Parksville, BC; Eat, Sleep, Play

Just the other week we had the opportunity to sneak off for a couple of days for some solid family R&R. Life can be so busy, even on the weekends I feel like we are always go, go, go. So it was nice to escape for a few days, shake up our routine and explore an area of our beautiful province that we have never been to, Parksville.

Quite possibly the highlight of our little family adventure was the trip over to Vancouver Island on BC Ferries. It’s been years since I’ve been on a ferry and the kids have never been on one. No matter how hard we tried to explain it to them, they just couldn’t seem to grasp it, so we quickly conceded and we were headed on a cruise! Thankfully we had beautiful weather on the way over (our whole trip actually) and we were able to head upstairs and enjoy the top deck in all of its blustery glory, a must do in my books.

For our trip over to the island we had the opportunity to borrow a 2018 Toyota 4Runner from Open Road Toyota in Abbotsford (read all about it here). Borrowing the Toyota 4Runner for this trip meant we had a little extra space for things like a pack and play for Ryerson, extra, extra clothes (because kids), the stroller and some groceries for our dinners.

Parksville; Eat. Sleep. Play.



Our first stop after the ferries was Sunrise Ridge Resort, our home for the next couple of days. We had the luxury of staying a one bedroom suite with a partial ocean view and it was the perfect size for our family. The bedroom was beyond spacious leaving plenty of room for our giant suitcase as well as room for a pack n play for Ryerson. Hazel and Everett snuggled up on a fold out couch in the living room. We folded it out extra early on Sunday night and all piled on for a family movie night. 

Our suite was equipped with a full kitchen, a 4 piece bathroom that included a large soaker tub (which I unfortunately did not get to test out this trip). It also had a washer and dryer tucked away as well as a bbq on the deck. For a week long vacation over the summer or even just a couple of nights like we did, Sunrise Ridge was perfect as it has all the touches of home which makes travelling with kids so much easier. 

With our suite being equipped with a full kitchen it meant that we could have some meals at our home base. We enjoyed our usual breakfasts of coffee (supplied by the resort) toast, cereal and fruit before heading out for the day, enjoying lunch at local restaurants and then returning for dinners. Dining out with kids isn’t always fun, especially after a long day of adventuring when everyone is tired. So having the option to cook some of our own meals was perfect for us. This also is great way to keep costs down when travelling. 



Day ones lunch we stopped at Cuckoo Trattoria in Coombs, about 10 minutes down the road from Parksville. We arrived just after opening and I’m glad we did as the restaurant filled up fairly quickly after our arrival. The menu was filled with soups and sandwiches, pizza and pasta, all right up our alley. While the white table clothe covered tables might make your mom heart twitch a bit (mine certainly did) the restaurant was beyond receptive of the kids. Colouring was provided and the kids menu earned top reviews from my little food critics, giving the pepperoni pizza and macaroni two big thumbs up. Bonus points went out to our server who slipped me the cookies discreetly, leaving me with the option of presenting them to the kids.  

Day two we had lunch at Cedars at Tigh-Na-Mara resort, which was located right next door to where we were staying on the resort strip in Parksville. Once again we were blown away by amazing service and food. The kids decided to forgo the kids menu, something I am not opposed to as long as they will actually eat what they are ordering. Hazel went straight for the fish and chips, a favourite for her whenever she can have it. Everett had his eyes set on the cedars burger and wasted no time making a dent in it. The seafood chowder was a must try for myself and it was definitely a winner. And as a bonus we’ve added the Tigh-Na-Mara resort to our visit list, perhaps without the kids?! I mean have you seen that Grotto Spa?



In between eating ( we did lots of eating) and hanging out at Sunrise Ridge resort, we spent our days exploring Parksville and the surrounding area. While we were absolutely blessed with beautiful sunny weather, it was really chilly which lead to an unanimous vote that we need to come back during the summer. And of course to warm ourselves up after all our adventuring we spent time enjoying the hot tub at the resort.

We spent a good chunk of time exploring Goats on the Roof aka the Old Country Market in Coombs. While the goats were not outside, there was plenty to see inside the market, and of course plenty of treats to taste! We left with donuts, macaroons, a combs bar and cheese bread for dinner. Word on the street is we need to go back for ice cream.

While in the Coombs area we popped into Morning Star Farms, home of Little Qualicum Cheeseworks and Mooberry Winery. The kids loved visiting the animals, especially the cows and of course checking out the machinery like the tractors!

We spent time exploring both Rathtrevor Beach and Parksville Community Park on both days. Rathtrevor beach was beautiful and has a camping facilities. Parksville Community Park has both beach access and a giant adventure playground. Had it been a bit warmer the kids would have spent hours at the playground playing.  





Overall we had an absolute great time in Parksville and we will most certainly be back. We are crossing our fingers that we can make it happen this summer and enjoy more time in the sunshine, see the goats on the roof and perhaps catch the sand castle competition!

Xo. Andria

{Disclosure; parts of our trip were sponsored, however all opinions are our own.}

4 thoughts on “Parksville, BC; Eat, Sleep, Play

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  • March 13, 2019 at 5:59 pm

    So glad you and your family enjoyed your stay. If you come back in the summer, the kids will LOVE the beach and we recommend seeing the Sand Castles too.

    • March 14, 2019 at 7:44 pm

      I’m hoping we can make it happen, they love the beach!

  • March 18, 2019 at 5:12 pm

    If you are here in August they have Kidfest in the Parksville community park(where the sandcastles are) on Sunday August 19 I believe. Lots of events for very little cost or none. Glad you enjoyed your stay!b


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