The Oceanside area on Vancouver Island, BC, is a beautiful region of beaches, parks and rivers. The communities of Nanoose Bay, Parksville and Qualicum are host to many resorts, spas, restaurants, hiking trails and fishing opportunities. The east coast of central Vancouver Island is Canada's mildest year long climate. In the summertime, the region is full of tourism and accommodation options are scarce. Outside of the peak time there are many affordable options for accommodation.
Tigh-na-mara Spa and Resort
Tigh-Na-Mara Resort, is located near Rathtrevor Provincial Park, just steps away from a gorgeous sandy beach. There are a variety of accommodation options here, including pet friendly rustic cabins and luxurious spa-side suites. This large resort includes 3 excellent dining options: Cedars Restaurant and Lounge, Treetop Tapas and Grill (a spa-robed experience) and the Special Occasion Brunch. Tigh-Na-Mara is home to western Canada's premier spa, the Grotto Spa. The 20,000 square foot facility features a wide variety of spa services including facial and body treatments, massages, nail care and a beautiful mineral pool infused with minerals and trace elements.
Realm Food Company - 250-586-1158
Our highest restaurant recommendation goes to Realm Food Co. The restaurant is located 5 minutes away in downtown Parksville. They pride themselves on re-establishing the connection between farmers and people to ultimately raise awareness on the importance of eating locally. In this way, Realm offers a compelling humane model to the world and contributes to a proudly sustainable Oceanside community. They provide customers with a unique gastronomic experience using food grown and obtained in a way that respects the well being of farmers, the environment, and you. Real, farm to table, local flavour is what they do! Whether you’re looking for a quick bite to eat, full dining experience, a smoothie to go or Sunday brunch, Realm Food Co. is the place to gather in warmth and good company.
Realm is also showcasing live local music. See their website for more info on schedule and ticket availability.
Thai Smile Cuisine - 250 - 752 -7148
Thai Smile Cuisine serves authentic Thai cuisine with a smile. The restaurant is located 10 minutes away just past Coombs. There are other Thai restaurants in the Oceanside area, but this one is our highest recommendation. The restaurant also hosts cooking classes on Mondays, when the restaurant is closed.