Comox Valley

Considered the heart of Vancouver Island, the Comox Valley stretches from Fanny Bay to Black Creek and includes Denman and Hornby islands. The Valley was designated the Cultural Capital of Canada for 2007 to acknowledge the regions museums, art galleries, festivals and live theatre and entertainment.

The three primary communities are Courtenay, Comox and Cumberland. Courtenay’s vibrant downtown is an eclectic collection of trendy shops, businesses and restaurants bordering the Courtenay River.

Situated along Comox Bay, the town of Comox is boasts a busy harbour and several marinas. A short distance away is St. Joseph’s Hospital, CFB Comox and the Comox Valley Airport. Historic Cumberland features turn of the century homes, lively entertainment and strong links to Union Bay from the coal mining days.

Not far from Union Bay, BC Ferries connects to Denman and Hornby islands. These picturesque settlements are known for their pristine white sandy beaches and steep bluffs, original architecture and large population of artists.

Food is an important component of any community and the Comox Valley is blessed with creative chefs who delight in inventing delicious ways to serve fresh farm products and local seafood such as salmon, prawns and oysters. There are even a couple of wineries and a brewery.

And there’s no better place for outdoor recreation. Several golf courses come with a mountain view and there are kilometres of walking, hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking trails. You can dig your own fossils, swim in salt or fresh water or build sand castles along the tide line. During the winter months Mt. Washington Alpine Resort (see MT. WASHINGTON), the second most popular ski area in British Columbia, offers downhill and cross country skiing, as well as snow boarding and tubing.