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Comox

The community of Comox, together with the City of Courtenay and the Village of Cumberland, form the Comox Valley and are located on the eastern shore of North Central Vancouver Island. The valley celebrates the sea, the surrounding farms and a backdrop of majestic mountains. The region is home to several busy marinas which are protected by a rock breakwater which is in turn protected by the Goose Spit. Goose Spit Park is a unique landform, which together with Gartley Point creates the region’s Harbour. It is a flexible sand spit with a beautiful recreational beach and a sheltered lagoon. There are unique and rare plants and excellent views.

Just a short distance north is Black Creek with its many farms. Also Miracle Beach Provincial Park which offers lush forest trails and at nearby Saratoga Beach is a warm, shallow and safe swimming beach, great for beach-combing for sand dollars, crabs and seashells.

Some of the best saltwater fishing on the island, particularly for salmon, can be found in the waters between Courtenay and Comox. Because of its sheltered location the shoreline around Comox is well suited for rod fishing in a small boat. You can also buy seafood directly from the fishermen at the Comox Harbour Marina. The valley is surrounded by wilderness and there are great trails, awe-inspiring scenery and plenty of wildlife. Take the chairlift to the top of Mount Washington for a magnificent view of the entire Comox Valley. With many local parks, and countless kilometres of hiking trails the Valley beckons to be explored on foot. Golfing, bird watching and skiing at Mt. Washington in winter are all right on the region’s doorstep.

Location

Situated on the east coast of Vancouver Island, 115 km (71 mi) north of Nanaimo, 57 km (35 mi) south of Campbell River via Hwy 19.

A Step Back in Time

The Comox Valley has had human inhabitants for over 4,000 years due to its gentle climate, abundant seafood resources, and ease of movement along important waterway trade routes. This waterway trade included a variety of materials and foodstuffs. Eulachon oils, shells, cedar products, and fish were commonly exchanged with other coastal peoples. The Salish word “Koumuckthay” means “plenty”┬áresulting in the Valley being known as the “Land of Plenty”.

The Port of Comox was founded in the mid 1800s on the slopes of the Comox Peninsula. Overlooking the protected waters of Comox Harbour (once known as port Augusta), it was an important port for the ships of the Royal Navy and transport steamers. In 1910 the Comox Logging and Railroad Company was founded and for a time was the largest logging company in the British Empire. The rich heritage left behind by the logging is reflected by many of the street names found in the area. The strategic defense of the region saw a Canadian Forces Base open in 1942. Except for a brief closure after WW II this Canadian air base on the West Coast has been the heart of the community.

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TeePee Park Campground

TeePee Park Campground

Comox

Beautiful ocean front camping with sandy beach. Family oriented military campground. Easy access to all the recreational opportunities in the Comox Valley. Special rates for military. General public welcome. Leashed dogs only. 20 sites available for winter camping November - February. ... Read more
Kye Bay Guest Lodge & Cottages

Kye Bay Guest Lodge & Cottages

Comox

Enjoy a week of fun and relaxing like no other! Explore the reef, build sand castles, collect oysters and clams, swim in the warm ocean water or just relax on the lawn while the kids explore the tidal pools. Miles of sand and no one else there except you and your friends, having the time of your lif ... Read more
Sailcone's Grizzly Bear Safari Lodge

Sailcone's Grizzly Bear Safari Lodge

Knight Inlet

Situated on the small island, Minstrel, on the edge of Knight Inlet, Grizzly Bear Lodge welcomes you to discover the gems of nature. Our pristine location allows us to have easy access to grizzly bear sightings and whale watching. Enjoy our cozy lodge or charming cottage hosted by our friendly staff ... Read more
Galaxy RV (Courtenay)

Galaxy RV (Courtenay)

Courtenay

RV shoppers in the Comox Valley/Courtenay region can now come shop locally for RVs at our Courtenay location on the old Comox Valley Hyundai lot. ... Read more
Maple Pool Campground & RV Park

Maple Pool Campground & RV Park

Courtenay

Secluded Getaway on the Tsolum River by the City - located the heart of the beautiful Comox Valley on Vancouver Island, Maple Pool Campground is minutes from Courtenay's city centre, shopping, theatres, golf courses, ski resorts, boat rentals & fishing, and recreational sports centres; it is an idea ... Read more
Seal Bay RV Park Ltd.

Seal Bay RV Park Ltd.

Courtenay

Spacious treed sites in peaceful setting. Sites all fully serviced with hydro, water, sewer and cable. WiFi is also available. A trail leads directly into Seal Bay Nature Park. Boat launch, fishing, golf, biking and hiking all close by. 40 minutes to Mt. Washington. ... Read more
Bates Beach Oceanfront Resort

Bates Beach Oceanfront Resort

Courtenay

Enjoy the spectacular view of the Inside Passage to Alaska at Bate Beach Oceanfront Resort. Located just north of Courtenay, adjacent to Seal Bay Nature Park on Georgia Strait, there are excellent hiking and cycling trails, canoeing, beach-combing and more. We offer different styles of accommodation ... Read more
Cumberland Lake Park Campground

Cumberland Lake Park Campground

Cumberland

Located on beautiful glacier-fed Comox Lake, Cumberland Lake Park offers sandy beaches, swimming float, concessions, campground with 18 serviced sites, 41 unserviced sites, group campsite, boat launch, dock and hiking trails. The park is operated by the Cumberland Lake Wilderness Society (CLWS) a no ... Read more
Bradsdadsland Campsite

Bradsdadsland Campsite

Hornby Island

A family campground, a family experience. We offer spacious, unique and private campsites. Each site has it's own unique qualities and charm. ... Read more
Pacific Playgrounds Resort & Marina

Pacific Playgrounds Resort & Marina

Black Creek

Our beautiful, full-service ocean side destination resort is located halfway between Courtenay and Campbell River. Pacific Playgrounds International is situated in a tranquil location surrounded by lush trees along the bank of Oyster River with stunning coastal views. Just steps away from Saratoga B ... Read more
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