Oceanside Tourism Association

Oceanside Tourism Association

April 29, 2008 12:58 ET

Qualicum Beach-Parksville, British Columbia Offers Over 140 Festivals and Events During the 2008 Spring/Summer Season

Unique Vancouver Island accommodation options and an array of festivals make Parksville-Qualicum Beach vacations entertaining this season

PARKSVILLE, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - April 29, 2008) - Qualicum Beach and Parksville, Vancouver Island are gearing up for another entertaining festival season. With over 140 events and festivals per year, visitors are never short on things to do - the challenge is choosing from the many unique happenings.

Otherwise known as the Canadian Riviera, the Parksville and Qualicum Beach region is easily accessible, just 88 miles north of Victoria. Boasting the warmest ocean swimming waters in British Columbia and over 19 kilometers of sandy beaches, visitors will enjoy the Parksville Beach Festival from August 8-September 1, 2008, featuring the Canadian Open Sand Sculpting Competition from August 8-10, 2008. The festival will also include the 16th Annual Kidfest on August 17, with fun beach activities for the whole family. It is worthwhile booking ahead for these popular family festivals because Vancouver Island accommodation is in high demand during August.

Car buffs are treated in Qualicum Beach, British Columbia as it hosts the Father's Day Show N Shine June 13-15, 2008. This event features over 700 custom, classic vehicles. Green thumbs will enjoy the multitude of gardening events - Parksville and Qualicum Beach are perennial winners in Canada's Communities in Bloom competitions. Qualicum Beach's Milner Gardens and Woodland offers visitors a unique opportunity to discover 500 rare hybrid and Rhododendron species this April and May, and Milner will also host Art and Photography in the Gardens July 19-20, and Jazz in the Garden August 17, 2008. The Annual Coombs County Rodeo, Bluegrass Festival and Fair will be held July 19-20, August 1-3, and August 9-10, respectively, and the biggest beach volleyball tournament in BC, Volleybash, will be held on Labour Day weekend at Parksville's Community Park.

A great selection of budget to luxury Vancouver Island accommodation, including motels, hotels, resorts, campgrounds and RV parks, are available for short or long-stay visits. Only a two-hour drive from Victoria, Qualicum Beach and Parksville, British Columbia make a great Vancouver Island vacation destination for the whole family. There are activities for everyone - great Vancouver Island golf and fishing; sunny Parksville beach swimming; and amazing Vancouver Island kayaking and horseback riding.

For additional information about the great events and festivals happening around the Parksville and Qualicum Beach region of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, visit www.VisitParksvilleQualicumBeach.com/.

About Oceanside Tourism Association

The Oceanside Tourism Association (OTA) is the destination marketing organization for the Parksville, Qualicum Beach, Nanoose Bay, French Creek, Lighthouse Country, and Arrowsmith Coombs Country region of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. The OTA is a non-profit, tourism industry-lead organization governed by a volunteer Board of Directors representing central Vancouver Island accommodations, attractions, local business, and municipal governments. For more information on the Oceanside Tourism Association, call 1.888.799.3222 or visit www.VisitParksvilleQualicumBeach.com.

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