Stand-up Paddleboarding at Qualicum Beach, Photo Courtesy Parksville Qualicum Beach Tourism

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Qualicum Beach

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Best known for its miles of sandy beaches, there is in fact some 20 km (12 mi) of sandy ocean beach in the Qualicum Beach and Parksville area. The low tides and warm waters are ideal for paddling and beachcombing.  When you want to be a little more active, there is plenty to choose from. Try diving. Local guides can outfit you and introduce you to the waters of the Northern Gulf Islands. You will find walls and passes festooned with congregations of anemones, large cloud sponges, and dwarf gorgonian corals. Horseback riding can be arranged in the backcountry. There is also golfing, hiking and fishing. If you like a little history, visit the Paleontology Museum which displays one of the most complete collections of Vancouver Island fossils and invites you to take a journey into the prehistoric past. Or, the Powerhouse Museum –you can test your own power on the Power Cycle and turn on the light. Visit Butterfly World in Coombs, wander through Milner Gardens, check out the birdlife at Hamilton Marsh, drop in at the Big Qualicum Fish Hatchery. There is so much to do in Qualicum Beach.

Location

Qualicum Beach is located on the east coast of Vancouver Island in the shadow of Mount Arrowsmith. It is 12 km (8 mi) north of Parksville and 48 km (30 mi) north of Nanaimo on Island Highway, Hwy 19.

A Step Back in Time

The term ‘Qualicum’ is derived from the word ‘Quallchum’, a Coast Salish term meaning ‘where the dog salmon run’. Qualicum Beach was officially incorporated as a village on May 5th, 1942 and received town status on January 7th, 1983. It is a popular retirement and golfing community and is growing as a tourist destination.

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Whiskey Creek RV Campground
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
Sea Edge Motel

Sea Edge Motel

Parksville

Situated on the beach in downtown Parksville, enjoy sunrises and sunsets from your own deck at Sea Edge Motel. In the morning, afternoon or evening, stroll across our lawn to the wide sandy beach to catch sight of the beautiful views. All of our rooms have gorgeous panoramic views of the beach, ocea ... Read more
Surfside R.V. Resort

Surfside R.V. Resort

Parksville

Five star Woodall rated. Oceanfront RV Resort; full hookups; no tents or tent trailers, sani-station, showers, laundry, outdoor pool, hot tub; on wildlife nature reserve, near shopping and restaurants, reservations accepted, major credit cards. Golf discounts available. ... 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
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
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