Why You Should Consider Building Your Custom Home in Parksville, BC
Located on the eastern shore of Vancouver Island, the Parksville-Qualicum Beach region, also known as Oceanside, is a picturesque community known for its natural setting and peaceful, relaxed lifestyle. A popular vacation destination, the city of Parksville is a nature lover’s paradise that boasts beautiful sandy beaches, mountains, old-growth forests, rivers and a diverse abundance of parks and trails. Quickly becoming one of the hottest spots for single-family homes on Vancouver Island, Parksville’s small-town feel, low crime rates, and mild climate have made it a desirable definition for retirees looking for the perfect spot to settle down and a great place for young couples looking to raise a family.
Parksville’s moderate and generally warm climate allows its residents to enjoy leisurely and recreational activities year-round. The summers are short, comfortable and dry, with temperatures averaging between 21-24 °C. Winters are generally cold, cloudy and heavy with precipitation with temperatures that rarely fall below -3 °C.
In Parksville, you have access to a wealth of nature from your very own doorstep. It’s a community full of active residents that enjoy hiking, biking and nature watching. At every turn, you’ll find lush, green surroundings full of hiking trails, clean, sparkling rivers, cascading waterfalls, and even caves.
Here are some of the top attractions that draw nature lovers to Parksville:
Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park
The perfect setting for a relaxed family outing, Rathtrevor Beach has over 2km of inviting sandy beaches and 5.5. Km of hiking trails within the park. Camping is also available year-round, with campsites nestled amongst shaded picnic grounds and lush Douglas-fir trees.
Englishman River Falls Provincial Park
Situated along the Englishman River north of Nanaimo, Englishman River Falls Provincial Park features stunning cascading waterfalls into a deep canyon surrounded by lush greenery and old-growth trees. The park features a day-use area and campground with several scenic hiking and mountain biking trails and that journey through the surrounding forests.
Little Qualicum Falls Provincial Park
Located West of Parksville, Little Qualicum Falls Provincial Park is a 440-hectare park filled with rushing waterfalls, rock bluffs, and swimming holes. A popular family recreation site, it offers refreshing, clear water for swimming and 6 km of trails for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching.
Horne Lake Caves Provincial Park
Located along the Qualicum River, north of Qualicum Beach, Horne Lake Caves Provincial Park is a 158-hectare park that protects seven caves in the Horne Lake Cave system. Explore underground tunnels in self-guided or guided tours and see amazing crystal formations and even ancient fossils!
A golfer’s paradise, residents can tee off 365 days a year at any of Parksville’s scenic golf courses:
- Morningstar Golf Course
- Pheasant Glen Golf Resort
- Fairwinds Golf and Country Club
- Arrowsmith Golf & Country Club
- Crown Isle Golf and Community Resort
Or enjoy a fun-filled round of mini golf at Parksville’s two 18-hole mini golf courses.
The type of custom homes popular in the community are modern style rancher homes with interiors that feature open and spacious floor plans, clean lines, and neutral walls contrasted with rich, bold colours and textures.
Here’s a look at a custom home we built in Qualicum Beach. The interior of this oceanfront property features cool greys and sandy tans that are contrasted with bright whites and accents of distressed wood that is reminiscent of West Coast driftwood. An electric fireplace serves as the accent of the living room and features a floor-to-ceiling surround that resembles the sand rippled beaches of Parksville.
Designed with privacy and relaxation in mind, the sleeping areas are strategically tucked away from the living areas, with each bedroom having its full-size ensuite bathroom with calming, cavernous-inspired showers for a grotto-like, beach feel.
Are you considering moving to Parksville, BC? With 30 years of experience designing and building custom homes of all sizes and styles across Vancouver Island, Westmark can help you design that’s uniquely yours right down to the smallest detail. For a look at some of the other custom homes we’ve built across Vancouver Island, have a peek at our custom home portfolio.