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Nestled on the Strait of Georgia on Vancouver Island, Parksville is a quaint community in British Columbia. When you rent an RV in Parksville, you're well-placed to experience an abundance of natural attractions in the area, as well as some of the other cities and towns in British Columbia. Port Alberni is roughly a 40-minute drive from Parksville. Nanaimo is about 30 minutes southwest, while Parksville is just ten minutes east of Qualicum Beach.
The area's fantastic parks, museums, and art galleries draw tourists and RV campers from near and far. Search for an RV in British Columbia and head over to Parksville to spend some time fishing, hiking, kayaking, or simply strolling along the beach.
Once you've found your motorhome rental in Parksville, drive over to Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park. This provincial park is the perfect place to unwind and enjoy lounging on a sandy beach, hiking, swimming, or picnicking. Sit back and watch a fabulous sunset over the water. Birdwatchers flock to the park to watch seabirds and Brant geese.
Spend a day hiking the Top Bridge Regional Trail, which starts in Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park and ends at the Top Bridge Crossing. Once you reach Top Bridge Crossing, walk across the suspension bridge high above the Englishman River. Top Bridge Crossing is open to hikers and bikers. Part of the Top Bridge Regional Trail does go through private property, so be sure to stay on the trail.
Rent an RV and park at Englishman River Falls Provincial Park. If you're a keen hiker, you can enjoy several hiking trails that take you through dense forests and along the Englishman River. Plan a picnic and spend time exploring the flora and fauna of the park. Swimming is permitted when the river levels are lower during the summer months. Camping is another favorite activity at the park.
If you're seeking more of a thrill, head over to Qualicum Beach and explore Horne Lake Caves. Even novice spelunkers can enjoy this activity on a guided tour. Along the way, you'll get to see fossils and beautiful crystal formations. If you're feeling more adventurous, you can crawl and climb your way to a natural water slide.
Park your luxury RV rental in Parksville at Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park. Many of the campsites are located in a nicely wooded area within a five-minute hike to the beach. Potable water is available as well as shower facilities with hot water. Modern flush toilets are located near many of the campsites. RV campers can use the sanitation dump station at the campgrounds.
Englishman River Falls Provincial Park is an excellent option for those seeking a true back-to-nature camping adventure. The campgrounds at this park are a bit more rustic, with pit toilets located throughout the park and near the campgrounds. Potable water is available for campers except during the winter months. Each campsite has a fire ring. You can purchase firewood at the park office.
If you're looking for a full-service RV park instead, try Parry’s RV Park just outside of Parksville along the Englishman River. Campsites are large with full hookups including electric, water, sewer, and cable television. Shower facilities, modern restrooms, and Wi-Fi are provided. A convenience store and laundromat are also located near the entrance of the park.
Having an RV rental in British Columbia gives you the ability to experience all the interesting attractions Parksville and the surrounding area have to offer. Take some time to check out the Parksville Museum. In addition to a varied collection detailing the area's history, the museum also features a Heritage Village complete with a blacksmith shop, post office, schoolhouse, and pioneer cabins. Heritage Village hosts regular events and demonstrations throughout the year, so don't forget to check the events calendar when planning your visit.
Drive ten minutes over to Coombs to spend an afternoon at Butterfly World. A colorful array of butterflies from all over the planet call this outdoor oasis their home. Other animals live here, too, including tortoises and turtles, koi, Chinese water dragons, and a few other reptiles. After you've finished wandering through the gardens, grab a souvenir or something to drink at the gift shop.
While in Coombs, take a few hours and enjoy the Arts Afire Gallery. Visitors can sign up for a pottery or painting class or spend time wandering through the gallery. Guided tours of the gallery and pottery studio are available. The gallery hosts an array of workshops to suit all ages and skill levels, so this spot is sure to be a treat for everyone in your group. Traveling exhibits from artists across Canada are also displayed at the gallery.