arrowsmith Golf and Country Club

2250 Fowler Road, Qualicum Beach, BC V9K 2A5 • Central Island
1-866-582-8633

Arrowsmith Golf and Country Club was established in 1996 and features an 18-hole, Par-61, executive golf course adjacent to the Beaufort Range. Mount Arrowsmith, the largest mountain on Vancouver Island, offers stunning views both on the course and from Micky J’s Bar and Grill outdoor/ heated patio. Our…

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Horne Lake Caves and Outdoor Centre

3905 Horne Lk. Caves Rd., Qualicum Beach, BC, V9K 2L7 • Central Island
250-248-7829

Do not miss a visit to one of Vancouver Islands most impressive natural wonders; winner of the “BC’s Remarkable Experience Award”! This unique park offers something for everyone, both above and BELOW ground. Discover underground waterfalls, fossils and amazing crystal formations.The easiest and most popular cave experience is the Riverbend…

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Ocean Ecoventures

1721 Cowichan Bay Road, Cowichan Bay, BC V0R 1N0 • Central Island, Cowichan, South Island
(250) 748-3800

Ocean Ecoventures Whale Watching was established in 2003 and has been creating life long memories ever since. We offer a very unique experience compared to other companies that operate in this area. Our central, quaint location offers a relaxing experience and, more importantly, being central allows us to access many…

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Golf Vancouver Island

675 Jones Terrace, Victoria BC V8Z 2L6 • Central Island, Cowichan, North Central Island, South Island
1-888-465-3239

Picture 250 km of pacific golfing paradise stretching from Victoria in the South to Campbell River in the North. Golf Vancouver Island is your one stop shop for BUYER DIRECT Vancouver Island golf packages. From a quick two day getaway to the six day Golf Trail, these top 13…

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Paradise Mini Golf and Fun Park

375 West Island Highway, Parksville, B.C. V9P 1A1 • Central Island
1-866-325-1874

ESCAPE to a land of fantasy at Paradise Fun Park. We have two 18-hole stunning miniature golf courses, Surf 'N Turf and Treasure Island, bumper boats with water cannons and kiddie bumper boats. Play day or night with our spectacular night lighting! Our redemption games pavilion…

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Travelodge

Central Island, North Central Island, South Island
1-800-578-7878

Over 95 locations across Canada, 19 locations in British Columbia and 5 on Vancouver Island. Travelodge offers nice rooms, great people and excellent value.

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Brannen Lake RV Park and Campsite

4220 Biggs Road, Nanaimo, BC V9T 5P9 • Central Island
1-866-756-0404

West Coast Paradise nestled amongst a luscious forest of mature trees, creeks & streams featuring a beautiful private beach on Brannen Lake. This family friendly property features over 40 acres and 120 sites of unique and spacious sites including a beautiful large sandy beach with a roped swimming area and…

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Qualicum Beach Inn

2690 Island Hwy W Quualicum Beach, BC V9K 1 G8 • Central Island

The Qualicum Beach Inn is a perfect blend of romance, charm, and convenience. More than just a hotel in our community, we are a reflection of the values and characteristics that make Qualicum Beach such a unique and wonderful place to experience.At the QBI, we take pride in being ambassadors…

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Monk Art Gallery

151A Morison Avenue, Parksville BC V9P 1K9 • Central Island
250-248-8189

Monk is a West Coast Canadian artist. The subject matter for the art comes primarily from beautiful Vancouver Island coastlines, and spectacular old growth forests of Cathedral Grove. MONK invites the public to join in painting on a new original painting. They add brush strokes, and sign the back as…

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Buccaneer Inn

1577 Stewart Avenue, Nanaimo, BC, V9S 4E3 • Central Island
1-877-282-6337

Closest to BC Ferries Departure Bay Terminal. Spotlessly clean suites with full kitchens, cozy studios and 3 bedroom cottage. Seaviews. Across Harbourside Seawall Walkway. Working harbour neighbourhood. Across from pubs and restaurants. Dive, kayak and bike friendly. Picnic/BBQ area. Laundry. Blazing fast WIFI. TripAdvisor 4.5 / 5 stars. Your friendly…

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Come see why Living Forest was recently awarded Top Tourism Business on Vancouver Island! 53 acres, 305 groomed camping and RV sites with water on three sides. 5 minute drive to downtown and walking distance to shopping, buses and restaurants- yet it feels like you're a million miles away. Treed…

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Inn On Long Lake

4700 North Island Highway Nanaimo BC V9T 1W6 • Central Island
250-758-1144

The Inn on Long Lake is more than just a place to spend the night—your experience starts from the moment you step through your newly renovated room onto your own private balcony and let your gaze stretch across the tree-lined waters of Long Lake. With kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, and pedal-boats at…

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North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre

1240 Leffler Road, Errington, BC • Central Island
250-248-8534

We are a non-profit organization that cares for the well-being of Vancouver Island wildlife and strives to educate the public. Overseen by a Board of Directors and co-founder, Robin Campbell, NIWRA continues because of amazing volunteers and incredible community support. NIWRA is a park like setting with a peaceful…

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Brackish Adventures is a mobile company, proud to offer a great selection of Kayak & Stand Up Paddleboard tour, lessons and rental in different locations along the coast and rivers from Nanaimo through Parksville.

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BC Ferries

1010 Canada Pl Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, V6C 0B9 • Central Island, Cowichan, Gulf Islands, North Central Island, North Island Region, Pacific Rim, South Island
1-888-BC FERRY (888-223-3779)

From the countless inlets of the Southern Gulf Islands to the untamed wilderness of the rugged North, BC Ferries is the gateway to your next coastal BC journey. Sail through spectacular scenery aboard one of our modern, well-appointed vessels, serving 47 terminals across 25 routes, including three connecting Metro Vancouver…

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Fast Time Grand Prix

1460 Springhill Rd, Parksville, BC V9P 2B8 • Central Island

Just minutes from downtown Parksville on beautiful Vancouver Island. Our 1650 ft outdoor track (1/2 km) is designed with safety and esthetics to give you the feel of driving like a formula one racer. European designed karts and 35 turn road course will provide a thrilling ride sitting just inches…

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Tourism Nanaimo

2450 Northfield Road Nanaimo, BC V9S0B2 • Central Island

#ExploreNanaimo, the place to find natural wonders, festivals, culinary joys and so much more. Visit our historic sites, experience authentic farm-to-table cuisine and craft beer, hike our world class trails and stay in the heart of Vancouver Island with affordable and comfortable accommodations. Nanaimo is your access point to the…

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Howard Johnson Harbourside Hotel Nanaimo

1 Terminal Ave, Nanaimo, BC V9R 5R4 • Central Island
250-753-2241

Welcome to our eco-friendly Howard Johnson Hotel Nanaimo Harbourside centrally located in downtown Nanaimo and across the street from the inner harbour and Seawall. We provide clean and accommodating guest rooms and easy access to the area’s top attractions and close proximity to ferry terminals. Free parking, Free Wi-Fi…

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Susan McGougan

#1 - 5140 Metral Drive, Nanaimo, B.C. V9T 2K8 • Central Island, Gulf Islands
250-755-9221

Born in Nanaimo, Susan has been successfully connecting buyers & sellers of local real estate for over 26 years. An award winning realtor, she holds many designations including SRES Seniors Specialist for specific skills in meeting the needs of seniors, CERC Relocation Specialist, CLHMS Luxury Marketing specialist & R.I.B.C. having…

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Helijet

100 Port Way, Nanaimo BC V9R 0C7 • Central Island, North Central Island, Pacific Rim, South Island
1.800665.4354

Since 1986, Helijet has been connecting Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland with daily schedule Helicopter service. Flying in our comfortable Sikorsky S76 helicopter it is just 18 minutes between Nanaimo Harbour and Downtown Vancouver or 35 minutes from Victoria Harbour to Downtown Vancouver, spend less time getting there…

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Parksville Beach Festival

PO Box 28, Parksville, BC V9P 2G3 • Central Island

The Quality Foods Canadian Open Sand Sculpting Competition and Exhibition is a world class event for Master Sand Sculptors and is an official qualifying event for the World Championship of Sand Sculpting! Master Sand Sculptors travel from all corners of the globe to participate in our remarkable competition and exhibition…

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Mount Arrowsmith Brewing Co.

Unit 109, 425 Stanford Ave. Parksville, BC V9P 2G3 • Central Island
250-951-0125

Mount Arrowsmith Brewing Co is a family run collaboration of passionate beer enthusiasts who deemed the communities of Parksville and Qualicum Beach were in dire need of great locally made craft beer. Our cozy, west coast themed tasting room is just the place to come for a tasting flight or…

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Best Western Dorchester Hotel

70 Church St., Nanaimo, BC V9R 5H4 • Central Island

Located in the heart of Downtown Nanaimo across from Inner Harbour Walkway, steps away from Port Theatre, Vancouver Island Conference Centre, Nanaimo Museum, Art Gallery, Bastion, as well as some of the City’s best shopping and entertainment, the waterfront playground, and the Nanaimo Casino.

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Kenmore Air

950 Westlake Ave North, Seattle, WA USA 98109 • Central Island, Gulf Islands, North Island Region, South Island
866-435-9524

Getaway to Victoria from Seattle! It is just a 45-minute scenic seaplane flight between from Seattle and the Victoria Inner Harbour. No long boat rides or waiting at the border.... Fast, Convenient and Stress-free! Seasonal flights are also available between Seattle and over 40 BC locations, including Nanaimo, Campbell River…

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Comox Valley Farmers’ Market

PO Box 3301 Courtenay BC, V9N 5N5 • Central Island
250-218-0321

Taste the bounty of the Comox Valley! Year round Saturdays plus Sundays and Wednesdays through the summer. 100s of varieties of veggies fruits and flowers in season, meat, poultry, eggs, fish and seafood, artisan baked goods of all kinds including for special diets, cheese, yogurt, frozen desert, chocolate, honey and…

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Come visit the Deep Bay Marine Field Station! Open Mon-Fri from 10am and 4pm. This unique green facility and Science Center has been designed to host a wide variety of public activities including guided and self-guided tours, school groups, meetings, conferences, small or large catered events and weddings.…

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Little Qualicum Cheeseworks

403 Lowry's Rd. Parksville, BC V9P 2B5 • Central Island
250-954-3931

Home to Little Qualicum Cheeseworks and Mooberry Winery, Morningstar Farm provides a unique opportunity to visit and experience a functioning dairy farm. They combine age-old grazing and cheesemaking practices with the best of modern technologies including a fully robotic milking system. Visitors are welcome to explore the barns, walk the…

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Shady Shores Beach Resort

6695 Island Hwy. West, Bowser, BC V0R 1G0 • Central Island

Whether you are looking for the seclusion of the Beachfront Cottage, to get away with your family in our 2 bedroom Beachfront Suite or a romantic getaway in our Beachfront Honeymoon Suite, we are waiting for you to arrive. We will be your new favourite getaway to reconnect and explore…

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Tidal Treasures Vancouver Island

708 E. Island Hwy Parksville, BC, Canada V9P 1T8 • Central Island

From November through April, beachcombers can discover art glass treasures on Parksville Beaches. Anyone who finds one can keep it! These glass treasures are being produced by local artisans in an effort to bring their art to the people and to draw visitors to our region in the…

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Nanaimo Museum

100 Museum Way, Nanaimo, BC V9R 5J8 • Central Island
250-753-1821

Discover fresh interpretive exhibits reflecting the lifestyles of Nanaimo, the Harbour City. We offer family programs & various tours, seasonal feature exhibits and a unique gift shop. The museum also manages the Bastion, an original HBC post built in 1853. Cannon firings daily at noon each summer!

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Vancouver Island Expeditions

Pickup at 98 Front Street, Nanaimo BC • Central Island, Cowichan, Gulf Islands, North Central Island, North Island Region, Pacific Rim, South Island

A visit to Vancouver Island isn’t complete without going on a local food, craft beverage & estate winery tour that will excite your senses and leave you longing to return! Let us show you our backyard and help you discover the places that will inspire stories that last a lifetime!

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WildPlay Element Parks

35 Nanaimo River Road Nanaimo, BC V9X 1S5 – and – 15-1767 Island Highway Victoria, BC V9B 1J1 • Central Island, South Island
1-855-595-2251

Climb, zip, jump, and swing in the awesome outdoors! Try the tree-top adventure courses with dozens of suspended games and ziplines, or freaky What's To Fear Jump! Find even more fun in Nanaimo with the 150-foot Bungy Jump or Primal Swing over the Nanaimo River, and 900-foot DragonFLY Ziplines.

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Pacific Coastal Airlines

4440 Cowley Crescent, Richmond BC V7B 1B8 • Central Island, North Central Island, North Island Region, Pacific Rim, South Island
1-800-663-2872

Connecting Vancouver Island and mainland BC. Non-stop service from Vancouver to Port Hardy, Campbell River, Comox, Tofino, and Victoria. Also non-stop service from Victoria to Prince George and Kelowna. #FlyPCA

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Millstone Winery

2300 East Wellington Road, Nanaimo, BC V9R 6V7 • Central Island
250-716-3549

Small, family run vineyard nestled along the Millstone River in Nanaimo. Our unique area is a reflection of our handcrafted wines, focusing on Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Ortega and Gwertz. Enjoy wines by the glass or share a bottle and enjoy a cheese board on the vineyard patio.

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