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2012 PARKSVILLE/QUALICUM BEACH & REGION

VANCOUVER ISLAND • BRITISH COLUMBIA


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Vancouver Island’s Oceanside Region! Oceanside is an amazing place to be. Just look around you. Towering mountains all around. The Pacific Ocean with warm, safe, sandy tidal beaches. Bald eagles soaring overhead. Douglas fir and Western red cedar that reach to the sky. Slow to the local pace and savour what’s here. Accommodations that range from family fun to ultimate luxury. A delicious range of culinary excellence. Shops with everything from beach towels and wake boards to works by world-famous artists. This isn’t a garish tourist trap with everything hitting you over the head, so don’t be shy about asking the locals, “So, what’s to do around here?” or “What’s a good place to eat?” We’re very proud of Oceanside and are happy to share it with you. You’ll find that many of the locals came for a visit and decided to stay. Who knows? Maybe you will, too. Enjoy! — Brian Wilford Editor

Table of Contents Table of Contents ....................................... Pg. 1 Visitor Information...............................Pg. 2 & 3 Highlights .............................................Pg. 4 & 5 Natural Wonders .................................Pg. 6 & 7 The Great Outdoors ............................Pg. 8 & 9 Festivals, Events & Calendar ............. Pg. 10 - 13 Dining Guide ....................................Pg. 14 & 15 Map ...................................................Pg. 16 & 17 Destination Wedding.......................Pg. 18 & 19 Kids Zone .................................................. Pg. 20 Spa............................................................. Pg. 21 Horne Lake Area ...................................... Pg. 22 Health Services ......................................... Pg. 23 Shopping............................................ Pg. 24 - 27 Farmer’s Markets ...................................... Pg. 28 Arts............................................................ Pg. 29 Golf .................................................... Pg. 30 - 32

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OCEANSIDE Alaska

OCEANSIDE Nanoose Bay Parksville Qualicum Beach Coombs Errington Deep Bay Qualicum Bay

Queen Charlotte Islands

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Vancouver Island

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Vancouver Island Regional Library Parksville........................................................(250) 248-3841 Qualicum Beach.............................................(250) 752-6121 Bowser ...........................................................(250) 757-9570 Parksville & District Historical Society ..........(250) 248-6966 Canada Post Parksville........................................................(250) 248-3932 Qualicum Beach.............................................(250) 752-6435 Nanoose.........................................................(250) 468-7722

“TAKE THIS GUIDE WITH YOU” The residents of the Oceanside area are here to

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Area population As of May 16, 2006

Statistics Canada census says...

Nanoose Bay & Area 5,000 Parksville 12,000 Qualicum Beach 9,000 Coombs & Area 6,700 Errington 3,500 Bowser-Horne Lake-Deep Bay-Qualicum Bay 3,500

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FROM HERE TO THERE

Visitor

(in kilometres) (1 km = approximately 0.6 miles)

From Oceanside to:

Vancouver Victoria Nanaimo Port Alberni Tofino Courtenay Campbell River Port Hardy

56 kms 146 kms 35 kms 47 kms 171 kms 73 kms 117 kms 355 kms

PARKSVILLE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

Parksville Visitor Centre 1275 E. Island Hwy. Ph. (250) 248-3613

www.chamber.parksville.bc.ca

QUALICUM BEACH CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 124 W. 2nd Ave., Qualicum Beach Ph. (250) 752-0960

www.qualicum.bc.ca

BC FERRIES TO VANCOUVER ISLAND

There are frequent sailings throughout the day between either Horseshoe Bay (Vancouver) and downtown Nanaimo (central Vancouver Island), or Tsawwassen (Vancouver) and Duke Point (south of Nanaimo). Victoria, on Vancouver Island’s southern tip, is connected by frequent ferry sailings to the Mainland and there is service as well between Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands and between Vancouver Island and points north of Vancouver on the Mainland. Vehicle reservations ............... 1-888-223-3779 www.bcferries.com/schedules/

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Highlights

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Hike the Oceanside Trails

With all our provincial, regional and municipal parks, finding trails will never be a problem. A dedicated army of trailblazers has been quietly forging through the woods, creating and maintaining pathways for all levels. For more information, contact the Visitor Information Centres or go the Regional District of Nanaimo’s website and type in ‘trails.’

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Dive in the OEmerald¹ River

So, maybe you want to save this one for the summer and it¹s the Englishman not OEmerald¹ River but it does have a green hew and jumping off the ONose¹ is a local favourite. Just before you dive in, check out the petroglyphs to the right of the ONose.¹ Further downriver, where the Englishman meets the ocean, enjoy a loop-trail stroll through the estuary, where you may even see a rainbow.

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Be Alone with Nature

Have you ever tried this? It’s amazing what you hear and think about when surrounded by nothing or no one but the great outdoors. Be sure to take your journal to record revelations or creative processes.

Set Foot on Every Gulf Island

The Gulf Islands are close and beautiful. Take a day trip or spend a weekend. For starters, head down to French Creek and hop a foot passenger ferry to Lasqueti Island. They have cactus over there.

Summit a Mountain

We have mountains and they are so close. Visit the new Mount Arrowsmith Massif Regional Park or, closer yet, Little Mountain.

Discover our Heritage

Yes, we have a history and it is quite interesting. Craig Heritage Museum and the Qualicum Beach Museum are undiscovered gems and they welcome local visitors who want to learn more about the early days. And the Qualicum Beach Museum has an amazing collection of fossils.

Devour Oceanside

Our local farmers and crafts people are always growing and creating delicious food for us. From Nanoose Bay to Deep Bay, you will find eggs, corn, cheese, herbs, candy, pasta, shrimp and just about anything else your taste buds could desire.

Fly a Kite

Our beaches are the perfect venue for kite flying and, if it’s been a while since you did this, why not give it a try? Kites are not just for kids anymore and there is something very relaxing in making that connection with the wind.

Revel in a Wildflower Meadow

All the way up to the summits of Mount Arrowsmith and Mount Cokely are wildflower fields and they are glorious at any time of year.

Add to Your Collection

The Oceanside area is home to world-class artists and craftspeople, tucked away in unique galleries scattered all over. The Visitor Centres, McMillan Arts Centre and The Old School House Arts Centre can help you with clues to finding them.

Hum a Tune, Dance Up a Storm

There are musicians playing concerts and dances all over Oceanside, everything from oldtime fiddlers to award-winning jazz and classical to good ol’ rock ‘ roll. Nothing to do? Not true! Check the local media and the bulletin boards.

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Natural Wonders

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The Beaches Let’s face it: Oceanside is famous for its beaches! With miles and miles of sandy shore, little wonder that seaside activities abound. Parksville’s beaches were voted the best beaches in Canada by readers of Better Homes and Gardens magazine and The Globe and Mail. And even though we are on the east side of Vancouver Island, there is a mile of shoreline along Qualicum Beach where the sunset is completely visible. Our yearround mild climate, coupled with the warmest ocean waters in the country, is the reason we’re known as Canada’s Riviera.

Little Mountain

Just a 10-minute drive from downtown Parksville and you are on top of this spectacular little mountain. The view from up here is breathtaking and the rock formations are a photographer’s dream. Peer out over miles of treetops, valleys and mountains. Fawlty Tower fans will love the drive up!

Mount Arrowsmith Massif Regional Park

Though this park was dedicated in 2009, the work to acquire these two summits began many years ago. Extremely dedicated people fought hard to save the Mount Arrowsmith and Mount Cokely summits, which are home to rare and endangered subspecies. Enjoy Alpine hiking, ice climbing, snowshoeing, ski touring and some of the most magnificent vistas on Vancouver Island. This culturally and environmentally significant land is about a one-hour drive from Qualicum Beach.

“Explore Horne Lake”

Horne Lake Caves Listed as the Best Natural Outdoor Site in B.C. by Attractions Canada, Horne Lake Caves are not to be missed. It doesn’t matter what the weather is doing outside, it never rains in the caves, though the underground waterfalls can be pretty spectacular. Enjoy a 90-minute family cavern tour or, for the more adventurous, rappel seven storeys down into the underground world!

Cameron Lake

Perhaps this lake would be better categorized in the ‘Super Natural’ Wonders of Oceanside. Yes, Cameron Lake is a beautiful lake nestled in the mountains on the west side of our region. And yes, there is a multitude of fun activities here, from swimming and fishing to camping and picnicking, but there is also something quite unusual going on: Apparitions from drowned souls and Cammy, the lake creature, call Cameron Lake home, too. VOTED “Best Natural Outdoor Site in B.C.” By Attractions Canada

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Natural Wonders

OCEANSIDE Cathedral Grove

Listed as one of the most accessible old-growth temperate rainforests in the world, Cathedral Grove was described in 1941 as the greatest scenic tourist asset in B.C. Back in the early 1980s, it was the location for the Hollywood prehistoric epic ‘Quest for Fire.’ Imagine what an ant feels like as you stand beneath these towering giants and explore the forest floor along beautifully groomed trails.

Englishman River Falls

During the rainy season, these falls gush through tiny crevices with enough force to move logs and gouge rock. A suspension bridge over the falls allows visitors to safely experience the wrath of nature so close that the spray will engulf you. Not far up the road is Little Qualicum Falls Provincial Park. Both parks are ideal locations for outdoor activities such as camping and hiking.

Brant Geese

Every year, these tiny black geese make the trek from Mexico to Alaska. Along the way, they make a stop to fuel up on the herring roe that washes up on the beaches of Oceanside, as do herds of barking sea lions and clouds of gulls. This scene is so spectacular that we have an entire festival dedicated to

it. The Brant Festival occurs in early spring (March and April) and visitors come from all over the globe to witness this phenomenon. It is absolutely stunning to see these little black birds arriving for their holiday on the beach.

Notch Hill

While a relatively short walk, this trail is rated moderate for hikers but the end result is worth it. Located in Nanoose Bay, you will soar with the eagles above the Strait of Georgia while taking in stunning ocean and mountain vistas. Because Nanoose Bay has one of the driest climates in Canada.

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The Great Outdoors Recreation Whether you choose to walk or ride on land or sea, above surface or below it, on top of the waves or beneath them, the Oceanside Region of Vancouver Island is the outdoor enthusiast’s ultimate playground. Whatever your interest, whatever your skill level, our yearround mild climate and spectacular natural surroundings ensure something for everyone.

Hiking and Walking

We have eight provincial, seven regional and numerous municipal parks in Oceanside. They’re as abundant as they are beautiful. For easy walking, Rosewall Creek Provincial Park provides several kilometers of coastal rainforest along a meandering creek. One would almost expect fairies and imps to dash out from beneath the giant maples and sphagnum moss in this magical place that even has faces carved right into the stumps. The walk is so accessible that even wheelchairs can mosey along this tranquil spot. Another easy walking trail is found in Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park. Deemed as the most popular Provincial Park in B.C., Rathtrevor offers miles of shoreline and old wooded areas. Campers and picnickers love this place. Top Bridge Regional Park is just minutes away from the resort area in Parksville. Residents and visitors alike love the myriad of trails that range from easy walking to more challenging. The new suspension bridge allows hikers to easily go from one side of the Englishman River to the other, increasing the trail capacity even more. See if you can find the petroglyphs! And,

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for the really adventurous, test your mountain bike skills at Top Bridge Mountain Bike Park, one of Canada’s only designated Mountain Bike Parks, or head up to the Mount Arrowsmith Massif Regional Park for a rugged alpine climb. A regional loop trail system that connects Nanoose Bay to Deep Bay is nearing completion. When it’s done, hikers and bikers will be aable to travel the entire length of tthe Island’s east coast from Victoria tto Cape Scott. For more information oon the parks and trails of Oceanside, vvisit www.rdn.ca.

Marine Activities

With miles and miles of sandy sshoreline, Oceanside has plenty of sseaside activities but we also have rivers, waterfalls and lakes. Jump off tthe ‘Nose’ at Top Bridge or float in tthe peaceful waters of Spider Lake. Rent a canoe at Horne Lake or a rowboat at Cameron Lake but don’t fforget the trout rods. Cool off in the ccrystal pools at Englishman River oor Little Qualicum River. Enjoy the ffalls at both these parks or discover tthe hidden treasure of Nile Creek. Down at the beach, dive into some of the warmest ocean waters in Canada, explore the tidal pools for aquatic creatures (but please, don’t take any home — they are a crucial part of the ecosystem) or create the ultimate sand castle. Our cool breezes and shallow waters are a haven for windsurfers, skim boarders and kite flyers. Romantic types will fall in love again strolling hand-in-hand into the sunset as gentle waves lap against your bare feet. For those who want to be on the water, how about sailing, sea kayaking or fishing? And, speaking of fishing, Bowser has some of the finest shore Experience Bluenose Full Service & Detailing Centre

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OCEANSIDE fly fishing on the continent. Perhaps you want to be under the sea. Diving and snorkeling in Nanoose Bay is considered some of the best on the Island. Can’t get enough seafood? Before you go clamming or picking oysters, make sure you have a license for harvesting shellfish.

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Bird Watching

Bird watching has been a popular recreational activity since the 1700s. In recent years, it has become so popular that in 2001 North American ‘birders’ are estimated to have spent US$32 billion. Well, birders of the world-rejoice! You are in feathery heaven. Oceanside has stores, clubs and even entire festivals dedicated to this growing sport. Enthusiasts can enlist the guidance of one of the local pros or conduct self-guided tours using the online bird list created by the Nanoose Bay Naturalists. The Arrowsmith Naturalists have created an online seasonal bird checklist for year-round bird watching.

Outdoor Tours

If you can tour it, we have a tour for you. Eco Tours allow visitors to experience the Oceanside Region and neighboring Island destinations in a unique and natural way. Tour caves deep beneath the Earth’s surface or old-growth rainforests that tower high above. Get up close and personal with the rugged shoreline via a sea kayak or take a larger vessel out to spot bears, sea lions and whales. For a most relaxing and thought-provoking experience, try touring the back country on horseback.

Sports

The residents of Oceanside are very active. From the regional recreation programs to seniors organizations such as the Parksville Golden Oldies Sports Association (PGOSA), every age group and interest is well-covered. Our largest sports centres include Ravensong Aquatic Centre and Oceanside Place ice arenas.

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Let’s Talk to the Animals

The North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre rehabilitates wild animals and releases them if they are able. Come and see abandoned bear cubs or the release of an eagle. The World Parrot Refuge is the largest free-flight parrot refuge in the world and those birds will amaze you with their human-like characteristics. Down the road are Butterfly World, the B.C. Orchid Gardens, Turtle Town and Big Bug Jungle. Experience habitats from around the world without leaving Oceanside and be sure to visit their beautiful gift shop upon your return. And what about those farm animals? Tiger Lily Farm and Little Qualicum Cheeseworks are hands-on, interactive farms with enough stuff to keep farm hands of all ages entertained. For more information on all these activities and more, pop by one of the Visitor Centres or visit www.visitparksvillequalicumbeach.com

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Festivals & Calendar of Events

Oceanside loves to celebrate and with so many reasons to do that, it’s no surprise that there are over 140 annual festivals and events. In a region where diversity is our second name, you will find celebrations honoring everything from kids to kites and from cars to cowboys. So, whether you plan your vacation to coincide with one of these great events or leave it up to fate, you can count on something fun going on during your visit.

Fire and Ice Street Festival

Qualicum Beach turns up the heat and chills out every year at the beginning of May. (This year it’s May 5.) What a brilliant way to bid adios to the colder months and welcome the heat of summer! Street performers, ice carvers, fire breathers and the famous chili competition take over the downtown village in this tribute to the opposing elements.

Family Day

Qualicum Beach does a fabulous job of creating a special day celebrating the family, with a pancake breakfast for the early birds, a fun parade filled with kids and community groups, and a whole afternoon of food, bands and free activities in the playing fields at the Qualicum Beach Civic Centre. This year the 36th annual Family Day takes place Sunday, May 27.

Father’s Day Seaside Cruizers Show & Shine

Head back to Qualicum Beach for Father’s Day and dad will have his best day ever. Over 500 classic, custom cars and trucks line the streets for car buffs of all ages to ogle. This multi-generational event transports visitors back in time when hot cars and cool dudes were all the rage. The street dance

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on Saturday night is a perfect example of a time when all the family hung out together and really had a good time. This Show and Shine was even listed on Oprah’s Top 10 things to do on Father’s Day.

Canada Day

Family-style Canada Day celebrations take place in Qualicum Beach, the Lighthouse Community and Parksville, with one of the largest in BC centred around Parksville’s Community Park. Each year, thousands of people converge along the main street to take in the 70-plus floats tthat parade by before heading down to the beach for a full day of activities, entertainment and great food. Bands take to tthe stage just before dusk and prepare the crowds for one of tthe best fireworks displays on tthe Island.

Parksville Beach Festival

Featuring the Quality Foods Canadian Open Sand Sculpting Competition and Exhibition, tthis year’s Beach Festival begins JJuly 13th and runs for more tthan a month! Entertainment, activities and vendors all gather on Parksville’s sandy shores for the most fun you can have with sand in your pants.

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What could be more fun than hanging out on the beach, listening to some golden oldies while checking out hundreds of classic, custom cars, trucks, hot rods and motor cycles? Parksville beach is the place to be July 28-29 but don’t forget the sunscreen! P.S. The Cruise is pretty cool, too!

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Parksville Lion’s International Kite Festival

Look up. Look way up and you will see the sky filled with every imaginable shape and colour. Kite fliers come from as far away as Alberta and Washington to spread their strings on Parksville’s expansive shore. July 14-15, bring your own kite to fly or simply hunker down and enjoy.

St. Mark’s Fair in Qualicum Beach

One of the oldest and largest markets on Vancouver Island is celebrating its 40th year on July 28th. With over 130 vendors selling everything from antiques to jelly, this fair attracts over 10,000 visitors each year. Activities such as a petting zoo and face painting keep the kids busy while you enjoy the live entertainment. PARKSVILLE • VANCOUVER ISLAND

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Coombs 34th Annual Bluegrass Festival Make sure y’all hang around Coombs August 2-5 and take in one of the oldest bluegrass celebrations in B.C. (and quite possibly, one of the largest!). They will be pickin’ n’ grinnin’ all B.C. long weekend with bluegrass bands from all over the continent. Enjoy great jam sessions and fun for the whole family.

Knox United Church Fall Fair Every year it’s a grand garage sale with furniture bargains, family entertainment, children’s games, home baking, a silent auction and much more. This year it’s Sept. 15, 8:30 a.m to 2:30 p.m., at Knox United Church, 345 Pym St., Parksville.

Coombs Old Time Fiddlers Jamboree Kid Fest If you got kids, you may as well pitch a tent in Parksville because August 19th is Kid Fest. Kids of all ages will love this fun-filled day stuffed with entertainment, activities and the always popular, Kids Sandcastle Competition. Dust off your sand bucket because you won’t want to miss this; they have awesome prizes!

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Each year the Coombs Old Time Fiddlers host an annual Jamboree to showcase the wonderful fiddlers and complementary musicians who live in or visit Oceanside. This year the Jamboree and the Coombs Country Opera are combining on Friday evening (7 p.m.), Sept. 21 and Saturday, Sept. 22 (1-10 p.m.) to provide a great weekend of Old Time Music at the Coombs Rodeo Grounds. Kick up your heels and dance and they enjoy an old-time country-style supper. Camping is available on the Rodeo Grounds. For information, call either Roy at 250-752-3636 or Nell at 250-752-4185.

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Because of our mild winters and celebratory nature, we have events happening all year round. If you had so much fun in the summer and can’t wait to come back, you are in luck; just look at what we do at Christmas! Christmas Craft Explosion begins that last few weeks of November and runs until the beginning of December. Visitors come from as far away as the U.S. to get a jump start on their Christmas shopping as various Craft markets conveniently coordinate their event to coincide with others. Most notable is Swimming Pool, Hot Tub & Lake Hot Showers & Laundry Full Service Hook Ups Sani Station PRIVATE WOODLAND SITES, PICNIC TABLES & FIRE RINGS Reservations 250-248-9371 • TF 1-800-925-3888 2619 Alberni Highway Coombs B.C. V0R 1M0 www.coombscampground.com E-mail: info@coombscampground.com


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the Kris Kringle Craft Market, which boasts over 100 booths of high quality crafts, and the Original Village Christmas Arts Faire, featuring many of the area’s top artists and artisans. Milner Christmas Magic at Milner Gardens and Woodland is a must-do on any list. Thousands of twinkle lights illuminate the forest as vignettes whimsically entertain. Talented musicians fill the air with the sounds of the holidays and local artists offer their

The h Santa Claus l Parade d lights li h up the h night i h sky k iin ddowntown Parksville and kicks off midnight shopping, caroling and all kinds of great Christmas fun. For more information on any of these events or the 130 others that take place throughout the year, www.VisitParksvilleQualicumBeach.com or pop by one of the Visitor’s Centres.

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Gastronomic in G t i Adventures Ad t i Oceanside O id Just as the diversity of Oceanside attracts visitors from every corner of the globe, chefs and foodies are drawn to experiment with the vast array of locally grown products. They exercise their culinary prowess with the eagerness of an artist holding a limitless palette. Like the scenery, the natural Sandbar Café abundance of Oceanside is an & Art Gallery eternal source of inspiration. Here, in one of Vancouver Your Local Family Restaurant Island’s most diverse ecosystems, Mother Nature rewards us with bounteous treasures from the sea, soil and surface. Our expansive shores provide us with the LIVE ENTERTAINMENT EVERY freshest and cleanest seafood, WED., FRI. & SAT. EVENING including Qualicum Bay scallops and clams, Fanny Bay oysters, juicy prawns and crab

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from Nanoose Bay and Wild Pacific Salmon. From the gourmet greens of Nanoose Bay to the exotic truffles of Parksville and the peerless potatoes of Qualicum Bay to Errington’s sweet corn, our region is rapidly making its mark in culinary tourism. Let us invite you to feast at the plenteous tables of Oceanside. Whether you dine in one of our many restaurants or gather goodies to prepare back at your hotel, you are in for a unique and memorable culinary experience. Come taste our culture for yourself!

Bars and Restaurants

With so many dining locations in Parksville, Qualicum Beach and surrounding communities, there is bound to be a sumptuous option to suit every palate and budget. Our relaxed and casual lifestyle spills into our dining scene whether you crave home cooking or gourmet fare. West Coast cuisine is prominent here as most of our restaurants feature treasures from the sea but no menu item garners more attention than crispy battered fish and homecut chips. Ethnic restaurants boast a full range of global cuisine, including Japanese, Italian, Thai, Mexican, Indian and Vietnamese. Most of the fast-food outlets can be found in Parksville, while all communities offer their own special brand. We are a coffee-crazed community and many of our cafés even roast their own beans. Numerous bars dot the landscaped with everything from old-world-style pubs to new-age-chic bistros. Dining on the beach is easy when you live on the ocean, so whether you are perched high on the bank or at a shore-level patio, sunset viewing is made even more special with the smells of an evening tide. Reservations 250-248-2333

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Food Shopping

While our large grocery stores carry many local products, buying direct from the farms or the farmers at markets and roadside stands makes a cheery country drive even more pleasurable. Visit one of our fine bakeries for such delicacies as homemade artisan bread and ‘Beestings.’ The Little Qualicum Cheeseworks offers their famed artisan cheeses and, while you’re there, visit the Mooberry Winery and try their selection of fruit wines. Many shops sell local meat and poultry but, for fresh seafood, head down to one of the local marinas.

Food Festivals

We are definitely the land of festivals so, naturally, we have celebrations that honour our food. Parksville Uncorked pays tribute to our local food, as well as the great wine region of Vancouver Island. The Taste of Oceanside, Crab Fest and Fire and Ice are just a few of the delectable events Oceanside devours throughout the year.

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Kid Zone Kid Zone We love kids so much we even have an entire festival dedicated to them. Kid Fest takes place Aug. 19 but the fun begins the night before with the Quality Foods Festival of Lights. Grab a blanket and head down to Parksville’s Community Park (don’t miss the playground and water park) for one of the biggest fireworks displays on Vancouver Island. Get a good night’s rest because Kid Fest starts at 10 the next morning. It is all free and includes live entertainment, face painting, interactive games and crafts. Enter the Children’s Sandcastle Competition to win really great prizes. Learning never was as much fun as it is here. Craig Heritage Park is an interactive museum that offers tours and educational experiences. From nature to history, this re-creation of Parksville’s old days is full of surprises. A trip to the Qualicum Beach Museum offers another fascinating glimpse into the past,

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l a truly l amazing ffosill plus collection in paleontology section. An historical site that focuses on nature is Milner Garden and Woodland, part of Vancouver Island University. In addition to offering holiday events, such as the Easter Bunny Search and Milner Christmas Magic, Milner exposes kids to the wonders of growing with their ‘Shoots with Roots’ program. Be sure to watch out for fairies dancing in the old-growth forest. Even our airport is a fun place for kids to ‘hanger’ out in. The PQ Aero Club hosts COPA for Kids, Sept. 15, teaching flying essentials just before taking the new ‘pilots’ into the wild blue yonder. For those competitive types, we have mini-golf courses in ‘Paradise’ on the Island Highway in downtown Parksville (see Page 33) and at Riptide Lagoon in the Resort Area just south of Parksville (see Page 32). Paradise also offers bumper boats and Riptide laser bumper cars. Up for a little bowling? Try Sunset Lanes on the Island Highway in Parksville near the “Orange Bridge’ (yes, it’s orange). Oceanside is a shopping and dining mecca for kids. A few dollars lets you go crazy in a dollar store or visit a specialty candy shop. Most of the fast-food outlets can be found in Parksville, while all communities offer their own special brand of eats. You like animals? We’ve got animals. Have you ever milked a goat, ridden a pony, got up close and personal with bugs and reptiles or watched real live bears and eagles in recovery? What would you say if a butterfly or a parrot landed on you? If you’ve got kids, they will want to visit Tiger Lily Farm, North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre, The World Parrot Refuge and Butterfly World/Big Bug Jungle. And Morningstar Farm, which also houses Little Qualicum Cheeseworks and Mooberry Winery, is great family fun.


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When people think about spas, they presume these royal treatments are just for the rich and famous. We don’t agree. Oceanside is a spa destination and that means we have day spas, full-service spas and everything in between. Our largest resorts have luxury spas right on site, while the many day spas offer just as much variety in tranquil moments and soothing services. With so many spas to choose from, you might think the residents of Oceanside have become a little spoiled. Again, we don’t agree. Sure, our spas have won awards and we do have the largest resort spa in B.C. (at Tigh Na Mara Resort) but does this make us pampered? And with such a wide variety to choose from, the services offered are unique and specialized but that does not make us coddled. Of course, the affordability does keep us going back but we are not indulgent. No, the residents of Oceanside recognize the importance of maintaining a balanced life. The great outdoors keep us physically active, while organizations such as Vancouver Island University challenge our minds. Our many festivals and events cater to our social needs and but, when the soul needs

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Horne Lake Area

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Horne Lake is a natural gem nestled in the Beaufort Range mountains outside of Qualicum Beach. There are two beautiful parks open to the public that feature crystal-clear water and some of Vancouver Island’s coolest adventures. Visitors to Horne Lake Caves Provincial Park can explore spectacular caverns on their own or take part in an educational guided tour. Tours range from easy family-oriented trips to more adventurous expeditions including a rappel down a seven-storey underground waterfall!

RV sites, free picnic areas, rentals of canoes, kayaks, pedal boats and Stand-Up Paddle Boards (SUP’s), boat launch, excellent fishing, group camping and even camping in a teepee! This family-oriented park makes an excellent base camp to explore the local area or simply relax and drink in the spectacular scenery. In keeping with the wilderness theme, the campsites have no electricity or RV hook-ups. Open for camping and boating year-round. Reservations are recommended.

For those who prefer their adventures above ground, park visitors can expand their knowledge of caves at the Cave Education Centre and sit down to a video in Canada’s only Cave Theatre or experience the thrill of rock rappelling! The park is open year-round. Tours leave every hour during summer months and at various times throughout the year. Calling ahead and making a reservation is highly recommended. Voted “Best Natural Outdoor Site in BC” by Attractions Canada! Right next door is Horne Lake Regional Park, featuring lakefront tent and

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Health Services Public Health Unit

Parksville/Qualicum Health Unit, 249 W. Hirst Avenue, PO Box 1210, Parksville, BC V9P 2H2. Ph: 250-947-8222. Health Protection Environmental Services for food safety, water quality - drinking and recreational, and communicable disease control: 249 West Hirst Avenue, PO Box 1210, Parksville, BC V9P 2M2. Ph: 250.947.8222.

Mental Health

Adult Mental Health and Addiction Services, 249 West Hirst Avenue, PO Box 1949, Parksville, BC V9P 2H7. Ph: 250-947-8228. Seniors and Outreach Mental Health, 124 McCarter Street, PO Box 1949, Parksville, BC V9P 2G6. Ph: 250-947-8225. Child and Youth Mental Health Ministry of Children and Family Development, Vancouver Island Hospital Region, 124 McCarter Street, Nanaimo Regional General Parksville. Ph: 250-954-4737. Hospital: toll-free from Parksville/ 24 Hour Crisis Line: Qualicum 250-494-3888. Ph: 250-947-8214. Assisted Living Facilities Emergency: 911. Cokely Manor, Parksville, Walk-In Clinic operated by the Arrowsmith Rest Parksville Medical Clinic, Home Society, 266A Moilliet St. 154 Memorial Ave., Parksville, BC V9P 1M9. Ph: 250-248-5757. Ph: 250-947-7777, ext. 5. X-ray The Gardens at Qualicum Beach, Parksville X-ray Ltd., 546 W. Qualicum Beach, operated by Island Highway, Parksville. Qualicum Beach Retirement Ph. 250-248-3362. Monday to Residences, LLP, 650 Berwick Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Road North, Qualicum Beach, BC Laboratories V9K 2T8. LifeLabs: 103-154 West Ph: 250-738-2252. Memorial Ave., Parksville. Stanford Place, Parksville, Ph: 250-248-6913. operated by the Ahmon Group LifeLabs: 2-140 West 1st Ave., Stanford Holdings Inc., 250 Craig Qualicum Beach. St., Parksville, V9P 0A7. Ph: Ph: 250-752-6222. 250-951-0811, ext. 1101.

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Shopping

OCEANSIDE Let’s Go Shopping! Forget regurgitated air and carbon-copy clutter, most shops in Oceanside are independently owned, making for a one-of-akind shopping experience. For shopping with a European village flair, the town of Qualicum Beach can’t be beat. Picturesque gardens and old-worldstyle architecture enhance the experience but, again, it’s all about diversity. From perfumers to chocolatiers to kitchen gadgetiers — if you are searching for a unique item for someone special, you will find it in Qualicum Beach.

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Shopping

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While shopping in Parksville, take advantage of the quintessential 2 for 1 special. Not only do you get in some great purchases but we’ll throw in an ocean view and one of the most beautiful community parks in the province for free! Both Parksville and Qualicum Beach have earned top honours in the Communities in Bloom Competitions for many years, so be sure to leave a little time to stop and smell the flowers — they’re everywhere! Outside of our municipalities are smaller commercial nodes full of unique shops of their own. Coombs Old Country Market, famous for its goats on the roof, and the surrounding businesses cater to everything tasty and beautiful. Handcrafted pottery, homemade fudge and international products make the Coombs shopping spree an all-day event. We are big on benches in Oceanside, so no matter where you do your buying, a quiet spot to contemplate your day amidst fresh aromas is only a breath away.

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Farm Markets

To market, to market! It’s Saturday morning and what do the locals love to do most? Head to the farmers’ markets, of course! We are so lucky to be surrounded by dedicated farmers who know how to turn the blessings of Oceanside into bounty for us all. Enjoy honey, preserves, produce, and more at any of our farmers’ markets. Errington has the cutest market going. Nestled into the forest across from the old Errington Hall, residents and visitors alike nosh on fresh baking while combing the stalls for Mrs. Smith’s pickles and Uncle Joe’s rhubarb. Local musicians provide the soundtrack, which sees many a happy neighbour break into spontaneous dance. This is country living at its finest. Qualicum Beach hosts a huge farmers’ market right downtown every Saturday SATURDAYS 10 am to 1 pm morning. They have fresh produce and baking but also th fresh seafood and plenty of EVERY SATURDAY Y crafts. Live entertainment from MAY 5th to and an ocean breeze is the th 2012

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bbackdrop kd ffor this hi weekly kl ritual. i l N k run out off Note: BBothh markets farm fresh eggs early, so be sure to get yours jiggity-jig! There’s also the unique Pineridge Farm Market, just north of Qualicum Beach on the scenic route to Horne Lake. The market offers fresh, organic produce as straight from the farm as you can get, as well as ‘best of the Island’ quality products. And you can enjoy ice cream and brewed-on-site coffee while you browse! Parksville, Nanoose Bay and Bowser have farmers’ markets on occasion but every Tuesday 7 DAYS night in downtown Parksville, A WEEK! the ‘Summer by the Sea Street MARKET MAY TO SEPT. Market’ sets up. While some farmers bring their wares to sell, OPENING MAY 12, 2012 you will find everything here CHECK OUT OUR EVENTS from massages to petting zoos. at www.pineridgefarm.ca This is just like a big street party complete with dancing and 250-757-8897 plenty of good food. A great 10 Minutes North of Qualicum Beach way to spend a hot summer Exit #75, Horne Lake Rd. evening!

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Arts

OCEANSIDE Arts are in flourishing fl Oceanside O If you hope to find aartistic beauty while oon vacation you have ccome to the right pplace. Oceanside ddraws many artists to lilive here because of tthe mild climate and nnatural beauty that in inspires them. Pottery, ttextiles, painting, pphotography and m more — local artists eexhibit their work in galleries and pparticipate in arts activities throughout the area, and you are always invited to come see what they’re up to. You’ll find many galleries and studios nestled between the arbutus trees and the ocean. In Parksville, you’ll want to check out Morison Avenue, which has several independently owned galleries, and just a quick walk up McMillan Street bring you to the picturesque McMillan Arts Centre, a one-stop shop to find out about many not-to-miss galleries and arts services for the entire Oceanside area. The Old School House in Qualicum Beach is a beautiful spot to see a working gallery and studio any day of the week. It’s also home to Music On Sundays, an award-winning series of affordable concerts featuring top names in a variety of genres. By walking the lovely small-town streets of Qualicum Beach,

you’ll come across galleries and shops that are bound to inspire you. The City of Parksville and the Town of Qualicum Beach are home to many galleries and studios but so are the back roads and municipalities of Oceanside. By picking up the locally produced ‘Artists and Studio Guide to Qualicum Beach and Parksville Area’ you can take self-directed arts tours of commercial and private galleries, artists homes and studios. The brochure is a must for those interested in meeting artisans or for the connoisseur looking for a unique treasure. This brochure is available for free at most tourist outlets and hotels, as well as on BC Ferries. Gallery & Studio As well, the many artists and artisans in Nanoose Bay, just south of Parksville, offer amazing studio tours inviting you into the worlds of painting, sculpture, glass, First Nations jewelry and so much more. What a way to spend the day exploring one of Vancouver Island’s most 151A Morison Ave., Parksville unique and beautiful seaside 250-248-8189 gallery@monkartgallery.com communities!

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By Bill Flower Welcome golfers to a little piece of paradise in the golfing world, Oceanside, BC. Within a 20-¬minute drive of downtown Parksville you have no less than seven great golf courses all offering something unique for you. From family-oriented shorter courses to full-¬length monsters that scare even the pros, we have a great selection, all easily accessible and welcoming to every skill level and age. Let’s start just slightly north of here and work our way back. Firstly, the beautiful Arrowsmith Golf Course, arguably Canada’s nicest and most rewarding ‘executive’-length course. With the view of snow-capped Mt. Arrowsmith looming over you when you tee off, this scenic gem has a great blend of Par 5s and Par 4s combined with 13 delightful Par 3s, a great choice for any golfer! The greens here are some of the trickiest but fairest you can play anywhere. Heading back towards Parksville, we have another that can be labeled Canada’s ‘best’ in the nine-hole Memorial Golf Course set right in Qualicum Beach. This may be the most attractive nine-¬hole course from coast to coast and the Par-3 No. 5 hole ‘The Gully’ you could simply play all day long over and over. A gentle walking course, it is great for all levels and an evening game here with songbirds cheering you is as peaceful an experience as you can have. Qualicum Beach’s Pheasant Glen, with its dramatic and challenging last three holes to finish, is a true test for the keenest of golfers. After a pleasantly relaxing few easier holes to start the course, it rises up like a phoenix and, by the time the golfer


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hits the back nine, all shots are required to challenge the aforementioned final three holes. Par the 17th and boast ‘that’ to your friends. Eaglecrest Golf Club is Qualicum Beach’s residential beauty, winding its way through spectacular homes lining some of the many fairways. The Par-71 course is tight, so plan on a few well-¬placed 3 woods off the tees. Many a golfer has decided that this is the place to move to when they tee off on the final hole. Your own gallery, a family of local deer and view downhill beyond the green of the Coast Mountains on the mainland are some of the ingredients of this tremendous Par 4. Fancy playing where some of our future touring pros play? Home of the Canadian Tour spring qualifier, Morningstar Golf Course in Parksville is a ‘must’ play. One of the many Les Furber designed courses on Vancouver Island, the course combines some ‘links-style’ holes with a number of dramatic holes carved out of a beautiful forested setting. Very well-maintained, it’s pleasing to see Morningstar back to its former glory. The new kid on the block in Parksville, the nine-hole Par-29 Brigadoon, is so friendly a place to play a warm-up nine, it has to be followed with a second nine or perhaps even a third.

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Golf

OCEANSIDE

Now heading into its fourth year, its designer and owner Ross Rivers has a great pedigree in golf. Lastly, Fairwinds Golf Club, 15 minutes south of Parksville in Nanoose Bay, is another Furber beauty. With its improved drainage, it’s even better than before and a really great course

359 Martindale Rd., Parksville

to play. It possesses some really good holes and some really tough ones, too, like the awesome Par-5 No. 13. It is a good day out golfing. Look for golf writer Bill Flower’s bi-weekly column ‘Diamond in the Rough in the Oceanside Star.

Home of the Pheasants Nest Restaurant

954-0644

www.brigadoongolfcourse.com

Enjoy our unique 9 hole course right in the City of Parksville.

18 HOLE GREEN FEE $

69

GROUP RATES FROM

55/person Nine & Dine $40/person $

includes golf, cart & dinner

No Tee Times Required Check out our new shop! 9 HOLES PAR 29 ‘THE COFFEE’S S ALWAYS ON’

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Book on line at www.pheasantglen.com 250-752-8786 • 1-877-407-4653 Qualicum Beach, BC

250.248.2244 1.800.567.1320 FOR A TEE TIME

www.morningstargolf.com


GOLF VANCOUVER ISLAND

Golf

OCEANSIDE

VANCOUVER ISLAND’S BEST KEPT SECRET! OPEN DAILY, YEAR-ROUND WITH 24 HOUR BOOKING (up to 5 days in advance)

IImpressive mpressive i Practice Practi tice Facilities Facili iliti ties

• Large driving range with grass tees • Large, undulating practice green • Lessons available year-round

MICKY J’S LOUNGE FOOD & BEVERAGE SERVICE Our large clubhouse caters to everyday meals as well as Tournaments, Banquets, Weddings, Anniversaries etc.

TEN 18 HOLE PASSES Quality, speed and beauty are the trademarks of the Arrowsmith Golf & Country Club, the only course in Lighthouse Country, about 10 minutes north of Qualicum Beach. The 18-hole, par-61 executive golf course has a grass driving range, a practice bunker, two practice greens, and a full-service clubhouse. Arrowsmith Golf Course was designed for year-round play, with a continuous cart path allowing the use of power carts every day of the year. For more, visit www.golfarrowsmith.com.

ONLY

28900

$

PASSES ARE FULLY TRANSFERABLE to family or friends & do not expire until March 3, 2013.

A GREAT GOLFING BUY!

Island Rate $49 Book Online at www.eaglecrestgolfclub.ca

250-752-6311

BRING IN THIS AD FOR 50% OFF TAYLOR MADE RENTAL CLUBS

2035 Island Hwy W, Qualicum Beach, B.C., V9K 1G1 G1

Tel: 250-PLAY-PAR or 250-752-9727 2250 Fowler Road, Qualicum, B.C.

Midway between Bowser & Qualicum Beach on Hwy. 19A

www.golfarrowsmith.com


We’ve Changed The Way You Spend Your Summers

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Professional sculptors compete for a spot at the

World Championships!

July 14 - August 19

Exhibits open daily until 9pm

www.parksvillebeachfest.ca

Qualicum Beach

Sat., May 26th - Approx 8:45 pm

Simulcast to Music from 1982

Parksville Beach

Sat., Aug 18th - Approx 9:45 pm Bring your pails and shovels to the beach and create some sandcastle magic! Thousands of dollars worth of prizes and every one has a chance to win. OPEN TO CHILDREN 12 YEARS AND UNDER.

Sunday, Aug. 19 Qualicum Foods, 705 Memorial, Qualicum Beach QF Parksville, 391 E Island Hwy., Parksville QF Nanoose Bay, Red Gap Centre, Nanoose Bay

(250) 752-9281 (250) 954-2262 (250) 468-7131

Plus 8 more award winning locations

www.QualityFoods.com

Qualicum Foods, 705 Memorial, Qualicum Beach QF Parksville, 391 E Island Hwy., Parksville QF Nanoose Bay, Red Gap Centre, Nanoose Bay

www.QualityFoods.com

(250) 752-9281 (250) 954-2262 (250) 468-7131

Plus 8 more award winning locations on Vancouver Island and the Sunshine Coast!


Oceanside Star Visitors Guide 2012