Comox Valley, located in the Mid-Vancouver Island region is home to 2 communities: Comox and Courtenay. For a more modern experience, please also try our new site at Courtenay Comox Vacation Rentals.
Comox, the older of the two, is a seaside town of 12 thousand that's a favourite port-of-call for pleasure vessels enjoying the island-hopping of the Inside Passage. Much of the colour and culture of the area revolves around the four marinas that (with a combined 500-plus berths), provide sanctuary to everything from multi-million dollar yachts to commercial fishing vessels. It's here that you'll find a beautiful boardwalk lined with shops and pubs, not to mention fresh seafood sold right off the boats! Some of you might like to catch your dinner… Angling for some angling? Day-charters are readily available to take you to some of the best salmon fishing in the world.
The spirit of this idyllic town is best expressed through the ever-popular Nautical Days celebrations that commence at the beginning of the BC Day long weekend. Complete with a parade and a festival at the Marine Park, this is one summer event worth catching. From beachcombing to hiking, Comox on foot is a walk worth taking. Strathcona Provincial Park is a favourite hiking and camping destination while Goose Spit Regional Park is literally miles of sandy beach.
Slightly inland, the urban centre of Courtenay is situated in the rural countryside just 6 kilometers from Comox. A burgeoning community of 26 thousand, it remains the mid-island mecca for great shopping, dining and entertainment. Not to be missed are the Public Contemporary Art Gallery and the Sid Williams Civic Theatre.
Amateur paleontologists can get their kicks here, too. When dinosaur fossils were discovered in the Trent and Puntledge River area, Courtenay was named Step One of the Great Canadian Fossil Trail. It's not odd to see visitors in the 80 million year old Puntledge River Seabed digging for fossils of their own. Now that's a souvenir!
Perhaps the most famous destination in the Comox Valley is Mt. Washington, Vancouver Island's acclaimed alpine resort. Just 30 kilometers from the city centre, this 1590 meter high paradise boasts 60 runs, a high-speed quad chair, a fixed-grip quad, 2 triples, a double, a platter, a rope-tow and a vertical drop of over 500 meters. And only entailing a 75 minute ferry ride from the mainland, this popular winter sports wonderland is accessible whether you're staying on the island or not.
This is mid-island magic. Make the Comox Valley your next destination!