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“Ocean Sands / Graycrest”
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Ocean Sands Resort
Ranked #2 of 13 Hotels in Parksville
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 6 August 2012

This was our 48th year of vacationing at Ocean Sands (formerly Graycrest) Resort in Parkville!

What started as an annual family camping trip in 1964, has come to be a large annual family reunion in the resort condos there now.

In 1964 it was the Graycrest campsites (with an outhouse!) along the long driveway to the large home of the family that lived there. That evolved into staying in the cabins they built on the property, then the old family campground was upgraded to new condos about 20 years ago.

The new layout is superb and even puts Tigh-Na-Mara to shame, because of the fabulous outdoor heated pool, indoor hot tub, and the spacious manicured lawn and grounds which are perfect for family fun (badminton, bocci, etc.)

The resident manager Darcy does a great job of upkeep and makes everyone feel like a welcome part of an extended family there.

Room Tip: If you have kids, go on the ground-floor so they can easily run out on the lawn to play. If you don...
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  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 6 August 2012

We booked this condo on a last minute basis for a family of 5 and it was great. Full kitchen for cooking our own meals with a great view of the ocean. The staff was very friendly and helpful. Easy access off of the highway.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 3 August 2012

My family and I just love this place. We are repeat customers and don't plan on stopping anytime soon. The outdoor pool is the best, clean, heated and big enough to play. The staff are very helpful and accomendating. I love the big open grassy area where the kids can play. The grounds are kept very well and clean. It is by far our favorite place to go on the island for a get away.

Room Tip: We like the pool side rooms so the kids can play on the grass and we can still see them.
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  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 24 July 2012

We have 15 family members to go stay in the Ocean Sand Resort this summer trip, i found it is very convient for us to go shopping & dinning, we got a upstairs & downstair unit, my nephew & family got the beach view unit, when we cooking dinner & BBQ, we will all come together to the unit 40 ground floor , with more space at the playground & facing the swimming pool. At the low tide time,we went dug lots of clams , very fun trip to stay with them, friendly staffs.

Room Tip: ground floor unit you can do your own BBQ with more space to use
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Reviewed 23 July 2012

My family has been coming to Ocean Sands for the past few years. It is the perfect resort for us. My two daughters & ourselves each get a unit. This allows us to meet for meals, have bonfires on the beach & in season sit by the pool. Then we can all go back to our own units to relax & sleep. Darcy & Kristie the onsite managers have always been extremely helpful & generous of their time to our family. My husband & I have also spent a week there on our own & had a great time. Got in lots of golf as there are many courses in the area. There are some great restaurants in town & there is never lacking in things to do. We have stayed in ocean front units & poolside units. All are wonderful.

Look no further. Ocean Sands has everything you could possibly need.

Room Tip: Look online for unit pictures. All are a little different.
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  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 13 July 2012

A friend and I went for a relaxing break. It was everything we could ask for. Lovely walks on the beach. Close the provincial park for more walking and sightseeing . We did some day excursions to other parks and found some great restaurants. The spa on another resort is walking distance away and highly recommended. The accommodation is well laid out, lounge gas fire awesome addition and a kitchen that is well equipped. I would visit again.

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Reviewed 8 July 2012

Came to this location with 14 family members, 6 of those were kids and this location was the perfect location to suit all of us. Kids had a great time at the pool and nearby park. Adults could enjoy the lawns for playing boci, soccer etc and long walks on the beach. Very friendly staff. Deffently will be returning!

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Additional Information about Ocean Sands Resort

Address: 1165 Resort Dr, Parksville, British Columbia V9P 2E2, Canada
Region: Canada > British Columbia > Vancouver Island > Parksville
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Parksville
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Parksville
#2 Spa Hotel in Parksville
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Parksville
Price Range: C$135 - C$414 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Ocean Sands Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 24
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Ocean Sands Resort Parksville, Vancouver Island

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