RecreationThe Qualicum Beach area offers many opportunities to enjoy some of the world's most spectactular marine and forest environments.
Hike an alpine trail up to the Mount Arrowsmith lookout.
Follow gentle paths among 850 year old Douglas Firs at Cathedral Grove.
Walk through old growth forests alongside cascading waterfalls at both Englishman River Falls and Little Qualicum Falls parks!
For the more adventurous...
~ Explore crystalline formations at Horne Lake Caves.
~ Ride horseback through tall timber and mountain streams.
~ Or catch your own salmon or trout dinner with a local fishing guide!
Qualicum Beach is a hub of recreational activities for visitors of all activity levels. For more information and a guide to our many area parks, click on the Town of Qualicum Beach Recreation and Parks Guide.
The Oceanside area is the center of a region rich in bird life. Stretching from Little Qualicum River Estuary to Nanoose Bay, Oceanside has been designated an Important Bird Area. The Nanoose Naturalists Club is offering an on line bird list for the Oceanside area that documents 200+ bird species with exceptional photographs by local photographers, links to sound recordings from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, monthly abundance charts and records stating where and when the birds were observed. The Arrowsmith Naturalists Club has published a comprehensive Seasonal Bird Checklist for the Oceanside area which is available at the Qualicum Beach Visitor Centre.
Horne Lake Caves Provincial Park
The Park presents a wide variety of activities both above and below ground. Two caves are open to the public for self-exploring (you must bring at least two sources of light), but the guided tour programs with their focus on conservation of the cave environment and techniques for cave travel are very popular. Good footwear and warm clothing are a must since these caves have been left in their natural state. Other programs offer instruction in climbing and rappelling in a wild cave environment. Canoe and water safety instruction and mountain biking round out the adventure experience. All programs available mid-June through Labour Day. Self-guided cave tours possible year-round, weather permitting. Located approximately 15 minutes north of Qualicum Beach on Scenic Highway 19A, the Oceanside Route or on the Inland Highway 19 to the Horne Lake exit, and then approximately 30 minutes west on rough gravel road.
Phone: 250-248-7829 | Web: www.hornelake.com