We’ve talked about the incredible natural beauty that is found at Qualicum Beach many times before, and as fall slowly gives way to winter and the crowds fade the town takes on a personal and intimate feel. You can stroll the sidewalks and beaches in relative privacy, taking in all the best the area has to offer. Scenery, outdoor activities, food and wildlife are all found here, making this much more than a simple destination, it’s an adventure that awaits you.
The air turns brisk and the skies begin to turn grey after summer slowly ebbs, and wandering the shores here reveals vignettes of ocean living that are unique and truly special. This photograph of a blue boat tied to shore has become one of our favorites since we captured it. The weathering speaks to the nature of the ocean on the coast here, adding personality and character. Each piece of driftwood is different, having lived a life bobbing on the ocean before finally coming to rest on the shores.
The shoreline slowly meanders its way across the oceanfront, creating little spots that welcome everyone who enjoys the brisk air and the distinct smell of ocean breezes. Even though you find yourself out in the open, you are also engrossed in private moments that can be shared with your own imagination or someone special who shares the joy. It truly encompasses the best of being outdoors.
Birds flock to the shores, ever vigilant for their next meal as the gentle winds of the coast creates perfect lift for their wings. Many times you notice birds literally floating in the air as they balance perfectly against the winds, creating an illusion that is unmistakable. These beautiful birds call the area home, but are happy to share it with you, welcoming locals and visitors to the island alike.
Hearty ocean goers find themselves near shore as they enjoy the experience of kayaking. Bright, colorful boats dot the oceanscape as you walk the shores, adding to the overall feeling of wonder and delight that is found at every turn.
We can envy those who call this home, and you can come and find your own slice of heaven as you walk through town enjoying the treasures found in the stores that line the streets. There is truly something here for everyone, from every walk of life.
After spending a few hours wandering the shores or through town, there is nothing better than settling in for a lovely meal overlooking the ocean. We visit The Shady Rest often when we come to Qualicum Beach as the large windows that overlook the vista provide constantly changing art. The food is terrific too and over the years we’ve found our personal favorite dishes that we enjoy time and time again.
Life on Vancouver Island is many faceted, featuring activities and sights that are unique to the west coast of Canada. If you are looking for a travel destination for a getaway, whether it is an extended vacation or a quick day-trip, look no further than Qualicum Beach. Tell the folks the Toads sent you.
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