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Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park
Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park is located approximately 36 km (22.5 miles) north of Nanaimo and 3 km (2 miles) south of Parksville on Vancouver Island.

Travelling Here
To get here from the Lower Mainland, take the BC Ferries sailing from Horseshoe Bay to Nanaimo. From here, follow the signs out of Nanaimo that go to Hwy 19 north and Parksville. Coming from Victoria, take Hwy 1 (Douglas Street) north to Nanaimo then turn north just past the Duke Point turn-off onto the Nanaimo Parkway and Hwy 19.

Rathtrevor Beach
The main highlight of Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park is the 2 km (1.3 mile)-long sandy ocean beach that faces east towards the Salish Sea (Georgia Strait). The shallow beach, which borders Craig Bay, has a large area to explore, especially during low tide. There are excellent swimming opportunities, especially in the summer on a rising tide after the sun has warmed the beach. Kayaking and canoeing are also possible. Just remember there are no lifeguards here, or in any other British Columbia Provincial Park, and all watersports are at your own risk.

Campground
Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park offers 174 vehicle-accessible campsites, including 25 walk-in sites and a group facility. A number of these can be reserved through Discover Camping. Because of the popularity of the park, reservations are highly recommended from the last week of June to Labour Day in September, if it is full there is an overload section. The campsites are generally quite spacious and private with large trees found throughout the park.

Rathtrevor Beach Path
If you like walking, there is a trail along the ocean front called the Rathtrevor Beach Path. At the north-west end of the trail, there is a gate that takes you along Shorewood Drive and Mariner Way to the mouth of the Englishman River. Here you can find a nature trail along the estuary to an area where there is ample opportunity for bird watching.

Park Facilities
There are number of park facilities and services found here, including 5.5 km of walking trails (many of them wheelchair accessible), a large day-use area with ample parking, three shower buildings, a combination of pit and flush toilets, a group facility, picnic tables, 2 reservable picnic shelters, a children's playground, and, for a small fee, there's a sani station for RVs. During the summer, interpretive programs are also available at the Rathtrevor Nature House.

Englishman River Regional Park
Other areas worth exploring near Rathtrevor Beach include the nature trail that leads you into Englishman River Regional Park. Called the Top Bridge Trail, the start of it is located on Resort Way near the entrance to Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park; it then crosses Hwy 19A at the traffic light before it crosses Industrial Way to Englishman River. From here, the trail goes from Top Bridge Regional Park and a very nice swimming hole to a pedestrian cable bridge across the river. It then continues on to the start of Englishman River Regional Park and a vast network of trails that are up the river.

Parksville
If you require camping supplies, groceries, or any other services, everything can be found nearby in Parksville. Here you can find a Quality Foods, a Thrifty Foods, motels, drug stores, a few coffee shops including a Starbucks, a pub at the Rod and Gun Club, and restaurants including a favourite called Lefty's Fresh Food.

Black Goose Inn
For other adult entertainment and delicious food, there is also the nearby Black Goose Inn located at 1051 Resort Drive, which features a British-style pub restaurant. The Inn, located in a historic building designed by Samuel Maclure and built in 1921, is a good spot to enjoy the night out and is within walking distance to the campground.

Winter Camping
The campground at Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park is open all year long and can be used for winter camping if needed. The campground offers very limited services at a reduced rate with most of the campground gated off and only pit-toilets available. For firewood and water, make sure you pack in your own supply.

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