Qualicum Beach is a town in the Regional District of Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada. On the Strait of Georgia on the north-eastern coast of Vancouver Island in the shadow of Mount Arrowsmith, the community has been a popular tourist destination, being near Victoria and Vancouver, as well as a retirement community. It is served by the Island Highway (the main northwest-southeast highway on the island), a daily train, an airport, and a nearby ferry to Lasqueti Island.
The community is dotted with rental cottages along the coast. It has the oldest average population in Canada. Qualicum Beach is frequently, although informally, grouped as a twin city with the neighbouring city of Parksville. Qualicum Beach, an attractive seaside town on the east coast of Vancouver Island, began as a lumbering, summer resort and retirement area. The community is sometimes called "Qualicum" for short.