Family Day Activities Near Parksville & Qualicum Beach
You’ll be thrilled to know that there is much to do if you are spending Family Day in a cozy Breakaway Vacations rental. The Qualicum Beach area is tranquil and unbusy, so you won’t have to fight the noise or crowds. Here are a few activities you can count on in the Parksville Qualicum Beach this Family Day long weekend:
This Classical Revival style home was built in 1914 and was designed by Allan Waters for the British Columbia Department of Public Works. The Old School House (TOSH) was officially re-opened in 1988 as an arts centre after considerable community-based fundraising and restoration work. Now, visitors can walk through the property to get a taste of history, arts, and community.
This charming little theatre was originally built as a movie house but now exclusively hosts live plays and shows. The theatre has been an entertainment venue within the community for over 60 years. This February, you can catch The Secret Garden playing – a perfect show for kids and adults alike. You can buy tickets on their website or just browse what they have to offer (sometimes they have educational workshops, too).
The Milner Gardens welcomes guests to browse the tea room, plant sales, and gift shop for a small admission fee (children 12 and under are free). You can take part in a guided tour as a group to learn about the property and its history. Stop by The Camellia Tea Room for a cheap drink and dessert. They accept walk-ins but reservations are required for their Full Afternoon High Tea and large groups.
There are many trails to choose from in the area, which boasts over 280 hectares of Town-owned parks and greenspace and 14 kilometres of maintained trails. You can wander Qualicum Beach Heritage Forest, Park Ridge – Laburnum Connector, Qualicum Beach Community Park, and Grandon Creek, to name a few. Walking with young ones? Make it fun by putting together a scavenger hunt of natural items.
A bit adventure sightseeing, a bit educational experience – Horne Lake Caves offer year-round guided cave tours where you’ll see breathtaking rock formations and twisting stone passageways. They have different levels of difficulty for different age groups so you can tailor the experience to your family. You can spend anywhere from 45 minutes to multiple hours on the tour, depending on the level you pick.
Feel like staying in instead? Try these!
- Have a movie night on the large flat-screen TV
- Play pool at the resort Club House
- Do some baking in one of our full kitchens
- Take turns reading books aloud by the stone fireplace
- Play a board game, cards, or charades
Not sure where to start planning your vacation in at Qualicum Beach? Stop by their Visitor Centre for more recommendations and expert advice.