If you need a little more magic in your life, then these tiny towns on the coast of B.C. are the perfect place to go. Parksville and Qualicum Beach feel like they've come straight out of a children's book or fairytale. With everything from beautiful beaches to a grotto spa, this is a must-see in the summer.
Qualicum Beach has a massive stretch of sun-soaked sea and sand along the island coast. Spend the day wandering the soft sand and feel the sea breeze on your skin. If you're daring, set out to sea on a paddleboard or kayak.
If you're a fan of artisan goods and also adorable goats, then an road trip down to Coombs is a must as well. Their Old Country Market is legendary and full of and quirky shops.
The star of this show is the gang of adorable goats just chilling on their roof, watching the world go by.
You're probably all tuckered out from the romantic walk on the beach and idyllic dinner with goats, but don't you settle for any boring old hotel. Instead, book an unforgettable overnight stay at these surreal spherical tree houses near Qualicum beach.
Hungry or thirsty? Save your stomach for a tour of Little Qualicum Cheeseworks and Mooberry Winery on Morning star Farm.
Their products are all made with extra tender love and care, and they even have a little cafe.
Next up, go for a spa day at the Grotto Spa, an award-winning facility that looks like the inside of a natural cave. Unwind in the mineral pool or get the full relaxation experience with a massage.
This is just the tip of the iceberg for this tiny town. Who knew so much secret goodness was hidden away in such a small area?
Parksville & Qualicum Beach
Address: Parksville, Vancouver Island, BC
Why You Need To Go: This little-known tiny town on the B.C. coast is the perfect destination for a lazy weekend out.
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