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Beat the Heat in Parksville: Cool Activities Without Swimming
Posted: Jul 3, 2024
  • Enjoy the many summer activities available at Riptide Lagoon Adventure Golf.

    Enjoy the many summer activities available at Riptide Lagoon Adventure Golf.
Summer in Parksville, BC, is a delight with its beautiful beaches and vibrant community. When it gets hot, not everyone enjoys swimming as a way to cool off. If you're looking for alternative ways to beat the heat, Parksville offers plenty of options that don't involve taking a dip. Here are some fantastic places and activities to help you stay cool and enjoy your time in Parksville.

1. Enjoy a Treat at Riptide Lagoon Adventure Golf

Riptide Lagoon Adventure Golf is a fun destination for families and individuals alike. While you're there, beat the heat by indulging in a refreshing ice cream or slushie. These cool treats are perfect for a hot day, and you can enjoy them while playing a round of mini-golf or relaxing in the shaded areas of the park.

2. Sip a Cocktail at Taste Taco Bistro

For parents looking to unwind and cool off, Taste Taco Bistro offers a great atmosphere and delicious cocktails. Enjoy a refreshing drink while sampling their tasty taco offerings. It's a perfect spot to relax and escape the heat with a cool beverage in hand.

3. Splash Around at Parksville Community Park and Water Park

If you're looking to get a little wet without fully swimming, the water park at Parksville Beach is a great option. The splash park is ideal for kids to run through the sprinklers and cool off. Adults can enjoy the shaded areas and the beautiful beach views while keeping an eye on the little ones.

4. Explore the Cool Temperatures of Horne Lake Caves


For an adventure that naturally keeps you cool, head to Horne Lake Caves. The caves maintain a consistent cool temperature of 8 deg. Celsius (47 degr. F.) year-round due to the insulating properties of the ground. Take a guided tour to explore the fascinating underground formations and enjoy a refreshing break from the summer heat.

5. Relax with a Cold Drink at Arrowsmith Brewing or Fern and Cedar Brewing

Both Arrowsmith Brewing and Fern and Cedar Brewing offer great atmospheres to enjoy a cold drink. These local breweries provide a variety of craft beers that are perfect for cooling down on a hot day. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the chilled beverages in their inviting, cool environments.

6. Discover the Deep Bay Marine Field Station

The Deep Bay Marine Field Station is a wonderful place to visit for both education and cooling off. Naturally cooled by the ocean, this facility offers touch tanks and exhibits that are perfect for kids to learn about marine life. It's a great way to spend a day, combining education with a break from the heat.

7. Indulge in a Frozen Treat at Parksville's Ice Cream Shops

Apart from Riptide Lagoon, Parksville has several other ice cream shops where you can enjoy a cold treat. Take a leisurely stroll through town and stop by any of these local spots to savor some delicious ice cream or frozen yogurt.

8. Visit the Parksville Museum

Step into the past and cool off at the Parksville Museum. The museum offers well-preserved buildings and exhibits that provide a glimpse into the region's history. The shaded grounds and indoor displays offer a cool and educational escape from the summer sun.

Parksville, BC, has a plethora of ways to stay cool and enjoy the summer without swimming. Whether you're exploring caves, indulging in local treats, or relaxing with a cold drink, there are plenty of activities to keep you refreshed. For the perfect summer getaway, book your stay at Oceanside Village Resort and experience all that Parksville has to offer. Our resort provides comfortable accommodations and is conveniently located near all these fantastic activities. Don't wait - plan your visit today and make the most of your summer in beautiful Parksville!
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