A short drive north of Parksville will bring you to Qualicum Beach. Along the seaside promenade enjoy stunning views of Lasqueti and Texada Islands, backstopped by the majestic snowcapped peaks of the coastal mountains on the mainland. The promenade features an extended parking area and public walkway under stately shade trees - just the spot for a leisurely picnic and afternoon at the beach, or a quick ice cream and the opportunity to stick your bare feet into the sand and the ocean on a hot summer's day. 

A gardener's paradise created by equal parts mild climate, rampant green thumb fever, and civic pride, the town recently won an international title in the 'Communities in Bloom' competition, and continues to cultivate its considerable charms, much to everyone's delight. A strong belief in heritage preservation and architectural values guides new development, making for one of the prettiest pedestrian-friendly downtowns on the Island. The many boutiques and specialty stores, including a number of antique and collectible shops, are interspersed with restaurants, galleries, a museum, and a summer theatre under a tent. Arts and cultural activities are happening everywhere, including ongoing art shows and classes in The Old School House Arts Centre, or exhibits and programs presented by the various museums found near the restored train station and General Money Square. 

Here are some quick facts on Qualicum Beach: Average annual hours of sun are 2,407 Ocean water temperature is 21C Annual precipitation is 95 cm Coldest month is January at an average of 4.7C Hottest month is July at an average of 23.5C Wettest month is January at an average of 147mm Driest month is July at an average of 23 mm

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