Summer Flyaways The Beach Club Resort, Parksville, BC
Nine-passenger wheeled Caravan
By Susan Cobly
Ten-passenger Turbo Otter seaplane
Looking for beaches that stretch for miles, golf courses, luxurious accommodations, great food, a microclimate that produces what some consider the best climate in Canada? And lots of fun things for the kids and adults alike? Look no further than The Beach Club Resort in Parksville on Vancouver Island. Providing courtesy pickup from the Kenmore Air base in Nainaimo, the Resort is on prime sandy beachfront that stretches as far as the eye can see. Classic West Coast styling is spare and elegant with muted lighting throughout, adding to a refined ambience. And if you are looking for 72
views, most studios and suites have sweeping easterly views from their balconies, with the Coast Mountains spanning the horizon beyond the Strait of Georgia. The Pacific Prime Steak & Chop Restaurant and Lounge boasts the best waterfront patio in town, directly above the boardwalk along the beach. Executive Chef Rick Davidson has designed an eclectic menu that features local suppliers and Vancouver Aquarium’s Ocean Wise program for oceanfriendly seafood. The wine list is extensive and offers a wide selection of local British Columbia wines, served by attentive and experienced servers.
The Beach Club is part of the Ecostay Program that supports hotels across North America in their effort to take action against climate change by incorporating environmental initiatives throughout the hotel. This includes Carbon Offset programs to make the guest rooms completely carbon neutral. With the onsite Stonewater Spa, an indoor heated pool and jacuzzi, fully equipped fitness centre and the excellent restaurant, guests may be tempted to stay on the premises for their entire stay. But they would surely be missing out on what the Parksville Qualicum Beach area has to offer.
Several excellent restaurants are close by, including Giovanni’s Ristorante in Qualicum Beach where Giovanni presides over the kitchen, producing classic and innovative Italian dishes that go far beyond pasta. A warm atmosphere is enhanced by the “regulars” and friendly staff. The surrounding area is a naturelover’s mecca. Visits to the Vancouver Island University’s sites are not only educational but inspiring as well. Milner Gardens and Woodland has been voted one of the ten best Public Gardens in Canada by Canadian Geographic Travel with more than 500 varieties of rhododendrons, trees and shrubs and has been visited by royalty including Queen Elizabeth, Prince Phillip, Prince Charles and Princess Diana. Not into gardens? There are six golf courses close by, including the 100year old Brigadoon in Parksville and two mini golf courses. Or go spelunking at Horne Caves; visit Morningstar Farm and get up close and personal with the dairy herd and pigs after doing a little wine and cheese tasting. But more than any other activity, the Parksville beach out in front of the Beach Resort will call you to swim, go beachcombing, contemplate the changing tides and simply relax and enjoy.
The Beach Club Resort 181 Beachside Drive, Parksville, BC V9P 2H5 www.beachclubbc.com The Kenmore Air Destination Magazine
Summer 2013 issue of HARBORS Magazine, the Kenmore Air Destination Magazine