ActivitiesCall us "the best bloomin' Town on Vancouver Island"! Colourful planters and a profusion of hanging baskets adorn the Village. Spring through Fall, Qualicum Beach gardeners are busy creating their own individual works of art. Here, the gardens are so numerous and the gardeners so passionate that it was an easy decision for us to enter the Communities in Bloom competition. And it isn't just gardens! The judges look at landscaped and turf areas, heritage conservation, urban forestry, environmental effort and community involvement. We have proven ourselves winners in every category, so come judge for yourself!
The Old School House
Victorian charm, modern creativity... this 80-year old school house-turned-art-centre in the heart of Qualicum Beach showcases, year-round, the visual arts of painting, sculpture, carving and pottery, as well as music. Hands-on workshops, studio tours of artists-in-residence, and a well-stocked gift shop are all part of the TOSH experience. 122 Fern Road West.
Phone: 250-752-8133. Fax: 250-752-2600. Web: www.theoldschoolhouse.org
The Village Theatre - E.C.H.O Players
In celebration of its fiftieth anniversary in the year 2000, the Village Theatre acquired a new face in the style of theatres in the '50s and '60s. The Theatre is owned and operated by ECHO Players, providing opportunities for the development of theatrical talents in a professional theatre environment, winning many theatrical awards over the years. The Theatre presents a series of live dramas, comedies and musicals, and often hosts regional drama festivals and concerts.
Box office telephone: 250-752-3522 Web: www.echoplayers.ca
Bard To BroadwaySummer Theatre - Island Style. Most days throughout the summer, visitors and residents will be treated to quality live theatre in the Village Theatre, Qualicum Beach, BC. Bard to Broadway is a repertory company offering two shows throughout the summer season. The 2016 season runs early July through to mid August with performances at 7:30 pm each evening. Most Sunday afternoons feature a matinee at 2 pm. The 2016 line up includes one musical - You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown and two comedies - The Ladies Man and Vanya & Sonya & Masha & Spike. Our Schedule and tickets will be available at www.b2btheatre.com in May 2016. Education series offered during the summer will also be posted on our website. Please note: Our Box Office is closed during the off season. Please visit our website during our spring/summer season for more information.
Box Office Phone: 250-752-4470 Web: www.b2btheatre.com
The Coombs Old Country Market, open mid-March through September, is well-known for the family of goats which nimbly graze on its grass roof. Adjacent to it, visitors enjoy the wide range of small gift and craft shops, many of which are open year round. The village is dotted with several heritage buildings and now includes a mini golf and small amusement park. July is the time for "Old West" activities: a fiddle jamboree, bluegrass festival and rodeo. Located approximately 10 minutes west of Qualicum Beach on the Alberni Highway.
The North Island Wildlife Recovery Association
The NIWRA is a haven for a wide variety of injured, ill and orphaned wildlife ranging from songbirds to eagles, raccoons to deer. Sick and injured wildlife receive professional veterinary medical care while they are rehabilitated for their eventual release back into the wild. Orphaned wildlife must be taught the survival skills of how to obtain food and to fear predators before they can be released. Besides working directly with wildlife, the NIWRA actively promotes public education and offers a popular Wildlife Adoption Program. Tours of the centre can be arranged by phoning 250-248-8534. Located approximately 20 minutes from Qualicum Beach on Leffler Road in Errington. Ask locally for more explicit directions!
Only 15 minutes north of Qualicum Beach along Highway 19A, the Scenic Oceanside Route, is Lighthouse Country and the friendly communities of Qualicum Bay, Bowser and Deep Bay. Here you will find plenty of opportunities to fish, kayak, canoe, sail, hike, beachcomb, golf and cave. You can catch your own salmon, dig your own clams or wait on the Deep Bay dock for the commercial fishing boats to return with the day's catch. This is the spot for watchable wildlife, whether it's an eagle on the wing, deer grazing in the woods, or seals and sea lions playing off-shore. Beachfront motels, fishing resorts, cottages, bed and breakfasts, tenting and RV campgrounds, restaurants and other visitor services complement the area's natural attractions.