There are 2 restaurants, a pub, and an ice cream shop within walking distance of the Lighthouse Motel. There is a convenience/liquor store as well as a great local grocery store within 5-7 minutes' drive. The motel is the perfect location for day-tripping. Here is a list of a few ideas for nearby places to visit:
Sunny Beach: If you are looking for sand, but donít want the crowds, head to Sunny Beach when the tide is out. Less than a 10 minute walk from the motel (you can just walk north along the beach or walk along the road and turn onto Sunny Beach Rd where there is public beach access). This is a great place to relax or bring kids.
Rosewall Creek: This provincial park is located approximately 15 minutes north, just outside of Fanny Bay. It is a beautiful day hike that follows the meandering creek. If you continue walking beyond the park borders, the path continues and leads you to a picturesque waterfall. This is a great way to spend a day-just bring a picnic lunch and you are set!
Fishing: Van Isle Fishing & Marine Adventures offer guided fishing trips out of Deep Bay. The guide has over 15 years experience and offers customized trips that can include salmon fishing, crab and prawn fishing, & eco-tours. Book your trip through the Lighthouse Motel and receive up to 10% & your guide can arrange to pick you up right from the motel! http://www.vanislefishingandmarineadventures.com/index.htm
Horne Lake Caves: Incredible caves with guided tours for children over 5 and beginners as well as experienced cavers. A must see-and if you are feeling down because the sky decided to rain during your vacation, just remember that there is no better place to spend a rainy day than exploring a cave. For reservations call (250) 248-7829 or see website at www.hornelake.com/
Little Qualicum Falls: The falls, lake swimming, shaded riverside trails and picnic facilities make Little Qualicum Falls a very popular family recreation destination. A number of walking trails are available in and around the park, offering picturesque views of the river and providing access to the upper and lower falls. Little Qualicum Falls Provincial Park is located off Tofino Highway 4, 9 miles (14 km) west of Parksville on south central Vancouver Island.
Cathedral Grove: This park is a great place to visit or to stop and stretch your legs while driving. Walking trails meander through giant trees in the forest (some trees are over 800 years old). Located on both sides of the Tofino Highway 4-approximately 25 minute drive from the motel.
Rathrevor Beach Provincial Park: Just south of Parksville on the old Island Highway. Miles of sandy beach and a very popular spot for families.
Qualicum Beach: Expansive, sandy beach when the tide is out. There is also a quaint town centre with shopping and restaurants.
Spider Lake Provincial Park: Located about a 15 minute drive from the motel, this is a great spot to bring kids for a swim and picnic. Take the Horne Lake turnoff, go over the highway and continue along Horne Lake Road until you see Spider Lake Road. Turn left and follow the signs.
Milner Gardens: Just between Qualicum & Parksville. Incredible acreage with spectacular gardens.
Kayaking: Oceanside Kayaks Co. (250 951-3512) offer lessons and rentals at Qualicum Beach and Union Bay Diving (1-877-883-DIVE) offer rentals.