Hi, our family of 4 (kids are 10 and 12yrs) will be in the Qualicum beach/Parksville area for a week in late July, beginning of August this summer and would love some tips on not to miss things to do in the area. We have a kayak tour booked, but otherwise don't have much planned. I was wondering about seeing Horne Lake Caves, is it necessary to do a tour, or is the self-guided tour as good? Will there still be sand castles to see from the competition at Rathtrevor beach? Is it a good idea to have wet suits for swimming in the ocean there, or does it really warm up from the sun on the sand when the tide is out? Can anyone recommend a great sushi restaurant in the area? I know those are a lot of questions to answer, but I'm very grateful for any suggestions/answers. Thankyou!