Opinion

Qualicum doesn’t measure up

You’ve got to be kidding me. All the comparisons made between Qualicum Beach and West Vancouver are ridiculous.

Having lived in West Vancouver for 16 years and now in Qualicum Beach for the past four years, I feel qualified to comment.

Those who rant on have never even set foot in West Van and then only as they disembark from the Horseshoe Bay ferry terminal.

You can only wish your town were like West Van. There is no comparison. These people have no idea what they are talking about.

Qualicum Beach could be so much better for tourists and locals alike, why not connect the seawall and extend it along the shoreline, build a fishing pier and so on. We have many seniors for whom walking the beach is impossible. Tourists and locals would enjoy it as well.

Let’s see … they’ve done that in West Van, buying up oceanfront properties and converting them to parkland and seawall for all residents to enjoy not just the select few (i.e. Judges’ Row).

Qualicum Beach could have a wonderful Oceanside park with amenities, such as picnic tables, tennis courts, volleyball courts, fire pits, fishing pier, baseball and soccer fields and so on.

Let’s see …West Van has 12 beautiful parks, the jewel being the 59 acre Ambleside Park, where people from across the city come to play and enjoy.

Please don’t compare the two, because Qualicum Beach does not measure up.

It’s a small town wannabe.

Sure it’s a wonderful place to live, but it can’t remain stagnant, it just irks me that there are such close minded people that call Qualicum Beach home.

Things will change, let’s be proactive. Let’s make Qualicum Beach a town where people can foresee a future with growth and the potential for a better life for all, not just the select few that can afford to live here.

L. Reeves

Qualicum Beach

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