Qualicum Beach (pop. 8500) is the oldest small town in Canada. Recent figures from Stats Canada based on the 2006 census indicates that British Columbia has 5 of 10 of the top ten oldest cities over 5000 people. However BC is the fifth oldest province in the country with just 14.6% of the population 65 or older. This is just slightly higher than the national average of 13.7%.
A recent article in the Vancouver Sun says:
"Qualicum Beach has more elderly people than any other small town in Canada, - 41 per cent of the population is 65 and over - and Sophia Thornley couldn't be happier about it.
"You know that television show Cheers, where they say it's a place where everyone knows your name?" Thornley said Tuesday.
"Well, we all joke that this is a place where everyone forgets your name," said the 81-year-old, who moved to Qualicum Beach from Victoria in 1996."
Seniors enjoy Qualicum's Senior's Centre, wide network of walking trails, lively amateur theatre scene and art galleries. There is also lots to do for the younger crowd include our extensive beachs and some of the warmest waters north of California. Other outdoor activities for all ages include skiing, salmon fishing, year round golf, hiking trails and exploring the caves at Horne Lake.
So if you are looking for a retirement home, Qualicum Beach is a great place to consider. If you are planning on visiting our area and are interested in discussing real estate, please drop by or give me a call.
RE/MAX Anchor Realty
113 W 2nd Ave.,
Qualicum Beach, BC