Welcome to The Beach Club Resort in picturesque Parksville, an idyllic getaway on Vancouver Island. We recently had the pleasure of staying at this coastal haven during the enchanting fall season, and we can’t wait to share our favorite experiences with you. Nestled along the sandy shores of Vancouver Island, The Beach Club Resort seamlessly blends oceanfront luxury and unparalleled amenities with coastal charm. Join us as we take you on a journey through a curated guide of 10 must-do experiences, each crafted to cater to the diverse tastes of every traveler.
*This stay was kindly hosted by The Beach Club Resort. All opinions in this post are my own.
1. Enjoy a Scenic Flight with Iskwew Air
Looking for a unique way to start your trip to the island? Hop aboard a scenic flight with Iskwew Air for a unique journey to the island. Once airborne, brace yourself for breathtaking views of the Gulf Islands and the Georgia Strait. Prepare for a scenic flight that not only unveils the stunning coastal beauty of the region from a whole new perspective but also offers convenient access. After you land, the airport is just a short drive from the hotel, and a convenient shuttle will drop you off for a hassle-free experience.
2. Kick Back on the Beach
Start your day with some serious sand-between-your-toes action on the private beach. Build sandcastles, challenge your friends and family to a game of beach volleyball, or just lounge with a good book. It’s your private oasis, so make it your own.
3. Dine Along the Waterfront
When hunger strikes, head over to the recently revamped beachside Beach Club Restaurant, Pacific Prime. Chef Nate Catto is the wizard behind the locally inspired dishes that’ll have your taste buds doing the happy dance. Grab a spot on the beachfront patio, soak in the Strait of Georgia views, and dive into a feast. Plus, the Beach Club is all about supporting local farmers and producers, so you’re not just eating, you’re supporting the community too.
4. Spa Day, Anyone?
Treat yourself at Stonewater Spa. Massages, facials – you name it, they’ve got it. It’s like hitting the reset button for your soul. Picture it: you, feeling zen, surrounded by good vibes.
5. Kayak or Paddleboard on the Warmest Water in Canada!
Feeling a bit more adventurous? Grab a kayak or paddleboard and hit the warm waters of Parksville Bay. Yeah, you heard right – the warmest water in Canada. Parksville Bay is touted as having the warmest water in Canada due to its shallow depth, protection from cold ocean currents, and its geographical location on the east coast of Vancouver Island. The bay’s relatively shallow waters warm up quickly under the summer sun, and its sheltered position shields it from the direct influence of colder currents, contributing to its reputation for warmer water temperatures. Cruise around, enjoy the views, and maybe spot some local marine life.
6. Book a Morning Tee Time at a local Golf Course
Calling all golf enthusiasts! The Oceanside area surrounding the Beach Club Resort is also a year-round destination for golfers, with six courses close to the resort! Learn more here, and don’t forget to bring your A-game!
7. Explore the Oceanside Trails and Boardwalk
Grab the opportunity to rent a bike, courtesy of the Beach Club’s free bike rentals, and set off on the Oceanside Trails for a scenic adventure through the great outdoors. Perfect for both seasoned cyclists and those who prefer the occasional ride, these trails offer a blend of nature and coastal beauty. As a bonus, the trails seamlessly connect to the boardwalk, enhancing your biking adventure. The boardwalk, stretching along the coastline, provides a unique perspective of the ocean. Whether you’re pausing for panoramic views or parking your bike for a leisurely stroll, each moment contributes to the therapeutic coastal vibes.
8. Hit up the Farmer’s Market in Qualicum Beach
Immerse yourself in the local scene at the Qualicum Beach Farmer’s Market. Fresh produce, cool crafts, and local goodies – it’s a community vibe you won’t want to miss. Pick up fresh produce for a beachside picnic or discover unique local treasures to take home.
9. Take a cheese Tour at Little Qualicum Cheeseworks
Curious about the art of cheese-making? Embark on a tour at Little Qualicum Cheeseworks, a family-run and high-tech operation. Discover the seamless blend of tradition and innovation as you witness the cheese-making process from milk to aging. This behind-the-scenes experience not only showcases the family’s dedication to quality but also the use of cutting-edge technology. Pro tip: Don’t miss the chance to sample a variety of cheeses, from creamy bries to aged cheddars, and bring a slice of Vancouver Island’s culinary excellence home with you.
10. Imbibe in a Love Shack Libations Tasting
Beer enthusiasts, make your way to Love Shack Libations for a tasting session by the passionate brewmaster, Dave Paul. From the cozy beginnings in The Love Shack to the newly opened nano-brewery on Island Highway, each sip tells a tale of dedication and the joy of crafting excellent beer. And here’s the best part – Love Shack Libations is also proudly served right at The Beach Club Resort. So, indulge in the flavors while soaking in the coastal vibes of Parksville. With a background rooted in love, adventure, and a touch of whimsy, the experience at Love Shack Libations goes beyond tasting; it’s a journey into the heart of Dave’s brewing passion and the abundance of love that fills each carefully crafted brew. Cheers to the love of beer and the stories that pour from each pint!
Your stay at The Beach Club Resort is more than a vacation – it’s a vibe, a feeling, a memory waiting to happen. So pack your flip-flops and your sense of adventure and get ready to soak in the good times at The Beach Club Resort in Parksville!