With its mile long sandy beach on the Strait of Georgia
, Parksville is a popular summer resort. Nearby Englishman and Little Qualicum rivers and parks, with scenic waterfalls, provide many opportunities for recreation, as do other area lakes, streams, mountains and parks. Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park
offers camping, picnicking and a sandy beach. Parksville's population: 7,300. Elevation: 80 m/262 ft.