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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!