Autumn Impromptu Getaways on Vancouver Island

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Vancouver Islands Parksville-Qualicum Beach Beckons Relaxer Market

We offer a perfect close to home escape that is accessible, quiet, and has plenty of outdoor activities to explore.

Parksville-Qualicum Beach, BC Vancouver Island's Parksville and Qualicum Beach region is seeking couples who want a peaceful, relaxing getaway this fall. The region's resorts and attractions are offering quick and easy packages so unwinders can spend more time resting and less time planning.

According to recent Oceanside Tourism research, visitors come to the Parksville and Qualicum Beach region for general leisure purposes: relaxation (32%), friends and family (19%) and then for the beach and other outdoor activities. Seventeen per cent of leisure travelers (52 per cent of business travelers) plan travel on a whim according to Lastminutetravel.com. And, over one quarter of British Columbians like to relax when they get away - meaning no plans, with peace and tranquility being of high importance.

"The Parksville and Qualicum Beach region is perfect for unwinders." says Blain Sepos of Oceanside Tourism. "We offer a perfect close to home escape that is accessible, quiet, and has plenty of outdoor activities to explore."

Parksville and Qualicum Beach, Canada's beach playground, is a fitting destination for a relaxing, quiet, and contemplative getaway. It is only two hours from Vancouver or Victoria, has kilometer-wide sandy beaches, crystalline caves, and the ancient, lichen-covered cedars of Cathedral Grove.

The region's views engender intimacy with the landscape, emphasizing its isolation from the hustle and bustle of city life. And it is home to some of the best Vancouver Island resorts, spas, marinas, year-round golf, and parks - ideal for relaxing, getting away in a quiet scenic spot, hanging around near the beach, walking or hiking, and taking in some arts and crafts, markets, spa treatments or special events.

Autumn, when summer lingers in Oceanside, is a popular time for short getaways. The days are warm with fragrant ocean breezes while the nights are crisp and clear and the summer crowds have gone.

The Parksville and Qualicum Beach region has 33 resorts, hotels and motels, nearly 30 bed and breakfasts, and 45 vacation rental homes to choose from. And the shoulder season from October to April offers attractive Vancouver Island accommodation rates.

If you go:
Packages that combine accommodation, food and activities make spontaneous holidays even easier. Several packages offered in the region for fall include:

Sleep, Soak & Savour at Tigh Na Mara
Package of Bed, Breakfast and Grotto Spa Mineral Pool
$176/person/night

Great Golfing Get-A-Way Package
Includes 2 Nights at Executive Bed and Breakfast on The Green, 1 round of golf at Fairwinds Golf Club, and 2 gourmet breakfasts
$200/person double occupancy until November 30, 2008

Deluxe Oceanfront Winter Escape
Oceanfront Vacation Rental Home with use of a double ocean kayak and an aluminum boat
$1500/month September 1 2008 to May 31 2009

For more details on these and other packages visit the Oceanside Tourism Association website listed below.

Oceanside Tourism Association
Phone: 1-888-799-3222 or 250-248-6300
Website: http://www.visitparksvillequalicumbeach.com

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