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This Canadian Coastline Is Perfect For A Family-Friendly Beach Vacay

By Kristin Conard


The Parksville Qualicum Beach area on Vancouver Island has natural beauty and a range of activities available, making it one of the best islands for a family-friendly trip.
Little Qualicum Cheeseworks in Parksville is a local, family-run dairy that hosts a self-guided tour. You can enjoy even more barnyard animals at the Old Country Market in Coombs.
At North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre, guests can see resident eagles, white ravens, owls, and bears. Horne Lake Caves has a great range of cave tours for the whole family.
The driftwood-strewn Parksville Beach experiences a dramatic high and low tide change. The sand gets heated by the sun, leaving it warm and lovely for swimming.
You can also kayak and paddleboard in the waters. Those who don't want to get wet can enjoy the views with a stroll along the wide, wooden boardwalk.
You'll also encounter a number of art galleries and boutiques in the Parksville area, and families with kids aged 13 and older can book a visit to the Grotto Spa for relaxation.