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Qualicum Bay

Beach at Qualicum Bay, Vancouver Island, BC
The friendly seaside community of Qualicum Bay is situated in Lighthouse Country, which incorporates the small communities of Horne Lake, Qualicum Bay, Bowser and Deep Bay.

Combining natural scenic beauty with a wide variety of unique beachfront motels, cottages, bed & breakfasts, RV parks and campgrounds, visitors to Ligthouse Country can enjoy a wealth of outdoor activities, and are sure to leave with fond vacation memories.

Qualicum Bay has a nice clean and endless beach protected from traffic noise by a barrier of private land. During lower tides you'll find lovely sandy areas, relatively warm water for swimming, and good beachcombing for little treasures. Qualicum Bay is part of the 60 miles of coastline and sandy beaches in Lighthouse Country. You are always close to the ocean, overlooking Georgia Strait, with all the clams and oysters you can eat.

Qualicum Bay is accessed on Highway 19A, or off the parallel Island Highway (Highway 19) by exiting between Qualicum Beach and Fanny Bay. For much of the way between Courtenay and Campbell River the Island Highway runs beside Qualicum Bay, an area rich in seafood. Pullouts beside the road give easy access to the bay's sand and pebble beaches. At several places you can buy fresh seafood, brought to the docks daily from local waters.

This area provides access to some of the most pristine natural wilderness, beautiful parkland, crystal clear lakes and ancient caves. The trees are huge, the area is green all year round, and the scenery is breathtaking.

Location: Qualicum Bay is located on Highway 19A on the east coast of Vancouver Island, between Qualicum Beach to the south and the small communities of Bowser and Deep Bay to the north.


  • Qualicum Bay, East Coast Vancouver Island
    Lighthouse Country boasts world-class artists and artisans.
  • Just off McColl Road between Bowser and Qualicum Bay, Wildwood Park beckons travellers to stop and rest. An existing 1-km trail will ultimately become the northern trailhead of a proposed Lighthouse Country Hiking Trail, stretching south to Qualicum Bay.
  • Wildlife: Beyond the frothing surf along the shoreline, you'll hear the playful barking of seals. Be sure to bring a pair of binoculars to watch the bald eagles, sea lions, harbour seals and the occasional killer whale pod.
  • Golf: Five minutes south of Qualicum Bay is the Arrowsmith Golf & Country club, an 18-hole full-service course with clubhouse. There are no fewer than 6 world-class golf courses in the Qualicum Bay area, and the pleasant, sunny climate means play continues year round. Other courses include the Eaglecrest Golf Club, Pheasant Glen Golf Resort, and the Qualicum Beach Memorial Golf Course. Golf Vacations on Vancouver Island.
  • Spider Lake Provincial Park encompasses Spider Lake and its shoreline, south of Qualicum Bay. This quiet and peaceful 65-hectare park is a day-use only recreation area, and a great place for a family outing, with the warm water lake being noted for its excellent swimming, canoeing and kayaking potential. Paddlers can spend a peaceful afternoon exploring the shoreline and the many secluded bays. Shaded lakeside trails and a lovely sandy beach make Spider Lake a favoured destination.

  • Roadside alongside Horne Lake, southwest of Qualicum Bay, British Columbia
    Horne Lake Caves Provincial Park is located along the Qualicum River, southwest of Qualicum Bay. The 123-hectare park protects seven caves in the Horne Lake Cave system, named after a Hudson Bay Company explorer. Dress warmly and appropriately for caving, and carry a flashlight. Other adventures include canoe and water safety instruction on Horne Lake, kayaking, horseback riding, mountain biking, hiking and fishing. There is a private campground adjacent to the park with a boat launch.
  • Just north of Deep Bay on Hwy 19 you'll find Rosewall Creek Provincial Park, a small roadside park devoted to riverbank casting at the entrance to Qualicum Bay. Rosewall Creek is an important winter habitat area for waterfowl and shorebirds.
  • Immediately north of Qualicum Bay is the small waterfront community of Bowser. The Bowser Hotel made history in the 1930's (and Ripley's Believe It Or Not) by having a bartender dog that served beer to patrons, collected their money and returned with their change!
  • Visit the docks at the excellent natural harbour at Deep Bay to watch the commercial fishing boats return with their catches. Deep Bay's prolific herring spawn and shrimp hatches attract the larger Chinook salmon, some up to thirty pounds. Nicely sheltered by Mapleguard Point, Deep Bay launches sport fishing boats for the rich coho and chinook salmon grounds along the coastline and offshore islands and rocks. Anglers' dreams are fulfilled for both fresh and salt water catches.
  • Baynes Sound north of Qualicum Bay offers excellent and easily accessible birdwatching, and is also a popular viewing area for Bald Eagles. Baynes Sound is used extensively by Western Grebe, Common Loon, Trumpeter Swan, Brant, Mallards, American Wigeon, Green-winged Teal, Bufflehead, and mergansers are common. Bald Eagles congregate in large numbers at the mouth of salmon streams during winter. A colony of Brewer’s Blackbird has been known to nest on a gravel bar in Rosewall Creek.
  • Take a break from the beach and drive north to Buckley Bay for access to Denman and Hornby Islands, only a 15 minute ferry ride away.


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  MooBerry Winery, Parksville Listing Details 
MooBerry Winery is located on Morningstar Farm where we produce a wide variety of high-quality fruit wines. Winemaker Phil Charlebois invites you to come by for tastings and a self-guided tour. Located on a working dairy farm together with Little Qualicum Cheeseworks, there’s lots to do, see and taste! Open daily from 9am to 5pm.
 
  Morningstar Farm, Parksville Listing Details 
Morningstar Farm is a heritage dairy farm located between Parksville and Qualicum Beach on Central Vancouver Island. Home to Little Qualicum Cheeseworks and MooBerry Winery, there is something to see, do and taste for everyone. Visit us and see how they make that yummy cheese, pet the farm animals, shop in our FarmGate store, try some cheese and wine samples, take a self-guided tour and stay for a picnic! Open daily 9am - 5pm.
 
  Practicar Nanaimo, Nanaimo Listing Details 
Practicar Nanaimo offers low rates on daily, weekly and monthly rentals for cars, passenger vans, and trucks; ferry and airport pick-up and delivery, cars also available in Parksville/Qualicum and Gabriola Island; no charge for additional drivers; minimum driver's age 21; special packages, including self-drive vineyard tours, Tofino/Pacific Rim, Gulf Islands available.
 
  Qualicum Landing, Qualicum Beach Listing Details 
Qualicum Landing is a master-planned luxury beachfront community of 62 beach homes located on 15.5 acres of waterfront property in Qualicum Beach on Vancouver Island. Qualicum Landing is one of the last remaining spectacular waterfront properties on Vancouver Island, and the Oceanside area is fast becoming one of the most desirable places to live in Canada.
 
  EMR Vacation Rentals, Vancouver Listing Details 
EMR is a fully licensed Travel Agency offering fully furnished vacation homes, condos, suites, and estates in Victoria, Vancouver, Tofino, Whistler, the Okanagan, and on Vancouver Island. We have a large inventory of unique properties to select from. This includes properties that feature oceanfront, beach front, breathtaking views, private hot tubs, luxurious settings and more. Toll Free: 0-800-520-0932 UK.
 
  Little Qualicum Cheeseworks, Parksville Listing Details 
Nestled in the shadow of Mt. Arrowsmith, Little Qualicum Cheeseworks on Morningstar Farm produce a variety of world-class, award-winning cheese. Made from high quality milk from our own herd of dairy cows, we have an artisan cheese to suit any occasion, meal or light snack. Come and visit us at the farm - take a self-guided tour, sample the different cheeses, and explore the fruit wines made on location from our own MooBerry Winery. Open daily 9-5.
 
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