Beaches & Swimming
Kids swimming (Picture BC photo)
Ocean water doesn't get any warmer north of California.
Thanks to Qualicum Beach's sheltered position on the Strait of Georgia, summertime ocean temperatures can reach a high of 21°C/69.8°F - considerably more toasty than the year-round average of 12°C/53.6°F.
Whatever the season, the beachfront topography allows one to stroll on sand flats as far as 1,000m/1093 yards out towards the tideline. Waders acclimatize to the chill by slowly immersing themselves at foot, shin and knee levels before deeper water appears.
Qualicum's Historic Beach
The historic beach that put Qualicum Beach on the map is a c-shaped scoop of postcard scenery used by many residents for their daily constitutional. The 3km/1.86mi promenade can be circumnavigated when the high tide erases the beach. Food concessions, public toilets and other amenities line the route.