Quote from: britishcolumbia.com: Oceanside — Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada
Basking in sunshine on the east coast of Vancouver Island, Oceanside is Beach Country, and one of the finest year-round vacation destinations in Canada.
Boasting spectacular sandy beaches, coastal mountain vistas, and lush temperate forests, Oceanside enjoys the mildest climate in the country, with an annual average of 2,050 hours of sunshine. The tourism region of Oceanside incorporates the holiday communities of Parksville, Qualicum Beach, Nanoose Bay, French Creek, Arrowsmith Coombs Country, and Lighthouse Country.
With no less than seven provincial parks located within a thirty-minute drive, Oceanside provides a host of outdoor recreational activities, including hiking, camping, caving and golfing. Bordered to the east by the Strait of Georgia, Oceanside also offers every watersport imaginable, including sport fishing, canoeing, sea kayaking, diving, beachcombing, sailing, and windsurfing.
Population: Approximately 25,000
Location: Oceanside is located along Highway 19 on south central Vancouver Island. The largest community in Oceanside - Parksville - is approximately 2 hours (88 miles/147 km) north of Victoria. Ferry access from Vancouver to Oceanside is through Nanaimo, 45 minutes (22 miles/36 km) to the south of Oceanside - from Horseshoe Bay to Nanaimo (Departure Bay), and from Tsawwassen to Nanaimo (Duke Point). Air links to Oceanside are through Victoria, Nanaimo and Comox to the north.
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