Qualicum Beach

Qualicum Beach is a Canadian city in the province of British Columbia. It lies on the east coast of the Pacific island Vancouver Iceland and belongs to the Regional Director strictness of Nanaimo. Covering an area of ​​17.98 km ² live 8,687 inhabitants.


The area around Qualicum Beach was first settled in the second half of the 19th century. The Hudson 's Bay Company founded in 1852 in the south of Iceland Vancouver Victoria and Nanaimo little later. In search of new fishing opportunities of animals for the fur trade they tried to get to the west coast of Vancouver Iceland. A good starting point for this was the area around present-day Qualicum Beach. This route is still used today with the Alberni Highway and follows the Qualicum River.

The first road was built in 1886 in the westernmost settlement Parksville and 1894 extended to Qualicum Beach. The same was done with the railroad, which arrived in Parksville and Qualicum Beach 1914 in 1910.

Due to the population growth of the settlement, the village Qualicum Beach was formally founded in 1942, city status was given the place in 1983.

Geography and climate

Qualicum Beach is located on Vancouver Iceland, an island, which is upstream of the Pacific Coast of Canada. The city is situated on the east coast of the island and is therefore influenced by the oceanic climate. This has all seasons mild temperatures result.


The municipality is headed by a Mayor ( Mayor ): Teunis Westbroek. This is supported by a council ( Council), which apart from the mayor still has four other elected members.

The city is represented in the Parliament of British Columbia by Ron Cantelon of the British Columbia Liberal Party ( Constituency: Parksville -Qualicum ), at the federal level represents James Lunney of the Conservative Party of Canada Nanaimo- Alberni constituency.


The Canadian poet, writer and painter Joe Rosenblatt has lived and worked for over two decades in Qualicum Beach.


By Qualicum Beach leads the Old Iceland Highway, which is now designated as Highway 19A. This has already been built in the early 20th century, but was replaced by a four-lane modern freeway about 3 km inland, Highway 19, replaced. Highway 19 opens up almost the entire east coast of the island of Port Hardy in the north to Nanaimo in the south. In addition begins in Qualicum Beach Highway 4, which leads in a westerly direction across the whole island. This so-called Alberni Highway opens up the cities of Port Alberni and Tofino.

The Qualicum Beach Airport offers flights to Vancouver and the ability to fly smaller islands.

In Qualicum Beach, there is a museum railway, which is operated by Via Rail.


A minesweeper of the Navy in World War II was christened HMS Qualicum.


1992 History monument, 50th anniversary of Qualicum Beach

From the beginning to 1913

From 1913 to 1930

From 1930 to 1992