Four days on the beach at Qualicum Beach, BC

Our May 3-7 visit to Qualicum Beach, BC, for my eldest sister’s 75th birthday was mostly about family, which I won’t say much about except that it was wonderful.

On Friday, our arrival day, we just went into Qualicum Beach and did some grocery shopping, then went back to our cottage at the Seaview Beach Resort and enjoyed the views and great vibe.

On Saturday, we went to The Shady Rest restaurant on the waterfront in Qualicum Beach for an excellent early-lunch. The beach and the restaurant were both very quiet but I expect this place hops when it warms up.

The Shady Rest restaurant on the waterfront at Qualicum Beach, BC
The birthday celebration began early Saturday afternoon. It was a surprise party, and Val’s reaction was beyond perfect. Nobody said anything when she walked into the banquet room at the Canadian Legion near her home in Bowser, we just let her slowly recognize people. After dinner, we managed to get everyone out back for a group photo. When over 50 people from all over North America, from the Yukon to Ottawa to California, will show up for your birthday, I’d say you’ve led a good life. Most of the people in this photo are descendants of my father and his two wives.

The Lundberg-Courneyea clan at Bowser, BC, in May 2019
Family members had booked all 4 beachfront cottages and a couple of others in the back at the Seaview Beach Resort, and we had a great evening around a campfire.

Family gathered around a campfire at the Seaview Beach Resort at Qualicum Beach, BC
The spectacular sunset was quite a bonus, and we watched one of the first Alaska cruise ships of the season, the Nieuw Amsterdam, sail by.

Sunset on the beach at the Seaview Beach Resort at Qualicum Beach, BC
The next photo shows family members chatting on Sunday morning as most of them prepared to head home. The Seaview, which Cathy had initially found, turned out to be as perfect a place as we could have imagined for an event like this.

Beachfront cottages at the Seaview Beach Resort at Qualicum Beach, BC
Cathy and I just chilled for the rest of Sunday. We’re both very much drawn by the sea, and this location was superb.

The beach at the Seaview Beach Resort at Qualicum Beach, BC

Murray and Cathy on the beach at the Seaview Beach Resort at Qualicum Beach, BC

Each evening, bunnies would come out in front of our cottage.

Rabbits at the Seaview Beach Resort at Qualicum Beach, BC
On Monday morning, a few of us gathered for breakfast, then one of my nieces led us to Little Mountain, a spectacular location near Parksville, just a few miles away. Being a weekday early in the season, we were able to drive up to the tiny parking area at the top – on a summer weekend, it’s quite a hike up. In this next photo is a grandniece I had never met before. This birthday celebration was the largest gathering of the clan ever 🙂

Little Mountain, a spectacular location near Parksville, BC
I love arbutus trees (Arbutus menziesii), and there are lots of them at Little Mountain.

Arbutus tree in BC
The cliffs at Little Mountain have claimed a few lives in accidents and suicides. It was very easy to see why. A fence along the cliff edges was removed because it was found that it would encourage certain people to climb over it, increasing the danger.

Little Mountain, a spectacular location near Parksville, BC
Cathy and I had a 1:00 appointment for a tour of the nearby North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre. It was so awesome that it gets its own post, which will be next.

Cougar at the North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre near Parksville, BC
From the wildlife centre, we went back to the beach at Qualicum Beach, and spent a while just wandering on the sand.

The beach at Qualicum Beach, BC

The beach at Qualicum Beach, BC

If we were still looking for places other than Whitehorse we might be able to live, Qualicum Beach would be on that list 🙂

The beach at Qualicum Beach, BC
“Tuesday, May 7, 2019 at 05:22” says the next photo’s metadata. I shot a lot of photos of this glorious sunrise that went on and on and on.

Sunrise on the beach at the Seaview Beach Resort at Qualicum Beach, BC
Cathy and I couldn’t figure out the fin she’s watching in the next photo. The cottage manager told us as we were leaving that it was a sea lion lounging on his side.

Mystery fin at Qualicum Beach, BC
One more look around our lovely little cottage just before 10:00, and it was time to make the drive back to Nanaimo for our flight back to the mainland, where we’d spent another night.




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Four days on the beach at Qualicum Beach, BC — 2 Comments

  1. Great photos. Brings back memories of when my parents used to live in QB. I remember eating in that restaurant at one of those tables pictured, almost forgot to eat because of that incredible view.

  2. Really enjoyed reading about your travels in BC…what a lovely location w those spectacular sunrises and sunsets, good beaches, good family times… good days all around….as always thank you for sharing…