Qualicum Beach Museum

Posted: 21st October 2014 by ToadHollowPhoto in Photography
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Of all the places we frequent, Qualicum Beach and Parksville remain some of our very favorites with stunning landscapes, seascapes, heritage and sights and sounds to take in and enjoy.  Each season reveals a very unique tapestry, with the summer season being bright, warm and active with countless visitors making their way here for vacations and getaways.  The winters are more quiet, leaving the visitor with the sense that you have the entire place to explore, all to yourself.  Treasures are found everywhere, and the deeper you dig into the foundation of this fabulous community, the more wonders are revealed.  In today’s post we are featuring a selection of photographs of the Qualicum Beach Museum, a place that tells a story that is simply amazing to explore.

Qualicum Beach Museum - Qualicum Beach, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Qualicum Beach Museum – Qualicum Beach, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

What today is a mecca for locals and visitors alike, Qualicum Beach was once a playground for the rich and famous.  In future posts we will be sharing shots of the Crown Mansion Boutique Hotel & Villas and share a bit of the history behind it.  These stories all intermingle as the community was being founded, resulting in a true destination that has something for everyone.

Qualicum Beach Museum - Qualicum Beach, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Qualicum Beach Museum – Qualicum Beach, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

One of the buildings on the premises was actually once the original power house for the community.  Today it’s a wonderful old brick building, literally beaming with history and heritage.  Inside the museum, all sorts of mysteries and stories are shared, many of which are a surprise to even people like us who have lived on the island for years and years.

Qualicum Beach Museum - Qualicum Beach, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Qualicum Beach Museum – Qualicum Beach, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

Qualicum Beach Museum - Qualicum Beach, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Qualicum Beach Museum – Qualicum Beach, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

On the day we took these photographs, the museum was closed.  We have since returned and visited when it was open, and we have to say it was a terrific experience.  Displays covering paleontology, local history and folklore, and video presentations are all exhibited, providing a detailed look into how the area came to be.  Many of these features leave you wanting to see and learn more.

Qualicum Beach Museum - Qualicum Beach, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Qualicum Beach Museum – Qualicum Beach, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

The doors and entrances into the facility have murals painted on them.  These colorful representations give you a glimpse into what the area and life was like back then.  Even though 100 years or so has passed since these sights were commonplace, you find reflections of the period everywhere.

Qualicum Beach Museum - Qualicum Beach, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Qualicum Beach Museum – Qualicum Beach, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

Perhaps one day we’ll have a chance to shoot some of the artifacts on display in the museum as this is something we strive to do with all the community museums on Vancouver Island, where possible.  We would really enjoy that.  In the meantime, we really encourage everyone to come and visit in person, learn about the Qualicum Beach/Parksville area, and take in a myriad of adventures that are so quintessentially Vancouver Island.

Thank you so much for visiting us here today at The Hollow!  As always, we love to hear from all our visitors so please feel free to leave us any comments you may have!




  1. avatar Lisa Gordon says:

    This sounds like such a wonderful place to visit!
    Thank you so much for sharing here.

  2. Cannot wait to see inside, love that Mural, great work as always

  3. avatar Rachel Cohen says:

    What a beautiful and historic place Toad! I look forward to seeing what this unique museum holds! 🙂

  4. avatar Len Saltiel says:

    Looks like a great place to visit Toad. Terrific pics my friend.

  5. avatar Edith levy says:

    What a terrific place. I’d love for you to shoot inside (selfishly so we can see the images 🙂 ) I love that painted door. Wonderful images Toad.

  6. avatar Rick Louie says:

    That mural on the door rocks!

  7. avatar LensScaper says:

    Someone’s got a strong sense of creativity with the murals and the gardener in situ. I am sure the interior will be just as interesting. I look forward to seeing your insights, Toad.

  8. avatar Shane says:

    My Mom is a member of the Qualicum Beach Family History society and recently researched General Money and his ancestry. He built the Crown mansion and was quite an interesting and well respected man in the area. I helped her put together a power point presentation on his family last year and I believe that there are plans to have it shown at the museum you feature here. I have suggested that she contact you as she collected a number of historical photos for her presentation that I think you would find fascinating when you compare them to modern view.

    On a more general note, I have been following your work for some time now and love it both as a photographer and a homesick Canadian. Thank you and keep up the great work!

    • How absolutely delightful, what a wonderful comment to receive here thank you so much for taking the time Shane! We love Vancouver Island, and we love sharing all sorts of stories about it. We would be delighted to be in touch with your mom to see these photos you mention! We certainly hope she reaches out to us, many thanks for thinking of us!

  9. Lovely images and fun to “visit” this wonderful place through your story and images, Toad! I lived in Parksville and taught school in Qualicum for a number of years (a long time back but in some ways it seems like just yesterday). That area still feels like “home” to me – but it’s definitely changed since I lived there. I don’t think this museum existed back then (mid-80s)…might just have to visit it in person one of these days. Thanks!

    • Thank you so much Laurie! You would really enjoy the museum, there are just so many stories of the area in there, many of which we honestly had no clue before discovering them here! Many thanks for your kind visit, we really appreciate it!