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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 Highway,
Qualicum Beach, BC
V9K 2C4
(250) 752-9532
Fax: (250) 752-2923
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Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park (250) 248-3111
On Scenic Highway 19A, the Oceanside Route, two kilometers south of Parksville lie the acres of sand that make Rathtrevor Beach one of the most popular destination parks on Vancouver Island. A gently sloping sandy beach that at low tide recedes almost a kilometer provides an ideal place for youngsters of all ages to play. When the tide rolls in over the hot sand, the water is unbeatable for swimming. Settled down in one of the 174 campsites, visitors can relax on the beach or take part in the family-oriented activities in the afternoon at the visitors center or in the evenings at the amphitheatre by Park Interpretive Staff.
Englishman River Falls Provincial Park
This photogenic park is noted for its easy walking trails and beautiful falls. A deep pool with crystal water at the bottom of the canyon is a good location to view spawning salmon, steelhead, and trout. September and October are particularly good times to walk the groomed park trails. Spacious campgrounds are well spaced in a forest of Douglas Fir. During the summer months, a campground host and friendly park personnel will ensure that your stay is safe, secure, and enjoyable. Located just off the Alberni Highway between Parksville and Qualicum Beach and some 8 kilometers down a paved road, approximately 25 minutes from Qualicum Beach.
Little Qualicum Falls Provincial Park
Little Qualicum, with its good hiking trails, picturesque foot bridges, and great picnic sites, is the gateway to the Alberni Valley. Close to the inviting waters of Cameron Lake and the magnificent splendor of Cathedral Grove, this 91-unit campground along the Little Qualicum River offers a cool respite on hot summer days. Swimming in Cameron Lake or in the clear pools along the river is excellent, as are the picnic facilities and 6 kilometers of graded hiking trails. Located alongside the Port Alberni Highway 4, approximately 15 minutes west of the Qualicum Beach turnoff.
Cathedral Grove Provincial Park
A 30-minute drive west of Qualicum Beach along the Port Alberni Highway 4, magnificent Douglas fir, western hemlock, and western red cedar tower 200 feet above the visitor's head. Their impressive trunks reminding one of the columns of cathedrals. Even though a forest fire swept up this valley 300 years ago, some of these giants are nearly 800 years old. There are trails in both sides of the highway with ample parking. The southside trail takes you along the Cameron River where most of the large Douglas fir are located, while the northside trail wanders among ancient western red cedars to the western end of Cameron Lake.
Horne Lake Caves Provincial Park (250) 248-7829
The park presents a wide variety of activities both above and below ground. Two caves are open to the public for self-exploring (you must bring at least two sources of light), but the guided tour programs, with their focus on conservation of the cave environment and techniques for cave travel, are very popular. Good footwear and warm clothing are a must since these caves have been left in their natural state. Other programs offer instruction in climbing and rappelling in a wild cave environment. Canoe and water safety instruction, horseback riding, and mountain biking round out the adventure experience. All programs available mid-June through Labor Day. Self-guided cave tours possible year-round, weather permitting. Located approximately 15 minutes north of Qualicum Beach on Scenic Highway 19A, the Oceanside Route or on the inland Highway 19 to the Horne Lake exit, and then approximately 30 minutes west on rough gravel road.
Spider Lake
Adjacent to Home Lake Caves Provincial Park, Spider Park is a warm-water lake noted for its excellent canoeing, kayaking and swimming. Motorized boats are prohibited. Small-mouth bass and trout have been stocked in the lake and, depending on the season, fishing can be quite good. Spider Lake is an ideal family picnic destination. Located approximately 15 minutes north of Qualicum Beach on Scenic Highway 19A, the Oceanside Route, or on the inland Highway 19 to the Home Lake exit, and then approximately 15 minutes west on gravel road.
Mount Arrowsmith
The area offers good but strenuous hiking and breathtaking views of Vancouver Island. The major trail starts at the Cameron Lake picnic site and winds up to the 6,000 foot summit. Do not set off without a trail map! Located approximately 25 minutes west of Qualicum Beach along the Alberni Highway 4.
Hamilton Marsh
This natural habitat for such marsh birds as red-winged blackbirds, jays, and swallows, is particularly active in spring and fall with migrations of ducks and geese. Woodland trails from the small parking lot lead you to and around the marsh, with a viewing platform for closer observation of marsh inhabitants. Hamilton Marsh is located approximately 10 minutes drive west of Qualicum Beach, on south Hilliers Road, just off Alberni Highway 4.

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