Parksville B.C. - One of the best beaches in Canada. Spend a day at the beach and see the various types of shells and crabs. The ocean water is warm in summer. The ocean water receeds out a half mile and exposes lots of sand. Children love this place. Great kite flying. Great swimming. Great lite boating. For food and shopping, go to  the neighbouring super small town of Coombs (about six kilometers west of Parksville, B.C. There are lots of hotels and cabins for rent around the beach for reasonable cost.