Community Hub

The Parksville – Qualicum area is a busy place brimming with all kinds of activities, events and opportunities for families and residents. We created this hub as a ‘go-to’ place to find things out. Our community partners will have a place for their posters, and all other happenings in the neighborhoods of Oceanside.

Looking for parenting help? Our Resources and Research folder has links to some great information.

We will do our best to keep things current and relevant to you, our friends of Oceanside BLT. Visit often as details can change regularly.

Upcoming Events & Workshops

OBLT Events

Pete the Cat “First Steps to School” Fair – Thursday, April 25, 2024 at Qualicum Commons from 5pm – 7pm.

Community Events





Parent Support Circle – Parenting Teens Vancouver Island Thursday Evenings on Zoom.  To register click here.

Organizations, Supports & Services


Parent Support Services of BC– Online Parenting Support Circles

Parent Support Services of BC – Supports Available During Covid-19

Sources – Providing help and hope for individuals and families in the Oceanside area and beyond.


Society of Organized Services – Essential Services Available during Covid-19

Flowerstone Family Health Clinic -A new health clinic located in Qualicum Beach, BC.

Kids HelpPhone – Supports for Children and Youth

Canadian Mental Health Association – Resources and Supports for Mental Health during Covid 19


NatureKidsBC is coming to Oceanside – Join us with your child/ren/grandchild/ren for some monthly educational and enjoyable outdoor forest and oceanside activities. Members also get a great Naturewild magazine.  Sponsored by Arrowsmith Naturalists.

School District 69

School District 69 – Website

School District 69 Calendar – 2023-2025

School District 69 – Community Events, Programs, & Information

Qualicum International Student Program – Host families wanted, for students 15 – 18 years old in Parksville and Qualicum Beach for the up coming school year.

Videos & On-Line Activities


OBLT’s YouTube Channel – Check out our wide range of videos from music, story time, crafts and much more!

Tadpoles – The Big Little Migration

Call Of The Coastal Wolves – British Columbia sea wolf mini-documentary

On-Line Activities

Summer Adventures – ACRA & VIRL – Join Parksville librarian Susan Pierce for story time in a collection of sing-a-longs for the whole family.

Decoda’s Summer Reading with Trish Weatherall – Summer reading picks

RDN REC Connect  – Recreation and Fitness Activities, Resources and Videos

Decoda Literacy Solutions – Screen Free Activities

Vancouver Island Regional Library – Register for a Library Card Online to Access Amazing Online Resources

Arrowsmith Community Recreation Association – Preschool Games at Home

Heart-Mind Online – Nature Art: 10 Activities for Creativity and Calm

Natural Beach Living – Gratitude Scavenger Hunt for Kids and Adults

Literacy Week 2022 – ACRA & VIRLAccess hundreds of children’s books for free using Tumble Books Library.

Family Day Online Activities – ACRA & VIRL – Join librarian Susan Pierce and Arrowsmith Recreation Coordinators Kristine Stephenson and Tracy Cargo-White to learn how to make a simple hanging garden from paper plates and construction paper

Summer Reading Club 2022 – ACRA & VIRL – Join Parksville librarian Susan Pierce as she explains this year’s summer reading challenge for kids. This year’s theme is “All Together Now.”

Resources & Research

Formula for infants with food allergies – Information for families during the shortage of formula for infants with food allergies.

Let’s Talk About Teeth – Toddlers and Toothbrushing

Let’s Talk About Teeth – Thumb-sucking

Let’s Talk About Teeth – First Dental Visit

Let’s Talk About Teeth – Flouride Toothpaste

Let’s Talk About Teeth – Lift the Lip

Psychology Today – Parenting Right Now is Really Hard

Centre on the Developing Child – The brain architects podcast.  Focuses on specific, parctical questions that often arise for parents and caregivers during the critically important period of early childhood.

Dr Vanessa La Pointe – Parenting During COVID: The Emotional Impact of Social Distancing

University of Toronto – 10 Ways to Teach Kids Through Play at Home

Rediscovering Play Podcast – Going Easy on Ourselves as Parents with Rebecca Parlakian –  Parenting During COVID-19

ACES Connection – Mental Health Renewal in the Midst of Covid-19

Berkley Conversations – COVID-19: Mental Health and Well-being for Ourselves and our Children

BC Mental Health Services – Tips for supporting your mental health through the COVID-19 pandemic

BC Centre for Disease Control – BCCDC promotes keeping up with immunizations during COVID-19 pandemic

The Conversation – Children’s grief in coronavirus quarantine may look like anger. Here’s how parents can respond

HuffPost – We Are Doctors Who Study Trauma. Here’s How To Cope With The COVID-19 Crisis

SELF – What is Resilience and Can it Help us Bounce Back from This

Zero to Three – Racism and Violence: Using Your Power as a Parent to Support Children Aged Two to Five

WE Well-Being – Wellbeing Resources, Tools, Articles, Podcast

Casel Cares Initiative – Resources for Supporting Adults and Children during Covid 19

How Older People Can Cope With Isolation – Neuroscientist Daniel Levitin explains how older people can draw from their personal strengths to get through the pandemic.

The Lego Foundation – Learning through play: increasing impact, reducing inequality

Play With Our Kids – The most important thing you can do with your kids? Play with them! says Dr. Bruce Perry

TED Talk – How every child can thrive by five.

Technology Learning Resources

Technology Tutorials

GCF LearnFree – Wide variety of well produced free technology tutorials from beginner to intermediate.

iPhone Beginner’s Guide – From setup of a new iPhone to basic use.

Basic iPad Lessons – How to set up and use your iPad in 10 lessons.

Getting Started with Windows 10 – Short, to the point tutorial for the inexperienced Windows 10 user.

Basic Android User Tips – These are tips and tricks that you can do on most Android phones.


Upcoming Events

Intelligence is not the ability to store information, but to know where to find it.

– Albert Einstein