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Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park

Rathtrevor Rd, Parksville, British Columbia V9P 1T2, Canada
(250) 474-1336
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Ranked #2 of 10 Attractions in Parksville
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Parks
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Vancouver Island, Canada
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50 reviews 50 reviews
9 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

Although there are no hookups here, this is a campground in a forest with large camping spaces full of trees. It is situated on the edge of the ocean - the Georgia Straits in Parksville. Close by is a huge beach which stretches almost half a mile when the tide is out.

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Victoria, Canada
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15 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Enjoy walking on the beach when it was low tide. You can walk out for a long ways during low tide. There is so much sand for the children to make sand castles or fly kites. When the tide comes in it washes all the castles away. The water is very warm when it comes back in as the sand... More

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Red Deer, Alberta, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

We have been for 3 summers now and always stay in Tanglewood, which is right next to Rathtrevor. It is a beautiful beach! The tide goes out for a long ways, so at low tide, our kids have lots to explore. Flip over a rock, and the little crabs go scurrying. We have found various fish, larger crabs, sand dollars... More

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Victoria, Canada
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13 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

We camped here for two nights. Beautiful sites and wonderful play structure near the front gates, so if you have kids choose a spot near the front gates. Clean washrooms and free showers. Sites are meticulously well maintained, and nice dry wood is sold for campfires. Only drag was that the weather did not cooperate but there was enough to... More

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Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

Love this park. Great combination of shady forest and expansive beach. One tip: if you are arriving by car and wish to have reasonably proximate beach access, head for parking lot 2 or 5. Parking Lot 1 is a bit far and 3 and 4 have no beach access. This information was not readily available to persons arriving, so I... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

18 years in the last 19 we have visited this little paradise. Other than one officious park ranger we look at this as the best place on earth. So many great family vacations and right in the middle of Van. Island with so much else so close.

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Regina, Canada
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3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Clean, warm water, and very shallow. You can walk straight out from the shore for miles when the tide is out. Lots of creatures for the kids to check out, and lovely shaded picnic areas too. Lots of free parking and free to enter the park. The beach is very long so there is plenty of room for everyone. Also... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

When the tide goes out, you can walk for miles. Kids love examining the shells and crabs that are left behind. Lots of interesting birds to see. When the tide is in, the water is warm enough for swimming.

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Singapore, Singapore
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25 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

We visited the Rathtrevor Beach while staying at Oceanside Village Resort one morning and found it interesting that the beach could recede so much (read that it's almost a km) at low tide. We walked the bare beach and found many opened sea shells (clams, etc) and was wondering who had taken then. When we walked further, the mystery was... More

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Hazelton, Canada
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10 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Ever since coming here as a kid this has been one of my favourite places to come on vacation. Now I come with my kids. One of the best beaches in BC for wading, exploring, and sand-castle building. The campground is excellent. So much for kids and families here. A great place to make great memories!! A must-visit.

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