is a charming, friendly and laid back community
on the south-central coast of eastern Vancouver
Island. Visitors are drawn here by its quaint village atmosphere, mild climate, fabulous beach and shoreline, scenic beauty and wealth of recreational activities. Vacation rentals, condo rentals and lake side accommodations are available year round.
Qualicum Beach is not known for its nightlife, but that's a good thing. A typical evening may find the peace broken by the satisfied murmur of patrons leaving good restaurants, a concert or the theatre. Days here can be active, too and there is plenty to explore,
including: hiking in one of the area's dozen parks; ocean kayaking; boutique shopping in the compact and picturesque town core; long strolls on wave-washed sand and beaches; one or more rounds of golf; a tour of artist's studios; dining out at a variety of cafés or restaurants.
Mount Arrowsmith, the tallest peak on southern Vancouver Island
, shelters Qualicum Beach from Vancouver Island's wild west coast weather. It is part of the Mount Arrowsmith UNESCO Biosphere Reserve,
a largely forested expanse of unspoiled terrain and one of just 13 such reserves in Canada
It also boasts beautiful accommodations, vacation rentals and condo rentals so discover for yourself why so many people return again and again to this central Vancouver Island getaway.
Top 5 non-beach reasons to visit central Vancouver Island may be best known for beaches but there are plenty of other reasons why visitors choose to stay in Qualicum Beach, Parksville British Columbia
(in no specific order): 18 BC Parks and regional parks including Cathedral Grove's old growth forest; 5 Wildlife refuges; 7 Golf courses including one of Vancouver Island’s most photographed holes; 100+ lodgings, ocean side accommodation, vacation rental and condo rental options at reasonable rates and a central location making it easy for day trips.
Booking a vacation rental, accommodation or town condo rental, use base for day trips to Victoria (two hours), Tofino
(two hours), Campbell River
(70 minutes) and the pretty, mural-bedecked town of Chemainus