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We have put together just a few of the more accessible attractions in the Parksville / Qualicum Beach area.

The Accessible Oceanside Association understands that each person is unique and thus so are their access needs so please keep this in mind as we are only supplying these links as a starting point for you as you make plans to explore all the wonders of the area.  If you require further information or if you have more questions please contact us and we'll do our best to find you the answers to your questions.

Things to do and places to see in the

Oceanside Area

Urban Area

​Urban area attractions and accommodation in the Oceanside Area are coming soon

Rural Area

Sandra Hobson on her scooter posed in front of a giant cedar tree in Cathedral Grove
Cathedral Grove in MacMilllan Provincial Park

 

Just 20 minutes west of Parksville and Qualicum Beach on the way to Port Alberni, this park is a must see for anyone visiting the Island. As far as access goes, the highway runs right between the grove with parking on either side of the road.  The access point on the south side of the road is the most accessible as the north side could prove a challenge for some users.

 

Trees over 800 years old stretching 75 meters into the air make for wonderful photo opportunities.

View of the Top Bridge suspensioni bridge from the parking area.  Mesh steel design
Parksville's Top Bridge
Suspension Bridge

 

​From the city of Nanaimo drive  north towards Parksville.  Take the first exit into Parksville.  Do not go into Parksville, instead turn left.  Turn right at Chattell Rd. and follow it to the Parking area.  Take the  short path to the suspension bridge and enjoy one of the prettiest views on the Island.

Englishman River Falls
Provincial Park

 

Located 13 kms southwest of Parksville on Errington road off Highway 4 towards Port Alberni.  The upper falls are accessible as they can be viewed from the bridge that crosses the Englishman River.  Washrooms and the day use area are accessible.
Bring a camera for fantastic photos of the falls themselves and the second growth forest full of Douglas fir, Cedar and Big Leaf maples.

Lighthouse Country
Regional Trail

 

Take the South Loop trail that begins at the accessible parking lot.  Access is off Lioness Blvd in Qualicum Bay.

Enjoy the over 2.5 k of wheelchair accessible trails the give complete access to the wonderful forest views.

Click HERE for more information about this great opportunity to enjoy nature.

Spider Lake

Provincial Park

 

Follow the main highway north of Qualicum Beach approximately 16 kms. and you will find one of our favorite lakes.   The trail down to the lake itself might require some assistance.  The lake shore provides smooth and level access into the lake, a favorite of the locals and a great place to set your kayak in the water.