Qualicum Beach Farmer’s Market

Friday, April 17, 2015 @ 07:04 PM
Author: Brenda

Visit Qualicum Beach Farmer’s Market every Saturday from 8:30am-12pm, January through December

Enjoy an incredible selection of fresh produce!

Some of the best organic and conventional farmers on Vancouver Island attend the Market. The Market not only provides a healthier shopping alternative – it is a fun way to spend a Saturday!

At Memorial & Veterans Way

Christmas Festivities in Oceanside

Tuesday, December 2, 2014 @ 06:12 PM
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The Old School House Arts Centre in Qualicum Beach will be running a Christmas Jazz concert on December 5th. Admission is $15. For more info: www.theoldschoolhouse.org Or call: 250-752-6133

See the transformation of Milner Gardens into Milner Christmas Magic. Thousands of Christmas lights light up the gardens. The main house is also decorated for the season.  December 3-5, 10-12 & 17-21.  Admission is by donation in support of the Gardens. For more information visit www.milnergardens.org or call: 250-752-6153

Perhaps the highlight of the Christmas season on  Vancouver Island, the Parksville Fellowship Baptist Church presents their 18th annual Bethlehem Walk. This undertaking brings together over 250 people in period costume, live animals, shops and shopkeepers all recreating the streets of Bethlehem. Experience the Christmas Story and then relax with hot chocolate, cookies and join the caroling indoors. December 11-14th.  For More information visit www.parksvillebaptist.org or call: 250-248-6322.

Bring your families and friends to Parksville and Qualicum Beach, Vancouver Island’s Oceanside Region this Christmas season! – See more at: www.harbourliving.ca

Craft Fair Season Begins!

Thursday, November 6, 2014 @ 08:11 PM
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Knox 10th Annual “Perfect Gift” Christmas Craft Fair
Knox United Church, 345 Pym Street, Parksville, Ph: 250-248-3927
Saturday, November 8, 2014 – 9:30am – 3:30pm

This large, popular, family event presents a great variety of Crafts, Food and Artisan creations offering many original gift selections for all ages. Get an early start on your Christmas shopping as you browse through 4 rooms filled with 58 talented, local crafters and entrepreneurs. You’re bound to find some “Perfect Gifts” for the holiday season.

The Fair offers Festive Music, a delicious Lunch at our Concession, Free Admission, and Convenient Parking. Because of concern for people and the environment, we serve only Fair Trade coffee. Knox also strives to be a scent-free facility. For the comfort of all, the cooperation of shoppers is most appreciated. The funds raised from this event help Knox respond to the needs of the local and global community. This Fair is bigger and better than ever, so don’t miss this exciting day of Treats and Treasures!

See you on the beach!

Friday, July 18, 2014 @ 06:07 PM
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The Quality Foods Canadian Open Sand Sculpting Competition and Exhibition, aka “Parksville Sandcastle competition”, is a world class event for Master Sand Sculptors and is an official qualifying event for the World Championship of Sand Sculpting! Master Sand Sculptors travel from all corners of the globe to participate in our remarkable competition and exhibition in Parksville, British Columbia, Canada.

Sculptors have 24 hours over three days to create their masterpieces from just sand and water (and a lot of ingenuity!). Sculptures are open to viewing by the public until August 17th. Be sure to check out all the other events that take place at the beach during this month-long festival.

This year’s theme is A Celebration of Music!

The event begins with the “pound up” on Friday July 11th, when sculptors build and fill their forms. The actual competition begins Sat morning at 7:30, but the public can only watch outside the gates until 2 pm. The gated exhibition opens to the public at 2pm on July 12th and will remain open until Sunday, August 17th, from 9am-9pm daily. Voting for the ever popular “People’s Choice Award” begins after judging has been completed. Judging takes place on Sunday from 3-5 pm and the winners are announced Sunday at approx. 5:30 pm.

Entry to the exhibition is by a suggested donation of $2.50 per person. Proceeds from your donation support several local non-profit organizations with over $40,000 per year being donated back to these volunteer community groups.

Be sure to bring your camera to this amazing event because once the exhibition is over the sculptures are gone forever. And don’t forget to bring your own buckets and shovels as you and your family are sure to be inspired to create a little sandcastle magic of your own after viewing the sand sculptures.

The 2014 QF Canadian Open Sand Sculpting Competition and Exhibition is located in Parksville’s Community Park, next to the Lion’s Venture Land Playground and Water Spray Park.

VIREB Reports Strongest June Sales Activity Since 2007

Thursday, July 3, 2014 @ 07:07 PM
Author: admin

July 2, 2014

VIREB Reports Strongest June Sales Activity Since 2007

NANAIMO, BC – Sales activity is heating up across the Vancouver Island housing market area, with the Board reporting its strongest June on record since 2007.

A total of 470 single-family homes sold on the MLS® system in the VIREB coverage area in June 2014. While this represents a slight dip over the 485 sales recorded last month, it marks a 23% increase over sales activity this time last year.

Inventory levels continue to remain slightly lower than last year, which is in-line with the trend occurring over the past few months. Active listings for the month of June were down 4.4% over this time last year.

According to BCREA chief economist, Cameron Muir, the sales-to-active listing ratio is sitting around 14%, which puts the Vancouver Island market in the upper boundaries of balanced market territory. This is great news for buyers and sellers, and with home sales on the rise, he expects we will start to see market conditions “firm up” in the third quarter.

In June 2014, the benchmark price for a single-family home in the VIREB coverage area was $318,500 with an MLS® HPI index value of 149.7. (This represents a 49.7 per cent increase since January 2005, when the index was 100). The benchmark price is up 1.22 per cent from last month and increased 2.46 per cent over last year. The average price of a single-family home in the VIREB area was $346,861, which represents a two per cent increase over this time last year.

When asked about the slight uptick in prices across the Island, VIREB president, Blair Herbert, said that he was not surprised. “With increased consumer demand and rising home sales, pricing should start to rise around the rate of inflation,” he said.

In a couple of VIREB’s market areas, the benchmark price reported larger percentage increases than the average price, which is quite unusual; however, Herbert indicated that this can be attributed to the fact that there was a flurry of sales activity with lower-priced properties in those markets. “This could indicate that we have more first-time home buyers jumping into the market, and it definitely signals stronger consumer confidence overall,” he said.

The benchmark price for a single-family home in the Campbell River area was $265,900, up 2.98% over this time last year; in the Comox Valley the benchmark price was $324,600 marking an increase of 1.95% over last year; Duncan reports a benchmark price of $280,800 dipping 3.27% from last year; Nanaimo’s benchmark price was $338,300 rising 3.99% from last year; Parksville/Qualicum has a benchmark price

of $357,200, growing 3.43% from this time last year; and the price for a benchmark home in Port Alberni is listed at $203,500 escalating 9.88% from last year.

Qualicum Beach’s Fire and Ice Street Festival

Thursday, May 1, 2014 @ 05:05 PM
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Qualicum Beach’s Fire and Ice event will be back on Saturday, May 3rd 2014

11AM to 3PM…more food and entertainment choices than ever!

fire and ice 2011 honing-in on perfectionIn addition to its longstanding “fire and ice” theme, and traditional chili tasting other kinds of hot foods will be available. Visitors will be able to choose from both chili cups as well as other “hot” food options from local restaurants.

The popular ice carving will return, with additional “ice” activities activities such as ice cream making and new “ice” food options.

Local musicians will be highlighted and the event will reintroduce a theme concept to inspire costumes and ice carving. The theme for 2014 will be “Pirates of Qualicum Beach”.

Start your day with a Pancake Breakfast at the Qualicum Beach Legion on 180 Veterans Way from 8:30 – 11:30 am.

Welcome Spring!

Thursday, March 20, 2014 @ 06:03 PM
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See what our local growers have available this spring!  Better tasting and more nutritious, fresh, locally grown produce is one of the best things we can do for ourselves, our families and communities. Local production means guaranteed freshness and outstanding flavours as well as eliminating the need for of long distance transportation.
Visit the Qualicum Beach Farmers Market every Saturday from 8:30am-12pm, January through December and enjoy an incredible selection of fresh produce and locally produced goods. Vendors make, bake, or grow the products they offer for sale.
It’s a great place to look for additions to your own garden this spring!

Keep your yard healthy by winterizing now

Thursday, November 28, 2013 @ 10:11 PM
Author: admin

Winter conditions can take a toll on your landscape but you can protect against winter plant and lawn loss. ACT NOW—the first frost can come in early November, the last frost is usually in early March.
Keeping your lawn green through the winter requires timing and the right type of fertilizer. Adequate nitrogen will lessen the chance of it going dormant after the first hard frost and will allow the lawn to green up again in spring. Make sure your fertilizer and water get to the root system by raking before that first frost hits. There are several popular commercial fertilizers. It is recommended you select one with the ratio to be 22-3-9 for the nitrogen, high phosphorus and potassium.
Plants are an investment. We all know the time, effort and COST that goes into having a beautiful yard filled with colorful plants. It is important to give green summer growth the chance to harden up. You want your plants to harden up before frost hits them. Speed up hardening in two ways—by withholding water and by fertilizing with a low nitrogen, high phosphorus and potassium fertilizer. Give them an application of surface mulch over the root zone of the plants—this will keep the ground from freezing and allow root growth to continue all winter long, just what you want.
Get out there today, weather is so unpredictable that you can’t wait for the local weather man’s predictions.
Replace summer annual flowers with hardy winter varieties, like pansies, stock, kale, primroses and snapdragons!

Winter is in the air!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013 @ 09:11 PM
Author: admin

November has arrived and with it a host of Christmas Craft Fairs and seasonal activities over the next two months! We have had our first dusting of snow on the surrounding mountains, gardens are being put to bed and the communities are ramping up for Christmas. Click on the link to see the community calendar of events!

Strong Home Sales Suggest a Stabilizing Market

Thursday, September 26, 2013 @ 05:09 PM
Author: admin

Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) sales summary data for August released by
the Vancouver Island Real Estate Board (VIREB) shows housing sales activity
across Vancouver Island was up 38 per cent
compared to last year.

The average price of a single family home sold within the VIREB region in
August 2013 was $339,809, which is an increase of four per cent from the
average sale price recorded in August 2012. There was a significant increase in
unit sales for August 2013, where 391 units were recorded, in comparison to
August 2012, when 283 single family homes sold. However, when looking at these
same figures over a 12-month basis, units sold only grew by one per cent, while
the average price actually dropped one per cent to $329,502.

In terms of unit sales year-over-year for the month of August, there
continued to be a wide disparity among our different areas: Campbell River
witnessed continued growth, reporting a 55 per cent increase; Comox Valley unit
sales were up 26 per cent; Nanaimo sales spiked by 62 per cent;
Parksville/Qualicum sales rose by 14 per cent; Cowichan Valley saw a 31 per
cent increase, and Port Alberni/West Coast experienced the largest growth,
jumping 80 per cent from last year.

“Although we have seen significant month-over-month increases in both unit
sales and average pricing in most of our markets this month, when looking at
these numbers on a longer term basis, we are still seeing a gradual upward
trend indicative of a more balanced and stable market,” said VIREB president,
Gary Gray. “We are encouraged that we have continued to experience slow and
steady growth since the second quarter, and anticipate that consumer confidence
will continue to increase leading into next year,” he stated.

At the end of August 2013 there were 2,805 single family homes available on
the Multiple Listing Service® within VIREB’s coverage area, down from the 3,159
homes in the system at the end of August 2012. Additionally, the number of new
listings for the month of August was down 25 per cent from this time last year.

Cameron Muir, chief economist for the British Columbia Real Estate
Association, felt that the 25 per cent drop in new listings this month was not
a concern, and suggested that it will lead to a more balanced market condition
moving forward. “As sales activity and demand come up, it is anticipated that
supply will rise to meet that demand,” he stated.

Comparing August 2013 to August 2012, the average sale prices across VIREB’s
six geographic areas saw: Campbell River down two per cent with average sales
price listed at $295,471; the Comox Valley dipped one per cent to $326,322;
Nanaimo rose six per cent to $362,934; Parksville/Qualicum prices climbed 11
per cent to $404,998; the Cowichan Valley fell by seven per cent to 327,384,
while Port Alberni/West Coast reported a 48 per cent increase in price with an
average of $269,260.