Community Spotlight Series: Nanoose Bay Cafe

Our Community Spotlight Series lets you learn more about our locals and what they love about living and doing business in Parksville Qualicum Beach. We're thrilled to feature Nanoose Bay Cafe as this month's Community Spotlight.

Eli Brennan - Nanoose Bay Cafe

Nanoose Bay Cafe is the newest restaurant from veteran hospitality partners and owners of the Qualicum Beach Cafe - Eli Brennan, Alan Tse, and Chef Todd Bright.

Nanoose Bay Cafe proudly showcases the best of BC with a focus on local producers and suppliers including coffee from French Press Coffee Roasters and artisan goods stocked in the marketplace. Tucked into Schooner Cove, the menu features West Coast cuisine with Asian influences plus light fare in the coffee shop.

We spoke to Nanoose Bay Cafe's Eli Brennan about life in Parksville Qualicum Beach and some of his favourite local spots.

Fairwinds Schooner Cove Marina

How would you describe the place you live to someone who is yet to visit?

"Relax in Paradise" – After living in the city for 20 years and moving back to the Island where I grew up, it's the best way to describe it."

What do you love about where you live?

"There are so many highlights to this area, but two that stand out are the community and the beaches. The people are kind and welcoming, and the beaches are varied and wonderful, depending on what experience one is looking for."

Nanoose Bay Cafe Latte

What other businesses should people see during their visit?

"French Press Coffee Roasters, Q Burger, Extreme Eatery, De L'Ile, Rusted Rake Brewery, Fern + Cedar Brewery, Little Qualicum Cheeseworks, QB Farmers Market"

You have a free day in PQB. What do you do?

"My wife and I pack up our two daughters and drive to Qualicum Beach. We play and swim, order takeout from The Shore, and enjoy a seaside picnic at the picnic tables or on the beach while watching the sunset."

Nanoose Bay Cafe

What combo of experiences makes up your perfect day in PQB?

  1. Farmers market with a coffee in hand and kids in tow
  2. Beach walk with the family
  3. Afternoon drinks at a craft brewery
  4. Listening to live music at Qualicum Beach Cafe
  5. A night at the theatre

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