2022 Broombusting Events

Parksville, Qualicum Beach, Errington, Coombs, Whiskey Creek, Bowser, North Qualicum and Nanoose

Community Cuts in Oceanside

June 8, Wednesday.  10-12:00.  Interchange Exit 51. Parksville/ Coombs. Lead: Don Standing. The On-Ramp from Alberni Hwy towards Nanaimo.  Park under the overpass and walk through the triangle – not along the ramp.  

June 8, Wednesday.  10ths 0-12:00.  Coombs Trail at Church Road.  Leaders: Trevor and Colleen.

June 7, Tuesday.  10-12:00. Guerilla Broombusting on Alberni!  Start at 10:00 at Winchester and Alberni. 

Jun 6, Monday. 10-12:00.  Alberni Hwy on the banks.  Check back for details.

Completed Cuts 2022

June 4.  Saturday. 10-12:00.  Hwy 19 interchange 51. Across from Allsbrook Center

June 3.  Friday.  1-3:00. Parksville Interchange Exit 51.  Across from Allsbrook Center.

June 3.  Friday. 2:30-4:30.  KSS Student Council will cut on Coombs Junction High hill.

June 2.  Thursday, 10-12:00   Little Qualicum Fish Hatchery.  8 of us cut together around the work building and residence, and the channels there.

Jun 1.  Wednesday. Little Qualicum Fish Hatchery.  3 people for 2 hours.

May 31.  Tuesday.  Big Qualicum Fish Hatchery.  10-12:00.  Joanne, Wanda, Mary meet up with Aaron and Erin.

May 31.  Tuesday.  Spider Lake group begins clearing broom from corner of Horne Lake Road.

 May 27 and 28.  Friday and Saturday.  10-12:00 Coombs Trail.  

May 29.  Sunday.  Qualicum Beach Family Day Parade and event.    12:00 parade. 1:00 event in the field.

May 27, Friday.  10-12:00.  Alberni Hwy Banks.  From Demex, drive past Bradley center and look to the left.  CHEK TV came and did a video of us on the banks.  The segment ran at 5:00, 6:00 and 10:00.  Thank you all!

May 21, Saturday.  10-12:00.  Parksville Interchange & area on Alberni Hwy.  We’ll clear broom on the interchange (on and off ramps) and also attack the broom around bottle depot.  

May 20, Friday. Alberni Hwy and Coombs Trail.  10-12:00.  Meet near the Bradley Center/ Shearme Road.  I’ll have a sign up.  I also have the waivers now to cut on the Coombs Trail!  Come see me first.  If you are late, look for signs. 

May 19. Thursday.  10-12:00.  Horne Lake Road.  In the morning, the cut is closer to the big highway – with BIG BROOM!  Also cuts in Bowser.

May 19. Thursday.  9-12:00.  Englishman River Estuary. Meet at the Mills Rd. entrance to the ERE at 9:00 am.  Hosted by Arrowsmith Naturalists.   dhutchings40@shaw.ca.  

NANOOSE CUT:  Thursday May 19, 12:30-2:30 PM.  At: “Welcome to Nanoose Bay” sign, the intersection of Rumming Road and Highway 19.    Notes: Please park on Rumming Road. Organized by the Nanoose Bay Lions Club

May 15, Sunday. 10-12:00. Coombs-Parksville Trail.  Postponed because of an all day downpour.  New date June 12.  Meet at the parking area at Alberni Hwy and Virginia Road.  Sponsored by the RDN Parks.  Let’s show them what we can do!   The Coombs Trail is one of the most infested broom locations in Oceanside – but we can turn it around.  

Nanoose: May 13, Friday, at 1:00-3:00  intersection of Hwy 19 and Rumming Road in Nanoose Bay.  

May 13, Friday.  9:30-11:00.  Coombs Junction.  5 of us cut broom in 3 strips along Alberni Hwy.  Went out to coffee!  Followed by hail.

FRIDAY. May 6.  1:00-2:30. Hwy 4 at McLean Road.  Coombs/ Hilliers.  Only 6.6 km from Qualicum Beach.  McLean Road is the first road after the light at Coombs Junction (Hwy 4 and Alberni Hwy.)

SATURDAY  May 7. 10:30-12:00.  Alberni Hwy and Coombs-Parksville Trail.  Meet in the pull out across from Demex on Alberni Hwy. 

Nanoose: May 3, Tuesday, 10:00am-12:00 noon, Nanoose Bay, at the “Welcome to Nanoose Bay” sign along Highway 19 at Rumming Road, near Nanoose Bay’s border with Lantzville.   Lions Club and Broombuster volunteers.

April 22. Friday. 10-12:00.  Qualicum Beach Interchange. EARTH DAY and first cut of the season.   INTERCHANGE IS NOW BROOM FREE! 

April 29. Friday. 10-12:00.  Horne Lake Road.  10 volunteers showed up, and we planned our strategy for the year.   Some worked on giant broom close to Hwy 19 and others on the neighborhoods roads nearer to Hwy 19A.  


Completed Cuts 2021
April 23-May 4.  Tree planting at the interchange; Coombs Trail…
Cut AnyTime locations all over Oceanside.
MAY 9-14.  Alberni Hwy Week!
May 4, Tuesday.  Coombs Junction.
May 5, Wednesday.  AIRPORT All DAY.  Y
(MANY CUTS NOT recorded here yet…)
May 19 – 20 KSS students cut on a farm field by the school!  2
May 19, Wednesday. 10-12:00.  Alberni Hwy & Fairdowne Road
May 20, Thursday.10-12:00.  Grafton Ave.  Meet at Station Road
ALSO on Thursday May 20,  10-12:00.  Alberni Hwy between Cottonwood Nursery and Virginia Road
May 21, Friday.  10-12:00.  Guerilla Broombusting!  Alberni Hwy.  
May 22, Saturday.  COOMBS TRAIL.  
Seed pods are beginning to form.
May 23 – 31.  Finish up Time.  Clean up in many areas.  Qualicum Beach Airport, Hwy 4 and 4A, Grafton ave…  19A all the way to Cook Creek. Horne Lake Road area…  Meadowood area.  Parksville 19A & Alberni Hwy – especially train station.  Whiskey Creek.

May 9, Monday.  CHIPPING DAY!

May 5, Wednesday.  Powerpoint Road.
MAY 8.  Saturday.  Powerpoint Road & Northwest Bay.


Joanne Sales: All areas
Email: info@broombusters.org
Phone: 250-752-4816

Don Standing
Email: standing@shaw.ca

Judith Lapadat of Lion’s Club

North Qualicum:
Betty and Alf Jablonski
Email: ab@icbsolutions.ca

Oceanside goes from Nanoose up to Cook Creek Road.

Make plans for cut broom removal before you cut!  Unfortunately, MOTI is not able to remove broom cut on the highways.  If you contact Broombusters in advance, sometimes we can help.  At the very least, we can offer advice on cut broom disposal.  To be a Broombuster, contact Broombusters first!  Cut at your own risk. Be safe and have fun!


Thanks for visiting Oceanside’s page!

When we started Broombusters in Qualicum Beach and Coombs in 2006, broom lined all the roads.  It was everywhere.  But thanks to volunteers, our area has been transformed. But yes, we still need your help! 

Qualicum Beach and Parksville are 90% broom free now, and volunteers will continue to cut what is left. We continue work clearing the interchanges in Oceanside, and the roads in and out of towns.  We’ve made huge progress on Island Hwy all the way north to Cook Creek Road, and south to Nanoose.  Neighborhood groups have cleared much of Corcan Road area, Station Road, most of Grafton Avenue.  

 Sadly, the forest on Alberni across from Pet Mania was cut down in 2019, and broom is now 2-3 feet high over many acres of abandoned land.  We have had to abandon that because it is private property.  Aside from that, we’ve made huge progress on Alberni Hwy.  We’re still clearing patches and are working on Coombs-Parksville Trail. 

This year, we hope to make progress on Swayne Road, Errington Road, Horne Lake Road and Whiskey Creek areas.  We expect continued progress in Nanoose, Bowser, the interchanges, and Inland Island Highway.  Unfortunately, the powerlines are always full of broom, but we try to keep broom away from cleared forest areas so the forests can regrow. 

 We can’t acknowledge every road and park that volunteers have worked on, but it is amazing.  We are grateful for every volunteer who has given of their time and strength over the past 15 years.  If you have an interest in working in a particular location, let Broombusters know.  We support volunteers wherever they want to be working!  There is plenty of broom for all.  Thank you for your help.
With appreciation.  Joanne Sales