10 Best Dining Restaurants in OceanSide ~ Parksville and Qualicum Beach, BC


Besides incredible beaches and breathtaking views, you will also find amazing options for dining.

Share Your Story by February 28th, 2017, 1 lucky winner will win a $50.00 Gift Certificate to Kalvas. Voted our Top Favorite Restaurant is Parksville, BC!

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"THANK YOU for our best, most relaxing family vacation we have ever taken. Our kids are 5 and 7, both boys, and we just had the most amazing time. Our 10th anniversary with a bottle of Dom Perignon (surprise from my husband) and a full moon ocean view…stunning. I'll never forget it. We are already planning our trip back." View Property


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Specializing in seafood and premium meats such as AAA Alberta Beef and Island Springs Lamb, Kalvas offers high quality meals at reasonable prices.

Adel Chmait, the Kalva’s chef, likes to take old recipes and change them into something new by adding unique ingredients. He specializes in presentation and insists on using quality products in any dish he makes.

With dark wood tables and a warm atmosphere, the classy upscale log cabin offers almost every table a view from large windows.

180 Moilliet Street, Parksville

Hours of operation: Tuesday to Sunday: 5pm – 10 pm



Lefty’s Fresh Food was born in December, 1996 in Qualicum Beach. The restaurant was built its reputation on offering quality fresh food and a great service. Now several years later, there is a Lefty’s Fresh Food also in Parksville.

The lunch menu offers a good selection of quesadillas, tacos, wraps, sandwiches, burgers and thin-crust pizzas, made fresh to order with hand-pressed dough and sauces handcrafted from scratch ingredients (present also in the dinner menu).

For dinner, the menu has options for all tastes, offering dishes with ribs, sirloin steak, salmon, cod, chicken, and pasta.

Qualicum Beach

710 Memorial Ave

Hours of operation: Sun to Thu: 8am – 8pm, Fri & Sat: 8am – 9pm


101-280 E. Island Hwy

Hours of operation: Sun to Thu: 8am – 8pm, Fri & Sat: 8am – 9pm


Pacific Brimm


Just a block off of the Parksville Public Beach, Pacific Brimm focus on ambiance, great customer service and fare to delight every palate.

The lunch menu is made with only the highest quality ingredients.  You can enjoy homemade soups, thick deli sandwiches, or pick from daily specials.

The restaurant offers also a full breakfast menu until 1pm, including traditional bacon and eggs, omelets, pancakes, and the especial Brimm Eggs Benny.

Not only a great culinary selections, but also craft beer on tap and local BC wines!

123 Craig Street, Parksville

Hours of operation: Monday to Friday: 7am  – 6pm, Weekends & Holidays: 8am  – 3pm


Sushi Ichi


Sushi Ichi was established in 1997, offering high quality food at reasonable prices. The restaurant has a large menu with a wide variety of delicious Japanese cuisine.

541 E Island Hwy, Parksville

Hour of operation: Tuesday to Friday: 12 am – 2pm/ 4pm – 9pm, Saturday and Sunday: 4pm – 9pm


The Beach Hut (no website)

2831 West Island Highway

Qualicum Beach, BC V9K2C4

Tel: (250) 752-5708

Cuisine: Burgers, Dessert, Fish & Chips, Hot Dogs, Ice Cream


The Black Goose Inn


The beautiful Maclure House, originally constructed in 1921, is home to The Black Goose Inn. Situated on Rathtrevor Beach on the outskirts of the Oceanside town of Parksville, the British pub style restaurant has a traditional menu, with delicious home cooked food.

Open 7 days a week, with daily lunch and dinner specials, the menu brings a good selection of salads and traditional pies and entrees with reasonable prices.  The pies are all house made and topped with puff pastry, served with salad and bread.

Besides that, the drink menu offers 19 drafts to choose from, including some of the best UK beers.


Beach Acres Resort, 1051 Resort Drive, Parksville

Hours of operation: Open every day from 11:30am / Winter closing: 9pm / Summer closing: 10pm


The British Bobby Restaurant  


Since 2003, the British Bobby’s owners John & Mary bring to Vancouver Island the authentic tastes of British favourites.

When we think of British Food no doubt Fish & Chips is the first thing that comes to mind, and British Bobby’s are considered the best in Vancouver Island! To ensure quality, it is used only premium Halibut and Cod and the chips are cut fresh every day, making sure that the taste and crispness.

The restaurant has a lunch menu from 11am to 4pm, and the dinner menu offers great options, from the classics burgers and fish & chips to vegetarian dishes.

3-1209 East Island Highway, Parksville

Hours of operation: Tuesday to Thursday: 11am – 7:30pm, Friday: 11am – 8pm, Saturday: 11am – 7:30pm


The Shady Rest Waterfront


The Shady restaurant has been synonymous with great food, breathtaking ocean views, and a casual relaxed atmosphere for over 75 years.

Located in the waterfront location, each and every table has an ocean view to make sure the experience will be memorable.

The menu brings a great seafood selection: oyster, prawns and chips, seafood fettuccine, steamed clams, and calamari.  You also can choose between a clam chowder and smoked salmon chowder as a starter.

The restaurant serves a brunch on Saturday, Sunday, and holydays, from 11am to 2 pm.

3109 West Island Hwy, Qualicum Beach

Hour of operation: Daily: 11am – 9pm


Top Tapas at Grotto Spa


The Grotto Spa is home to a dining experience unlike any other in Canada. Located on the 3rd floor overlooking the surrounding forest, the Treetop Tapas & Grill is reserved exclusively for robed spa guests.

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lifes_the_beach_blog_banner1.jpgLife’s the Beach will donate $5.00 for every reservation booked between now and May 31st, 2016 to World Ocean Day to help save the Sea Stars of the Pacific Ocean.

World Ocean Day is June 8th, 2016

As you think about what causes to support today, please remember World Oceans Day is a grassroots effort powered by hundreds of dedicated individuals around the world.

Help us help them:
It’s been three years since millions of sea stars from Alaska to Canada and down to Baja, Mexico started wasting away into gooey white mounds. And although the destruction wrought by this disease shows no signs of stopping, the pace of the die-off has slowed.

That’s partly because so many sea stars have already died, says Ben Miner, a marine biologist at Western Washington University in Bellingham. Some areas have seen up to a 90 percent decline in their populations.

Scientists identified the likely culprit last year: A pathogen known as a densovirus, part of the same parvovirus group that can cause gastrointestinal problems in unvaccinated dogs. So they’ve shifted their efforts to monitoring sea star populations and investigating why this disease—probably caused by a very common ocean virus—is now rampaging through 19 species of sea stars.
Cornell University microbiologist Ian Hewson, who helped narrow down the viral suspects, is looking at the densovirus’ genetic code to see what might have changed over time. He’s hoping to find a clue as to what’s triggered the virus to become so harmful.

Hewson also plans to conduct laboratory experiments to study in detail how the wasting disease progresses through an individual starfish after it’s infected. And he’d like to figure out how the virus is transmitted and whether it affects the babies and juveniles.

Altered Communities
Other experts have shifted to monitoring sea star populations and the communities they leave behind. “We’re more focused on assessing the consequences and looking at signs of recovery,” says Pete Raimondi, a marine ecologist at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

A Million Reasons For Hope

Miner and colleagues do still see the occasional adult sea star during their surveys off Washington State. And because one adult can produce hundreds if not thousands of larvae, it’s possible the remaining individuals could repopulate devastated areas, he says.

“If a population is doing well in one location, it has the potential to produce millions of offspring, which can be dispersed widely,” Miner explains.

This is part of the reason why Miner, Harvell, and Raimondi don’t expect to see local extinctions of sea star species in the near future.

In fact, 2014 was the biggest year for sea star babies Raimondi has ever seen for California’s tidepools since he began monitoring sites in 1992.

It will take a couple of years to know for sure whether these young sea stars will contribute to a recovery of populations along North America’s west coast. But “it gives us some hope,” Raimondi says.

We at Life’s the Beach are asking our guests to get involved by recording dates of sightings and numbers of Sea Stars at Rathtrevor Beach in Parksville and Qualicum Beach BC.

If you would like to get involved during your holiday this summer please email us at info@lifesthebeach.com and we will provide you with a free Field Guide to Sea Stars. You can also order a copy on our web site www.lifesthebeach.com


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Take Mom to the Beach! All moms deserve to experience a moment of luxury so treat mom to a vacation home with Life’s the Beach. Make her feel fabulous with 10 % off any new reservation booked by May 31, 2016. Honour her love. The beach is gorgeous this time of the year. Come enjoy some quality time in an amazing vacation home with Mom and make some new memorable moments! Offer valid until May 31th, 2016.  For stays until June 30th, 2016. New reservations only! Rates are subject to change without notice and exclude Monthly rate, taxes, damage deposit waiver and departure cleaning.



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Purchase a $100.00 or more Gift Certificate to give to family or friends for any of our Amazing Vacation Homes and receive a FREE $20.00 Gift Certificate for yourself. Plus we will donate $5.00 for every Gift Certificate Purchased to Saving Sea Stars and Sea Turtles!

Stay with Life’s the Beach! Everyone deserve to experience a luxury Accommodation near the most amazing beaches in Parksville and Qualicum Beach BC! Treat your FAMILY and FRIENDS to a vacation home with Life’s the Beach. Make them feel fabulous and honour their love. The beach is gorgeous any time of the year. Come enjoy some quality time in an amazing vacation home and make some new memories! Offer valid until December 24, 2015. New Gift Certificate Purchase only! Rates on Vacation Rentals are subject to change, so book early for the best availability of homes and best rates!

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Tanglewood Running

pic1Whenever we travel, one of the things I like to check out are the running routes near where we are staying. I’ve become a bit of a running tourist. I just finished an 8k run from the Tanglewood vacation rental. If you like to run, this is a great spot to do it!

Tanglewood backs on to Rathtrevor Provincial Park near Parksville, BC. Rathtrevor park is an oceanside park filled with hiking/walking/running trails. In addition to a beautiful beach front trail that runs the whole length of the park, there are also forrest trails just to keep things interesting and perhaps a bit cooler on the warm summer days. The terrain is generally flat and the trails are well maintained and groomed.

The 8K route I did today was nothing short of amazing. To warm up, I turned left out of the subdivision driveway onto Resort Dr. and went past several beautiful resorts to the end of the road and back. There is a running trail along the road or if you prefer asphalt, that’s an option too as the road is very quiet and safe.

After finishing up with the out and back, I ran past the park entrance and the general store and onto Plummer Rd. It’s a bit narrow for about the first 100m but after that pic2the shoulders are wide and there is plenty of room to run. Big perk here is that you are running right beside Englishman River and you follow it until it empties into the ocean. Where Weller Rd swings right, there is a wide trail to the left that you can follow into the bird sanctuary. The trail brings you out onto Mariner Way. Mariner is a wide, flat, quiet street with plenty of amazing glimpses of the Coast Mountains north of Vancouver. Mariner intersects with Shorewood Dr. Stay on Shorewood until you come to the park access gate. Shorewood takes a hard right and the gate is immediately in front of you.

The park run is spectacular! I chose to go left at the fork just inside the gate and pic3within about 30 seconds, I came out onto the magnificent beachfront trail. The view of the bay, the blue snow covered mountains across the strait and the beach directly in front of you is breathtaking. Stop and enjoy it for a minute.

Proceed along the trail from the north side of the park through to it’s southern end. At that point, you have a couple of options. You can go down onto the beach and come back onto the Tanglewood property from that side or you can turn right and follow one of the many
trails that will lead you back to the park access road. (You’ll know it when you see it!)
Head up the hill, (it’s not that big,,,), and then take the cut off trail about halfway up. It takes you through the forrest and back out onto Resort Dr. The Tanglewood driveway is on your left.

If you opt to go straight at the fork in the road, the trail will take you toward the campsites and the ‘farm trails’ which go through some beautiful grassy fields or you pic4can run through the campsites and enjoy the smell of campfires and the relaxed vibe that comes along with camping.
This is an easy, gentle area to run in. There are seasonal water stations through the park as well as several washroom facilities. The hill at the end of the route is fairly mild and the cutoff trail is a great finish to an amazing run.
When you’re done, the property has large areas where you can stretch out and recover. All in all, Tanglewood is a runner’s dream with plenty of options for every skill level.


BeachFire05Explore the beautiful colours of fall on Vancouver Island. Come sit by the fireplace or have a bonfire at the Beach. Golf, Hike, Walk, Run, Shop, Spa, Fish, Read, Learn about the local Culture, or just hang out and re-connect with Family and Friends over a board game!!

Enjoy 3 nights to relax for the price of 2 nights (1 Night for FREE!)

You can hear the gentle sound of the waves, walk through the falling leaves and smell the clean fresh air, Colours of Fall are gorgeous on forest walks and hiking trails of Oceanside!!. Fall is here! Enjoy our EXPLORE OCEANSIDE SPECIAL! Relax in our immaculate homes for 2 nights and get the 3rd night FREE!

Valid Oct. 1st, 2015 ~ Dec. 21st, 2015

3rd night free with a reservation for 3 or more nights. Excludes Monthly reservations. Please enter the code “Explore” when booking on line or mention the special when you call our toll free number to book
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Super Man Father’s Day Special


10% off WITH THE SUPERDAD SPECIAL! The Beach is fabulous in the Spring. Combine the 10% off “SUPERDAD” offer code with the 5% off when you book online and receive 15% off!!

Make him feel fabulous with 10 % off any new reservation booked by June 30, 2015. The beach is gorgeous this time of the year. Come enjoy some quality time in an amazing vacation home with Dad and make some new memorable moments!

Your Superman Dad deserves to relax on the beach! Send us a great picture of you and Dad at the beach for a chance to win $100 Gift Certificate!

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