Qualicum  in Lighthouse Country

Lighthouse Country is located on the east coast of central Vancouver Island,
just north of greater Nanaimo & Parksville, incorporating the communities of Horne Lake, 
Qualicum Bay, Bowser, Deep Bay, Meadowood & North Qualicum

To find our event, the Lighthouse Bluegrass Festival grounds are located  
north of Nanaimo/Parksville area in Meadowood, Qualicum Beach located 
35 minutes north of Nanaimo  along highway 19A to Baylis Road turn off north
 of Qualicum Beach.
Turn off the Old Island Highway 19A onto Baylis Road.  Our event will be well marked.
Follow down to Dorman Roadand turn left... go a short distance and turn right up Corcan 
 Road, under the Inland Highway.
Go up til  you reach Meadowood and turn right up the hill, the  Meadowood Store is on the  left.
Turn  left first road after the store on Galvin.  The location is Meadowood Community Park, 
right there @ 1810 Galvin 
(this map below will be replaced shortly with the correct one, sorry for the inconvenience)


From the Tsawwassen/Duke Point Ferry
View Larger Map - directions, distance, time

From the Horshoebay / Nanaimo Ferry
View Larger Map, directions, distance and time

From the Nanaimo Airport

View Larger Map, directions, distance and time

From the Tsawwassen / Swartz Bay Ferry

View Larger Map - directions, distance and time

from the Empress Hotel in Victoria BC
View Larger Map - directions distance and time

from the Comox Airport
View Larger Map - directions, distance and time


Port Angeles ferry  the Black Ball  - to Victoria

Anacortes ferry.   nice trip through the San Juan islands  -  to Sidney

The Lighthouse Country communities are located near many of the top golf courses in the area, including the Arrowsmith Golf & Country Club, an 18-hole semi-private golf course located at a 10 minute drive north of the Bluegrass grounds, or about a 45 minute drive from the Nanaimo area.   Check out this link about golfing in the Nanaimo and surrounding areas north to Courtenay......Golf Vacations on Vancouver Island.

Horne Lake Caves Provincial Park is located along the Qualicum River, southwest of Qualicum Bay. The 123-hectare park protects seven caves in the Horne Lake Cave system, named after a Hudson Bay Company explorer. Dress warmly and appropriately for caving, and carry a flashlight. Other adventures include canoe and water safety instruction on Horne Lake, kayaking, horseback riding, mountain biking, hiking and fishing. There is a private campground adjacent to the park with a boat launch.

Spider Lake Provincial Park encompasses Spider Lake and its shoreline, south of Qualicum Bay. This quiet and peaceful 65-hectare park is a day-use only recreation area, and a great place for a family outing, with the warm water lake being noted for its excellent swimming, canoeing and kayaking potential. Paddlers can spend a peaceful afternoon exploring the shoreline and the many secluded bays. Shaded lakeside trails and a lovely sandy beach make Spider Lake a favoured destination.

Just north of Deep Bay on Hwy 19 you'll find Rosewall Creek Provincial Park, a small roadside park devoted to riverbank casting at the entrance to Qualicum Bay. Rosewall Creek is an important winter habitat area for waterfowl and shorebirds.

Visit the docks at the excellent natural harbour at Deep Bay to watch the commercial fishing boats return with their catches. Deep Bay's prolific herring spawn and shrimp hatches attract the larger Chinook salmon, some up to thirty pounds

Take a break from the beach and drive north to Buckley Bay for a visit to Hornby Island and Denman Island, located just offshore from Lighthouse Country. These tranquil and enchanting southern Gulf Islands are accessed by a 15-minute ferry ride from Buckley Bay to Denman Island, and a second ferry trip to Hornby Island.


Presented by the Mid Island Bluegrass Society