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Qualicum Beach Visitor Info Centre
2711 West Island Highway,
Qualicum Beach, BC
Fax: (250) 752-2923
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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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