Ocean Mile Swim

For over 60 years the Town of Qualicum Beach and the Regional District of Nanaimo have brought you the Ocean Mile Swim.


The Ocean Mile Swim tests swimmers’ skills in one mile of Qualicum Beach waterfront, where competition is friendly and the focus is on fun.


Entry is free, with registrations starting at noon on the day and swimmers taking the plunge at 3pm. There are multiple categories happening for all ages and abilities. 

For more information qualicumbeach.com/ocean-mile-swim

Are You Ready for the 2022 Election?

The 2022 Election will be held on October 15, 2022.

Are You Registered to Vote?

If you are listed on the Provincial Voters List, you should be on the Town’s list of electors. The Town of Qualicum Beach uses the most current available provincial list of voters prepared by Elections BC. 


For more information visit elections.bc.ca/voting/register-to-vote


Register in Advance

If you are not already registered, registering in advance will make the voting process faster and easier.


Register to vote in advance by August 23, 2022, either:


To register, Resident Electors will be required to produce two pieces of identification showing place of residence and signature.


If proof of residence is unavailable, you must provide at least two pieces of identification that prove who you are (at least one of them must have your signature on it) and make a solemn declaration as to place of residence.


Important Dates

- Candidate Nomination Packages: Available at Town Hall July 22

- Nomination Period: August 30 to September 9

Campaign Period: September 17 to October 15

Advance Voting Dates: October 5 & 12, 8am to 8pm, Civic Centre

-  General Election Day: October 15, 8am to 8pm, Civic Centre

Want to Run For Council?

Nomination packages can be picked up from Town Hall starting July 22, 2022 from 9am - 4pm, Monday to Friday (excluding statutory holidays).


Nomination papers will be accepted from August 30. Nominations close September 9, 2022 at 4pm sharp.


For more details go to our webpage, email us at  

elections@qualicumbeach.com or call 250.752.6921.


Airfield Lighting Grant

The Qualicum Beach Airport received $1,395,360 from Transport Canada’s Airport Capital Assistance Program to perform important airfield lighting upgrades, including runway and taxiway LED edge lights.


Work commenced at the airport on July 25, 2022, occurring between 10 pm to 6 am to minimize disruption to aircraft traffic. Night work will continue until mid September, after which time the work will switch to days. The project is expected to be completed in early 2023.

Emergency Grant

The Town of Qualicum Beach received $25,000 from the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) to install a 150Kw generator at the Qualicum Beach Civic Centre.


The generator will supply continuous emergency power to ensure local and regional emergency functions can maintain operations during power outages and critical events.


The total cost of the project is estimated to be $125,000 and the Town gratefully accepts this grant to help alleviate the cost of this essential infrastructure.

Backyard Poultry

Since 2016 Council has been exploring the possibility of allowing backyard poultry in the Town. A pilot project was conducted in 2017, and staff launched a survey in September 2021. Results and concerns were reviewed, including issues with rodents, public health, and noise. Staff also conducted research on similar municipality bylaws for possible options.

In April 2022, Council approved the keeping of chickens and ducks (maximum 6), with guidelines around:

  • Minimum parcel size.
  • Types of poultry allowed
  • Setbacks and sizes for coops and runs
  • Slaughter and sale of products
  • Storage of food
  • Management of manure


To read more go to the Town website. To apply for a permit contact the Planning Department at 250 752 6921.

Subsidized Rentals

Applications are now being accepted for subsidized rental of the Town of Qualicum Beach Civic Centre and Community Hall.


Applications close August 15, 2022. Visit the Town website for more details.

Cycling Etiquette

The Town boasts many multi-use pathways for cyclists and pedestrians to enjoy. ​​​

Here is some path etiquette to ensure the safety and enjoyment of all pathway users:

  • Keep right unless passing
  • Cyclists yield to pedestrians
  • Keep moderate speed – 20 km/h or less
  • Advise when passing by either ringing your bell or calling out “on your left”.

Thanks for keeping our paths safe and enjoyable!


Low Level Flying

Talon Helicopters will be performing low level flying for FortisBC between July 11 - August 31, 2022 during daylight hours, by a Special Authorization issued by Transport Canada.

Work on the Beach

On August 8-9, the Regional District of Nanaimo will be conducting routine work on the foreshore sanitary sewer interceptor on the beach in front of Judges Row

Watering Restrictions

From May 15th until September 15th the watering of lawns and gardens will only be permitted between the hours of 7pm and 7am daily. Hand watering is permitted at any time.

Public Hearings - August 8

Zoning Amendment, 126, 130,134, 144 and 148 Second Avenue East (East Village)

BYLAW NO. 580.134, 2022 

If adopted, Bylaw No. 580.134, 2022 would change the zoning for the subject properties from Industrial 1 (I1) to Comprehensive Development Zone 19 (CD19) to permit a mixed-use development with ground floor commercial and residential dwelling units above.

The residential units will be a mix of condominiums and apartments. 

There are two options being considered:

  • Option 1: Six-storey apartment building and six-storey condominium (five storeys on top of the parkade).
  • Option 2: Six-storey apartment building and seven-storey condominium (five and six storeys on top of the parkade).

The subject property is located in the area designated as East Village.

Held in-person in the Council Chambers, 660 Primrose Street.

More information

Zoning Amendment, 201, 207 and 211 First Avenue West

BYLAW NO. 580.124, 2020 

If adopted, Bylaw No. 580.124, 2020 would change the zoning for the subject property from Comprehensive Development Zone 12 (CD12) to Residential 20 (R20) to permit a multi-residential development consisting of 18 townhouse units.  

Held in-person in the Council Chambers, 660 Primrose Street.

More information

What's Happening
  • Aug 8 - Public Hearings, 10 am
  • Aug 10 - Regular Council Meeting, 10 am
  • Aug 17 - Advisory Planning Commission Meeting, 10 am
  • Aug 21 - Ocean Mile Swim
  • Thursdays - Uptown Market 

To view Council meetings visit qualicumbeach.com/council-live-streaming

To view upcoming events visit qualicumbeach.com/events

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