Posted by: cherylyoung | March 24, 2012

Come to Parksville and see our sandcastles they are sheer magic

Bordered by ocean and sheltered by mountains,

 Parksville boasts one of the finest climates in Canada,

 and is favoured as one of the most popular summer

 family vacations destinations of Vancouver Island and

British Columbia.

Mild winters allow the leisurely exploration of tidal

 sand flats, coastal wildlife viewing, and invigorating

 golf year-round.


 Parksville was established in 1910, when the E & N

Railroad first stopped at McBride Junction, as it was

 then known.


 The town was named in honour of Nelson Parks, its

 first settler and first postmaster.

Highway 19 (Island Highway) runs besides the open

 water of the Strait of Georgia on the east coast of

 Vancouver Island, from Parksville in the south,

through the Comox Valley, and north to Campbell River

 and Port Hardy.


Take your time as you meander through this laid-back

 region. Its rhythms are subtle, but with gentle probing

they reveal themselves, showing greater complexity

than first meets the eye.

 Six BC provincial parks are located within thirty

minutes drive from Parksville, providing every

 recreational activity imaginable.

One of Canada’s best kept secrets

The place to be in August is Parksville, BC


Home of the Canadian Open Sand Sculpting

 Competition and Exhibition

Parksville’s Sandcastle Competition and Exhibition

 history dates back to 1982, when we hosted our

 first “B.C. Open”.


 A total of 100 people attended the first event, and it

 was reviewed as a “great success”.


From the BC Open to its present day title “Canadian

 Open Sand Sculpting Competition and Exhibition”,

 this event has evolved into a world class Master Class



 In the last six years Parksville has welcomed over

 362,470 visitors to our Sand Sculpting Exhibition.

 The event is located at the Parksville Community Park

on Corfield Road off Hwy 19A (Exit 46).


Visitors arrive from everywhere in the world to

 marvel at these unbelievable feats of artistry and




 Our competition is open to professional/master level

 sculptors, and draws artists from around the globe.

 The competition itself lasts for 24 hours over 3 days.


Gates open to the public starting at 2 pm, Saturday

 August 8th.


 The sculptures remain in place for three weeks

 following the competition.

 Admission to the venue is by a suggested donation

of $2.00 per person.


Generous donations and sponsorship – in time, effort

and finances by the private & corporate sectors of the

 community as well as many local volunteer groups

 combine to make this event a “SANDTASTIC” success.

August is “Beach Festival” month in Parksville.


“Come early – stay late” – that’s our message to you.


You won’t want to miss any of the activities on the

 beach during Beach Festival month – Quality Foods

 Fireworks Display on August 15th and Kidfest on

 August 16th with entertainment and kids’ sandcastle

 event, beach volleyball & croquet tournaments, a

bike-a-thon, a classic car show, just to name a few.


 See our Beach Festival calendar for complete schedule

of events.


 The famous Lions Adventure Park is a must for younger

 members of the family to visit.


Tennis courts, ball parks, a lacrosse box, skate board

 park, covered picnic area, and a large field for kite

 flying are also located in the park.


 The beach itself offers a beautiful view with its long

sandy beaches and eastern exposure, this is an ideal

 spot to spend a few days, or the whole summer.

See you on the beach!!





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