Youngsters try their hand with radio-controlled boats during last year’s Beach Day in Qualicum Beach. The sixth annual event is scheduled for July 23 along the waterfront promenade. — NEWS file photo

Qualicum Beach hosts 6th annual Beach Day

Activities, information booths and entertainment on tap July 23

Qualicum Beach residents and visitors are invited to celebrate the beauty of its beach this month when the town hosts its sixth annual Beach Day Sunday, July 23.

The day will be filled with activities for all ages, kicking off at 8 a.m. with a the Shriner’s breakfast near the Visitor’s Centre. All events to follow are free and begin at 11 a.m. along the esplanade and the long stretch of open beach near the boat ramp.

Kwali Seagull is back to celebrate this family fun and informative event on the waterfront and beach. There will be tents hosting activities, a main stage for live music, and a variety of games and entertainment on the beach. This year’s event offers a focus on environmental awareness, said Tom Whitfield, one of the Beach Day organizers.

Qualicum Beach Day offers plenty of hands-on activities for both children and adults. This event is supported by the Town of Qualicum Beach, the local business community and many local volunteer organizations.

Activities will include skydiving, seine netting for Sea Creatures, a Ucluelet Aquarium display, Port Alberni Aquarium display, UBC Marine Mammal Rescue Centre, kite-building, Nanaimo Model Boats, tug-of-war, beach golf and soccer, giant bubbles, storytelling, sandcastle building, parachute game, fish pond, face-painting and tattoos. A variety of displays include shore birds, seaweed, shark dissection, fossils, rocks, Canada 150, WaterSmart, plastics in the ocean, plus Qualicum Beach Fire &Rescue, the Qualicum Beach Pipe Band, clowns, the Rainbow Stew Cloggers, food, music and more.

Shuttles will be provided to the waterfront event, with pickup at the salmon mural across from Pharmasave. For more information, visit www.qualicumbeach.com/beachday.

— Submitted by Tom Whitfield