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    The Beach >

Hillcrest House is just 2 minutes from the beach. The water is warm in the summer - and a gradual drop off permits easy swimming for all ages.

The 4 kilometer beach makes for lovely morning, afternoon and evening walks.

Qualicum Beach



    Walking/Hiking/Biking/Birding >

There are gorgeous trails up Englishmans River, as well as both the Qualicum and Little Qualicum Rivers. Trails from Port Alberni are also very special. In total, there are eleven National/Provincial Parks within easy driving distance; and your hiking/biking/birding can be as short as 40 minutes or as long as two days (or even longer if you wish).

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    Whale Watching >

There are several whale watching companies offering a variety of excursions. Drop into the Visitors Centre or ask us for further information.

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    Golf >

All of the local courses are in beautiful settings and are very well maintained.

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    Fishing >

There are numerous opportunities to enjoy a fishing trip. Drop into the Visitors Centre or ask us for further information.

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    Theatre >

Qualicum Beach boasts one of the best little theatres on the Island - Echo Players. Our theatre puts on a variety of quality light performances throughout the year, with a panto at Christmas.

Recommended Site:

Echo Players

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"Milner Gardens and Woodland offers a wonderful opportunity to stroll through woodlands and gardens, and look at the work in progress under the auspices of the Vancouver Island University.

The Tea-house offers light refreshments, including "High Tea", served while you enjoy panoramic ocean views.

Special events are held throughout the year.

Recommended Site:

Milner Gardens & Woodland

The Milner House



    Skiing >

Mount Washington is a one hour drive from Hillcrest. It has excellent downhill and cross country facilities. There is ample snow from the beginning of December through to the end of April. Cross country trails are groomed and some extend as long as 50 Kms. There are four chair lifts. The mountain has a vertical drop of 500 meters. Tow rates tend to be less than elsewhere.
Lessons and equipment rentals are available.

Recommended Site:

www.mtwashington.ca

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