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The Oceanside Route - Hwy. 19A
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The Oceanside Route
Follow the Starfish!
Take a leisurely journey and let our dancing starfish show you the way along Vancouver Island's scenic Oceanside Route, Highway 19A.
What better way to see Vancouver Island than touring along this scenic drive for a morning, afternoon or longer. Here, you'll discover three unique destinations each set amidst Vancouver Island's stunning ocean-to-mountain scenery.
From the south, meander through the picturesque Oceanside communities of Parksville and Qualicum Beach, where views stretch across sandy beaches, the Strait of Georgia and beyond. Mid-route, the Comox Valley spreads below the glistening Comox Glacier, alongside the sea and into the farmlands of Merville and Black Creek. Discover secluded Miracle and Saratoga Beaches, then drive by the water again at Oyster Bay. At the north end of the Oceanside Route, ocean and island scenery welcomes you to Campbell River.
Look for the official Oceanside Route "starfish" signs as you're heading north on the Island Highway 19 near Parksville or at any marked exit along the way.
Campbell River's location at the north end of the Oceanside Route makes it a natural destination. Campbell River is also the gateway to Strathcona Park, the Discovery Islands, and northern Vancouver Island, all renowned wilderness destinations.
Alpine to ocean, Campbell River offers so much and so close. Skiing, hiking, golfing and kayaking - where else can you do all this in one day? The region also boasts a broad range of arts and cultural attractions.
Featuring Parksville and Qualicum Beach, these communities offer a mild year-round climate, miles of sandy beaches, golf courses, parks, trails and more are just a few of the reasons to linger in the Oceanside area. This picturesque region offers a range of cultural and recreational activities from galleries and artist studio tours to kayaking and cave touring.