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Mother’s Day is just around the corner and what better way to celebrate than with some fresh air, exercise and absolutely stunning scenery. The Oceanside Mother’s Day 10K Run & 5K Run/Walk, sponsored by the Oceanside Running Club and benefiting the Parksville Haven Society, is happening on May 13th (right on Mother’s Day). The event is more than just a race. There will be plenty of prizes and amazing food to enjoy too. Participants can truly make a day of it.


The 10K run course takes runners through the breathtaking Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park, known for its magnificent old growth trees and spectacular ocean views. There’s something for every run enthusiast here, as the course is part trail and part road. Awards will be presented to the top three finishers in each of the age categories.


Those seeking a more leisurely experience will enjoy the 5K Run/Walk course, which makes it way through the scenic Englishman River Estuary. While there will be awards given to the first three participants that cross the finish line, there is no real rush here. Run, jog, stroll and take it all in.


If you’re interested in taking part in the event, it’s a good idea to register early. Those wishing to take part in the Oceanside Mother’s Day 10K Run or 5K Run/Walk have until midnight on May 10th to register online. If you register by this date, the cost is $30. Anyone who chooses to register on race day will pay $40.   


Once you’ve registered for the Oceanside Mother's Day event, be sure to book an oceanfront room in Parksville at the Quality Resort Bayside. We offer comfortable rooms, a heated pool, racquet courts and all the striking natural beauty you can stand. It’s the ideal way to unwind after such an active day.  
March
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posted by: Quality Resort Bayside on March 15, 2018 1:35:02 PM
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WOW! This is an amazing opportunity to discover Parksville and the surounding areas. Come walk with Nature and enjoy all that Parksville has to offer!





Event Descriptions:

March 19-23, Go Wild Spring Break Camp at Moorecroft

9 am to 3 pm 

Children aged 6 to 10 are invited to GO Wild and spend an incredible spring break at Moorecroft Regional Park and experience nature inspired fun and adventure.

March 24, Basic Bird ID and Bird-watching for Adults

8:30 am to 12:30 pm

Dr. Lynne Brookes will lead this enjoyable, practical workshop for beginning and intermediate level participants age 16 and up at North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre, Errington.

 

March 24 & 25, Birding Tours

9:30 am to 12:00 pm

Take a tour with field ornithologist and expert birder Christopher Stephens to learn all about local birds and migrating species as well as the latest BC bird research findings

March 24 & March 25, Forest Bathing Walk

10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Knowledgeable and experienced eco tour guides invite you to come relax, rejuvenate and soak up nature’s restorative medicines on a slow paced, sensory and mindful forest bathing experience.

March 25, Brant in the Bay

10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Enjoy the chance to view Brant geese and other birds through spotting scopes and have all your nature questions answered by the Arrowsmith Naturalists at Parksville Community Park.

March 26-29, Spring Break – Spring into Pirate Camp 

9:30 am to 3:30 pm 

Ahoy, matey! This fun and educational camp for children aged 7 to 12 at Deep Bay Marine Field Station will introduce landlubbers to the science of the seas through pirate-based games and activities for all ages. Camp will be packed with science-based games, experiments, interpretive nature walks and beach explorations.

 

March 26-29, Go Wild Spring Break Camp at Rathtrevor

9:00 am to 3:00 pm 

Children aged 6 to 11 are invited to GO Wild and spend an incredible spring break at Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park and experience nature inspired fun and adventure.

 

March 27, Birding Walk at Englishman River / San Pariel

9:00 am

Arrowsmith Naturalists birders will lead families/individuals to see birds and explain birding techniques. Meet at the Plummer Road trail head. Directions: Island Hwy (19A) to Plummer Road, south side of orange bridge. Travel on Plummer Road along the Englishman River. Stop at the corner of Plummer and Shorewood Drive. Meet at signed trail head on left.

March 28, Winged Migration Film

2:00 to 4:00 pm

Watch this epic portrait of winter bird migration at Eaglecrest Golf Club in Qualicum Beach. Filmed on all seven continents over four years, the footage is brought together into one portrait of a journey that’s uniformly arduous for all kinds of different birds. This documentary was shot using in-flight cameras, most of the footage is aerial, and the viewer appears to be flying alongside birds of successive species.

By donation.

March 30, Birding Walk at Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park

9:00 am

Arrowsmith Naturalists birders will lead families/individuals to see birds and explain birding techniques. Meet at the main parking lot at Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park.

March 31, Basic Bird ID and Bird-watching for Families

10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Dr. Lynne Brookes will lead this practical and fun workshop for families with children age 10 and up at North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre, Errington.

 

 
January
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posted by: Quality Resort Bayside on January 21, 2018 4:47:57 PM
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 Arts and culture events near Parksville 

 

Treat yourself to a memorable night out! There are lots of entertaining shows and events near Parksville this winter to keep you feeling warm and bright long after the holidays. Check out some of our suggestions for performing arts shows to see near Parksville this February:
 
 
From February 15th to March 4th, ECHO Players presents Hay Fever, a play by the legendary Noel Coward. This hilarious play centres around the Bliss family, which includes a retired actress mother, a novelist father, and two mischievous, dramatic children. When the family welcomes weekend guests, antics abound - and the audience is in for a night of wit, laughter, and delight. Tickets are just $12 for students, $18 for seniors, and $21 for adults. Shows are performed at the Village Theatre in Qualicum Beach, less than a 15 minute drive away from Quality Resort Bayside.
 
 
Storytelling is an art form that is largely being forgotten in modern days, or dismissed as being only for children. In fact, storytelling is an inspiring, emotional, and transformative experience that holds value for people of all ages. Tales for the Telling features storytelling for adults in Parksville, and on Friday, February 23rd the group will be welcoming Mariella Bertelli, an outstanding storyteller from Toronto. Bertelli will be presenting a “family saga that unravels the lives of a woman and a man, continents apart but united by fate”. Tickets are $18 and the event begins at 7 pm at the McMillan Arts Centre, less than a 15 minute walk away from Quality Resort Bayside.
 
In Parksville, we are lucky to be part of a community that is so creative and diverse. There are always lots of cultural events and performing arts shows to check out at any time of year, whether it’s a big theatrical production or an intimate live music session at a cafe. Our friendly staff is always happy to suggest things to do and see near our hotel - just come by and ask!
 
October
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posted by: Quality Resort Bayside on October 28, 2017 4:57:32 PM
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 Spend Christmas in Parksville    
Christmas is right around the corner, and before you know it you’ll be trading in your Halloween costumes and Thanksgiving dinners for Christmas decorating and swapping gifts. Parksville is the perfect place to spend your holiday season with family, friends, and loved ones. Here are some suggestions for events to check out as the holidays approach:
 
 
Local artisan Darril Hanscom will be holding special Christmas sales on 3 separate weekends, when you can stock up on unique gifts for friends and family. Browse through the selection of beautiful handcrafted wood creations, such as stools, rocking chairs, trays, kitchenware, and much more. The sale takes place at the artist’s workshop in Nanoose Bay, just a 15 minute drive away from Quality Resort Bayside. Don’t miss a great opportunity to stock up on gifts and tokens that your loved ones are sure not to already have.
 
 
Each year, Milner Gardens in Parksville hosts an annual family festival of lights and music. Details about this year’s celebration are still to come, but previous years’ events had plenty of live music, thousands and thousand of brilliant Christmas lights, lots of sweet treats and hot drinks, plus chances to visit Santa Claus himself! Bundle up in a cozy sweater and bring the whole family along for a stroll among the lights. There are also often story readings and free tea and cocoa inside the historic Milner House at the gardens. If you still need to pick up some presents, check out the gift shops onsite where there will be gifts, souvenirs, Christmas decorations, and much more. Admission is by donation.
 
Why not plan a holiday getaway in Parksville for you and the whole family? With our affordable room rates and beautiful ocean views, you’re sure to have a holiday to remember at the Quality Resort Parksville.   
 

There’s nothing quite like summer in Parksville, BC. With our warm weather, gentle-wave beaches and lush, West Coast landscape, travellers come from all over the world to visit our charming city. With Canada Day and even warmer weather on its way, we’ve got a calendar chock-full of great summer events.
Fireworks Canada Day Bayside Bistro


Canada Day Fireworks at the Bayside Bistro & Lounge


There’s simply no better way to celebrate Canada Day than with some awe-inspiring fireworks. As the grand finale after a full day of festivities, the fireworks in Parksville will be one of the biggest displays on Vancouver Island. Kicking off from 10:15 to 10:45 on July 1, the skies over Parksville Community Beach will be lighting up with colours. For the best views in the area, come down to the Bayside Bistro & Lounge, our hotel’s elegant onsite restaurant. We’re preparing an exceptional fireworks buffet that you can enjoy as you watch the light show from our newly renovated waterfront patio. We recommend making a reservation!


Parksville Beach Festival


Love the beach? Want to see some of the most talented sculptors in the world build epic art out of sand? If this sounds like your cup of tea (or bucket of sand), come check out the Quality Foods Canadian Open Sand Sculpting Competition and Exhibition. The competition runs from July 14 to 16, and the exhibition viewing runs from July 17 to August 20, 9am - 9pm daily. Sculptors from around the world compete at this event, as this Master Sculptor competition is one step towards qualifying for the official World Championship!


Farmers Markets


For fresh fruit and veggie enthusiasts, Parksville is the best place to be. Our charming coastal community is home to some fantastic arts, crafts and farmers markets, where you can get your fill of summer delights. Chat up some friendly locals, peruse the seasonal selection of produce, or check out the talented art vendors and music performances. The Summer by the Sea Street market takes place on Tuesday nights from 6 pm to 9 pm, from mid June until the end of August. There's also the Parksville Museum Farmers Market, which takes place on Fridays.


Whether you’re looking for fun in the sun, or stunning light by night, Parksville, BC has a tonne of lively events to attend. Make sure to catch the fireworks display from our Bayside Bistro & Lounge, after which you can tuck in for the night at Quality Resort Bayside Parksville hotel. Our comfortable accommodations will ensure you a good night’s sleep. Book your room today!
April
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posted by: Quality Resort Bayside on April 23, 2017 10:02:45 PM
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For the fifth year, the Vancouver Island Tribute Festival returns to Parksville, BC May 26th-28th. This festival features the best tributes to all of your favourite artists all in one place. World-class musicians will be honouring greats like Elvis, Roy Orbison, ABBA, Buddy Holly, Liza Minnelli, and much more! Check out the full listing of artists here.
 
The event takes place at the Parksville Community and Conference Centre, just a 5 minute drive or 20 minute walk away from Quality Resort Bayside Inn! In addition to great music and lots of laughs, there will be chances to win door prizes. 
 
The festival starts on Friday night with back to back tribute acts. On Saturday morning, if the sun is out, catch the “Parade of Stars” at 11 am. The tribute artists will make their way through the streets from Parksville to Qualicum beach in convertibles showing off their great costumes and fabulous hair (or wigs!). There will also be both an afternoon and an evening show back a the Community and Conference Centre, with a break from around 5pm to 7pm so you can get refreshed for the night’s festivities. Sunday’s performances will be gospel-focused, with each tribute artist singing his or her favourite gospel songs. 
 
Purchase a weekend pass for only $114, or attend the Saturday afternoon show for $30 or the Friday and Saturday evening shows for $40 each. This event is held to support the Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation. 100% of proceeds are donated to the charity, which uses it to purchase medical equipment that detects cancer in patients of all ages. The Vancouver Island Tribute Festival was first started by four cancer survivors who wanted to give back to their Island communities through not only financial donations but through a festival that brings joy to all.

Quality Resort Bayside Inn is happy to support the Vancouver Island Tribute Festival with a special rate for festival goers. Just call us at 250-248-8333 and ask for our Festival rate!
 

 

Whether you’re a wine or beer newbie or you have a well-seasoned palate that is accustomed to sophisticated epicurean delights, the plethora of tastings, featured wine dinners and bubbly brunches on offer at the 9th Annual Parksville Uncorked Wine & Culinary Festival is sure to please!

 

This annual opportunity to savour and sip while you rub shoulders with the finest sommeliers, vintners and restaurateurs from all over British Columbia is now one of Vancouver Island’s most elegant signature events.

 

This year’s festival features not one - but two - winemakers' dinners for you to choose from. Each will showcase innovative menus prepared by the executive chefs at The Beach Club Resort and Tigh-Na-Mara Resort in collaboration with BC's top wineries.

 

But then, the whole festival line-up is sure to make your mouth water. Here’s the low-down:

 

THURSDAY FEBRUARY 23

Parksville Untapped, 6:30pm at Tigh-Na-Mara Resort

This event showcases products from regional breweries, cideries and distilleries paired with delicious regional cuisine. Tickets cost $55.

 

FRIDAY FEBRUARY 24

Swirl Signature Event, 6:30pm at The Beach Club Resort

Swirl will put the spotlight 100 wineries alongside dishes from the kitchens of executive chef Rick Davidson of the resort’s Pacific Prime Restaurant and executive chef Eric Edwards of Cedars Restaurant and Lounge at Tigh-Na-Mara. Tickets cost $75.

 

SATURDAY FEBRUARY 25 

The Beach Club Winemaker's Dinner, 6:30pm at The Beach Club Resort

This year’s theme is ‘Terroirs of the Okanagan’ and the wines being showcased include the Ex Nihilo Pinot Gris, 2014 from North Kelowna and Moon Curser Dead of Night Syrah Blend, 2013 from Osoyoos. Menu highlights include terrine of sea bass and scallop ‘dancing’ with black truffle and asparagus and BC quail and chanterelle mushroom ravioli. Tickets cost $159.

 

Tinhorn Creek Winemaker's Dinner, 6:30pm at Tigh-Na-Mara Resort

Details of this feast are yet to be released, but one thing is certain: the winning blend of Tigh-Na-Mara’s delectable dishes and Tinhorn Creek’s wines is sure to astound. Tickets cost $149.

 

SUNDAY FEBRUARY 26

Bubbles & Brunch: at The Beach Club Resort

Wrap up your weekend with Bubbles and Brunch at either the Beach Club or Tigh-Na-Mara.

And while you’re in town – if you can still manage to button up your pants! – check out the many beautiful attractions that Parksville and Qualicum Beach have to offer. Known as ‘The Canadian Riviera’, this area is a sheer pleasure to explore.

 

Tee off at one of the six local golf courses, stroll or cycle along the many ocean, forest and mountain trails, or go caving at Horne Lake Caves, which were voted the ‘Best Natural Outdoor Site in BC’ by Attractions Canada.

 

Last year's festival sold out pretty quickly, so book early. And if you’re looking for affordable accommodation with a fabulous ocean view, check out the Quality Resort Bayside in Parksville. There you can take a dip in the pool, wander along the beach and sample casual gourmet dining while you soak up magnificent bay views.

 

June
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posted by: Quality Resort Bayside on June 29, 2016 3:28:07 PM

Our great country is turning 149 on July 1 and if you’re visiting us here in Parksville, there are plenty of ways to celebrate! From kayaking to concerts to fireworks, the day promises to be a fun-filled one from morning until night. Take a look at some of the happenings below and don’t forget to book your stay with us here at Quality Resort Bayside. Choose from a wide variety of gorgeous accommodations, some of which offer sweeping views of the water. Take advantage of fabulous hotel amenities like a fitness centre, indoor pool, hot tub, and two on-site restaurants with outdoor patios. Make your reservations today! 

Qualicum Beach Canada Day 2016

Start your Canada Day off with a parade, starting at 11:45 AM down Memorial Avenue and ending at the Qualicum Beach Legion. A cake cutting will take place a t 1:30 and there will be free entertainment all day, alongside a BBQ. 

Canada Day in Parksville

Parksville's Canada Day celebration is one of the biggest on Vancouver Island. Fuel up in the morning at the Shriner's Pancake Breakfast at 7:30 AM, then watch the parade make its way from Pioneer Crescent to the Parksville Community & Conference Centre at 10:00 AM. Then, enjoy a full day of family-friendly entertainment and activities, with food trucks, artisan booths, and rides for the kids. A concert will be held at 9:00 PM. The sky will light up with the Thrifty Foods Fireworks Spectacular at 10:15 PM! 

Canada Day Fireworks Paddle??

Celebrate Canada Day on the water and get the best view in town for fireworks — from a kayak! Gear and instruction is provided with registration, at $61 per person. Call 250-248-3252 to save your spot. The paddle runs from 8:30 PM to 11:00 PM.

January
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posted by: Quality Resort Bayside on January 26, 2016 12:07:51 PM

Above all else, Parksville is a great place to be a part of a community—even if you’re just visiting. Not only is it beautiful to be here, but there’s always plenty of good-natured fun going on that lets people come together. We’ve picked out three of our favourite upcoming community events, so don’t miss them!

14th Annual Qualicum Beach Seedy Saturday – Feb 6

Parksville is surrounded by nature, so it’s no surprise we enjoy our gardening. For the 14th year running, the Seedy Saturday will be offering all kinds of gardening wisdom and supplies. Learn about major gardening challenges, swap seeds, a farmer’s market, and even a children’s program to entertain the gardens-in-training. There will also be a raffle, as well as 70+ vendors supplying everything you need. Learn more here.

Coombs Fair Family Day – Feb 8

If the clouds are starting to look a little dark, head to this indoor event. Coombs, the home of the famous “Goats on the Roof” market, will be hosting plenty more this year. There will also be a fantastic family day fair, including heritage demos and plenty of crafts and games. There will even be free hot dogs and popcorn. Activities will include a garden railway, a treasure hunt, butter churning, and much, much more. Learn more here.

Parksville Uncorked 2016 – Feb 18-21

Finish off your time in Parksville with a nice glass of vino! This 8th annual Uncorked wine festival will include wine dinners and champagne brunches. Chefs and sommeliers, vintners and restauranteurs from all over BC will be congregating to share and teach their expertise to all guests. Of course, somewhere in-between all the fascinating wine talk, you’ll have to remember to find some time to try a glass! Learn more here.

Parksville is a great community full of great times to be had for all, so the next time you’re in town, join us for some family fun. And while you’re here, be sure to stay with us at our hotel, where you’ll be treated like family yourself! Book your oceanfront room today. We look forward to your visit!

December
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posted by: Quality Resort Bayside on December 28, 2015 2:56:07 PM
This January, Parksville will play host to some incredible culture seeping with heritage. Whether you want to hear music from the Maritimes, stories from Scotland, or silver screen silent stars, there’s sure to be something for the whole family to enjoy. See you in the theater!

JP Cormier in Concert at the Errington Hall – Jan. 16

Coming all the way to BC from the Maritimes, this multi-instrumentalist and folk legend is set to get Parksville up on its feet. A prolific musician, Cormier has recorded 14 albums with him doing everything from fiddling to guitar playing to mandolin picking to banjo strumming—all of which he is incredible at. Don’t miss this opportunity to get a taste of one of the most talented musicians of the Maritimes—and even the country. Get your tickets here.

Coalmines, Council Houses and Corsets: The Life and Times of a Scottish Granny – Jan. 22

As part of the McMillan Arts Centre’s Tales for the Telling series, a select group of people will get to hear tales from the Scottish Granny Jamieson. Told by the Granny’s grandchild Norma Cameron, these down-to-earth stories of coalmines, council houses, corsets, and more will leave the whole room smiling—and perhaps with a few life lessons. Get your tickets here.

Silver Screen Scoundrels at the Errington Hall – Jan. 30

Another great event from the Errington Hall, this is a great event for the whole family. Harking back to the original days of moving pictures, this is a showing of silent movies, complete with live musical accompaniment. Educate your kids with a glimpse into the past, and see the original heroes of the screen in black and white as they are accompanied in a way that will leave the movies feeling larger than life. Learn more here.

If you’re in Parksville this January, don’t miss this chance to catch a glimpse into the local culture. And while you’re in town, be sure to stay with us at the Bayside Resort, where you can catch more than a glimpse of the ocean from your room. Book yours today. We look forward to your visit!