Vancouver Island, British Columbia Attracts Snowbirds with Special Long-Stay Rates and a Spectacular Beach Resort Climate

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Special Vancouver Island Accommodation Rates Offered through May for Seniors in Search of a Long-Stay Getaway

Vancouver Island, British Columbia is the proud home of Canada's only true snowbird escape. Also known as the Canadian Riviera, the Parksville/Qualicum Beach region attracts long-stay winter travelers in search of a warm, snow-free community with abundant activities. A range of special rates in the Parksville and Qualicum Beach region makes the destination even more appealing.

With over 30 Vancouver Island vacation home options with long-stay rates, snowbirds can find a vacation home, condo, resort, hotel, or RV Park to fit most any budget. Weekly and monthly rates at many of the Qualicum Beach/Parksville accommodations are offered through April and May and start as low as $100 per week.

Parksville and Qualicum Beach, collectively called the Oceanside Region, is also known as the retiree capital of Canada with 41 percent of its population age 65 or over, according to the 2006 census. In addition to a friendly community, an array of activities is available to snowbirds. Vancouver Island, British Columbia boasts spas, bird-watching, fishing, hiking, adventure tours, and, of course, golf.

Vancouver Island golf is some of the most beautiful in Canada, with ocean and mountain backdrops, and six courses in the Oceanside region offering everything from a quick 9 holes to 18 holes of championship play. For those who enjoy a broader range of activities, the Parksville Golden Oldies Sports Association offers a number of winter activities for a long-stay Vancouver Island Oceanside region vacation including hockey, skating, curling, trips to Mt. Washington, bowling, volleyball, and badminton, while many Parksville accommodations offer on-site activities such as tennis and swimming.

For additional information about long-stay getaways around the Parksville/Qualicum Beach region of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, visit

About Oceanside Tourism Association
The Oceanside Tourism Association (OTA) is the destination marketing organization for the Parksville, Qualicum Beach, Nanoose Bay, French Creek, Lighthouse Country, and Arrowsmith Coombs Country region of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. The OTA is a non-profit, tourism industry-lead organization governed by a volunteer Board of Directors representing this region's Vancouver Island accommodations, attractions, local business, and municipal governments. For more information on the Oceanside Tourism Association, call 250.248.6300 or visit


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