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Qualicum Beach

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Qualicum Beach is a town located on Vancouver Island British Columbia, Canada. At the 2016 census, it had a population of 8,943. It is situated at the foot of Mount Arrowsmith, along the Strait of Georgia on Vancouver Island's northeastern coast.Qualicum's natural environment and proximity to Victoria and Vancouver have made it a tourist destination, with rental cottages along its coast. It is also a retirement community, and has the oldest average population in Canada with a median age of 60.9 in 2006.Qualicum Beach is served by the coast-spanning Island Highway, an airport, and a nearby ferry to Lasqueti Island. It is informally considered a twin city with neighbouring Parksville.HistoryThe name "Qualicum" comes from a Pentlatch language term that means "Where the dog salmon (chum salmon) run."In May 1856, Hudson's Bay Company explorer Adam Grant Horne, with a group of aboriginal guides, found a land route across Vancouver Island from the Qualicum River to the Alberni Inlet. He also discovered the Haida massacre of local Salish natives. Horne Lake is named after him.
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Side trips from Qualicum Beach

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Hidden gems in Qualicum Beach

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Golf in Qualicum Beach

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Nature in Qualicum Beach

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Kid-friendly things to do in Qualicum Beach

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Where to stay in Qualicum Beach

The coastline is the place to be, with upscale options offering spas and private beaches, many with rooms in converted mansions. Some newer hotels with a simpler style and stripped-down menu of facilities provide the more budget-friendly options here. Parksville, a larger town just to the east, offers a greater variety of accommodations.
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