Qualicum Beach

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Qualicum Beach is a quaint town located on Vancouver Island. It’s situated at the foot of Mount Arrowsmith and lies along the Strait of Georgia on the island’s northeastern coast. With its calm and welcoming environment, as well as its proximity to Victoria and Vancouver, Qualicum is a popular tourist destination, with plenty of rental cottages peppered along its coast. The area is growing quickly with new housing subdivisions and a major new highway. It is also a favoured retirement and golfing community. Just ask your Coldwell Banker Slegg Realty REALTOR® about real estate in Qualicum Beach.

Highway 19A, known as the Oceanside route or the Old Island Highway, runs the length of the town. There is also a modern 4-lane Inland Island highway situated nearby. You can also reach the town by air, with KD Air and Orca Airways offering air service from Qualicum to Vancouver and other island hotspots.

There is much to do in this idyllic town. You can take scenic, flight training and charter flights thanks to the Qualicum Flight Center. There is also the Marshall-Stevenson wildlife sanctuary, situated in the west end of Qualicum Beach. This tidal wetland, right at the mouth of the Little Qualicum River, is home to black-tailed deer, Roosevelt elk, black bears, and cougars. The town may not have a marina or harbour, but it does offer a launching area for trailered boats. For larger vessels, French Creek Harbour is situated barely 5 kilometres away, going south-east on Highway 19A.

Situated within the small Coastal Douglas Fir bio-geographic zone, Qualicum has one of the mildest climates in Canada. This pleasant climate supports the growth of Garry Oak and Arbutus trees, trees that don’t exist elsewhere in Canada.

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