Parksville is a community located on the sheltered eastern
shores of Vancouver Island, located just 37 km north of Nanaimo,
Parksville is easily reached from the mainland and the mainland
is easily reached from Parksville, making it a great place to
Access to the most incredible wilderness destinations is right
here, the waterfalls, hiking trails, camping areas and wildlife
viewing areas are everywhere.
Incorporated as a village in 1945, a town in 1978 and a city in
1986, Parkville's main industries are tourism, hands down and
when you have the wonders that are here, its obvious why the
tourist come in droves. The climate is great, the people are
friendly and the beaches are inviting.
Hirst was the first pioneer to settle here, the place was simply
called "the river" in those days. The River remained
unknown until a road was built from Nanaimo at the turn of the
century. A post office soon followed, with mail distributed from
the cabin of Nelson Parks. Parksville was named after him. In
1901, the railway arrived and this brought prosperity to the
area. Tourists started to arrive after this to enjoy the great
outdoors and the beaches, tourism was a major player in the
building of Parksville and still is today.
I spent a
year living right down town Parksville and had a great time
here. There was always a new place to hike to or a another
waterfall to see. The area is awesome and being the hub to the
west coast and north Island, means you can go anywhere on the
island in 4 to 5 hours.