Qualicum Beach is an attractive community just north of Parksville. Its natural beauty, small-town charm, and close proximity to Nanaimo has made it a beautiful place to retire; however a younger generation is finding that it is a great place to raise a family. Qualicum is a busy summer destination as visitors come to rent cottages to experience the extraordinary summers Vancouver Island is known for. The downtown is alive with boutique shops, galleries, bookshops, antique stores, bakeries, cafés and large, pedestrian-friendly sidewalks. Coombs and the surrounding villages of Hilliers and Errington have the largest concentration of antique stores, farmers' markets and artisans' studios in BC. Single family residential housing currently dominates the housing market in Qualicum Beach; housing prices in Parksville – Qualicum area are typically higher than surrounding communities.
650 Bennett Road, Qualicum Beach, BC
1390 Fairdowne Road, Parksville, BC
Qualicum Beach Elementary
699 Claymore Rd W, Qualicum Beach, BC
Kwalikum Secondary School
266 Village Way, Qualicum Beach, BC
Englishman River Falls Provincial Park - Located on the Englishman River north of Nanaimo, this park features two stunning waterfalls that descend down into a riverbed into a deep canyon. Also features: walking and hiking trails, swimming hole, picnic tables and large day-use area and campground. Visitors can also expect spectacular views and a great place to view spawning salmon in the fall.
Horne Lake Caves Provincial Park - Region’s spelunking centre. Features: campground and picnic areas, beaches and trails, boating and water-skiing.
Little Qualicum Falls Provincial Park -Campground and picnic ground at the waterfalls on the Little Qualicum River. Nearby, Cameron Lake Park features: picnic sites, sand beaches, swimming, trout fishing and launch sites for kayaks and canoes. Across the road from this park, you can gain access to Mount Arrowsmith Regional Park trails, which lead upwards to alpine meadows and spectacular views.
MacMillan Provincial Park - Old-growth cedar and Douglas fir forest (Cathedral Grove). Features: cycling, hiking, leashed dog-walking, wildlife viewing, and washroom facilities.
Qualicum Beach - Beach that curves along the bay, with more than four km of sand, water and tidal pools. Features: a promenade that follows much of the beach, complete with shade trees, picnic tables and cafes.
Rathtrevor Provincial Park - Oceanside Provincial Park. Features: old growth trees, hiking, canoeing, cycling, fishing, leashed dog-walking, swimming, bird and wildlife viewing, windsurfing, picnic and playground areas, camping and camping facilities.
Rosewall Provincial Park - North of Deep Bay and features a wheelchair-accessible path that winds through coastal rainforest.
Spider Lake Park -Small beach: features launch for canoes, kayaks and for swimming.
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