Parksville is a city on Vancouver Island, in British Columbia, Canada, about40 kilometres north-west of Nanaimo, 50 kilometres east of Port Alberni and just south of Qualicum Beach, between Englishman River and French Creek. With a population of about 12,000, it is the 15th-largest municipality on Vancouver Island in terms of population.
Parksville is best known for its large sandy beaches at Parksville Bay and Craig Bay. The city's best-known annual event, since 1982, is a sandcastle-building competition in the summer, dubbed "Parksville Beachfest". Beachfest is a World Championship Sand Sculpting official qualification event.
Local media, businesses, and civil services frequently refer to Parksville, with its adjacent municipalities, as the community of "Oceanside", typically including Qualicum Beach, French Creek, Coombs/Hilliers, Errington and Nanoose.
Parksville Beach (located at Community Park) and Rathtrevor Beach are two of the city's main attractions.