Parksville's Sand Sculpting Competition history dates back to 1982, when we hosted our first "B.C. Open". A total of 100 people attended the first event, and it was reviewed as a "great success". From the BC Open to its present day title "The Quality Foods Canadian Open Sand Sculpting Competition", this event has evolved into a world class Master Sculptor competition.
The QF Canadian Open is the only competition in Canada designated as a qualifying event for the World Championship of Sand Sculpting. This designation was awarded based on our dedication to the enhancement of sand sculpting art through quality and professionalism. This will guarantee our First Place winner in the Solo and Double divisions an automatic placement in The World Championship of Sand Sculpting. Airfare, hotel, accommodations and an appearance stipend will be included. The 2nd & 3rd Place winners will have their names in a pool to be drawn upon as space permits.
In the last 15 years Parksville has welcomed almost 1,000,000 visitors to our Sand Sculpting Exhibition, located at the Parksville Community Park on Corfield Road off Hwy 19A (Exit 46). Visitors arrive from everywhere in the world to marvel at these unbelievable feats of artistry and engineering. Our competition is open to professional/master level sculptors, and draws artists from around the globe. The competition itself lasts for 30 hours over 4 days. Gates open to the public starting at 2 pm, Friday, July 15th. At this time the public can watch the sculptures "under construction". The sculptures remain in place for five weeks following the competition. Admission to the venue is by a suggested donation of $2.50 per person.
Generous donations and sponsorship - in time, effort and finances by the private & corporate sectors of the community as well as many local volunteer groups combine to make this event a "SANDTASTIC" success.
You won't want to miss any of the 2016 activities taking place in the park during July and August - Coastal Community Free Sculpting Lessons & Demos (July 16 & 17), Parksville Kite Festival (July 16 & 17), Concerts in the Park every Fri and Sat night (July 22 - August 19 from 6:30-8:30), the Car Show (TBA), Quality Foods Festival of Lights Fireworks (Sat, Aug 13 at dusk), Quality Foods Children's Sandcastle Contest (Sun, Aug 14) and Kidfest (Sun, Aug 14). The famous Lions Adventure Park is a must for younger members of the family to visit. Tennis courts, ball parks, a lacrosse box, skate board park, covered picnic area, and a large field for kite flying are also located in the park. The beach itself offers a beautiful view with its long sandy beaches and eastern exposure; this is an ideal spot to spend a few days, or the whole summer. For a full listing of events please visit the Related Links page.
Parksville Beach Festival Society