Rosewall Creek Provincial Park Trail by Graham Photo Courtesy Parksville Qualicum Beach Tourism

Bowser

Bowser is situated in the area known as Lighthouse Country on the east coast of Vancouver Island so named for the stretch of coast between the two lighthouses in Qualicum Bay and Deep Bay. If you are looking for something different to do, how about experiencing the magic of the underground world in the many protected caves. The art of cave exploration is known as spelunking and Horne Lake Caves Provincial Park is the perfect place to discover this unique activity. There are also many scenic trails in the area including the Lighthouse Regional Trail for hiking or cycling or spend a peaceful afternoon paddling and exploring the shoreline and the many secluded bays of Spider Lake. Anglers are spoilt for choice. Saltwater fishing charters are available, fly-fish for salmon near Parksville and Qualicum Beach or fish some of the streams and lakes nearby.

Location

Bowser is located on Hwy 19A, 21 km (13 mi) north of Qualicum Beach and 50 km (31 mi) south of Comox.

A Step Back in Time

The community of Bowser is named after William John Bowser, who served as the premier of British Columbia from 1915-1916. This small waterfront community was established in 1914, during the construction of the Esquimalt and Nanaimo Railway. Logging has been the main economy in Bowser for years, but more recently, tourism has grown in importance.

During the 1930s, Bowser’s local hotel was infamous for featuring Mike the dog, who had been trained by his owners to receive payments and deliver change.

Contact Information

Lighthouse Country

Bowser & Nearby Accommodations

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Whiskey Creek RV Campground
Sea Flame Beach Resort

Sea Flame Beach Resort

Qualicum Bay

Situated on the ocean shore with spectacular views of mountains and islands, Sea Flame Resort is an escape from urban life to a relaxing oasis. We offer fully-equipped family cottages that feature WiFi, cable TV, picnic tables and gas barbecues. One cottage and the log house features a fireplace to ... Read more
Deep Bay RV Park

Deep Bay RV Park

Bowser

Quiet, scenic beach front, family-oriented RV park and campground. Full-service camp kitchen, cable-vision, laundry, hot showers, boat launch, salmon fishing, boating, water sports, wildlife viewing, beaches, clams, oysters, adjacent to modern government private marina and sandy beach. No public pho ... Read more
Lighthouse Motel

Lighthouse Motel

Qualicum Bay

Situated on the shores of the ocean overlooking the Strait of Georgia, Hornby Island and the Coastal Mountain Range, Lighthouse Motel is the ideal destination for guests wanting to relax in paradise. We pride ourselves on offering clean, affordable and exceptionally comfortable sleeping units for fa ... Read more
Qualicum Bay Resort

Qualicum Bay Resort

Qualicum Bay

Discover the renowned attractions of Vancouver Island at Qualicum Bay Resort. Only minutes from Qualicum Beach, our resort provides guests with comfortable accommodations and excellent amenities. Less than an hour from Nanaimo and Courtenay/Comox Airports, and two hours from Victoria, we are easy to ... Read more
Horne Lake Regional Park

Horne Lake Regional Park

Qualicum Beach

Located near Horne Lake Caves, this regional park has kilometres of lake and riverfront to explore. The campground has private wooded and lakefront sites and offers a range of programmed recreation and nature interpretation. ... Read more
Riverside Resort Motel & Campground

Riverside Resort Motel & Campground

Qualicum Beach

Bordering the beautiful Qualicum River and only five minutes from the beach, Riverside Resort is seven acres of landscaped property for families to spend their holidays. Our resort is the perfect getaway to relax while creating fun filled memories with family and friends. We offer a wide array of ac ... Read more
Paradise Sea-Shell Motel

Paradise Sea-Shell Motel

Parksville

Located a short walk away from one of the sandiest and safest beaches on Vancouver Island, Paradise Sea-Shell Motel is the ideal accommodation to stay in while visiting Parksville. Offering clean, affordable rooms at great rates, guests can pick the best room to suit their needs. The different types ... Read more
V.I.P. Motel

V.I.P. Motel

Parksville

Situated in beautiful Parksville, V.I.P Motel is the perfect base for your Vancouver Island exploration. Consistently recognized as “Motel of the Year,” our motel is the preferred accommodation for guests to stay when visiting Vancouver Island. Known for its sandy beaches, temperate rain forests ... Read more
Paradise Sea-Side Resort

Paradise Sea-Side Resort

Parksville

Deluxe RV Park and motel located on the edge of beautiful Parksville Bay. Acres of safe sandy beach. Adjacent to world famous Paradise Fun Park, two 18-hole mini-golf courses, bumper boats and arcade. Easy walk to several fine restaurants. Watch for giant Old Woman's Show and Castle. Pets permitted ... Read more
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