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Qualicum Beach Visitor Info Centre
2711 West Island Highway,
Qualicum Beach, BC
Fax: (250) 752-2923
- The Old School House
(250) 752-8133, fax: (250) 752-2600
- Victorian Charm, modern creativity...this eighty-year-old
school house turned art center in the heart of Qualicum
Beach showcases the visual arts of painting, sculpture,
carving, and pottery as well as music year round. Hands-on
workshops, studio tours of artists-in-residence, and a
well-stocked gift shop are all part of the TOSH experience.
122 Fern Road West.
- The Power House Museum
(250) 752-6441 or 752-6836
- The Museum of Power has a growing collection of "powerful"
artifacts. You can test your own power on the Power Cycle
and turn on the light! Other collections highlight family
histories, woodworking and blacksmithing tools, rooms
depicting early Qualicum pioneer home life, and storyboards
recording early settlement history. Learn about early
Georgia Strait shipwrecks and examine antique golf
paraphernalia. Open mid-June to early October, adjacent to
the Qualicum Beach Train Station at 587 Beach Road.
- The Vancouver Island Paleontology
Museum (250) 752-9810
- The Museum displays one of the most complete collections
of Vancouver Island fossils and invites you to take an
educational and enjoyable journey into the prehistoric past.
Included in Graham Beard's acclaimed collection are many
spectacular fossil forms that lived in this area during the
Mesozoic times. Although the collection is primarily
concerned with the fossils of the island, there are also
some fantastic fossils from other parts of British Columbia
and the world. Recently acquired is an example of a
Coelacanth (a fish that scientists thought was extinct for
130 million years!) This and other interesting vertebrate
fossils are also on display. Open mid-June to early October
in the Power House Museum complex, adjacent to the Qualicum
Beach Train Station at 587 Beach Road.
- Butterfly World (250)
248-7026, fax (250) 752-1091
- Stroll among hundreds of free-flying exotic butterflies
and visit the Bird Aviary and Water Gardens. Butterflies
from five continents compete with orchids, passion flowers,
and jasmine for your senses, armed with fragrant aromas and
flashes of color. In the two large outdoor ponds you can
witness the Japanese Koi fish at feeding times as they boil
to the surface. This tropical paradise is conveniently
located in the community of Coombs on the Alberni Highway,
only minutes from Qualicum Beach and Parksville. Open April
- Coombs Village
- The Coombs Old Country Market, open mid-March through
September, is well-known for the family of goats which
nimbly graze on its grass roof. Next to it, the Coombs
Emporium offers a wide range of small gift and craft shops.
The village is dotted with several heritage buildings and
now includes a mini-golf and small amusement park. July is
the time for "Old West" activities: a fiddle
jamboree, bluegrass festival, and rodeo. Located
approximately 10 minutes west of Qualicum Beach on the
- Big Qualicum Fish Hatchery
- This Federal Fisheries project for the enhancement of
salmon stocks has provided a model for similar developments.
In addition to the research benefits, it also provides an
important source of fish for the native food-fish program
and countless hours of enjoyment for the recreational
fisher. Special features are a topographical model of the
project, an underwater viewing area to watch the fish "eye
to eye," and nature trails for exploration of the Big
Qualicum River and spawning channel. Open daily. Located
approximately 15 minutes north of Qualicum Beach on Scenic
Highway 19A, the Oceanside Route.
- The North Island Wildlife Recovery
Association (250) 248-8534
- The NIWRA is a haven for a wide variety of injured, ill,
or orphaned wildlife ranging from songbirds to eagles,
raccoons to deer. Sick and injured wildlife receive
professional veterinary medical care while they are
rehabilitated for their eventual release into the wild.
Orphaned wildlife must be taught the survival skills of how
to obtain food and to fear predators before they are
released. Besides working directly with wildlife, the NIWRA
actively promotes public education and offers a popular
Wildlife Adoption Program. Call to arrange tours of the
center. Located approximately 20 minutes from Qualicum Beach
on Leffier Road in Errington. Ask locally for more explicit
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