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“WOW! We should have facilities like this at home!”

Parksville Community Park and Skate Park
Ranked #2 of 27 things to do in Parksville
Certificate of Excellence
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Howden, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
371 reviews
158 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 239 helpful votes
“WOW! We should have facilities like this at home!”
Reviewed July 20, 2013

What a superb facility. This park has lots of free parking, is positioned next to the beach and is neat and well cared for. There is a great water park for the kids, and a play park, and an outdoor gym facility. The arboretum is lovely and it makes me wonder why similar places are largely unavailable in the UK...we have a lot to learn when it comes to looking after our citizens!!

Visited July 2013
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Toronto
Level 4 Contributor
29 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“We went there 3 times during our trip to Parksville!”
Reviewed July 15, 2013

For all the talk about the Parksville Beach, I must say I found it to be a bit lacking. Maybe I'm spoiled being from Ontario with our white sandy beaches, but this oceanside beach had a lot of seaweed, debris, and muck to wade through to get to the water. The beach was incredibly rocky and required shoes.

SO.... we were thrilled to find the best playground we've ever been to (ok, expect for that one in Paris under the Eiffel Tower!) right next to the beach. Very large, tonnes of room to spread out, zipline, teeter totters, spinners, slides, climbers, monkey bars, swings... And adjacent is a waterpark that is super fun for under-10 crowd. Slide, hoses, water guns, showers, sprinklers, etc. We went there on each of the 3 days we were in Parksville. Our kids loved it way more than the beach.

Parking can be a bit tough to find here, so go early or later to avoid the crowds and the daycamp groups.

Visited July 2013
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Courtenay, Canada
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“fabulous”
Reviewed July 7, 2013

great park for the kids. right on the beach and they have just updated some of the playground facilities

Visited July 2013
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Victoria, Canada
Level 5 Contributor
73 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Worth the visit”
Reviewed July 1, 2013

If you have a trip up Island visit the two beaches the first one more suited for children as it has a fun park with slides swings etc, and a new boardwalk in Parksville,Tthe other in Qualicum Beach nice but more rocky. There is a place to sit out for a sandwich or beer when the weather is fine..
The quaint village of Qualicum is not to be missed either, lovely little shops and a special feel about it. Vancouver Island is worth a trip to see sand sea and sunsets.

Visited June 2013
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Parksville, Canada
Level 3 Contributor
9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Always a pleasure and what a view!!”
Reviewed June 28, 2013

This is about the best public park you could find on Vancouver Island. They offer something for everyone - any age. Always clean and well maintained.!

Visited June 2013
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