Travel Spotlight

Qualicum Bay

Qualicum Bay is part of the area known as Lighthouse Country, on the east coast of Vancouver Island. One of the best picnic sites in the area, Spider Lake, is located west of Qualicum Beach and features a small sandy beach perfect for water lovers of all ages. The warm water of Spider Lake is noted for its excellent canoeing, kayaking and swimming and the park is an idyllic spot for a quiet family outing. Spider Lake is stocked with small mouth bass and Rainbow trout, providing fishing opportunities year-round. Saltwater fishing charters and boat rentals are available. There is fly-fishing for salmon near Parksville and Qualicum Beach. Golfing, hiking and kayaking are popular and a visit to Horne Lake Caves to experience the magic of this underground world should not be missed.

Location

Qualicum Bay is accessed on Hwy 19A, or off the parallel Island Highway (Hwy 19) by exiting between Qualicum Beach and Fanny Bay. Qualicum Bay is 63 km (39 mi) north of Nanaimo and BC ferries arrivals/departure dock and 58 km (36 mi) south of Comox.

A Step Back in Time

European settlers began to arrive on the east coast of Vancouver Island in the late 1800s, searching for homesteads or working in the logging and fishing industries. In the late 1890s, a road was constructed to connect Lighthouse Country to the small villages to the south (Qualicum Beach and Parksville) and to the north (Courtenay and Comox), making the area more accessible to settlers.

Land grants given by the E&N Railway Company (which was taken over by Canadian Pacific in 1905) gave rise to many farming and logging settlements. Each of the settlement areas eventually became Deep Bay, Bowser, and Qualicum Bay.

Today, Qualicum Bay is enjoyed by those seeking a more tranquil way of life as well as those who enjoy fishing. For much of the way between Courtenay and Campbell River the highway runs beside Qualicum Bay, an area rich in seafood.

Contact Information

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Qualicum Bay & Nearby Accommodations

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Whiskey Creek RV Campground
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
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
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
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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