Qualicum Beach is tucked into the curving south-central flank of Vancouver Island's eastern coast.
The town is 36km/22mi northwest of Nanaimo and requires approximately two hours of highway drive time from Victoria. The compact town centre sits atop a plateau overlooking the choppy blue-gray waters of the Strait of Georgia.
The postcard views take in nearby Lasqueti Island, the Sunshine Coast off the mainland of British Columbia and, rising in the far distance, the coastal mountain range.
Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Reserve
Turning inland, the views are dominated by Mount Arrowsmith and a series of smaller peaks in the Beaufort Range, a subsection of the rocky spine that runs the length of Vancouver Island.