North of Qualicum Beach is the charmingly rustic Lighthouse Country, named for the lighthouses on Sisters Island and Chrome Island. The region includes the communities of Dashwood, Qualicum Bay, Dunsmuir, Bowser, and Deep Bay, and is home to Island Scallops.
This peaceful stretch of coast is a sea lover’s dream where you won’t find flashy tourist sites. Nile Creek is home to a small fish hatchery where volunteers are responsible for restoring pink salmon to record numbers. Today it is known as a world-class fly-fishing destination.
Experience real adventure at Horne Lake Caves Provincial Park. Stop by the Pine Ridge Farm Market for some ice cream or fresh produce. Visit Deep Bay Marina for a nostalgic stop. Then travel down the road of crushed seashells to the Deep Bay Marine Field Station where Vancouver Island University conducts shellfish research. This state of the art building offers amazing views of Baynes Sound and tours of the facilities. Feed your artistic spirit by visiting the Salish Sea Market, filled with incredible creations by local artisans from jewelry to home decor items, handmade soap and paintings. Lighthouse Country’s unpretentious small inns, Bed & Breakfasts, and campgrounds cater to visitors looking for a retreat that’s off the beaten path.
More info at: www.lighthousecountry.ca