37 km | 36 mins
Take your time in Nanaimo to explore this harbour city – by foot or via bike. Nanaimo is the third-oldest city in BC and offers the history buff endless opportunities to explore its heritage – from fascinating walking tours to the renowned Nanaimo Museum.
If you feel like you need that extra little push, we recommend hopping over to BCeBike to pick up an ebike rental. This is a great way to cruise around the downtown Waterfront district, catch some great ocean views and fill your lungs with fresh air before you climb into the car for your trip.
Setting out from Nanaimo, head off oceanside on Highway 19A towards Parksville (about a 40-minute drive). Take a quick detour into this quaint oceanside town and beach holiday destination, and if you have time to spare, we recommend checking out Riptide Lagoon Adventure Golf – a must-see stop if you’re with the family. Here, you can enjoy miniature golf, plays some games in the arcade or kick off a game of laser bumper cars. If you are staying overnight check into Sunrise Ridge Waterfront Resort for a relaxing and comfortable stay on the water.
- Parksville Civic and Technology Centre, 100 Jensen Avenue East
- Parksville Community Park 193 Beachside Drive Parksville BC
- The Beach Club Resort 181 Beachside Drive Parksville
- Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort 1155 Resort Way Parksville