There are approximately 150 annual events in the Parksville-Qualicum Region. These events are well attended affairs and are enjoyed by residents and visitors. As a region, we host special days like Hi Neighbour Day in Errington and a multitude of Family Days in Qualicum Beach, Coombs and Lighthouse Country. There are markets and car shows. There are Garden Tours and Art Shows; food events and events that showcase the natural beauty of the region. And the Festivals - Kidfest, Beachfest, Kitefest and the Festival of Lights to name a few. Canada Day has become a major event celebrating our heritage and the nation’s birthday.

All of the events over the years have done a magnificent job of promoting our region and providing amazing experiences for visitors and residents.

The Quality Foods Canadian Open Sandsculpting Competition and Exhibition attracts in excess of a hundred thousand people annually over a 6-week period. Canada Day and the Thrifty Foods Firework Spectacular draws in the neighbourhood of 25,000 people for a single day event.

Both the people coming from out of town and residents taking in the festivities that the 150 + events draw contribute hugely to our local economy. Business in Parksville-Qualicum Beach thrives due in large part to the experiences offered by these volunteers run and organized events.

While most if not all of the events are run by volunteers there is a cost to put together these amazing experiences. The cost of the events is born by businesses through sponsorship opportunities. The business community in our region are an amazing group as they provide the hundreds of thousands of dollars collectively to ensure the success of all of the events and festivals in our region. Business benefits from the influx of visitors who come to see and hear the special events and from the exposure given to the audiences and participants through their sponsorship.

The message I want to deliver is twofold; to the business community there is a huge benefit to stepping up to the plate and dedicating a portion of your advertising budget to sponsor these events, ensuring their continued viability, to residents; make a commitment to shop local and support the business community that supports the community as a whole.


The Parksville & District Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2016 Parksville & District Business Awards, presented at the monthly Chamber meeting on March 9, 2017. The day’s snowfall did not put a damper on the excitement and anticipation of the 170 members and guests who attended the event at Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort. The evening was a chance to recognize and celebrate the successes of the finalists, who were proud to be recognized in the elite group.

Outstanding Customer Service of the Year was presented to Bread & Honey Food Company.

New Business of the Year - Vancouver Island Workability.

Employer of the Year – Bayview Custom Motorcycles

Small Business of the Year (under 10 Employees) – Kerry’s Car & Truck Centre

Large Business of the Year (over 10 Employees) – Close to You Ladies Fashions

“The Rock”, in memory of the late John Rockley of Coastal Colour Printing, was presented to Dave Graham.

Congratulations to all of the recipients, nominees and finalists. Of course, these awards would not be possible without our wonderful sponsors, Harris Oceanside Chevrolet, Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort, The Parksville Qualicum Beach News, and Vancouver Island University.

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The Parksville and District Chamber of Commerce is a not-for-profit organization comprised of over 430 businesses, professionals, residents and community groups working collectively to establish and promote businesses and services for economic and social prosperity Parksville and the surrounding areas. The Board of Directors is elected by the membership and determines policies and programs. The staff employed by the board is responsible for organizing and executing the Chamber of Commerce's programs and policies.

  • The main priorities of the Parksville & District Chamber of Commerce are :
  • Be the active Voice of Local Businesses
  • Be a catalyst for business owners/operators to network and cross promote
  • Facilitate business training for the local workforce
  • Operate the Parksville Visitor Centre
  • To provide the business community with group benefits and networking opportunities

The Chamber of Commerce plays an active role in communicating the positions and views of the business community on policy to government at the municipal, regional, provincial and national level. The Chamber maintains a strong working relationship with local government, although it is not a support organization for any government body.

Although not officially incorporated until 1978, the Chamber has served the business community and residents of the region for over 80 years. The Parksville and District Chamber of Commerce works with the City of Parksville, the Parksville Downtown Business Association, Parksville Qualicum Beach Tourism Association, and the Chambers of Commerce in Qualicum Beach and other Island communities in order to provide a first class community where residents can LIVE, WORK and PLAY in a safe and prosperous environment.


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