You'll be centrally located in Parksville with a stay at The Beach Club Resort, minutes from Vancouver Island University Parksville Campus. This 4-star hotel is within the region of Fairwinds Golf Club and Little Qualicum Falls Provincial Park.
Make yourself at home in one of the 149 air-conditioned rooms featuring refrigerators and DVD players. Your room comes with a pillowtop bed. Rooms have private balconies. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available to keep you connected.
Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
DonÃât miss out on recreational opportunities including a health club and an indoor pool. This hotel also features complimentary wireless Internet access, a concierge desk, and a fireplace in the lobby.
Take advantage of the hotel's 24-hour room service. At the end of the day, relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.
Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include a business center, audiovisual equipment, and complimentary newspapers in the lobby. Event facilities at this hotel consist of a ballroom, banquet facilities, and a meeting/conference room. Free parking is available onsite.
Arrowsmith Golf & Country Club is designed to be used year-round, so players' skills won't atrophy during a winter break the way high schoolers' knowledge of when to eat lunch does. And with a playable course that features plenty of perks, golfers won't want to stay away for months at a time anyway. Read on to see why players like Arrowsmith so much:
Overall par: 61
Signature hole: No. 12 features a 40-foot elevated tee that has great views of Mount Arrowsmith
Average time to complete the course: three hours
Special features: The course was designed to be used year-round and includes a continuous cart path that can be maneuvered by power carts.
Putting green: It's thoroughly maintained through regular aeration and fertilization.
Regulation-length driving range: Players tee off grass in the summer and mats in the winter.
Chipping green and practice sand bunker
The Pro Shop
What it stocks: men's and women's apparel, golf bags, and equipment
How to choose the right gear: Staffers are on hand to help players pick out new equipment that suits their playing styles.
Special feature: Arrowsmith's employees can install new grips on clubs overnight and have them ready the next day.
Cuisine: bar-and-grill fare, including burgers, sandwiches, and steaks
Best time to visit: happy hour, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. daily
Best place to sit: on the heated and covered patio that overlooks the 18th hole, a lake with a fountain, and Mount Arrowsmith
There are sandy beaches in southeastern British Columbia that get more days of sunshine each year than Hawaii. Halfmoon Haven Beachfront Retreat & Spa takes full advantage of the sun in this area; it has spacious sundecks that overlook the Pacific Ocean. It’s a nice spot to catch a colourful sunset or look for local wildlife, such as eagles, seals, and orca whales.
Halfmoon Haven’s large three-bedroom guesthouses feature in-unit washers and dryers and full kitchens; in the main living area, you can keep warm by sidling up next to a wood-burning fireplace. Guests can visit the nearby convenience store to pick up additional groceries or request the services of Halfmoon Haven’s personal chef.
In the late spring and summer, it’s popular to kayak, swim, and take romantic piggyback rides along the driftwood-strewn shoreline. But guests can enjoy the coastal scenery in the colder months, too—the retreat has both a hot tub and a fire pit that overlook the water. An onsite spa supplies additional relaxation with lomi lomi deep relaxation massages, certified breathwork
sessions, and more.
At the newest Rawthentic Eatery location in Victoria, a diner digs into a bowl of noodles sprinkled with cheese and awaits the wedge of berry-studded cheesecake ordered for dessert. Though this sounds like a meal at your standard Italian restaurant, it isn't what it appears to be—the noodles are actually made of raw zucchini, the cheese is made with nuts, and the cheesecake, though decadent, contains no cheese at all. This double take is exactly what Rawthentic Eatery's creators had in mind, since they strive to create healthy raw and vegan meals that complement the lifestyle of every diner, vegan or not.
Ingredients are never heated to more than 105 degrees, the temperature at which food begins to lose nutrients. This requires the chefs to be innovative—besides using vegetables as pasta, they blend smoothies that substitute dates for refined sugar and use chopped nuts to make up the breads and pie crusts. As a result, a bounty of raw comfort foods such as meatball subs also draws in nonvegans who simply have food allergies, high blood pressure, or bad memories of dating a microwave. Rawthentic Eatery serves as a hub for socializing as well as eating: chefs host events such as '50s-diner nights and holiday dinners and teach raw-foods cooking classes twice each month.
Too long of a drive. No car. A bunch of water is in the way. There are many situations in which regional flights are the most practical way to travel. To that end, Orca Airways' fleet of 18 small aircraft regularly travel between five airports along the Pacific Rim that serve Vancouver, Victoria, Parksville, Abbotsford, Tofino, Ucluelet, and Qualicum Beach. With large, cushy seats, their Piper Navajo Chieftains and Beechcraft King Airs zoom travellers through the air in relaxing comfort, like when Louis XIV was catapulted from Marseille to Paris in his throne. The flights are ideal for trips to business meetings or weekend vacations. Additionally, Orca charters its aircraft for travel throughout Canada and the United States.
As they fly above a drop zone less than two kilometers from the ocean, divers at Skydive Vancouver Island gaze at breathtaking views of the Cathedral Forest, Englishmen Falls, and the blue expanse of Pacific water stretching out to the horizon. Of course, that "breathtaking" part might have something to do with the free-fall that awaits; once they jump, divers speed towards Earth at speeds of up to 200 km per hour before popping their chutes and enjoying the eye candy as the after-mint of their adrenaline buffet. The company builds upon its privileged location with a seasoned staff and commitment to safety; tandem instructors all hold Expert Skydiver proficiencies and Coach Licenses through the Coaching Association of Canada.