Person walking on wooden boardwalk alongside beach in Parksville on Vancouver Island

Parksville, BC


Drive 30 minutes north from Nanaimo to visit Parksville, offering long sandy beaches, lots of water sports, and plenty of arts and crafts to suit all tastes. Known as Canada's Riviera, Parksville is the perfect destination for romantic getaways and family fun. 

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Ocean Ecoventures - Whales, Whales & Wildlife Adventure Tour Parksville

Cruise the Salish Sea for chance encounters with BC’s most celebrated marine mammals. Venture slowly up the glacial fjords to view the wondrous waterfalls in Jervis Inlet, sightseeing the Malibu Rapids and beyond to Chatterbox Falls. Once docked, voyage deep into the coastal rainforest to watch the magical falls tumble onto the rocky shoreline below.  

  • 7 – 8 hour Waterfall, Wildlife and Whale-Watching guided tour of the Salish Sea and Jervis Inlet with an experienced guide 
  • Small personalized tour of 12 guests or less
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Ocean Ecoventures - Out For a Rip Adventure Parksville

Set sail on a two hour wildlife adventure led by an expert naturalist and learn about the Salish Sea and the marine animals that reside within it. Navigate around Lasqueti Island and Jedidiah Island in search for whales, dolphins, porpoises and more.

Tour highlights

  • See predators including orcas and bald eagles and in their natural habitats feeding on salmon.
  • Explore the edges of Lasqueti Island and Jedidiah Island and learn about west coast wildlife from an expert naturalist.
  • Watch for Pacific white-sided dolphins, porpoises, sea lions, and harbour seals along the way.
  • Note: Whale sightings cannot be guaranteed.
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Nearby cities

Boats in harbour of waterfront marina in Nanaimo BC on Vancouver Island


Take the ferry from Vancouver to visit Nanaimo—the second-largest city on Vancouver Island, with plenty of outdoor activities and adventures for everyone, situated along one of the most beautiful waterfronts in Canada. 

Aerial view of Marine Park and Estruary in Courtenay BC


Drive 90 minutes from Nanaimo to the heart of beautiful farming landscapes on Vancouver Island to visit Courtenay—the urban centre of the Comox Valley. Downtown Courtenay boasts charming streets filled with art galleries, theatres, shops, artists’ studios, boutiques and gardens, and out of town there are sandy beaches, forests, mountains, parks and lakes. Plus, drive just 15 minutes to the local ski hill.

Mountain biker on the Wizard Bike Trail at Mount Washington British Columbia


Located on the East Coast, Comox is rich in agricultural land, forests and mountains. Relax on a beach in summer, or go skiing in winter at Mount Washington, but whenever you visit, head to Fisherman’s Wharf to buy fresh fish right off the boat.

Coastline of Port Alberni with Camper Trailer driving along road

Port Alberni

Drive to Port Alberni for a variety of activities and attractions. Close to Barkley Sound, Clayoquot Sound and the Pacific Rim National Park, Port Alberni is the perfect base for exploring the west coast of Vancouver Island.



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