About Parksville

The main industries in the Parksville-Qualicum Beach area are tourism, retail, services, construction and light industry. Technology companies are successfully serving clients around the world from their home base in Parksville – Qualicum Beach, B.C.

Tourism is the single largest contributor to the economy in the Parksville-Qualicum Beach region. The Oceanside Tourism Association estimates that direct tourism spending was about $112 million in 2012. Visitors are attracted by long, beautiful sandy beaches that have been dubbed ‘Canada’s Riviera’ and ‘Canada’s Carmel’.

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Economic Development Office

Economic Development Office

Kim Burden

Executive Director, Oceanside Initiatives



Work Parksville Qualicum Beach

Community Overview

The Parksville-Qualicum Beach region of central Vancouver Island is one of the fastest growing areas on the island. As of 2018, 47,000 people called Parksville-Qualicum Beach their home.

Our Parksville – Qualicum Beach, B.C. communities enjoy a skilled and educated labour force and a growing population. Business owners approaching retirement age are often looking to sell all types of enterprises – from restaurants to hotels to transportation companies. Parksville – Qualicum Beach, B.C. entrepreneurs have also found sources of advice and investment capital among the population, which includes many retired professionals and executives from diverse sectors.

Parksville – map of zoning and other key local resources

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Buying a Business

The diverse economy and steady population growth in the Parksville-Qualicum Beach region offer many opportunities for entrepreneurs – from buying an established enterprise to starting or re-locating your own. The Oceanside region of central Vancouver Island offers affordable commercial and industrial space and a network of people, associations and initiatives to offer business support.

Commercial Space

You’ll find land and building space available for sale or lease for both commercial and industrial purposes in the Parksville – Qualicum Beach, B.C. region. Lease rates are affordable – in the range of $6 to $8 per square foot for industrial space and $12 to $20 per square foot for commercial space.

Investing in a Business

Nanaimo is a growing vibrant community with abundant investment opportunities. Visit Venture Connect for more information.

Land Purchase

For more information, please contact Kim Burden:

Kim Burden
Email: kim@parksvillechamber.com


The active community of Parksville is home to a diverse group of residents who are attracted by the positive quality of life and moderate year-round climate. Parksville offers an abundance of activities for every season, including scenic beaches perfect for long walks, mountain biking, fishing, golf, arts, and cultural activities.