About Qualicum Beach
The Town of Qualicum Beach is located on the East side of Vancouver Island just north and connected to the Parksville, French Creek areas. It is one of the gems of Vancouver Island with beautiful natural surroundings and a popular beachfront on the old island highway. The first settlers arrived in the 1880s about 20 years after the exploration by botanist and explorer Robert Brown came through the area.
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Qualicum Beach is a quaint, seaside town with strong historical traditions and a distinct First Nations presence. Aside from the mild climate, beaches, and the warm, small town atmosphere, homes in Qualicum Beach may also be eligible for the Home Owner Grant Act *. Despite its size and a population of roughly 8, 700 residents, the town is recognized as one of the top growing communities in Canada, Qualicum Beach is characterised by a thriving arts and culture community, centered around the Old School House Arts Centre and the seasonal offerings of the Bard to Broadway theatre during the summer, and the ECHO Players at the Village Theatre during Fall to Spring.
A distinct lack of large chain stores and lots of locally owned boutique shops dotting the pedestrian-friendly downtown area gives Qualicum Beach the quaint character of a historic town, and a shopper’s paradise for unique items. The town derives its name, “Qualicum”, from the Pentlatch language, a currently extinct Salishan language native to Vancouver Island. The name translates to “where the dog salmon run”, or chum salmon. Qualicum Beach still remains a part of the traditional territory of the Qualicum First Nation Band.
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