If you love lounging at the beach but want to branch out from your favourite Vancouver spot, it might be time to hop on a ferry to the Island. And before heading to the popular white-sand beaches of Tofino or the famed Juan-de-Fuca trail, a stop through the quaint town of Qualicum Beach is definitely warranted.

In fact, the small beach town boasts over 4 km of soft, sandy beaches to explore, which means a quick pit stop could very well turn into an impromptu weekend getaway if you’re not careful.

The picturesque beaches are lined with a paved promenade with plenty of picnic tables, shady trees, washrooms, and parking lots for convenient access.

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Qualicum Beach is also home to the famous Ocean Mile Swim, a friendly annual competition that gives participants the chance to get their names on a coveted trophy in 15 award categories.

And if you’re looking to extend your trip or do a bit of exploring within the area, there are plenty of enchanting waterfalls and lake swimming options available at the nearby Little Qualicum Falls Provincial Park. 

So there you have it, BC! We hope you make the most of the summer and stop by one of BC’s most beloved, storied beaches.

Qualicum Beach 

Where: Qualicum Beach, BC