Miles of Beaches
Englishman River Falls
Coombs Coutnry Market
Horne Lake Caves
The rivers and oceans on the west coast of Vancouver Island were the perfect source of salmon for thousands of First Nations Salish who had been living along the coastal shores of British Columbia for over 5,000 years. Strangely enough, Qualicum is native tongue for a Salish legend of “Where the Dog Salmon Run”. Local hatcheries still help manage the salmon population in the area.
The area first became populate by white settlers around the 1914 when the island railway had been extended from Parksville, which is approximately a fifteen minute drive south today. The railway had been extended with a stop in Qualicum when a railway official, Mr. Beasley who visited in 1906 was taken back by the area and decided to develop “The Merchants Trust and Trading Company.”
The town has been growing ever since. But has always remained small and charming, decorated with lovely floral garden patches, town signage, and memorable buildings.
Summer average 19 degrees Celsius
Winter average 6 degrees Celsius