e can all give a vote of thanks to the weatherman for holding the rain at bay over the weekend as Qualicum Beach held their inaugural Beach Day celebration.
As with all weather-dependent events, this one desperately needed good weather and while it wasn’t by any means a scorcher, it certainly wasn’t bad.
Of course, nobody can do anything about the weather, but as the small army of volunteers at the beach showed on Saturday — and the days leading up to it — there’s certainly a whole lot that can be done in just about all other areas.
The event was a hit, with a big crowd of happy people enjoying that aspect of Qualicum Beach that is its trademark — the beach itself.
So hats off to the volunteers who made it happen. Well done.
Just as importantly perhaps, we owe a vote of thanks to the people who saw a problem in the town and decided to do something positive about it, instead of clucking around about the sky falling.
Not enough going on in the summer months to draw visitors? Rather than cry doom and live in gloom, they opted instead to put their shoulders to the wheel and organize a festival.
Anyone who has been involved in such an undertaking undoubtedly knows it’s no small feat to organize something like this but they were willing to have a crack at it — and they pulled it off.
Will it solve the problems of Qualicum Beach? No. That’s asking a bit much. Will it draw more tourists? Maybe, if the idea that flowered on Saturday is nurtured with enough drive and creativity to grow into something bigger. Who knows?
But it certainly smacks of the type of spirit that made Qualicum Beach what it is. Like the airport, the seawall and so much else in this town, it was community members rolling up their sleeves and doing things themselves that made it happen.
— Editorial by Neil Horner