Secret Beaches of Central Vancouver Island

Campbell River to Qualicum

By (author): Theo Dombrowski
ISBN 9781926936031
Softcover | Publication Date: May 15, 2011
Book Dimensions: 5.5 in x 8.5 in
240 Pages
$26.95 CAD
E-Book Price: $12.99 CAD

About the Book

This third volume in Theo’s Secret Beaches series is a comprehensive guide to dozens of beaches on the east coast of Vancouver Island between Campbell River and Qualicum. While some of them are well used by people who live nearby, some are tucked just off the highway and others are hidden at the end of a labyrinth of roads.

Just as important as finding a particular spot is knowing what to expect. Theo provides detailed information for each location so that you can find the right place for the activity you seek. The book includes Theo’s hand-drawn maps, photographs and paintings.

  • Want a place where the kids can scamper barefoot across acres of fine white sand? Try Seaman Road near Saratoga Beach.
  • Eager to explore forested ravine trails leading to protected sandy beaches? Try Seal Bay north of Comox.
  • How about a picnic in the car while watching the spring brant geese migration? Check out Seacroft Road near Qualicum.
  • Looking for an easy place to launch a kayak for a paddle to Sandy Island Marine Park? Head for Argyll Road north of Union Bay.

Refresh your pleasure in the shore and head out to picnic, play, swim, watch winter storms or just enjoy the waves.

About the Author(s)

A writer, photographer and artist, Theo Dombrowski studied drawing and painting at the Banff School of Fine Arts and in the Fine Arts Department of the University of Victoria. Before retiring, he was a teacher in international education, primarily at Lester B. Pearson College of the Pacific near Victoria, BC. Theo donates some of his proceeds from the Secret Beaches books to the BC environmental group the Georgia Strait Alliance and to the international humanitarian support group Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders. He lives near Nanaimo, BC.


"Here’s a hot book with the skinny on where to get cool . . . There are many surprise discoveries awaiting skipping and crew, especially on a settled day when boaters can drop the hook and chill out . . . So, armed with this book and your charts, you’ll be all set for those still, hot days of summer. Skinny dippers beware —the secret is out!” —the Boat Journal
"Everyone has their own idea of relaxation, but few things can help one unwind like a day trip to a secluded beach, especially if the weather ever starts to warm up. The secret to a successful beach trip has been artfully expanded on by Nanaimo author Theo Dombrowski in his Secret Beaches series." —the Province