Great smelly masses of kelp and herring roe wash up on this beach in the middle of March. During the herring run the population of Bald Eagles along this stretch of shore explodes. The views out towards Denman, Hornby and Chrome Islands make this a scenic walk year round. The walk can be a bit tricky in winter due to frequent beach creeks.
Directions: While heading west on the Old Island Highway (19A), from Bowser to Deep Bay, turn right on Gainsburg Road. Turn right on Kopina Drive, left on Longview Drive, and left on Shoreline Drive. Drive to the turnaround with a bench near the end of Shoreline and park. A new set of stairs lead down to the beach.
Walk east along the beach for approximately 35 minutes, and then cut over to the Buccaneer Beach Road near the bench. Head up the hill and turn right at the top onto Maple Guard Drive. Turn left on Jamieson Road, right on Bald Eagle Drive, right on Blue Heron Crescent, and left on Ocean Trail. At the end of Ocean Trail take the path to the right that cuts over to West Thompson Clark Drive. Continue along Thompson Clark Drive and turn right on Seaview Drive. Continue straight ahead from Seaview on to Shoreline Drive and return to the start.
This route takes the new stairs up from Judges Row to Burnam Road, a great place to train for your next trip up Wesley Ridge.
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.