A community of 10,600, located 37 km (23 mi) north of Nanaimo, on Hwy 19. 144 km (89 mi) north of Victoria, marks the beginning of beach country and, naturally, the focus is on the outstanding waterfront, which is a perfect place for beachcombing, swimming, castle building, stroll along the shoreline, play a round of golf or just relax in the sun. Visit the Englishman River Falls Provincial Park and Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park and enjoy hiking, fishing, camping, mountain biking, and birdwatching. Go mountain biking at Top Bridge Park, located between Parksville and Englishman River Falls, and enjoy its many trails. Stroll through the city and discover several restored historic buildings, and browse through the many shops. Parksville's hotels, motels, resorts, B&Bs, and RV parks offer more than 800 rooms, cottages, and campsites, all on or close to the beach.