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Qualicum Beach, British Columbia Bed and Breakfasts
Qualicum Beach British Columbia is a charming seaside community in the Oceanside region on the central east coast of Vancouver Island. Just a ways north of Nanaimo and adjacent to Parksville, it is both a popular tourist destination and a popular retirement community. Many artisans are also drawn to Qualicum Beach by its quaint village atmosphere and its fabulous beach and shoreline.
Qualicum Beach is also known as Vancouver Island's "Garden Village" and has been a multiple winner in the cross-Canada Communities in Bloom competition. Its mild climate draws gardeners to the area as well. One of Canada's best public gardens, Milner Gardens & Woodlands, is just 2 km out of town on the Island Highway.
There are 18 provincial and regional parks in the area, and in fact, it is part of a Unesco Biosphere Reserve. Nearby popular Cathedral Grove Park is home to a rare stand of old-growth Douglas Firs. Englishman River Falls and Little Qualicum Falls are also favorite parks in the region. Guided eco-hiking tours to more off the beaten path locations are also a big draw, as is nearby Horne Lake Caves Provincial park, the "best natural outdoor site in BC". A public cave is open to the public or take a guided caving tour, and maybe rappel down a seven storey underground waterfall! If you are interested in wildlife, visit the nearby North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre which opens its doors to the public, or the World Parrot Refuge.
One of the most popular recreational activities in Qualicum Beach is golf. Between Parksville and Qualicum Beach there are six Vancouver Island golf courses in the region, including challenging courses at Fairwinds and Morningstar.
There really is something for everyone in and around Qualicum Beach. For the foodlovers, Little Qualicum Cheeseworks is producing award winning local cheeses at Morningstar Farm. The village centre is pedestrian friendly and offers one of a kind boutiques and galleries. Qualicum Beach Bed & Breakfasts are the perfect choice for a stay in the area to explore the many Qualicum Beach attractions.
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