As you step upstairs, you will be welcomed by the First Nations exhibit and a replica of the Qualicum Beach train station platform. And so begins your tour through the story of Qualicum Beach’s early residents…
In 1905, CPR (Canadian Pacific Railway) employee H.E. Beasley was put in charge of expanding the island’s railway north from Nanaimo, and this kickstarted development in the Qualicum Beach area. The surrounding land was surveyed and divided into 20 acre lots, and in 1913, the village’s train station was finally built. 1 year later, the railway was successfully extended as far as Qualicum Beach.
Trains operated on the line for almost one hundred years, from 1913 to 2011, and facilitated easy travel to the Qualicum Beach area. Thanks to this, tourism in the area and Qualicum Beach’s local population grew quickly.
Continue through the collection to learn about the Qualicum Beach Hotel and its influential host, Brigadier General Money.
In the early days of Qualicum Beach, the Qualicum Beach Hotel was one of the village’s great landmarks. For many years after its initial construction in 1913, the Hotel was the pride of the community and a prime destination for the rich and famous (including Shirley Temple, Bing Crosby and many more) who came through the area. The Hotel and the attached golf course were managed by Noel Money, an enthusiastic game hunter and fisherman as well as one of the most influential people in Qualicum Beach’s early development. The Brigadier General passed away in 1941, and the grand hotel was torn down by developers in 1969, but the stories of the man and the building both survive here at the Qualicum Beach Museum. Come in and hear them!
While the QB hotel tells the story of Qualicum’s wealthy, our pioneer kitchen and classroom will shed some light on the lives of the everyday citizens in Qualicum Beach. Everything in the kitchen dates back to the first half of the 20th century, and is carefully arranged in and around a fine Hoosier kitchen cabinet from 1910. How was laundry done before electricity? Where and how did people get their food?
Also, was there really a school inside of a chicken house once? Qualicum Beach has a school history dating back to 1896, and you can come learn about all of its little quirks!