Beach & Mountains

Welcome to Paradise!

We hope you are settling into your new home and life in the Oceanside area. 

The Qualicum Beach Newcomers' Club can definitely help in making new friends!  

For new membership information, please click here... "Memberships"

Next Meeting Tues, July 10th, 2018 (2nd Tues each month)

St. Stephen’s Hall, 150 Village Way, Qualicum Beach.

Please use Hall door directly opposite the Curling Club

Doors open 9:45 AM, the meeting starts at 10:15 (sharp)

At the monthly meetings, you have an opportunity to meet other Newcomers, sign up for activities and purchase tickets for the many events that occur throughout the year. Not only are our meetings fun and informative, but they are generally only 60 minutes in length!  We recommend you come early, have a coffee, and chat with the organizers of the events, and activities before the meeting starts. 

When you arrive, buy some 50/50 tickets (proceeds to Oceanside Hospice Society & Society of Organized Services-SOS) to win big!

Events tickets on sale at this month meeting and up coming events

Frances Barkley Tour  (SOLD OUT!!)

With Bus Transportation Monday, July 30th
Tickets:  $75.00   Board bus at 8:00am at Qualicum Beach Civic Centre. 
Stop for coffee and muffin at Macdonalds in Port Alberni. 
Back on the bus to Ucluelet and have lunch and spend some time exploring Ucluelet. 
Board the Frances Barkley 1:45pm and enjoy a 5 hour cruise through the Broken Islands. 
Arrive back in Port Alberni at 7:30pm and board the bus to Qualicum Beach arriving about 8:30pm.  

Bard to Broadway Theatre - Chicago
Tuesday, August 14th
Tickets $22.00 
Enjoy Broadway's longest running American musical.

Port Alberni Steam Train
Friday, August 17th, 2018
Tickets:  $40.00 includes fees and taxes
Includes steam train ride from Port Alberni to mill and back.
Includes a tour of the mill. 
Train departs at 11:00am

Merridale Cidery and Distillery, 1230 Merridale Road, Cobble Hill.
Thursday, September 20 – Tickets $55
 Merridale Cidery is located in Cobble Hill and produces ciders, spirits and fortified ciders that are made from 100% undiluted juice grown in their Orchard.
Included in our day at Merridale Cidery, is a private, guided Cidery & Distillery Tour, visiting areas not open to the general public. You will get to see the inner workings of the Cidery & Distillery and learn about the processes.  Also included is a sampling of their products.  Merridale produces a line of ciders, spirits (Cowichan Gin, Copper Gin, Cowichan Vodka and Cowichan Cognac.)
There is a Farm Store located on the property that offers their Ciders, Spirits and Fortifieds, Merridale bread, jams, preserves, sauces and their Scrumpy Apple Cider Vinegar.
Price includes:
Round trip transportation via motorcoach
(depart 9:30am from Qualicum Beach Community Center; return approximately 3:30pm)
Private guided tour and sampling (11am-12pm)
Lunch (pizza and salad) (12noon -1:30pm)

Yellow Point Cranberry Farm, 4532 Yellow Point Road, Ladysmith
Friday, September 28, 10:00am,   Tickets $15.00
Take a tour of this family run farm, find out where cranberries grow and sample their over 40 homemade cranberry preserves, using heirloom cranberry recipes. From fusion cranberry salsa to chocolate covered cranberries, there is plenty to sample and purchase.
Or perhaps you just need fresh cranberries for your turkey…this is the place!
Tour includes a welcome, 30 minute guided tour of the farm and product tasting of their most popular products.
** Some of the ground could be uneven.


Guest Speakers

At every meeting, we have guest speakers who talk for 8-10 minutes each on a variety of topics

The speakers at our next meeting will be from:   TBA

Activity Spotlight

One or two of the many QBANC Activities & Clubs will be highlighted at our regular meetings.

This month:    TBA

After Meeting Lunch

After each monthly meeting, a Newcomers' Lunch is held at 11:45 AM at a local restaurant, for those members who are interested. This is also a great way to meet members of the executive, since one or two of them generally attend. There is no need to purchase tickets ahead of time.  We simply ask for a show of hands during the meeting and we let the restaurant know how many will be coming.

Restaurant: TBA     (Directions will be provided at the meeting).

What Should You Bring To A Meeting?

  1. Members, please wear your name tags.  If you haven't signed up yet, temporary name tags are available at the membership & greeter's tables. (coffee & tea are free).
  2. To pay for any events you sign up for:  cash or cheques.
  3. We  support our local food bank with food or cash donations.
  4. Books for the book exchange.
  5. Your favourite coffee mug or tea cup can always fill up at the snack bar.
  6. Meetings are “scent free”, so please do not wear perfume, cologne or after shave lotion.
  7. Bring your smile!

Book Exchange

Bring 1 or 2 books that you've enjoyed, to the meeting.  You can exchange them for the same number of books you have not previously read.  The Coordinator will start things off by bringing a varied selection of books and plans to return home with the same number. Please only bring books you don't mind parting with.  Come early for the best selection! 

  • Coordinator: Kathleen Benesh

Sunshine Co-ordinator

If you know of anyone in our Qualicum Beach Newcomers group who may be unwell or in hospital, or might benefit from a cheery note, please contact our Co-ordinator,

Grace Barkman at 250 594-6499   email:

Free coffee & tea at our meeting, when you wear your name tag!  Please bring your own mug!