A thriving city that balances urban living with vast natural surrounds, Parksville is one of the fastest growing areas on Vancouver Island with a population of 12,000. It has become home to young families and young professionals seeking a quality lifestyle and affordable homes, and also to a very active community of retirees.

In 2008 a resident satisfaction survey revealed that over 90% of the residents rated the quality of life in Parkville as excellent, very good or good.

The location is perfect as a base for day trips to many points on central Vancouver Island, as well as being easily accessible from the mainland by ferry. The area around Parksville is so ecologically diverse that UNESCO recently designated much of it a Biosphere Reserve (Mt. Arrowsmith Biosphere Reserve).

A family-friendly city that caters for all ages, there is a Community and Skateboard park for youths and many a golf course for the more mature recreational crowd

Rathtrevor Beach is ideal for a relaxed family outing. Simply sit back and soak up the seaside atmosphere or take a walk through the wooded upland area of the park. All campsites are within a 5-minute walk to the 2 km stretch of sandy beach. The park also features a large day-use area, perfect for an afternoon picnic. For your convenience, the park has a concession managed by the Park Operator.


Positioned in the heart of a region that basks in Canada’s mildest year-round climate, Parksville enjoys sunny summers and mild winters. It is known for its beautiful beaches and ideal saltwater swimming and diving conditions. Situated on the east coast of Vancouver Island and sheltered by the eastern shore, this superb location allows visitors and residents to enjoy wonderful views of the ocean, mountains, lakes and rivers.


There is no shortage of things to see and do in Parkville. Beach activities are abundant, with the nearly-kilometer stretch of sand being a popular destination for swimmers and sunbathers. Kayaking, sailing and fishing are constantly enjoyed in this area, with the ocean and rivers so accessible. Back on land, the rolling meadows and beautiful mountainside provide endless outdoor activities for every age.

Catch up on some history at Craig Heritage Museum, where you can learn how the early settlers lived. If you’re a foodie you might like to visit Morningstar Farm, home to the Cheeseworks & Mooberry Winery where you can see how their world-class cheeses and fruit wines are made.

Seasonal festivals are celebrated in Parksville, such as the coming of spring marked with the Brant Wildlife Festival. Canada Day activities and the Canadian Open Sand Sculpting Competition are favorite summer activities, and the wintery Christmas holidays will see a variety of craft fairs and lighting displays emerge.


The real estate in Parksville is as diverse as its environment. Urban living abounds in the growing downtown area, with single story, residential and condominium properties available near shopping areas, services, recreation, restaurants and parks. Additionally, large executive homes rest on acres of land in rural settings.

Could Parksville be the place for you? With strong business growth, a steady population climb and a reputation as the sunshine capital of British Columbia this city could be the next place you call home. Call us now 250-248-5600 or send an email to find out more about what Parksville has to offer.

McPherson Group