An oasis on the east coast of central Vancouver Island, Lighthouse Country is tough to rival as the perfect vacation away from city life, with its incomparable sunsets, pristine nature and a wealth of outdoor activities to enjoy. The area is green all year round, and features some of the most beautiful parkland and crystal clear lakes on Vancouver Island.
Lighthouse Country incorporates the small communities of Horne Lake, Qualicum Bay, Bowser and Deep Bay and is seeped with rich history, folklore and native culture. It is a coveted destination with 60 miles of coastline and sandy beaches to explore.
With amenities widely available, Lighthouse Country boasts a range of lodging such as beachfront motels, cottages, bed and breakfasts and campgrounds. There is no shortage of activities that the natural surrounds do not accommodate, so you can hike, swim, fish, cycle, kayak, venture into some hidden caves even play some golf at the Arrowsmith Golf & Country Club.
You an explore the Pacific Rim National Park on the west coast of Vancouver Island and Cathedral Grove is easily accessible from Lighthouse Country, where you can see the giant cedar trees. Mount Washington is less than an hour away and here you can ski and snowboard in the winter and go hiking in the pristine wilderness in the summer.
Experience tranquility by taking a drive north to Buckley Bay for a visit to Denman Island and Hornby Island, located just offshore from Lighthouse Country. These enchanting southern Gulf Islands can be reached by a 15-minute ferry ride from Buckley Bay to Denman Island, and a second ferry trip to Hornby Island.
The two lighthouses after which the region is named are the Chrome Island Lighthouse off the southern tip of Denman Island, and Sisters Lighthouse, off the northern tip of Lasqueti Island in the Strait of Georgia. They stand as constant reminders about the dangers of the rugged shoreline on this section of the east coast of Vancouver Island.