Discover a selection of 234 vacation rentals in Parksville that are perfect for your trip. Whether you’re traveling with friends, family, or even pets, Vrbo vacation homes have the best amenities for hanging out with the people that matter most, including kitchens and swimming pools. Prices start at $49 per night, and houses and cabins are popular options for a stay in Parksville. Either way, you'll find a rental for everyone's needs.
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Destination guide

Explore British Columbia’s pretty Parksville

A quintessential summer getaway on the east coast of Vancouver Island, Parksville puts true meaning into the phrase that life’s a beach. People come to the city to relax on its broad sandy shores and frolic in the warm Pacific waters but end up equally enthralled by its fascinating cultural landscape and abundance of family-friendly attractions. Whether you plan to spend your days relaxing on the beach with the sound of gentle waves in the background or are determined to take in the view from the dizzy heights of Mount Arrowsmith, Parksville vacation rentals offer the perfect spot to call home during your stay.

Things to do

Enjoy fun-packed family days in Parksville

Family fun can be found around every corner here. The Sand Sculpting Competition and Exhibition draws the crowds every July but there’s plenty to keep you entertained all year round. Butterfly World & Gardens is a big hit with kids as is nearby Tiger Lily Farm where a petting zoo and trail rides through the forest are among the attractions. You can find both within a 15-minute drive of many Parksville vacation rentals. Be sure to squeeze in a little culture with a trip to Craig Heritage Park & Museum. The half-dozen heritage homes and the classic red 1940s fire truck make the park a must-visit for budding historians.

Activities

Explore the great outdoors in and around Parksville

You’ll find that life here is almost always best experienced outdoors. While the sandy beaches hold obvious appeal, don’t miss the chance to explore the open water. Kayaking in Nanoose Bay’s Schooner Cove is an idyllic way to do just that and the calm waters make it an ideal activity for the whole family. Cruises offer a less energetic pace so you might like to head to Cowichan Bay or the Campbell River, both within an hours’ drive of Parksville, where multiple tour companies offer excursions to see the whales, dolphins, and sea lions out in the water.

Weather

All 4 seasons can be enjoyed in Parksville

Parksville is understandably a popular spot for summer vacations, not least because temperatures hover around a comfortable 70 degrees throughout July and August. Competition for Parksville vacation rentals can be higher during this peak season so you shouldn’t rule out visiting during spring and fall, the former bringing local gardens to life with showy displays of fragrant cherry blossom. Winters in Vancouver Island, in general, are somewhat milder than in rest of Canada, which serves to attract those who want to explore the crisp white slopes of area ski resorts while enjoying the comfortable base of a home-style stay in Parksville.

Natural features

Discover a diverse landscape near Parksville

From the sweeping beaches that hug the shoreline to the towering heights of the surrounding coastal mountains, the landscape here is wonderfully diverse. Green spaces such as the Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park offer the perfect wildflower carpeted backdrop for hiking, birding, and cycling although wild swimming in Little Qualicum River can hold equal appeal. A trip to the Mount Arrowsmith UNESCO-tagged Biosphere Reserve is also a must for any bucket list. The trails here are challenging but the views from the top of the mountain, the highest on southern Vancouver Island, make any amount of effort entirely worthwhile.

How to get there

How to get to and around Parksville

The nearest airport is in Nanaimo, BC (ZNA-Nanaimo Harbour Water Aerodrome), located 20 mi (32.3 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you can also fly into Pender Harbour, BC (YPT-Pender Harbour Waterdrome), which is 24.6 mi (39.5 km) away.

How many vacation rentals are available around Parksville?

Our 2020 property listings offer a large selection of 234 vacation rentals around Parksville. From 104 house rentals to 47 cabin rentals, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends.

Can I rent an ocean-view property in Parksville?

Sparkling waters, white sands and blue skies as a canvas. If that is your idea of the perfect getaway, now's your opportunity to get your bliss on. Luckily, there are 66 beachside vacation homes to spirit yourself away to. Want to try something else? See if any of our other properties stand out. Our options for this destination include:

  • 65 seaside vacation rentals.
  • 62 beachfront vacation rentals.
  • 62 oceanfront vacation rentals.

Can I rent a house in Parksville?

If you want to live like a local and love having lots of space to spread out, renting an entire house is the way to go. There are 109 options currently on Vrbo. Prices begin at $41 per night. Or perhaps you'd prefer one of the area's other sought-after rental options, like:

  • Cottage: 38 vacation homes. Prices start from $71 per night.
  • Condo: 37 vacation homes. Prices start from $50 per night.
  • Townhome: 18 vacation homes. Prices start from $78 per night.

Can I stay in Parksville in a large group?

Whether you're heading off on a trip with your relatives or spending a week away with your old school gang, it's always stacks of fun hanging out in a brand new place together! And the best news is that Vrbo has options to suit you. Currently, house vacation homes are all the rage for large groups of visitors here, and you'll find 36 available on our database. Around the area, the properties that are suitable for large groups of people include:

  • Are you looking for vacation homes that can house 6 of you? We have 83 that will suit. The prices start from $119 per night.
  • If you've got 8 in your squad, you'll be pleased to learn that there are 28 vacation homes perfect. Prices start at $141 per night.
  • Hunting down properties for rent catering to 7 guests? You'll be delighted to find out we have 13 that will fit the bill. You can grab one for as little as $176 per night.

So never fear! When you travel with us you can bring along your dad, your cousin and all your buddies to Parksville.

Where are the cheapest rentals in Parksville?

Vrbo is here to help you come together with your loved ones. Listing a broad selection of thrifty rentals, you're sure to nab a special place to suit everyone's tastes. Departure Bay is a good area to have a look at if you want to keep an eye on your budget. Vrbo has 23 rentals, and the average price is a very agreeable $108 per night. Wellington is another great option. We have 10 rentals here, and the average price is around $125 a night.