Whether you're looking to take it easy at one of our local parks, catch some surf, take the kids mini golfing, enjoy an animal sanctuary, see the goats on the roof or visit Mount Washington Alpine, Beach Acres is centrally located to experience the ideal island vacation.
Local ParksAt Beach Acres Resort, you can enjoy the blue of the ocean at your doorstep or revel in the green of the forest landscape of neighbouring Rathtrevor Provincial Park. But these are far from the only natural gems in the Oceanside region. Eight provincial parks and five regional district parks are all close by. Visit our page on Beach Fun for all the details you'll need.
The world famous Pacific Rim National Park is just a day-trip away. Explore from the mountains to the ocean to deep underground. A professional guide can introduce you to the wonders of Horne Lake Caverns one day and next day can find you humbled and inspired by the natural sights of Mount Arrowsmith, a United Nations designated “Biosphere Reserve”, one of only 13 such designations in Canada, and 1 of only 500 worldwide.
For more information visit the provincial government's parks site.
The expansive Lions Venture Land playground in downtown Parksville is well equipped for hours of fun. We've been told there's nothing like it anywhere in the province! Bring the family for some good old fashioned fun, and don't forget your swimsuit, there's a water park!
To find "the funnest playground in the world" see the google maps location.
Mini GolfWhile there is always lots of talk about the region’s fabulous golf offerings for grown-ups, the most junior and senior members of the family can even the odds at one of five fun and fabulous mini-golf attractions.
- Paradise Mini Golf – Watch Video Here or visit their website
- Riptide Lagoon Adventure Golf - Visit their website
Local TreasuresIf enjoying the flora and fauna are on your vacation wish list, try a visit to a fish hatchery, or butterfly gardens or wildlife refuge. After you’ve said hello to the local wild things, how bout a visit to a farmyard or local cheese maker? And you don’t have to be a botanist or a gardener to enjoy either the carefully manicured gardens or wild old-growth rainforest of the area. We recommend everyone visit the "Goats on the Roof" at Coombs Country Market for photos, ice cream and unique finds! Ask our staff about their favourite local place, or visit the links below.
Did you know that Beach Acres is only 50 minutes from Mount Washington Alpine Resort? With an average of 10.5 metres of snowfall every year and 1700 acres of alpine terrain this mountain offers something for everyone, no matter your skill level. If alpine isn't your thing, you'll love 55 kms of cross country trails and 20 kms of snowshoeing trails.
Mount Washington offers classes for all ages and skill levels if you're just starting or wanting to improve your skills. With record snowfalls, a mild temperature and little to no lift lines, Mount Washington is one of Vancouver Island's jewels. Contact us or stay posted to our newsletter and specials for skiing packages.
Arts & CultureWhile the pace of life might be slower here on beautiful Vancouver Island, the Arts and Culture scene of the region is bursting with activity. The magnificence of the landscape has inspired one of the densest gatherings of artists and artisan studios in the province.
And while weekends year-round feature the most activity in music and the performing arts, art galleries and self-guided studio tours can be enjoyed most anytime. Ask at the resort office for a Blue Brochure full of self-guided tours.
If history is a passion, visit the Qualicum Beach Museum complex to begin your exploration of First Nations history, or check out the Craig Heritage Museum in Parksville that tells tales from the lives of the area’s first European settlers and farmers.
Summer is so packed full of performances and festivals, that you’ll never have time to do it all – but that’s okay, we’d love to help you plan a return visit soon!