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Oceanside on Central Vancouver Island is more than the middle of Vancouver Island. It acts as a gateway to the Pacific Rim as well as to the Vancouver mainland.

The Oceanside region includes Qualicum Beach, Qualicum Bay, Parksville, Bowser and Coombs which all provide excellent tourist attractions ranging from the incredible beaches to fishing adverntures.

Nanaimo is a hub of activity where visitors from Vancouver arrive by ferry from Horseshoe Bay. It started as a coal mining town, but now boasts one the of best harbours in the province. The town was fortified in 1849 and the original Hudson's Bay Company fort (Bastion) still stands.

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Sandcastle Inn
Sandcastle Inn
374 West Island Highway
Parksville
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Located in the heart of our Parksville. Take a short stroll to the beach, enjoy our scenic attractions or browse through local shops. Experience our comfort! We have air conditioning, complimentary coffee, juice & muffins each morning, in-room coffee, free movie channel, children under 12 stay free, laundry facilities, barbeque area, meeting room, kitchenettes available, non-smoking rooms.
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Downtown Parksville:  0.9km
Ocean Sands Resort
Ocean Sands Resort
Unit 21 1165 Resort Dr.
Parksville
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This 14 unit resort is situated on 4 acres of beautiful oceanfront property. Each unit has a fully equipped kitchen, gas fireplace and large balcony either overlooking the ocean or pool. The amenities include a heated outdoor pool, playground, indoor hot tub, sauna and laundry facilities.
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Downtown Parksville:  3.9km
Skylite Motel
Skylite Motel
459 East Island Highway
Parksville
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The Skylite Motel is a perfect place for Parksville accommodation and lodging, with all of our amenities and services, for you and your family to relax at, once you have finished your busy day. Call us directly 1-800-667-1886 or travel further through our website to discover the many valuable accommodation services we can offer you.
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Downtown Parksville:  1.2km
Vancouver Island Parksville Motel
Vancouver Island Parksville Motel
414 West Island Highway
Parksville
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Stay in our Parksville motel and see why it is consistently recognized as a preferred accommodation on Vancouver Island. We are CAA/AAA approved, centrally located with large, very soundproof rooms, comfortable Queen or King beds. Large TVs, free high speed Wireless Internet, Refrigerators and coffee-makers in all rooms. Full kitchen, air-conditioned. laundromat and large playground. Pet Friendly.
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Downtown Parksville:  1km
Madrona Beach Resort
Madrona Beach Resort
1145 Resort Drive
Parksville
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We offer beach-front vacation accommodation rentals in Parksville, 20 miles north of Nanaimo. All units face the ocean and overlook the beach. Choose between two-bedroom beach-level units that open onto the beach, or one-bedroom and studio ridge-level units, with beach access. Beach-level and ridge-level units enjoy spectacular views of the Georgia Strait and the Sunshine Coast.
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Downtown Parksville:  3.9km
Quality Resort Bayside
Quality Resort Bayside
240 Dogwood Street
Parksville
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Discover yourself in Parksville, BC, where hospitality comes with a view. The Bayside offers beachfront accommodation, ocean views and great food all in one location. Sleep in. Beachcomb. Golf. Keep fit in the cardio room, heated pool or racquet courts. Enjoy casual gourmet dining overlooking the bay. We offer great getaway packages or create one of your own. There is always a lot to do.
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Downtown Parksville:  1km
Sunrise Ridge Waterfront Resort
Sunrise Ridge Waterfront Resort
1175 Resort Drive
Parksville
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Quietly Amazing... Situated on Craig Bay, this scenic property offers luxuriously appointed 1, 2 and 3 bedroom suites. Each guest suite offers a private patio with gas BBQ, patio furniture, some with ocean views. Late Spring 2009 swimming pools and hot tub and fitness facility will be completed. Only steps away from the beach, restaurants and spas.
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Downtown Parksville:  4.2km
Beach Acres Resort
Beach Acres Resort
#25 - 1051 Resort Drive
Parksville
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Located in Parksville, we have access to miles of sandy beach, acres of lush forest and a range of resort facilities to delight your family and friends. Our family-friendly cottages are right on the beach and nestled amongst the trees, and our bright spacious townhouses offer majestic ocean views from every window. Our units have fully equipped kitchens, two bedrooms, and gas or wood fireplaces.
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Downtown Parksville:  2.9km
Ocean Trails Resort
Ocean Trails Resort
1135 Resort Drive
Parksville
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Nestled among the trees on seven lush acres, our beautiful Vancouver Island Resort offers all the comforts of home. Located near the picturesque town of Parksville and bordering the world-renown beaches of Rathtrevor Park, Ocean Trails Resort gives you the utmost in comfort and relaxation in a breathtaking setting of natural beauty.
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Downtown Parksville:  3.9km
Paradise Sea-Shell Motel
Paradise Sea-Shell Motel
411 West Island Highway
Parksville
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This Parksville Motel, is centrally located on Vancouver Island making it a perfect home base for exploring the many other beautiful areas with just a day trip in any direction. Long Beach (west) Campbell River (north) and Nanaimo/Chemainus or Victoria (south) to name a few. There are many modes of transportation available to explore Vancouver Island - bus, train, car, even biking and hiking.
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Downtown Parksville:  0.8km
The Beach Club Resort
The Beach Club Resort
181 Beachside Drive
Parksville
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Our Parksville resort features the most luxurious hotel rooms, beautifully appointed with West Coast d├ęcor. All guest rooms offer private balconies and spectacular panoramic ocean, mountain, and city views with thoughtful amenities throughout for a superior accommodation experience. Guests choose from studios, one bedrooms, two bedrooms, tower suites, beachfront villa suites and penthouse suites.
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Downtown Parksville:  0.6km
Travelodge Parksville
Travelodge Parksville
424 West Island Highway
Parksville
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This Parksville hotel features an indoor pool, jacuzzi and gym. A 32-inch wall-mounted flat-screen TV is provided in every room. The rooms are equipped with a microwave, fridge and coffee maker. There is free Wi-Fi along with a comfortable seating area and a work desk. Guests can enjoy a daily continental breakfast. The spacious breakfast bar area features a double-sided fireplace.
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Downtown Parksville:  0.8km
Our Place Bed and Breakfast
Our Place Bed and Breakfast
1527 Madrona Drive
Nanoose Bay
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This Nanoose Bay bed and breakfast is 6 km from Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park. It features a deluxe hot breakfast, a guest lounge and free Wi-Fi. The modern guest rooms at this hotel offer a seating area with a sofa. Rooms also feature a private bathroom. The guests can enjoy breakfast each morning in the upper floor dining room or out on the balcony. Fairwinds Golf Club is 12 km away.
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Downtown Nanoose Bay:  7.6km
Downtown Parksville:  7.9km
Inn on Long Lake
Inn on Long Lake
4700 North Island Highway
Nanaimo
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Long Lake Inn is located in Nanaimo on beautiful Vancouver Island in British Columbia Canada. Our luxurious deluxe suites include numerous amenities for the business traveller, honeymooners and eco tourists alike. With laundry facilities, high speed Internet access, an exercise room, sauna, hot tubs, and our buffet continental breakfast you are assured both a relaxing and memorable stay.
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Airport:  24.9km
Downtown Nanaimo:  8.7km
Port O Call Inn & Suites
Port O Call Inn & Suites
505 N Terminal Avenue
Nanaimo
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Our downtown Nanaimo hotel/motel is the perfect destination for a weekend trip or as a stepping stone to Tofino, Uclulet or Victoria. Steps from the Nanaimo Seaside Walkway we offer large family suites with kitchenettes, wheelchair access and 25-inch colour TVs. Queen size and doubles available. We have 42 newly renovated units with eight large family suites. The Pier 97 restaurant is open daily.
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Downtown Nanaimo:  1.3km
Airport:  15.7km
Mountainaire Campground and RV Park
Mountainaire Campground and RV Park
1092 Spruston Road
Nanaimo
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Nestled in the woods south of Nanaimo are 40 acres of family fun where you can sleep in the fresh air and awaken to the sounds of nature at the crack of dawn, or the crack of noon, whichever you prefer. Spend the day at the swimming hole swimming and diving or loaf by the pond with your fishing rod. Maybe a nap, then some beach volleyball, and finish the perfect day with dinner cooked over a fire.
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Downtown Nanaimo:  19.1km
Airport:  6.9km
Days Inn Harbourview
Days Inn Harbourview
809 Island Hwy S
Nanaimo
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Welcome to our Days Inn Harbourview located in the city of Nanaimo on Vancouver Island. Places such as Long Beach to the West, salmon fishing to the North, and the world famous Victoria City to the south are merely two hours away by driving. We can also be reached from Vancouver via a pleasant two-hour ferry ride, and if you are lucky, you can see whales traveling on your side.
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Airport:  12km
Downtown Nanaimo:  2km
Coast Bastion Inn
Coast Bastion Inn
11 Bastion Street
Nanaimo
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Overlooking Nanaimo Harbour, the Coast Bastion Inn in Nanaimo BC is a premier hotel with facilities to suit all travellers. Enjoy the convenience of staying at one of the best downtown Nanaimo hotels, and take in the beautiful ocean view from each and every guest room. The Coast Bastion Inn in Nanaimo features meeting rooms for conferences and weddings.
Hammond Bay Oceanside B&B
Hammond Bay Oceanside B&B
3804 Hammond Bay Road
Nanaimo
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Relax and experience our private beachfront location. Oceanside rooms with kitchen. TV/DVD, queen beds, private bathroom, fireplace, private entrance and patio. Close to amenities, parks and ferry. Enjoy beautiful sunrises and sunsets. Visa and Mastercard. No pets. $115-$140/ night (dbl). Off season rates Nov.1 - May 14. Phone: 250 751-1409 email: hammondbaybb@shaw.ca website: www.hammondbaybb.com
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Downtown Nanaimo:  9.3km
Airport:  22.9km
Deep Bay RV Park
Deep Bay RV Park
5315 Deep Bay Drive
Bowser
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Our family oriented and owned RV and camping park nestled against the sea with a sea bluff behind that insures privacy and security. It is located in Bowser (near Parksville-Qualicum) and 2.5 km from the nearest highway (19A). There is no traffic noise, making our location very safe and very quiet for all. We have 70 full service RV sites, 3 dry RV sites, 4 tenting sites and 1 cabin for 4 adults.
Qualicum Bay Resort Motel & Cabins
Qualicum Bay Resort Motel & Cabins
5970 West Island Highway
Qualicum Bay
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Located in Qualicum Bay, we offer new renovated suites, 1 room, 2 room and 2-bedroom, as well 2 bedroom cabin. TV, Telephone, and WIFI. Each unit is fully equipped, right down to linens and towels. All suites are serviced daily (and upgraded yearly) so that you can just relax and enjoy your vacation.
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Downtown Qualicum Beach:  8.4km
Qualicum Bay Resort Campground
Qualicum Bay Resort Campground
5970 West Island Highway
Qualicum Bay
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We are setup like an International Campground found in New Zealand, Australia, and Europe that can accommodate large groups as well as backpackers, we have inexpensive campers cabins and full suits c/w kitchens and room service, tent sites and RV sites with all hook-ups, full facilities and organized activities for the whole family. We have an Ice-cream store and a fully licensed Restaurant.
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Downtown Qualicum Beach:  8.4km
Seaview Beach Resort
Seaview Beach Resort
911 McFeely Road
Qualicum Beach
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Located on Vancouver Island's east coast, we are small, pet friendly, & family-oriented. Summer/winter Seaview's guest often return year after year! While only moments away from the amenities of Qualicum Beach, 8 self-contained cottages can be found nestled between a wild river estuary, & a beach. Enjoy an unrivalled view of the Strait of Georgia, Gulf islands, and snowy Coastal Mountains beyond.
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Downtown Qualicum Beach:  4.1km
Shorewater Resort
Shorewater Resort
3295 West Island Highway
Qualicum Beach
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Come and experience the benefits of staying in a Vancouver Island condominium resort... Ocean at your doorstep...surrounded by west coast scenery & adventure. The Shorewater Resort is situated on a beautiful beachfront in Qualicum Beach, overlooking the protected waters of the Strait of Georgia to the snow-capped coastal mountain range.
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Downtown Qualicum Beach:  2.7km
Buena Vista By The Sea
Buena Vista By The Sea
3285 West Island Hwy
Qualicum Beach
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All of our rooms (recently renovated) have a full kitchen & an ocean view. In the upper suites, you can sit on your private balcony overlooking the ocean and enjoy the cool sea breezes as you watch the cruise ships pass. The lower suites are walk on waterfront with sliding patio doors opening to our manicured lawn. You have your choice of bachelor, one bedroom or two bedroom suites.
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Downtown Qualicum Beach:  2.6km

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