Qualicum Beach Baptist Church

Posted: 22nd August 2012 by ToadHollowPhoto in Photography
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One of our prime loves here at The Hollow is our local architecture.  Rich in spirit and character, it reflects the society we’ve created on the island with ties to architectural details found in Europe.  Today finds us taking a look at one of our heritage churches on Vancouver Island, the Qualicum Beach Baptist Church.  Even though it has strong influences from elsewhere, it epitomizes our culture and community and is a wonderful example of the rich tapestry that makes up our society.

Qualicum Baptist Church - Qualicum Beach, BC, Canada

Qualicum Baptist Church – Qualicum Beach, BC, Canada

Even though little information on the church can be found online, the inherent beauty of this facility is rather striking.  Qualicum Beach is a tiny community near the center of the island (north to south) and in its early days was founded by people working in the logging and mining sectors.  Given the beauty of the ocean and beaches in town, it quickly became a haven for those looking for a resort destination.  Today it is one of the most popular tourist spots on the island, as well as being called home to a large retirement community.

Qualicum Baptist Church - Qualicum Beach, BC, Canada

Qualicum Baptist Church – Qualicum Beach, BC, Canada

According to the official Town of Qualicum Beach website, “Qualicum” means “Where the Dog Salmon Run” which is a direct reflection of the deeper history to the area that goes back thousands of years with the Coast Salish people who lived and thrived here.

This small but intimate facility is undoubtedly less than 100 years old given the community itself seems to have been established in the early 1900’s.  There are several architectural elements that stand out in this building, including the stonework that comprises parts of the structure as well as the beautiful archway that encircles the entrance.  On the day we were here photographing it was a warm and sunny spring day, and as the day progressed and the shadows lengthened we found they produced the most dramatic lighting and contrasts.

Qualicum Baptist Church - Qualicum Beach, BC, Canada

Qualicum Baptist Church – Qualicum Beach, BC, Canada

There is just something absolutely special about this door.  The iron hinges and door pulls add a slightly old-world and perhaps even medieval feel to the scene, and the surrounding wood details add some warmth with their tones and beauty you can only find when using wood in construction.

Qualicum Baptist Church - Qualicum Beach, BC, Canada

Qualicum Baptist Church – Qualicum Beach, BC, Canada

The spire atop the church was another key element that caught our eye this day.  Great textures are exposed here due to the weathering we find on our buildings on Vancouver Island, and the beautiful shapes and lines of the spire itself beguiled us to no end.  This is the pure essence of the character we find here on Vancouver Island.  There are so many places to explore, many of them revealing wonderful secrets to those who have interest.

Thank you so much for taking the time to visit our blog today, we really appreciate your support.  We encourage everyone who pops by to leave us any comments that you may have as we always love to hear from all our visitors.




  1. This is probable something most people would walk straight passed without a second glance. Yet, you have brought out the beauty in this elegantly simple church which, I hope will bring it to more people’s attention. Nice one, toad!

    • avatar ToadHollowPhoto says:

      Thanks so much, Mark, that really means a whole lot to us here! Awfully kind of you, good sir!

  2. avatar Edith Levy says:

    So rich in history its incredible. Beautiful images Toad of a beautiful place.

  3. avatar Ken Walker says:

    This church was moved to the present site sometime in the 90’s. It was formerly located on Memorial Avenue between the the Community Centre and Village Way. It was replaced by St Stephen’s United church in the same area where this building was formerly located.

    • avatar ToadHollowPhoto says:

      This is one of the reasons why we love doing what we do so much! What an interesting follow-up! Thank you so much for taking the time to visit us here today, Ken, and many many thanks for the information you’ve shared! This just adds so much to the post, and means a whole lot to us! Hope to see you again soon, my friend!

    • avatar ehpem says:

      Cool information. I was going to ask Toad whether he thought it might formerly have belonged to a different faith – it does not seem right to have a Baptist church of this style and age in this area. I can’t really put my finger on why, but I am not surprised to learn it was United – and thus was probably originally built as a Methodist or Presbyterian (more likely the latter) church. It sure has beautiful lines, and the ‘bell tower’ or spire just makes it.

      • avatar ToadHollowPhoto says:

        Thank you SO much Ehpem, your kind visit and comments here really means an awful lot to us! 🙂

  4. Lovely church Toad, great photos that really do the subject justice

  5. avatar Rich McPeek says:

    Terrific shots and write up on this historic place Toad! Great work! Looking forward to your next one!

    • avatar ToadHollowPhoto says:

      We sure do appreciate your kind support and words of encouragement, Rich, thank you my good friend!

  6. avatar Jim Denham says:

    What beautiful little church! Love that spire! You live in the coolest place Toads!

  7. avatar Rick Louie says:

    What a beautiful property! Love the iron/rust colored doors!

    • avatar ToadHollowPhoto says:

      The doors are definitely a highlight of the facility, that’s for sure! Many kind thanks for your visit & comments here, Rick, that’s so kind of you!

  8. avatar Len Saltiel says:

    Great history revealed in this post Toad. I love the name “Where the Dog Salmon Run”. Tells quite a story in itself. Great images but I think that first one is a classic shot.

    • avatar ToadHollowPhoto says:

      Thank you Len, it’s always a huge highlight for us when you pop by and visit! We really appreciate your kind words & encouragement!

  9. avatar Chris Nitz says:

    That is one beautiful area for a church. Great set of images and write up!

  10. avatar Jim Nix says:

    all your skies have these perfect blue in them, I bet your summers are fantastic! nicely done Toad

    • avatar ToadHollowPhoto says:

      They aren’t very long, but they are fabulous Jim!! Thank you so much for your kind comments today, you really made my whole day here!

  11. Great shots, I realy like that crisp blue sky!

    • avatar ToadHollowPhoto says:

      Thank you so, so much Mike!! We really appreciate you taking the time to pop on by and leave us your thoughts here!

  12. Fantastic shots! There’s just something striking about classic architecture isn’t there? This is a beautiful little church. And that front door is awesome! You really live in a beautiful place my friend!