About Parksville on Vancouver Island, BC Canada

About Parksville on Vancouver Island, BC Canada

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A growing, progressive community located on the sheltered eastern shores of Vancouver Island, just 37 km north of Nanaimo(on a newly opened new Island Highway) and BC Ferry Terminals to the mainland. The City's easy access to major transportation linkages helps to make it both a thriving place to do business and a popular vacation destination.

Residents place a high value on their community's spectacular natural setting, surrounded by beautiful beaches, mountains, lakes and rivers. Together, municipality and community strive to maintain and enhance the quality of life they now enjoy. And they make sure to have fun! The community annually hosts a wide range of recreational and cultural events and is central to a variety of golf courses. In the centre of our own Community Park is the popular Lion's Ventureland playground for the youngsters and an exciting new Skateboard Park for all ages. An excellent combination of retirement, business and recreational opportunities, facilities and services make Parksville a great place for people of all ages to live and to work!

Climate Statistics

  • Average hours of sunshine - 2,047 hours annually
  • Average water temperature of ocean - 12°C
  • Average precipitation - 95 cm. annually

Temperature - Daily Average (°C)

Jan 4.7 Jul 23.5
Feb 7.7 Aug 23.0
Mar 9.7 Sept 19.5
Apr 13.2 Oct 13.8
May 17.4 Nov 8.2
Jun 20.3 Dec 5.8

Precipitation - Monthly Average (MM)


Jan 146.9 Jul 23.1
Feb 97.0 Aug 46.6
Mar 82.8 Sept 45.2
Apr 51.3 Oct 97.5
May 40.2 Nov 132.2
Jun 38.3 Dec



Incorporated as a village in 1945, a town in 1978 and a city in 1981, Parksville’s main industries are tourism, retail, services, construction and light industry. With a temperate climate and just a half hour drive north of Nanaimo, the City of Parksville is a blend of long-time residents and new arrivals, from young families to retirees with a diversity of backgrounds and vibrancy. The first settler to this area was John Hirst in 1870. The River as it was known remained an outpost until the turn of the century when a road was built from Nanaimo. A post office soon followed, with mail distributed from the cabin of Nelson Parks, Parksville’s namesake. At that time, logging was a major industry and the extension of the Esquimalt and Nanaimo (E & N) Railway in 1901, spurred Parksville’s growth and the beginning of a tourism boom, mainly Vancouver Islanders who travelled to Parksville to enjoy the incredible beaches. Motels, stores, resorts and campgrounds soon followed and the community continues to prosper today.


Visit these Links for more:

City of Parksville

Oceanside Tourism

Parksville Chamber of Commerce

Hello BC - Tourism BC - Parksville