Qualicum Beach (population 8,500) is a charming, friendly and laidback community on the south-central coast of eastern Vancouver Island. The local population is made up of a unique combination of artisans, gardeners and active, healthy locals and retirees. Like most visitors, they were drawn to Qualicum Beach because of its quaint village atmosphere, pleasant climate, magnificent beach and coastline, picturesque beauty and vault of recreational activities. Qualicum’s natural beauty, small-town charm, and proximity to Nanaimo and Victoria have made it a renowned tourist destination and retirement destination.
Things to do/attractions
Go hiking in one of the area’s many pretty parks, or go for ocean kayaking in the gentle bays. There are also golf courses, artists’ studios and a variety of cafés or restaurants to relish. Enjoy incredible sandy beaches, picture perfect views, topnotch biking and hiking trails, salt-tinged ocean air, and the small-town charm of our communities. Parksville Qualicum Beach’s central location makes it the perfect base for whale watching. Many of the whale watching tour companies also offer Black Bear and Grizzly Bear excursions. There are 15 coveted restaurants and cafes in the area to welcome you. Most eateries are clustered in the downtown core. Waterfront views are also available from hassle-free pubs and dining rooms laced along the West Island Highway.
Hospitals, schools, college, public transport
There are two elementary schools in Qualicum Beach, as well as a middle school and a high school. District 69, host of almost 50 schools, is also in the locality. Vancouver Island University is a comprehensive, four-year, postsecondary institution serving Vancouver Island. KD Air and Orca Airways offer daily flights to Vancouver and elsewhere from the Qualicum Beach Airport. The town has no marina or harbour but does offer a launching area for trailered boats. Expedient, efficient and enjoyable travel is possible throughout the town on foot or using low-carbon vehicles such as bicycles, scooters, or electric cars. Qualicum Beach is served by the coast-spanning Island Highway and a nearby ferry to Lasqueti Island.
The typical shopping experience of national chains and familiar brand names is not what you will have in Qualicum, where the marketplace largely exhibits local entrepreneurs who deliver cordial service and exclusive product selections. Most shoppers will want to browse for hours. An assorted selection of restaurants and numerous coffee shops let one pause and refuel as needed.
Vancouver Island Motorsport Circuit
The highlight of all attractions present in the Vancouver Island is definitely the Vancouver Island Motorsport Circuit. Located opposite Mount Prevost in Cowichan Valley, it is a private membership club and motorsports playground. Features include a 2.3-kilometer road course, a dynamic driving area to hone reactive skills, and a 1.0 kilometer off-road proving ground. Motorsport aficionados will never want to leave!
Why would someone want to live here?
Qualicum’s beautiful and pristine beaches, untouched natural reserves and abundance of leisurely activities make it a haven for anyone searching for a getaway, or a refuge from the loud, strenuous and unpleasant hurried metropolitan routine. Qualicum Beach inspires you to be your utmost relaxed and cheerful self for the duration of your stay here – which, incidentally, could be for life.