1. Area Overview
The city of Parksville is an active and progressive city in the heart of Oceanside, on the sheltered east coast of Vancouver Island, in British Columbia. Parksville is one of the main hubs for major transportation, which enables it to be a thriving city for being economically active and a popular holiday destination. Residents, especially families with their children, who have chosen to live in Parksville highly value its spectacular natural environment and high quality of life. Residents pursue reconciliation rather than confrontation because they think that maintaining social harmony is a great social value in their community. The city also provides a broad range of urban facilities, services, and recreational and cultural events to make sure residents have fun! The harmony among the different sectors of the community (economy, quality education, location, natural sceneries, recreations, facilities, and services) makes Parkville a great city for people to reside, study, and work.
Parksville is located 150 kilometers north of the provincial capital of Victoria, 37 kilometers north-west of Nanaimo, 48 kilometers east of Port Alberni, and 7 kilometers south-east of Qualicum-Beach. Parksville is described as the “mid-island” area because it is proximate to most of the densely populated cities in Vancouver Island. To make it more concrete, its proximity to major cities makes the residents more convenient to use a variety of facilities and services.
The sea-level elevation and protected location of Parksville allow people to enjoy a four season with a mild and sunny climate pleasantly. Its pleasant climate has continued to attract new residents and tourists and has contributed to the gradual increase in population.
4. Community Services and Facilities
There are a wide range of community facilities and services regarding emergency, health and medical care, transportation, and education. Moreover, many of the public recreational facilities including the Oceanside Place ice arena and the Ravensong Aquatic Centre are operated by the Regional District of Nanaimo
5. Local Events
A broad range of community, regional and recreational events and activities are held by the city of Parksville on regular basis. Events range from the New Year`s Day Polar Bear Swim, ice-carving, the Brant Wildlife Festival, street festivals, the Summer by the Sea street market, rodeos, bike competitions, baseball, dance, drama and other visual and performing arts, rock climbing, downhill and cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, yacht racing, car shows, caving, fresh and saltwater fishing, golf, beach volleyball, sandcastle building, craft fairs, walks, races and tournaments.
6. School Information
School District 69 Qualicum is a school district situated on east Vancouver Island in British Columbia and provides Public Education Programs in the major centres of Parksville and Qualicum Beach. The district’s student population is approximately 10,000 students, and the majority of the school district’s residents live in Parksville and Qualicum Beach. The district currently has eight elementary schools, two secondary schools, an alternate school (PASS/Woodwinds) and a Distributed Learning program to support home-learning families called the Collaborative Education Alternative Program (CEAP).
The City of Parksville is located within School District #69 Qualicum. The district serves the Parksville area and provides public education from kindergarten to Grade 12. In the city of Parksville, quality public education has always been community members’ expectation since they place a high value on the legacy of quality education and lifelong learnings. The dedicated employees and staffs of the district work together towards achieving quality education in terms of academics, athletics, trades training, visual and performing arts, social responsibility and leadership by providing all students with a wide variety of innovative and creative programs.
Springwood Elementary School (K-7)
Oceanside Elementary School (K-7)
Arrowview Elementary School (K-7)
Ballenas Secondary School (8-12)
Kwalikum Secondary School (8-12)