Qualicum Beach Chamber of Commerce Newsletter


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Please Join us in Welcoming

Island Surf Company

to the Chamber of Commerce!

Please join us in welcoming Colin and Shannon Dunlop of

Island Surf Co to our Chamber of Commerce!

In the Spring of 1998 Island Surf Co. (formerly Island Longboards) was born in downtown Qualicum Beach.

In 2001, the surf shop moved to a Highway 4, a great location conveniently situated on the only highway leading to the West Coast of Vancouver Island.

Over the years, Island Surf Co. has grown to become a leader amongst Canadian surf shops showcasing a boardroom stocked with world renowned boards such as Bing, Stewart, Dewey Weber, G&S, Walden, Hobie and Harbour to name a few. The boardroom at Island Surf Co. boasts the largest selection of longboards in Canada.

The Island Surf Co. surf shop and boardroom continues to grow with the constant feature always being the unparalleled selection of longboards, mid lengths and shortboards. They are always fully stocked with wetsuits in all sizes and the latest surf apparel.

Take a Hike!

There is still plenty of great weather left this year to gear up and get out to some of our amaziing hiking options, right in our back yard. Have a look at some of our favourites.

Rosewall Creek Provincal Park

Some six kilometers of hiking trails meander through the coastal Vancouver Island rainforest along the banks of a small creek, the route dotted by a series of picnic tables and highlighted by a small waterfall.

Hamilton Marsh

This beautiful wetland is 3 kilometers long and 1/2 kilometer wide - the largest wetland between Nanaimo, Cumberland, and Port Alberni and is surrounded by second growth forest.

Big Qualicum River Trail

Walk under the riverside tree canopy along trails including the 10km gravel hatchery service road. It's also a great level route for cycling groups. Trails follow the length of the river and end before Horne Lake Caves Road.

Little Qualicum Falls Provincial Park

Spectacular views await at Little Qualicum Falls Provincial Park, filled with waterfalls, rock cliffs, campsites, shaded trails, and swimming holes. Located just off of Highway 4, where Cameron Lake empties into the Little Qualicum River over a series of rushing waterfalls.

2023 Cycle of Life Tour, August 26 & 27th! Support Your Local Hospice!

The 2023 team rides to raise much needed funds for critical services provided by the Oceanside Hospice Society. Those services include grief counselling, support groups, one-to-one companioning, and delivery of medical equipment so that palliative people in our community are able to remain in the comfort of their homes for as long as possible. All of these services are offered at no charge in the Oceanside community. 

Your Friendly Neighbourhood Visitor Centre Manager Paul Trudeau has joined the Oceanside Wheelers to help raise money for Oceanside Hospice. Support him and Hospice by donating now! The link is just below!

Donate to Hospice HERE

Skull Skates Cruiser Cruise Ride

Sunday September 10, 2023

Bring your Classic Cruisers or your favourite bike and meet at Skull Skates Shop on Second Ave, Qualiucm Beach!

What’s happening at the Career Centre?


Pathway to Trades


Do you know of a youth looking to get into the electrical or carpentry trades?


The Pathway to Trades program starts September 25th and provides a unique opportunity for young people to forge relationships, gain new skills and be supported as they work towards long-term employment or further education in the electrical and carpentry trades. This fully funded program will provide eight weeks of classroom training and four weeks of Trades Exploration delivered in partnership with Vancouver Island University. After completing class work and certifications (Occupational First Aid Level 1, WHMIS, Fall Protection, Confined Space Training), youth will participate in a four-week paid work experience.


Know of a youth aged 16 to 29 who is uncertain about their fall plans? Let them know about this terrific opportunity taking place entirely in Parksville.


Call 250.248.3205 to attend an Info Session.

Saahtlam Park - Detailed Design Park Plan 

Building on from the 2020 Conceptual Plan, the Town is now developing a Detailed Park Plan for Saahtlam Park (formerly known as St. Andrews Waterfront Park).


While the Conceptual Park Plan provided a preliminary plan with a general overview of the proposed park design, this Detailed Park Plan will now provide a more comprehensive and detailed roadmap for the park project, with specific information about the site, facilities, amenities, landscaping, and programming. 


Lanarc Consultants have been hired to facilitate this process and conduct public input to help inform the decision-making process. Public engagement opportunities are anticipated to commence in September 2023.


For more information on the project visit qualicumbeach.com/_standrews

  The Temporary Cooling Centre will provide an air-conditioned facility, with seating and cold water to support residents during the hottest hours of the day.

Highway 4A Closure Update

The B.C. Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure says Highway 4 will be closed for Thursday, Aug. 24.

The Thursday closures will last from 8:30 a.m. until 9 p.m.

Click HERE for more information on traffice closures on Highway 4A.




Nanaimo, BC: Newcomers to Canada who want to pursue a career in the trades will get some extra help starting this September, thanks to a new program at Vancouver Island University (VIU).

Called Trades Pathways for Newcomers, the cohort-based bridging program supports newcomers looking for a career in the trades by ensuring they have the skills, knowledge and supports to successfully transition into the educational programs that will get them there. 


Help Qualicum Beach Memorial Golf Club Choose a New Restaurant with this Short Survey!

The Qualicum Beach Memorial Golf Course is initiating the process of exploring options for a new restaurant and operators, to be in place next fall. To help build the best options, Charles McQuade, Director of House & Bar of the QBMGC has created a short survey to canvass preferences from members of the course and all members of the community that they currently service.

Their goal is to reach as many golfers, community groups, tourists, visitors & guests as possible and would appreciate your feedback by taking this quick survey. The link is here:




100 Fine Gentlemen,

Making a Difference in PQB Region

Host Peter McCully welcomes Kim Burden, one of the co-founders of the 100 Fine Gentlemen of Oceanside, a charitable group in Parksville Qualicum Beach.


The Latest News from the

Canadian Chamber of Commerce

Are you a Small Business Owner?

 We Want to Hear from You!

If you are a small business, we want to pick your brain and find out what advice you would share with other SMEs. We want to hear from business owners who have either been at the game for a long time or are new to game. What is your advice and what have you learned over your entrepreneurial journey? During Small Business Week, we’ll share your insights!

Got insights? We’d love to hear from you! We’ve created a brief survey form for you to fill out to share any tips and advice that could help other entrepreneurs. Please share your thoughts now!

Qualicum Beach Time Capsule:

Crescent Motel

"The Crescent Motel was built in 1950 for Fraser George. It was located on West Crescent Road, up on a high, flat part on the edge of the bank overlooking the straight. It has since been taken down and replaced by a condominium."

(source: Brad Wylie: Qualicum Beach, A History; photo courtesy of Qualicum Beach Museum)

What's New at the Old School House?!?

A Message from Ilana Hester, Curator of The Old School House Art Gallery, Qualicum Beach, BC

This Week's tip from Ilana: Come check our new Merch!

TOSH now carries a wide variety of sweaters, hoodies, T - Shirts, tote bags and more! Come in and check them out! They make great gifts and of course, all the proceeds go towards supporting the Old School House Art Gallery!

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Qualicum Beach Chamber of Commerce
2711 W. Island Highway Qualicum Beach BC V9K 2C4
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