Within the Qualicum Beach area you will find many
opportunities to enjoy some of the world's most spectacular
forest and marine environments. Hike an alpine trail leading
up to to the Mount Arrowsmith lookout. Follow gentle paths
amongst 850-year-old Douglas firs at MacMillan Park's
Cathedral Grove. Walk sylvan trails though old growth forests
alongside a cascading waterfall of the Englishman River Falls
Park and the Little Qualicum Falls Park.
Explore the depths of underground caves full of impressive
crystalline formations and take advantage of basic or advanced
instructions in rock-climbing and rappelling techniques. Hop a
mini-ferry or charter your own sailboat or power boat to
picnic or swim on the off-shore islands.
Ride on horseback through tall timber and along mountain
streams. Catch your dinner of salmon or trout with a local
fishing guide. Kayak the calm waters of Georgia Strait or
nearby Home, Spider, or Cameron Lakes. Local companies offer
kayak rentals, instruction, and guided tours. Bring your bike
or rent one here and tour the village, cruise the beachfront
or, for extreme adventure, hit mountain or forest trails.
If diving is your passion, local guides can outfit you and
introduce you to the waters of the Northern Gulf Islands. Here
you can find walls and passes festooned with congregations of
anemones, large cloud sponges, and dwarf Gorgonian corals.
During the summer months the rare and elusive six-gill shark
makes its appearance off the southeast corner of Hornsby
Island. In Nanaimo, just to the south and 22 fathoms
underwater, lies MCS Saskatchewan, British Columbia's newest
Qualicum Beach is the perfect hub for day trips to more
distant island attractions. Less than a two-hour drive away,
Mount Washington is a magnet for skiers and snowboarders in
winter and for summer visitors who love its spectacular
ocean-to-alpine views. A day of whale watching on the Island's
West Coast is both affordable and easy to arrange through the
Visitor Info Centre. Alternatively, check out local tour
operators and leave the planning and driving to the experts.
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