When to visit
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What to do
- Worth the detour
- Must see
Qualicum Beach is a small town situated at the base of Mount Arrowsmith, along the Strait of Georgia, on the north-east coast of Vancouver Island. Its proximity to Vancouver and Victoria make it a popular tourist destination. The Qualicum area is known for its scenic beauty, mild climate, long sandy beach and quaint village atmosphere.
With more than 19 kilometres of beach, it should come as no surprise that Qualicum Beach is the region's most popular attraction. Families enjoy building sandcastles and playing in the water, while the more romantic at heart come to admire the sunset.
Qualicum Beach Historical and Museum Society
The history of this small, tightly-knit community is well documented in this historical museum. Learn all about pioneer living and the town's early days, as well as the First Nations peoples who occupied the local area. Open June-September, Tuesday-Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and October-May, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
587 Beach Road, Qualicum Beach / 250-752-5533
Cathedral Grove is a majestic stand of giant Douglas fir trees in MacMillan Provincial Park. On your way to you next destination, be sure to stop and take a stroll under the shadow of these towering pillars untouched by the modern world. Open daily from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. The park is 25 km west of Qualicum Beach and 16km east of Port Alberni, on Highway 4.
Where to eat
- $ Inexpensive
- $$ Moderate
- $$$ Upscale
- $$$$ Fine dining
The Shady Rest ($$)
A local favourite since 1924, the Shady Rest offers unpretentious cuisine, a casual relaxed atmosphere and breathtaking ocean views. The menu features soups, salads, sandwiches, pizzas, pasta and seafood, with vegetarian options. Open daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Reservation recommended.
3109 West Island Highway, Qualicum Beach / 250-752-9111
Bistro 694 ($$-$$$)
Bistro 694 is an intimate, casual fine dining restaurant with a sophisticated, urban flair. The menu is based on Chef Tony's favourite recipes from around the world, re-created with a Vancouver Island touch using locally-sourced ingredients. Open for dinner, Thursday-Sunday from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
694 Memorial Avenue, Qualicum Beach / 250-752-0301
Tidal Taco Shack ($)
This tiny shack by the water serves up the best tacos and burritos, which are more than worth the trip. Don't miss it! Open Thursday-Sunday from noon to 7 p.m. and Monday from noon to 4 p.m.
6001 Island Highway West, Qualicum Beach / 250-240-2855
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