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Qualicum Beach Travel Guide: 6 reviews and 17 photos

Qualicum Beach, British Columbia is a town on the east coast of Vancouver Island, about 40 minutes north of Nanaimo where the ferry from the mainland docks. It's a bright, tidy small town with lots of shops, artists studios, restaurants and community theatre. It's reknowned for the artisans that live and work in the area and sell their goods through the local shops and through their own studios. There are five golf courses in the area and many eco-tourism attractions such as Cathedral Grove and a 50 acre park containing giant Douglas fir trees.

One thing in particular that makes Qualicum Beach unique is a city bylaw that forbids any franchise or chain stores or businesses so you won't see a golden arch within miles. The main street in the town center has one main intersection and one traffic light, and the shops and restaurants that line these streets will keep you enchanted all day! Nearby is the heritage village of Coomb, also well worth a trip.

Getting to Qualicum Beach is not difficult. In addition to car, there is a transit service shared with nearby Parksville, a train line goes through Qualicum on it's way to Courtenay. There's even a small private airport.

I visited Qualicum during a three day stay in nearby Parksville. We only had enough time to peruse the town center and check out some of the shops. If i get back that way again i definitely want to see Cathedral Grove and the village at Coomb as well.

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  • Last visit to Qualicum Beach: Nov 2003
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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    Jul 18, 2004 at 2:02 PM

    Definitely a place for the ladies! (i.e. shopping). Never heard of it before. Interesting insight.


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