PARKSVILLE - SPA + MORE
The Tigh-Na-Mara Resort is a popular destination for West Coast Resort lovers. Famous for its mineral pool and excellent spa services, it also doesn’t hurt that it’s located right on the beach in Parkville and just a stone-throw away from Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park.
When you are done being pampered, there are several small side trips you can take. Visit Qualicum Beach for walk along the waterfront or check out some of the boutiques and restaurants in town. Take a hike at Englishman River Falls Provincial Park or visit the Goats on the Roof at Coombs Old Country Market.
For a bit of adventure, visit the Horn Lake Caves where you can take guided tours that involve squeezing, crawling and climbing through some very tight spots in the caves. You can even climb up a 3-storey waterfall. Their guides are very knowledgeable and make the whole experience a lot of fun!
Leave Vancouver on Friday after work and take the Ferry from Horseshoe Bay to Nanaimo. You can plan to have dinner in Horseshoe Bay (e.g. Fish and Chips at Trolls) if you have the time.
From Nanaimo head about 20 minutes north to Parksville and the Tigh-Na-Mara Resort.
On Saturday, get in your Spa treatments and explore the resort, before heading out for some walks/hikes in the area. Try Qualicum Beach for a dinner out if you don’t want to eat at the resort.
On Sunday, grab breakfast on your way to Coombs Market where you can do some shopping and visit with the goats, then make your way to the Horne Lake Caves. The 1 hour tour is a great first adventure here and if you like it you may decide to come back for the long 3 hour tour or the rappelling experience another time.
Head back to Departure Bay in Nanaimo for one of the evening ferries.
BC Ferries: http://www.bcferries.com/
Tigh-Na-Mara Resort: http://www.tigh-na-mara.com/
Rathrevor Beach Provincial Park: http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/parkpgs/rathtrevor/
Englishman River Falls Provincial Park: http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/parkpgs/englishman_rv/
Coombs Old Country Market: http://www.oldcountrymarket.com/
Horne Lake Caves: https://hornelake.com/
See map and links above
Approx. $400 (incl. caving, ferries and the mineral pools at Tigh-Na-Mara) per person in a 2- bedroom cabin (sleeps 6).
We traveled in a group of 3 in the spring. Add more people to your groups to bring the cost down.
Check out some pics from this trip