Lighthouse Recreation

History of the Hall

In the 1970’s a group called the Kwalicum Ratepayers and Resident’s Association had a Ladies Auxiliary who met at the Bowser Legion Hall.

“We were great fund raisers and had many dollars in the Bank. Our teas were second to none. They started out very quietly, but it would not be long until the whole room was extremely cheerful and loud. We always thought that Martha Ward, who made the tea, put some of her herbs in the tea (she was a great gardener).

In 1980 we decided we needed a Community Hall, and that we did not wish to be a Ladies Auxiliary any more, so we formed The Community Club. We needed a sponsor, so contacted the Lions Club, through which Med L’Heureux, Don Nordin and many others raised enough funds and grants to build the Hall.” Margie Healey

The Qualicum Bay Lions Club applied for and received several grants, which equaled approximately half of the building cost and sponsored the Community Centre project. The community raised the rest of the funds by selling bricks in the hall, firewood, holding raffles and garage sales, and an auction. The labour to build the hall came mainly from the sweat and hard work of many volunteers.

The Lighthouse Community Centre Society was formed in 1983 to manage the operation of the Community Centre, which officially opened October 1, 1983.

Since then, the Community Centre has undergone significant updates and renovations, many completed in 2015 through 2017, with more ongoing through 2022.