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Qualicum Beach


Two hikers admiring the views (Picture BC photo)

Two hikers admiring the views (Picture BC photo)

Qualicum Beach is heaven for those eager for fresh air and exercise in glorious natural settings.

The area as a whole (both Parksville and Qualicum Beach) encompasses eight provincial and six regional parks, each with their own network of trails, natural attractions and scenic outlooks.  All varieties of experience from gentle strolls to strenuous near-vertical climbs are served within a remarkably diverse UNESCO Biosphere Reserve that embraces five climatic zones between beach and mountain peak.

Tours and Trails

Plot a course with the official Regional Parks & Trails Guide, available at the Visitor Centre. Descriptions and maps of 16 parks and trails in the Regional District of Nanaimo are contained in a slim, pocket-sized guidebook. Hiking guides are also available in local bookstores.

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Horne Lake Caves & Outdoor Centre - Qualicum Beach

3900 Horne Lake Caves Rd
Qualicum Beach, British Columbia
V9K 2L7
Toll-free888-801-WILD (9453)

Crystal clear water, amazing caves & spectacular scenery make Horne Lake one of the best camping & adventure destinations on Vancouver Island. Horne Lake Caves was rated #1 Attraction by TripAdvisor. Explore this unique park above and below the surface. Visit Canada's only Cave Theatre and Museum. On the trails, enjoy a wide range of programs from Fossil Geology Hikes to family-oriented cavern tours or the popular 3hr. Spelunking Adventure featuring ancient fossils & amazing crystal formations. For more challenge, you can self-guide two rugged caves or push it to the limits on the "Extreme" expeditions - rappelling down a seven-storey underground waterfall! Build your skills on the 2 hr. Vertical Rappel sessions descending natural rock outdoors. Spectacular lakefront camping right next door.

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