About Qualicum Beach
Qualicum Beach is a unique picturesque town overflowing with small-town charm. With a population of approximately 9,000, the town is set amidst pristine sandy beaches, postcard picturesque views, and world-class biking and hiking trails. The community is a popular tourist destination and is prized as an ‘idyllic’ place to live.
The town is centrally located within an area that spans from Nanaimo on the south to Courtenay on the north and inland to Port Alberni. As such, it acts as a key location for many regional events and attracts neighbouring communities with its year-round farmer’s market and many other attractions. Qualicum Beach residents can easily access the beautiful and vibrant surrounding neighbourhoods & attractions, such as Mt Washington Ski Resort and Strathcona National Park (1hr), Courtenay & Cumberland with their world-renowned mountain bike trails & craft breweries (45 min), and Port Alberni a mecca for kiteboarders (40 min).
The region gets instantly smaller with the inclusion of a local airport. The Qualicum Beach airport provides regular flights to Vancouver, Abbotsford, Tofino, Victoria, and Nanaimo. Travel to surrounding areas is effortless and affordable, and allows the best of both worlds – business to operate regionally, while maintaining a local, small-town, natural lifestyle.
The Town has a unique economy that took a bold approach to ‘local’. You will not see a big brand store or fast food outlet in sight. Instead you will find locally owned coffee shops, restaurants, clothing stores, and retail. This makes the uptown core of Qualicum Beach a unique market in the region where ‘local’ is king. By encouraging and maintaining a range of services and retail in the Town, shoppers are happy to stay and shop locally.
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Qualicum Beach – map of zoning and other key local resources
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Tech Investment Opportunities
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Qualicum Beach Digital Media Studio
The Qualicum Beach Digital Arts Studio is a co-working space for the central and north Island’s digital workforce to collaborate, connect and grow technology from idea to market.Visit website
Qualicum Beach has a number of industrial and commercial spaces available. Connect with Qualicum Beach Chamber of Commerce to get the inside scoop
Investing in a Business
Qualicum Beach is a growing vibrant community with abundant investment opportunities. Visit Venture Connected or more information.
Life in Qualicum Beach is as busy or as relaxed as you like. It hosts recreational facilities and activities for every age group, including a pool, bmx trail, mountain bike trails, and a skate park. Oh and don’t forget the three golf courses!
There is also a vibrant music and art scene showcased regularly at the Old School House, Village Theatre, and other attractive venues.
Qualicum Beach is most acclaimed however, for its pristine natural setting. It boasts 41 kilometres of maintained trails, and four kilometers of curving, postcard-perfect beach. The promenade is lined with picnic tables, shade trees, and amenities. Come Summer, you can go for a swim, rent a kayak, cool down with an ice cream, read a book, or just watch the kids frolic.