Tigh-Na-Mara in Parksville, BC
Tigh-Na-Mara is located in picturesque Parksville, BC on Vancouver Island. Parksville is situated mid-island on the east coast, just 30 minutes north of Nanaimo and 2 hours north of Victoria.
Parksville's central island location offers easy access to the best of Vancouver Island. Daytrips may include Tofino, Campbell River, Port Alberni, Courtenay, Denman Island, Hornby Island, Salt Spring Island and more.
1155 Resort Drive Parksville, BC V9P2E3
BC Ferries Car
A leisurely ferry ride between the BC Lower Mainland and the Island allow visitors to experience the unique geography and wildlife of this coast.
Sailing time:- From Vancouver (Tsawwassen) to Nanaimo (Duke Point): 2 hours
Sailing time:- From West Vancouver (Horseshoe Bay) to Nanaimo (Departure Bay): 1 hour 35 minutes
For schedule information please visit www.bcferries.com or call 1-888-BCFERRY. Reservations may be made in advance for a nominal fee. We recommend reservations for peak summer periods as well as weekend or holiday travel year round to avoid waiting.
The drive to Tigh-Na-Mara from Departure Bay is approximately 20 minutes and from Duke Point approximately 40 minutes.
BC Ferries by Foot
If you are travelling on BC Ferry via foot we are happy to arrange transportation from the Ferry Terminal to Tigh-Na-Mara for you. Departure Bay transportation fees are approximately $50 per way up to 2 people.
Drive north on Highway 1 to Nanaimo, just south of Nanaimo, take the exit for Highway 19 and the North Island. Bus connections are available from downtown.
From Vancouver and the Fraser Valley
Take the Lion's Gate or 2nd Narrows Bridge across Burrard Inlet, then follow the signs to Horseshoe Bay and take the BC Ferry to Nanaimo. Exit the ferry and keep to the 2 right lanes, then take Highway 19 North towards Parksville.
From Vancouver International Airport and South Vancouver
Take Highway 10 and 99, head to the BC Ferry terminal in Tsawwassen and catch the ferry to Duke Point (south Nanaimo). Head north on Highway 1 and then exit to Highway 19 and Parksville.
Head north on I-5 and cross the border at Blaine. Continue north on Highway 99 about 15 minutes, then take the exit for Tsawwassen and the ferries. Take the ferry to Nanaimo (Duke Point). Head north on Highway 1 and then exit to Highway 19 and Parksville. There are also ferries out of Anacortes and Port Angeles in Washington that will take you to Victoria, where you can follow Highway 1 and 19 north to Parksville and Qualicum Beach.
From Tofino or Ucluelet
Follow Hwy. 4, the 2 - 2 ½ hour drive leads directly to Qualicum Beach.
Travellers can land at the Qualicum Beach Airport with KD Air and Orca Airways from YVR's South Terminal. Connecting flights from Vancouver International also fly into the neighbouring Nanaimo Airport and Comox Valley Airport. Harbour Air Seaplanes offers flights from downtown Vancouver to downtown Nanaimo, among other routes. WestJet flies direct from Calgary and Edmonton into Comox and from Calgary to Nanaimo.
From the Comox Valley
Take either the scenic coastal Oceanside Route 19A south from Courtenay, or the four-lane Inland Island Highway 19 south. Either way, Parksville & Qualicum Beach are less than an hour away.
Directions courtesy of Parksville Qualicum Beach Tourism Association