Top 10 Free Things to do in Qualicum Beach, Vancouver Island

May 22, 2022 Janean Rudisill

Qualicum Beach is a town located on Vancouver Island British Columbia, Canada. At the 2016 census, it had a population of 8,943. It is situated at the foot of Mount Arrowsmith, along the Strait of Georgia on Vancouver Island's northeastern coast.
Restaurants in Qualicum Beach

1. Little Qualicum Falls Provincial Park

4001 Alberni Hwy, Qualicum Beach, British Columbia V9K 1X7 Canada http://www.prohostor.com
Excellent
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4.5 based on 581 reviews

Little Qualicum Falls Provincial Park

Little Qualicum Falls Provincial Park straddles the scenic Little Qualicum River, west of Parksville, where impressive waterfalls cascade and plummet down a rocky gorge in a beautiful forest setting. Perhaps the most magnificent park on Vancouver Island, Little Qualicum Falls incorporates the entire southern shore of Cameron Lake, adjacent to MacMillan Provincial Park and the awesome Cathedral Grove Rainforest. Cameron Lake is bordered by steep mountains: Mt. Wesley to the north and Mt. Arrowsmith to the south.

Reviewed By MT1 - Aurora, United States

My wife and I visited while staying at a nearby B&B. We went in the morning on a weekday and it wasn't busy at all so there was plenty of parking at the lot by the beginning of the walkway to the falls (upper and lower). There is a restroom at the parking lot and it has running water, and a nice area with picnic tables (some under a pavilion), which was nice. There is no charge to park and walk to the falls. There is a nice walkway all around the falls on both sides of the river and it is an easy walk offering nice views along the way. We spent about 90 minutes walking around and taking pictures but you could do it in half the time if you just wanted to do a quick walk around. Very nice place not far outside town and highly recommended.

2. Qualicum Beach Community Park

Qualicum Beach, British Columbia V9K 2L1 Canada
Excellent
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4.5 based on 37 reviews

Qualicum Beach Community Park

3. Spider Lake Provincial Park

Off Horne Lake exit off Hwy #19 or Hwy #19a., Qualicum Beach, British Columbia Canada +1 250-474-1336 http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/parkpgs/spider_lk/
Excellent
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4.5 based on 53 reviews

Spider Lake Provincial Park

Reviewed By WendyV58

Spider Lake is an excellent place for a day trip, especially if you have a canoe or kayak. It is warm in the summer and is really fun to explore, with lots of nooks and crannies. The beach is sandy with good picnic spots in the shade at tables. It can get quite busy, so best to get there early and stake your claim. Warm to swim, without the "itch" purported to be at nearby Horne Lake.

4. PineRidge RV Park and Farm Market

2715 Turnbull Rd, Qualicum Beach, British Columbia V9K 2L7 Canada +1 250-619-8047 [email protected] http://www.prohostor.com/
Excellent
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4.5 based on 25 reviews

PineRidge RV Park and Farm Market

Open from May to September,PineRidge is a productive farm, a fully serviced RV park, and a rustic farm market where we sell our own homegrown produce as well as local specialties. We are situated on 70 acres where we have a 5-acre fenced garden, an orchard and greenhouse, and largely undeveloped fields and forest. We are located in the pristine Spider Lake area north of Qualicum Beach near the world famous Horne Lake Caves.

Reviewed By Gema28

Wonderful Market with great variety of food, fresh local produce, Island Farms ice cream cone's and fresh coffee to pour n' serve. Lovely sun umbrellas to sit under and relax a spell......peaceful and serene. A warm friendly welcome as always from Paul & Kris and staff. Great to have the new season beginning yet again! We'll be back!

5. Beach Front Park

Highway 19A, Qualicum Beach, British Columbia Canada
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4.5 based on 97 reviews

Beach Front Park

Reviewed By VancouverLil - Langley, Canada

Located on the old Island Highway, this is a beautiful spot to take a walk. The boardwalk is fairly lengthy and you can walk quite a ways. Keep your eyes on the beach because you will see Eagles, seals, and lots more sea life. Very nice attraction.

6. Heritage Forest

Crescent Road East, Qualicum Beach, British Columbia Canada http://www.qualicumbeach.net/heritage
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4.5 based on 108 reviews

Heritage Forest

7. Qualicum Beach Visitor Information Centre

2711 Island Hwy W, Qualicum Beach, British Columbia V9K 2C4 Canada +1 250-752-9532 http://www.qualicum.bc.ca/
Excellent
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4.5 based on 38 reviews

Qualicum Beach Visitor Information Centre

If you want to know about area then the Qualicum Beach Visitor Information Centre is the place to visit! Our friendly staff will help you with any questions you may have, and will provide you with great resources! We have an abundance of information including various maps of the area and beyond, accommodations, restaurants, attractions, tours, local events, tide guides, trail maps, transportation guides and schedules, and more!

8. The Old Schoolhouse Arts Centre

122 Fern Road West, Qualicum Beach, British Columbia V9K 1T2 Canada +1 250-752-6133 [email protected] http://www.theoldschoolhouse.org/
Excellent
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4.5 based on 83 reviews

The Old Schoolhouse Arts Centre

The Old School House Arts Centre is the bright yellow community arts centre with a big history nestled in the heart of the picturesque community of Qualicum Beach on Vancouver Island. The Old School House Arts Centre houses ten shared Resident artist's studios and is an established public art gallery and art learning centre. The Gallery Gift Shop features the work of over 150 Island Artists. The music program offers a robust concert series throughout the year featuring an eclectic range of genres from acclaimed musicians. The Old School House is a non-profit charitable organization that provides vibrant community programming that is open to all - regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, religious affiliation, financial status, age, sexual orientation, political belief, or physical limitation. *Covid-19 restrictions may affect opening hours. Please refer to the website on listing for current hours*

Reviewed By VictoriaW821

We live locally but try to visit every month or so as the main display changes. There are many different local artists working on site, painters, sculptors, jewellers etc. There is a lovely gift shop on site and they have musical events periodically.

9. Qualicum Beach Farmer's Market

Veteran's Way & Memorial Avenue, Qualicum Beach, British Columbia Canada +1 844-843-7236 [email protected] http://www.qbfarmersmarket.com
Excellent
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4.5 based on 25 reviews

Qualicum Beach Farmer's Market

10. Cameron Lake

Highway 4 15 Minutes From Qualicum Beach Before MacMillan Provincial Park, Cathedral Grove, Qualicum Beach, British Columbia V9K 1S5 Canada
Excellent
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4.5 based on 38 reviews

Cameron Lake

Reviewed By orchidb2019

Cameron Lake is just stunning. The magnitude of the mountains and trees you’re surrounded by is so beautiful. It is a rocky beach and rocky lake bottom so I’d recommend water shoes. I wish I had some. Bring beach chairs or something comfy to sit on. Crystal clear water. Directly next to highway, can just pull onto side of road. Love it here

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