38 km | 33 minutes
The perfect starting point, Nanaimo offers an excellent culinary scene, beautiful waterfront and endless activities for all traveller types. Before hitting the road, build an education of this historical port city at the Nanaimo Museum; learn about Nanaimo’s earliest settlers and explore a replica gold mine. A must-see is the Bastion – offering an exciting cannon firing ceremony every day at noon.
As you set off on your trip, wave goodbye to the city and say hello to some stunning ocean views along this leg.
A popular road trip stop, Parksville offers beautiful sandy beaches and quaint boutique shopping in the downtown district. Tigh na Mara Seaside Spa Resort is worth a stop, whether it’s for a treatment at their Grotto Spa or to hunker down for the night in one of their oceanview rooms.
From here, you can take the fast route by keeping to Highway 19, or take a detour to explore a series of bay towns along Highway 19A.
- 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