K’ómoks First Nation
The people of K’ómoks First Nation are the traditional inhabitants of the Comox Valley. Belonging to the group culturally known as Northern Coast Salish, the K’ómoks describe their territory with the word “kw’umalha”, meaning plentiful, rich or wealthy. The K’ómoks people remain integral to the cultural and economic life of the Comox Valley.
Town of Comox
The Town of Comox is a seaside community that attracts recreational mariners to the Comox Marina where the catch of the day is readily available. Quaint boutiques, cafes, restaurants and museums are located in downtown Comox, a short stroll from the Marina. Beautiful parks provide wonderful opportunities for peaceful walks, bird watching and photography. When the wind blows, you’ll see sailboats tacking in Comox Bay and kite boarders soaring at Goose Spit. On calm days you’ll also find SUP boarders, joggers, and families beachcombing. 19 Wing Comox, built in 1942, established the Comox Peninsula’s strategic importance for the Canadian Forces, and is home to the Comox Valley Airport (YQQ).
City of Courtenay
Courtenay is the Comox Valley’s largest urban centre, where you’ll find urban amenities wrapped in small town charm and character. Shoppers will find one-of-a-kind boutiques, restaurants, pubs and cafes in the downtown core. The city is blessed with many walking trails, playgrounds, parks, and green areas. A vibrant arts and culture scene is on display in galleries, festivals and special events throughout the year. Farm to fork selections on the menus of local restaurants highlight the city’s strong connection to agriculture that dates back to Courtenay’s pioneering roots in the late 1800s.
Cumberland celebrates its coal mining past while embracing the hip and contemporary. You can buff up on history at the Cumberland Museum and Archives or on self-guided tours, then sip a locally crafted ale on an outdoor patio, or enjoy an espresso and a handmade chocolate on Dunsmuir Avenue. Festivals throughout the year and many kilometres of mountain biking trails, hiking, lakeside camping and water sports on nearby Comox Lake, have turned the village into an outdoor recreation hub.
19 WING COMOX
19 Wing is an important part of contemporary life in the Comox Valley and operations from its 10,000 ft. runway include long range patrol, transport and rescue, air maintenance, the Canadian Armed Forces School of Search and Rescue, and the Royal Canadian Air Cadet Flying Program. Aviation buffs can head to the Comox Air Force Museum for a close up of vintage aircraft like the T-33 Canadair Silver Star, Douglas DC-3, and CF-100 Avro Canuck.
Merville is a beautiful rural community of farmers’ fields, deep green forests, and sandy beaches. 13 kms from Courtenay, this fertile region is home to many of the Comox Valley’s food producers, dairy farmers, and wineries. At Kitty Coleman Provincial Park, fishermen can launch boats and campers will find delightful oceanfront sites beneath towering Douglas fir and Western red cedar.
Black Creek & Saratoga
Just 20 kms north of Courtenay, many of the original Black Creek farms continue to provide produce, meat, dairy and other products for Comox Valley residents. Campers at Miracle Beach Provincial Park can explore a salmon bearing stream, trails through old growth forest and beaches, while the soft sand and tidal pools at Saratoga Beach offer hours of summertime fun.
Union Bay, Fanny Bay, & Royston
Visitors can still see remnants of the Royston Wrecks, and admire century old buildings of Heritage Row in Union Bay, including the 1913 Post Office, not far from where coal was once loaded onto steamships. From Union Bay and Fanny Bay, you can enjoy panoramic views of Denman Island, Comox Bay and Baynes Sound, known worldwide for shellfish including oysters, clams, mussels, and scallops. Seafood lovers can get their fill at Fanny Bay Oysters Seafood Shop in Buckley Bay or tour the processing plant.
Denman Island and Hornby Island
You’ll find bountiful farmers’ markets, wineries, distilleries, art studios, protected anchorages and amenities for passing mariners. On Hornby Island, the seaside bluffs of Helliwell Provincial Park provide spectacular bird viewing opportunities overlooking Tribune Bay, where the safe, gently sloping beach makes for hours of summertime family swimming and fun.
Mount Washington is home to one of the deepest snowpacks in North America, with a yearly average of more than 11 metres. Mount Washington Alpine Resort sports an ocean view like no other and is serviced by five lifts, five Magic Carpets, 81 marked trails, plus 55km of Nordic trails that have attracted Olympic level athletes. Skiers and boarders can choose between deep powder on black diamond terrain or groomed runs fit for all ability levels.