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We’re so happy you’re here!’ More than a gas station, Kwalikum Crossing fuels community – PQB News

From its diverse product range to water catchment for local firefighting, this site was built with purpose

The best business plan is one that sees a need, then fills it. Just ask the Qualicum First Nation team behind the new Kwalikum Crossing service station, along the Inland Island Highway at the Horne Lake turn-off.

The goal from the start was to address an underserved stretch of highway between Qualicum and Buckley Bay, but the Nation did more than meet the needs of locals and travellers – they far surpassed it, with more coming, says manager Leslie Baynes.

“People keep telling us, ‘We’re so happy you’re here!'”

Welcoming its first customers earlier this spring, the site features a beautiful, timbered Coast Salish design, fuelling stations, electric vehicle charging units, propane service and a convenience store. An A&W Restaurant will also soon join the business, with a drive-through.

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