Tigh-Na-Mara wins Community contribution and impact award - BC THC

This March it was an honour to receive the BC Tourism & Hospitality Conference (BC THC), Community Contribution and Impact Award,  recognizing outstanding community involvement.  

Community Contribution & Impact is especially close to our heart.  When it comes to tourism, Tigh-Na-Mara is synonymous with Parksville.  We’ve been here since 1946 and have had the same, local ownership & management for the past 42 years.  Parksville is a small town, and Tigh-Na-Mara is one of the largest employers in our area with over 300 Team Members and growing!  We are deeply interconnected with our community in so many ways.

Community spirit or volunteerism is built into our DNA.  Our Leadership Team volunteers their time toward a number of local community organizations, charities and boards.

  • Our largest community event is the annual Toy Drive & Breakfast held in November in support of our local Society of Organized Services who support families in need all year and especially at Christmas.  We’ve been hosting this event for 14 years, impacting thousands of our residents.  This is part of our culture.
  • Our own Team Members also contribute biweekly payroll deductions toward our Bikes for Tykes program which raised funds for 25 bikes this year
  • We also support dozens of other community events and charities throughout the year including:
  • Adopting animals and providing guest tours with the North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre
  • Annual Salvation Army Christmas luncheon for the past 30 years, plus weekly soup for their kitchen
  • Variety the Children’s Charity including annual donation plus hosting families who require medical attention in the area
  • Beach clean-up and broom-busting days

Tigh-Na-Mara’s 22 acres of forested property along the Salish Sea is a special place.  We recognize we are stewards for this land.  As we continue to renovate our property, we will balance our growth with the needs of our community and the environment.  We have an active Green Team wtih lots of sustainable initiatives and some exciting plans moving forward.

  Grotto Spa named #3 Spa in BC


Spas of America, the largest spa and wellness travel website showcasing more than 600 of the best resort, hotel and health spas to consumers around the world has unveiled the Top 100 Spas of 2022 including the Top Spas in Canada. Vancouver Island’s Grotto Spa at Tigh-Na-Mara in Parksville takes top honours with the title as the #3 spa in BC and #14 spa in Canada.

“2022 was a strong year for the Canadian spa and wellness industry,” says Spas of America president Craig Oliver.

“North American spa and wellness consumers are continuing to focus on health, exercise and fitness experiences – especially in the outdoors,” says Oliver. “Spa and wellness travel offers people a chance to take a step back, enjoy a slower pace and focus on what is truly important.”

“I am so proud of the team at the Grotto Spa for their dedication, pride and commitment to our guests," says Tigh-Na-Mara’s General Manager, Paul Drummond. "We truly are a destination resort & spa and sincerely appreciate our relationship with Spas of America which has been for nearly a decade.”

The Grotto Spa at Tigh-Na-Mara provides the perfect prescription for rest, relaxation and rejuvenation, offering guest experiences that go beyond the expected. Signature and feature treatments focus on West Coast natural ingredients and the unique endless tapas dining experience is beyond compare. With 20,000 square feet of spa bliss, we give relaxation a whole new meaning.

Media Contact:

Suzy Kirkland 
Marketing Manager

Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort & Conference Centre
Phone: 1-250-248-1832
1155 Resort Drive, Parksville, BC
V9P 2E3

We are proud of our team!

  • 2023 BC Tourism & Hospitality, Community Contribution & Impact Award
  • 2023 Parksville Qualicum Reader's Choice - Best Gift Shop in Oceanside - Pine's Gift Shop
  • 2022 Times Colonist Reader's Choice Award - Best Island Resort
  • 2022 #3 Spa in BC - Spas of America
  • 2021 4 Green Key Designation
  • 2019 4 Green Key Designation
  • 2018 #1 Spa in Canada - Spas of America
  • 2017 #1 Spa in Western Canada - Spas of America
  • 2017 Vancouver Island EcoStar Awards 
  • 2016 #1 Spa in Canada - Spas of America
  • 2016 #1 Ocean Spa Experience in North America - Spas of America  
  • 2016 Fortis Award - Recognizing businesses that utilize natural gas in their tourism related operations.
  • 2015 #1 Spa in Canada - Spas of America
  • 2016 Business of the Year Award,  Business Excellence Award - Accommodation category, Vancouver Island Business Examiner
  • 2015 Business of the Year Award, Parksville & District Business Excellence Award
  • 2014 Power of Partners Award (Resort Drive Community) Tourism Vancouver Island
  • 2014 #1 Spa in British Columbia  – Spas of America
  • 2014 Education Award, Spa Industry Association of Canada
  • 2013 Humanitarian, Hotel Association of Canada Hall of Fame Awards Of Excellence
  • 2013 #1 Spa in Western Canada & #18 in the Americas – Spas of America
  • 2012 Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence
  • 2012 Trip Advisor Travelers’ Choice Hotel
  • spAWARD Top 50 Spas in Canada 2013
  • Quality Assurance Approved (QAA) – Leading Spas of Canada 2010 & 2012DaySpa Canada’s Top Employee Award – Adam Shore RMT 2012
  • BC’s Best People’s Choice Award Winner 2012
  • Power of Partners Award, Tourism Vancouver Island, September 2010
  • Tourism Employee of the Year, Tourism Vancouver Island, September 2010
  • Inaugural Quality Assurance Award, Leading Spas of Canada, September 2010
  • Food Fight for Brunch, Variety the Children’s Charity, June 2010
  • Top 1% of Hotels Worldwide, Expedia May 2010
  • Business Excellence Going Green Award, Business Examiner Van. Island April 2010
  • 4 Green Keys, Hotel Association of Canada, March 2010
  • #1 Spa in Western Canada – Spas of America 2008 -2013

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