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.


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.


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

Transportation to and around Parksville

The nearest airport is in Nanaimo, BC (YCD), located 27 mi (43.5 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you can also fly into Nanaimo, BC (ZNA-Nanaimo Harbour Water Aerodrome), which is 20 mi (32.2 km) away.

What are the top vacation rentals in or near Parksville?

Whatever you're looking for in a getaway, you'll find a rental property in or around Parksville that's perfect for you. These are some of our favorites:

  • Around 30 miles from the center of Parksville, you'll find it hard to resist "Water Front~vancouver Island~ Enchanting Panoramic Views". It has 2 bedrooms and a range of conveniences like lowered locks and a garden.
  • Alternatively, make a booking at "Luxury Romantic Designer Suite On Trendy Main Street". Around 55 miles from the heart of Parksville, it has 1 bedroom and features towels and off-street parking options.

For even more great options, use the search bar at the top of the page to find the perfect Parksville vacation rental for you.

What are the best tiny house vacation rentals in or near Parksville?

For an unforgettable experience, book one of Vrbo's tiny house rentals in Parksville. We warn you though — after you've stayed in a tiny house, the temptation to move into one of thes pint-sized pads will be tough to resist!

  • Expect a simpler way of life at "Waterfront Tiny House Sweet - Suite". Amenities at this small wonder in Juan de Fuca Electoral Area include a fridge and an oven.
  • "Modern Private Tiny Home In The Forest" in Lemon Creek is another top-rated choice. A stovetop and lowered locks will make your time here even more comfortable.

Can I find log cabins to rent in or near Parksville?

Whether you're looking to rent a log cabin for a getaway with your besties or an adventure with the family, we have the perfect property for you. Book one of these great vacation rentals in or near Parksville and enjoy being close to nature for a while:

  • "Log Cabin Fully Equipped. Couples" is the ideal combination of outdoor adventure and creature comforts. Take advantage of amenities here such as a stovetop and a nearby marina.
  • Bring a few pals with you or snuggle up with your love at "Amazing Lake Front Log Cabin On Sunny Sproat Lake". A garden and a kitchen are just two of the many amenities you'll find at this charming escape.

What are the top-rated vacation rentals for weekend getaways in or near Parksville?

There's nothing better than squeezing in a quick break to clear away the cobwebs. Pack your carry-on bag and settle into one of these weekend getaways in and around Parksville:

  • Located 20 miles to the northeast of the center of Parksville, "Halfmoon Bay Cottage - Privacy And Spectacular Views" is popular among nature fans and adventure lovers. Make your way to nearby attractions, including Winchelsea View Golf Course and Englishman River Falls Provincial Park. Then, try some activities like cycling or sailing.
  • "Designer's Luxury Sechelt Beach House" is another great setting for a weekend getaway. Around 25 miles east of Parksville, use it as a base to enjoy some fishing or cycling. Pacific Spirit Regional Park and Capilano River Regional Park should also be on your to-do list while you're here.

Can I find studio apartments for rent in and around Parksville?

Yes, you can. If you'd like a simple yet stylish stay, you can't go past a studio apartment. These compact properties ooze charm and are often conveniently located in the middle of town. Take a look at the following options in or near Parksville:

  • After a big day of urban exploration, enjoy total comfort and privacy at "Ocean Front, Spectacular Views". A garden and spa and beauty services are just two of the amenities you'll find here.
  • Another fantastic option is "Dream By The Fireplace In Our Lovely Log Home". Don't let its modest size fool you — this comfy apartment is packed with handy amenities like heating, a garden and more.

Can I find short term rentals in or near Parksville?

Whether you're in search of a cabin for two or a condo that'll fit the family, there's no shortage of short-term rentals in and around Parksville. These retreats make the perfect base for a whirlwind visit:

  • Within close reach of central Parksville, "There Is No Ocean View Like It. Victoria Only 30 Minutes Away" lays out the welcome mat for short-term guests. When you're not kicking back in your cozy digs, get out and discover the area's best sights.
  • Alternatively, spend a couple of relaxing nights at "Spectacular Ocean Views. Private Beach. Abundant Wildlife. Winter Stormwatching". This conveniently located property makes it easy to explore the area's sights.

What are the best romantic weekend getaways in or near Parksville?

Whether spent in a cabin, a cottage or a houseboat, a romantic weekend getaway is one of the best ways to spice up your love life. Whisk your honey off for a couple of leisurely days at one of these sought-after escapes in or near Parksville:

  • Put on some soothing music and kick back together at "Private Oceanfront Studio With Amazing Mountain Views". Around 5 miles from Parksville, this property has everything you need for a romantic getaway, including a nearby bay and a fireplace.
  • Otherwise, spend a few days canoodling and uncorking Champagne at "Ocean Front, Spectacular Views", around 25 miles from Parksville. Beauty services and shopping facilities will help set the scene for romance.

What are the best large group vacation rentals in or near Parksville?

Share your vacation and have twice as much fun. Whether you're planning an adventurous escape with friends or a family reunion, you'll have your choice of large group vacation rentals in and near Parksville:

  • You'll have loads of room to spread out at "Eagle Haven Parksville: Your Oceanfront Retreat". Around 1 mile northwest of Parksville, this generously sized retreat has 5 bedrooms sleeping up to 12 guests. It comes with a host of amenities, including a nearby waterfront and a kitchen.
  • Invite as many as 12 of your best friends to "4 Bedroom 2. 5 Bathroom Character House" and fill the place with love and laughter. This popular option has 4 bedrooms and is around 8 miles to the west of Parksville. It's crammed with features to keep your large group occupied, including a swimming pool and a garden.

What are the best houses for rent with a pool in or near Parksville?

Of all the amenities a vacation rental can offer, a pool promises the most fun. Browse these houses for rent with a pool in or near Parksville and spend your days splashing around. Just don't forget your inflatable unicorn:

  • Pack your swimsuit and make yourself comfortable at "Designer's Luxury Sechelt Beach House". There are also lots of other appealing amenities here, including a stereo and books.
  • Alternatively, unpack your suitcase at "Walk - On Oceanfront "harlequin House" Retreat In French Creek". Along with a refreshing pool, make use of a kitchen and outdoor furniture.

Parksville has a mediterranean climate, with average summertime temperatures ranging between 55 ºF and 65 ºF. But you don't have to wait until summer to visit! Take a look at the search bar at the top of the page and adjust the filters to find the perfect Parksville vacation rental and plan your escape for whenever you like.

What are the best large family vacation rentals in or near Parksville?

Privacy, comfort and space are key to any great family getaway, and Vrbo's range of large family vacation rentals in and around Parksville offer the perfect solution. Have a look at these to get you started:

  • Around 20 miles northeast of Parksville, "Halfmoon Bay Cottage - Privacy And Spectacular Views" sleeps up to 8 people over 3 bedrooms. As well as lots of space to sprawl out, amenities include a DVD player and on-site watersports.
  • Another great family getaway is "Walk - On Oceanfront "harlequin House" Retreat In French Creek". Around 2 miles northwest of Parksville, it features 4 bedrooms, space for up to 8 guests, on-site watersports and a dishwasher.