This short hike takes you from the Qualicum Beach Museum to the Grandon Creek Trail and salmon enhancement project via the Hoy Lake Road Right of Way, then back to the Museum by the waterfront. The trail features forested trails, shaded creek side boardwalks, and Qualicum Beach’s famous oceanfront promenade with landmark eagle tree.
Directions: From the Qualicum Beach Museum on Beach Road, head west along the trail that runs parallel to the railroad tracks. Cross Arbutus Road and continue along the trail that runs along Hoy Lake Road. Take the stairs down to the Grandon Creek trail and follow the creek to Crescent Road. Turn left on Crescent Road, cross the Old Island Highway at the Wildlife Viewing Area, and return east along the beach past the Shady Rest to the intersection of the the Old Island Highway and Memorial Drive. Cross the highway and head up Memorial Drive to Crescent Road. Turn right on Crescent Road, then left on Beach Road, and return to the Museum.
One of the first impressions that one gets of Qualicum Beach is the old world charm of some of its older residential streets. The narrow lanes and quaint cottages of the original beach front village seem to have been directly transported from the English countryside. Many of the older cottages have spectacular ocean views and are slowly being replaced by newer homes and extravagant renos. But for a little longer take a walk on the Quiet Side along Buller Road, Beach Terrace, Hoy Lake Road, Alder, Poplar and Bay Streets. Peak into picturesque Country Gardens through handcrafted gates and fences. Experience the timeless beauty of narrow streets designed more for pedestrians than rushing vehicular traffic.
Directions: From the Courtesy Boat Ramp between the public washrooms and the Beach Hut Concession Stand on the Old Island Highway, walk west along the beach for approximately 30 minutes to the Beach Access at the end of Buller Road. Turn left at the “Gables” then left on the Old Island Highway at St Andrews Lodge and Cottages. Turn right on Beach Terrace, right on Crescent Road West and then immediately turn right into the parking area for the Grandon Creek Trail. Head up Grandon Creek and at the top of the stairs at the end of the trail, turn left on the path that runs along the side of West Hoylake Road. Turn left on Arbutus Street and right back onto Hoylake Road. Turn left on Alder Street, cross Crescent Road and continue on Alder to Poplar Avenue. Turn right. At the end of Poplar, turn left on Bay Street. Follow Bay down the hill back to the beach. Turn right on the Old Island Highway and follow the Beachfront Promenade back to the beginning.
Directions: From the intersection of the Old Island Highway and the new Laburnum Road drive south to Claymore Road and turn right. Follow Claymore Road to the entrance to the Little Qualicum River Fish Hatchery (2.4 Km from the Old Island Hwy. to the entrance just after crossing the bridge over Whiskey Creek). Turn right into the Fish Hatchery or park on the road outside the gate if you expect to be leaving later than 4:00 P.M. There is a map of the fish hatchery, an outhouse, picnic tables and interpretive displays near the entrance. Continue through the parking area to a yellow gate between two interpretive signs. Follow the gravel road on top of the dyke for approximately 25 minutes to the end of the Spawning Channel. Follow the road to the left, along the chain link fence and by the yellow gate. Keep straight on the road as it passes an office/maintenance building, and continues through the Hatchery to the Fishery Viewing Room. Turn right and head up the road to the entrance gate.
Directions: From the E&N Railway Station at the corner of Beach and Sunningdale Roads, head east along the path between the Qualicum Community Baptist Church and heritage locomotive. At the end of the parking area keep to the right on Railway Street. Cross Memorial Avenue and continue along 1st Avenue East past the Qualicum Beach Community Hall and Curling Rink to Berwick Road. Turn left just past the tennis courts and follow Berwick across Village Way. Turn right on Sunningdale Road and follow it to the end; turn left into the Heritage Forest and follow the trail along west bank of Beach Creek back to St Andrews Road. Turn right on St Andrews Road, right on Crescent Road East and right again on to the trail back into the Heritage Forest. Keep right past the trail to private property and the trail to Palm Drive (dead end), then, just before the caretaker’s residence; turn right on to the loop trail that runs along the east bank of Beach Creek. The loop trail returns to the main trail on the opposite side of the caretaker’s residence near the largest tree in the Heritage Forest. Turn right on to the main trail at the porta-potty and keep to the right past the trail to Hemsworth Road. Turn left on to Chester Road after leaving the forest, then right on to Hemsworth Road. Follow the Hemsworth Road right of way to Village Way. Cross Village Way and continue on Hemsworth Road to the trail along the E&N Railway. Follow this trail back to Berwick Road then turn left and cross the tracks. Turn right on Second Avenue, go through the pocket park to Memorial and continue along 2nd Avenue to Beach Road. Just before Beach stop into Carriage Lane for a visit to the best little clothing store on Vancouver Island, Walkabout Clothing Co. Turn right on Beach and return to the railway station.
Eaglecrest / Heritage Forest Loop
The beach walk from Hall Road to Seacrest Place is best done at low tide. There are two (?) portable toilets along this route: one on Seacrest Place and the other by the caretaker’s residence in the Heritage Forest. This trail strings together a beach walk, a number of short trails with walks along residential streets to create an interesting loop.
Directions: From the parking area at the end of Hall Road walk east along the shore to the first beach access at the end of Seacrest Place. This takes about 30 minutes. Turn right at the sitting area and follow Seacrest to the hill up to Eaglecrest Drive. There is a second beach access here which has a portable toilet during the summer months. Follow Eaglecrest Drive to Harlequin Road and turn right. Turn left on the path by the Pedestrian Crossing at the traffic lights on the Island Highway. Cross the highway and follow Bennett Road to Sunrise Drive, turn right and take the trail connector to Fern Road. Follow Fern to Qualicum Road, and then continue along the trail to where it intersects with Hemsworth Road. Turn right on Hemsworth, cross Village Way and follow the short trail to Chester Road. Turn left on Chester and then right into the Heritage Forest. Take the first trail to the right just before the caretaker’s residence (there is another portable toilet here) and return to Hemsworth Road. Turn left on Hemsworth, cross the Island Highway and walk along College Road past the Heritage Inn to Hall Road. Follow Hall Road down to the beach access.