Antiques in a window (David Gluns photo)
The Qualicum Beach Museum chronicles the 150-year history of the town's growth from pioneer outpost to full-fledged community.
It also taps much deeper into the area's ancient past with a remarkable set of fossils collected by biologist Graham Beard in association with the Vancouver Island Paleontology Museum Society.
The second floor of the museum is dedicated to relatively recent history. A large mural depicts early pioneer life, the small-scale logging industry and the town's first golden age in the 1920s when the Qualicum Beach Hotel was hosting film stars like Bob Hope and Spencer Tracey.
Recreations of a school room (complete with period graduation photos) and dressmaker's shop are here along with memorabilia one of the town's early doctors and its leading citizen, Brigadier General Noel Money.