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Why You Would Want To Live in Qualicum Beach

With one of the oldest average populations in Canada, Qualicum Beach has become one of Canada’s top retirement destinations. If you are looking for a quaint seaside community still exuding small town charm with a mild climate and a picturesque natural setting, Qualicum Beach may be for you. Build along a four kilometer stretch of scenic coastline, Qualicum Beach is largely absent of chain restaurants and big box stores. Gardeners are often attracted to the area due to the fact that many properties offer larger lots than are commonly available in surrounding communities.

Area Overview 

Just north of Parksville, Qualicum Beach is centrally located on the east coast of Vancouver Island. Largely a retirement community, tourism also plays a factor in the local economy with a number of small resorts in the area with rental cottages dotting the the shores. Downtown Qualicum Beach is a charming village featuring primarily locally-owned and operated boutique shops and restaurants, offering visitors a truly west-coast experience.  

Schools 

Qualicum Beach has 2 elementary schools, Arrowview Elementary Springwood Elementary and and Qualicum Beach Elementary School where students attend from Kindergarten to Grade 7.

From Grade 8-12, students will attend Kwalikum Secondary School.

Shopping

Largely absent of big box and chain stores, Qualicum Beach features a good selection of locally owned, boutique-style shops, especially in the enchanting downtown core. Qualicum Foods is conveniently located downtown for all of your grocery needs. Wembley Mall just south of town features a Canadian Tire and Save-on-Foods, as well as a number of other retailers, and a half hour drive to Nanaimo has you at Vancouver Island’s largest mall and in amongst a number of big box stores.  

Recreational Opportunities

Qualicum Beach is home to three golf courses with well-known Morningstar Golf Course just minutes south of town, and Arrowsmith, a scenic executive course just a few minutes north. Strolling along the sandy beach, kayaking, paddle boarding and swimming are a few activities commonly enjoyed by locals. The Ravensong Aquatic provides year-round swimming options while the Oceanside Place arena hosts both organized hockey leagues and casual public skating.   French Creek Marina provides convenient access for boating, sailing, and fishing, and nearby Little Qualicum Falls Provincial Park provides a great place for a hike or a quick swim. For the more adventurous, the Horne Lake Caves Provincial Park offers an exciting day of underground exploration. Alternatively, for something a bit more relaxed, Qualicum Beach has been said to have some of North America’s best bird watching opportunities. 

Entertainment

If you are looking for nightclubs, Qualicum Beach is likely not the destination for you. Visiting an artist’s studio, a play at the theatre, or visiting the boutique shops or a cafe downtown are more likely to occupy your time in Qualicum Beach. Alternatively, catch the Junior B Oceanside Generals hockey time at Oceanside Place, just south of town. 

Just minutes south, Parksville has a number of family-friendly entertainment options such as the Paradise Fun Park, Riptide Lagoon Adventure Golf, and Sunset Bowling Lanes. A quick drive to nearby Coombs will present options such as the World Parrot Refuge, Butterfly World, North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre, as well as Go-karts at the Fast Time Grand Prix.  

Restaurants

Qualicum Beach features a noticeable absence of chain restaurants and fast food outlets. There is a good selection and variety of local dining options. Whether you are in the mood for seafood, sushi, Italian, or Thai, you won’t have to venture far. Local favorite Bistro 694 is always a popular choice. 

If you ever find that you can’t find what you are looking for in Qualicum Beach, with Parksville and Nanaimo both located within a half hour’s drive, there are plenty of alternative options to choose from.

Parks

Qualicum Beach has approximately 280 hectares of parkland dispersed throughout the community.

Little Qualicum River Provincial Park, Horne Lake Caves Provincial Park, and Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park are all just a short drive away and offer a diverse range of activities and scenic natural beauty.