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Qualicum Beach

The Canadian Open Sand Sculpting Competition at the Parksville Beach Festival (Picture BC photo)

The Canadian Open Sand Sculpting Competition at the Parksville Beach Festival (Picture BC photo)

Qualicum Beach (population: 8,502) is a charming, friendly and laidback community on the south-central coast of eastern Vancouver Island.

The local population includes more than its share of unique artisans, gardeners and active, healthy locals and retirees. Like most visitors, they were drawn here by Qualicum Beach's quaint village atmosphere, mild climate, fabulous beach and shoreline, scenic beauty and wealth of recreational activities.

Low-Key Ambience or Active Days Out

Qualicum Beach is not known for its nightlife. But that's a good thing. Looking for a more sophisticated or relaxed experience? A typical Qualicum Beach evening may find the peace broken by the satisfied murmur of patrons leaving good restaurants, a concert or the theatre. Days here can be active, too and there is plenty to explore.

Go hiking in one of the area's dozen parks, or try ocean kayaking. The compact picturesque town core is great for boutique shopping, and the sandy beaches are a nice place for a long stroll. There are also golf courses, artists' studios and a variety of cafés or restaurants to enjoy.

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