Things To Do
A postcard beach and stunning views of mountains and white-capped ocean explains why Qualicum Beach has been one of the west coast's premier getaway destinations for nearly a century now.
Yet swimming, boating, strolling and beachcombing along the waterfront is only the starting point for an area rich in rain-or-shine adventures. Hiking, mountain biking, spelunking, horseback riding, golf, garden tours, boutique shopping, artist studio tours, seasonal festivals and much more are on the to-do list here.
Visitors with special interests – archery, rockhounding, gardening, yoga and vintage cars included – should contact any of the dozens of special interest groups listed in the back pages of the Regional District of Nanaimo's Active Living Guide. The guidebook along with maps, self-guided tours and an accommodation booking service is available at the Visitor Centre, located right on the seafront promenade at the junction of Memorial Avenue and the West Island Highway (aka Highway 19A or the Oceanside Route).