The Comox Valley is an agricultural and culinary hot spot combining more than 445 farms and dozens of restaurants and food producers. Experiencing the mélange is as easy as pulling up a chair at a restaurant, as savouring a pairing of local wines with award winning cheese, or as adventurous as packing a pint full of berries at an organic u-pick. From Oyster River to Fanny Bay and many stops between, you’ll find a delicious assortment of fresh and delicious local flavours.
Check out the Comox Valley Growers Guide (*Note: download file is 22.6MB) for participating farms and market hours or visit the Growers Guide listings. In addition to orchards, nurseries, dairy, berry and vegetable farms, the Comox Valley also has growers who specialize in organic meat, poultry and produce, as well as exotic delicacies such as emu, wasabi, soy, wild mushrooms, fallow deer venison and award winning cheese.
From May through October, visit the Comox Valley Farmers' Market at the Courtenay Exhibition Grounds to shop for fresh, organic and specialty products. Perch on a bale of hay, sip a delicious cup of coffee, nibble on some home-baked goodies, and enjoy live music entertainment. From November to April, you’ll find the market indoors at the Historic Native Sons Hall in Courtenay. In addition to selling at the Comox Valley Farmers’ Market, many local farms sell direct to the public from their farms. You can learn more about Comox Valley farms and food growers in the online Grower's Guide or pick up your printed copy at the Vancouver Island Visitor Centre.
Visit one of the local petting farms and have a chance to tour through the farm and visit the animals. Hand feed baby chicks, ducks, sheep and friendly goats. Something everyone will enjoy!
The Comox Valley offers an ideal environment for wine production and other specialty agri-business ventures. A wide, gentle sloping coastal plain is crisscrossed with a web of rivers and protected in the west by a ridge of mountains capped by the majestic Comox Glacier. The Comox Valley enjoys mild coastal winters with little or no snow, a long growing season and more sunshine than other British Columbia growing areas. In fact, vineyards and wineries in the Comox Valley are currently producing fabulous award-winning wines.
You’ll find tours and tastings available at several of the local wineries, distilleries, and meaderies. An afternoon wine tour is a delightful way to spend the afternoon, and each destination is its own haven. At each stop, you’ll learn more about the vineyard itself and the unique growing conditions that contribute to the quality of wine produced. Ask questions while you sample an assortment of wines and enjoy the rural scenery, then purchase products directly from the producer to share with friends later. From Black Creek to Hornby Island, you’ll find many fine wines of distinction.