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Qualicum Beach, British Columbia

Qualicum Beach Visitor Info Centre
2711 West Island Highway,
Qualicum Beach, British Columbia V9K 2C4

Phone: (250) 752-9532
Fax: (250) 752-2923

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Qualicum Beach Visitor Info Centre
2711 West Island Hwy,
Qualicum Beach, BC
V9K 2C4
(250) 752-9532
Fax: (250) 752-2923

The Scenery .... Located on the sheltered eastern shore of Vancouver Island (100 miles north of Victoria and 30 miles north of Nanaimo), Qualicum Beach has long been a popular year-round tourist destination. Accessible by road, rail, and air, it is known for its spectacular setting of safe, sandy beaches, magnificent shoreline, and old-growth forests against a mountain backdrop. Just up from the beach, a unique mix of gift and specialty shops, boutiques, galleries, and restaurants contributes to the village-like atmosphere of "downtown" Qualicum Beach.

Stay Awhile .... A full range of accommodation choices awaits you, ranging from full-service hotels to motels, seaside and woodland cottages, vacation suites, bed & breakfasts, and campgrounds. Reservations are recommended, especially during the busy summer months. Enjoy indoor and outdoor dining at both beachfront and village restaurants with tempting selections of local seafood and fresh farm produce.

Activities .... You will never want for things to do in Qualicum Beach. Within the Qualicum Beach area you will find many opportunities to enjoy some of the world's most spectacular forest and marine environments. Fishing and boating present endless opportunity, and according to the late Jacques Cousteau, the diving off Vancouver Island's east coast is second only to that of the Red Sea! For serious ornithologists or amateur birders, Qualicum Beach offers more than 250 species of birds who make their home in coastal estuaries, woodlands, and alpine meadows.

Tours .... If you decide to leave the planning and the driving to the experts, you can enjoy day tours to area attractions or a multi-day adventure introducing you to the marine environment from a special First Nations cultural perspective. A day of whalewatching on the Island's West Coast is both affordable and easy to arrange through the Qualicum Beach Visitor Info Centre. Qualicum Beach's natural attributes of sand, water, and green grass also come into play in the great game of golf! No fewer than five golf courses in the immediate area offer year-round challenge during the warm, sunny summers and usually mild winters.

Adventure ... Only fifteen minutes north of Qualicum Beach, still on Highway 19A (the scenic Oceanside Route), further adventure awaits in Lighthouse Country, encompassing the small communities of Qualicum Bay, Bowser, and Deep Bay. Here in this eco-friendly environment you can enjoy boating, fishing, hiking, trail-riding, golfing, and spelunking (caving)! Here, too, artists' studios and local crafts are an added bonus. Motels, cottages, fishing resorts, bed & breakfasts, and camping sites offer the visitor affordable accommodation, and most restaurants include a complimentary ocean view with every meal!

Friendly people .... The area is also home to painters, potters, weavers, sculptors, carvers, glass blowers, and other artisans who welcome visitors to their studios. In the 'Must See' Department are The Old School House Art Gallery, The Power House and Paleontology Museums, Butterfly World, Coombs Village with its resident goats grazing on the Market roof, the Big Qualicum Fish Hatchery, and the North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre. Festivals, area attractions, and a wide variety of outdoors adventure round out the holiday experience. In fact, many visitors decide to make Qualicum Beach their home in order to enjoy all the benefits of this friendly coastal community with its temperate climate year-round.

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