Comox Valley British Columbia Canada
Comox Valley British Columbia Canada

Comox Valley, British Columbia, Canada
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Board walk on Paradise Maedows, Mt. Washington

The Comox Valley offers the tourist so much it is hard to put into words all the things there are to experience here. It only takes an hour to drive the length of it and half an hour to drive the width of it but in between the traveller can enjoy three distinct communities, Comox, Courtenay and Cumberland; visit two beautiful Gulf Islands, go from sandy beaches, across the farmlands in the valley bottom to mountain meadows; fish hike, swim, kayak, golf, ski, bike, horseback ride; all are available within minutes of each other without the crowds you find in other areas of the Island.

The town of Comox stretches along the coast from the estuary of the Courtenay River to the airbase which has the second longest runway in B.C. Two major airlines fly into the airport (YQQ). The harbour is a safe haven for the fishing fleet and the many recreational boats that visit the area. At the public pier you can buy fish, catch fish or just watch the activities in the marina or the harbour. Two fine pubs and a restaurant are situated here at Marina Park. The view of the Comox Glacier at sunset is second to none.
Comox Glacier

The city of Courtenay was established to serve the farming community in the valley. You can shop the main street to the strains of music or dine in one of it's many restaurants and pubs. Down by the Courtenay River you can rent kayaks for a trip up or down the river and over to Tree Island or down the Royston Wrecks. The kayak rentals also offer many wonderful expeditions to various parts of the West Coast. A must for the experienced kayaker!

Cumberland is a small historic town that hasn't changed that much from the turn of the century when it was a major source of coal coming from it's eight mines. The mines are closed now but the museum is a must-see with it's replica mine built by former miners down in the basement of the museum. You can take a tour around the town in a horse-drawn carriage or take to mountain bikes and explore the old townsites of Bevin and Chinatown along the logging roads that run along the bottom of the mountains. Cumberland is also the gateway to Comox Lake which supplies the Valley with its water.

Top of Mt. Washington seen from Paradise Meadows.
Mt. Washington is the eastern entrance to Strathcona Park and offers many winter and summer activities. The skiing is the best on the island but the trails and flowers of summer are incredible! They offer trail rides and bike rentals. The lift to the top of the mile-high mountain offers spectacular views of the Coast Mountains and the Georgia Strait. From the top you can either ride down the chairlift or walk the road down while admiring the Beaufort Range, alpine lakes and the nearby Comox Glacier. Strathcona Park is the oldest park in BC and contains the highest mountains on the Island. This area is called the "Little Alps" because of it's rugged terrain. The area is inhabited by black bears, wolves, cougars, deer and elk.

The shoreline of the Valley offers fishing and lots of beaches. Seal Bay Park, directly opposite Mt. Washington, offers 15 miles of trails covering 1700 acres of woodland. This area has trails designated for horses, bikes and hikers. The trails around the Swamp are a bird watchers paradise! The Bay itself has seals, sea otters, eagles, great blue heron, ducks and sea gulls. At it's northern end is Bates Beach, a wonderful spot to explore at low tide. This is one of the only walking parks between Parksville and Port Hardy. Other beaches in the Valtey are Kye Bay, Williams, Beach, Miracle Beach and Saratoga Beach. There are guided tours out to Middlenatch Island, (a bird sanctuary) from Saratoga Beach and the Comox Harbour. Fishing charters are also available from here as well as Bates Beach and King Coho.
Bates Beach, Seal Bay looking NW

The Coast Mountains and Georgia Strait seen from Seal Bay.
The rivers in the Valley offer wonderful hiking trails and many of the residents like to float down the rivers in the summer on innertubes. Explore the Stotan and Myra Falls and the Medicine Bowls on the Puntledge River. Watch the salmon spawn at the fish hatcheries, go fossil hunting with the museum staff from Courtenay on the Puntledge and Trent Rivers. Go spelunking at Home Lake or Gold River.

Finally, this area is the access point for two of the most beautiful of the Gulf Islands. Denman and Hornby Islands are just a short ferry ride from Vancouver Island and offer wonderful beaches and parks. The islands have many gifted artisans who open their studios for tours.

The Comox Glacier seen from the estuary of Courtenay River
Bates Beach and Seal Bay

The Comox Valley is truly a diverse region and offers the tourist many, many, different opportunities for adventure. We hope you come and enjoy our little area of Beautiful British Columbia!

This Travel Guide was kindley made available by Lois Enns of Forest Glen B&B in Courtenay.

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