Walkable Qualicum Beach

Qualicum Beach is a small, walkable town on the east coast of Vancouver Island.

picturesque town
Photo: Scott Johnson

There's an airport serviced by a couple of small airlines . And once you've made it from there to your in town or on the beach accommodations via cab or even public transit, you can enjoy a relaxing car-free and care-free holiday.

From the waterfront to downtown is just a 15 min walk. It's uphill from shore to town so be sure to wear comfy shoes. The Heritage Forest is a beautiful 50 acres of rare remnant old growth forest right in Qualicum Beach, just a short stroll from either beach or downtown.

There are plenty of great dining options. At the beach, find ocean view tables at the elegant Qualicum Beach Inn and the historic Shady Rest. In town, choose from quaint cafes, mom and pop diners, and upscale eateries. If you prefer restaurant chains, Qualicum Beach is not your town as there are none! Plan to dine early as many restaurants close by 8 pm. Check out our Restaurants Directory for details and contact info.

oceanfront sunset
Photo: Katrina Batey

In Summer months, kayak and standup paddleboard rentals can usually be found at the beach. There's a seawall for strolling and benches for catching the sunset. Washrooms, change rooms, and an ice cream stand make for long lazy days of swimming and sunbathing.

Keep an eye on our calendar for special events going on during your stay including the year-round Qualicum Beach Farmers Market. There are almost always concerts and exhibits to enjoy at The Old School House Arts Centre. And be sure to visit the Qualicum Beach Museum to learn about this pretty town's history.

“ There are almost always concerts and exhibits to enjoy at The Old School House Arts Centre. ” Sharyn Sadauskas

To venture a bit further, consider renting a bike from Pedego Electric Bikes then pedal just a few kilometres to Milner Gardens and Woodland. Enjoy a relaxing tea at the Camellia Tea Room of historic Milner House before heading back.

Where to next? Check out the Qualicum Beach Waterfront and Qualicum Beach Downtown.

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Sharyn Sadauskas