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The Comox Valley

Ideally located between the Beaufort Mountains and the Strait of Georgia on the eastern coast of Vancouver Island, the Comox Valley encompasses mountains, glaciers, alpine meadows, rivers, lakes, forests, farmland, coastlines, parks and beaches. Along the coast the valley stretches across 50km—from Fanny Bay in the south to the sandy shores of Saratoga Beach in the north. 

The entire population of the valley is about 60,000— the centre of urban life is the city of Courtenay (population 20,000). The Comox Valley also includes the seaside communities of Fanny Bay, Buckley Bay, Union Bay, Royston and Saratoga Beach and the larger towns of Cumberland and Comox. Outlying rural communities include Merville and Black Creek.

Mount Washington

The Comox Valley's central location makes it the perfect base for day trips—hike through alpine meadows, dive to underwater sea wrecks, search for 80-million year-old fossils in seabeds, watch the magnificent orcas whales or spend tour a historic town. All these opportunities and more are close by!

Arts and Culture

The Comox Valley is a thriving centre for arts and culture with four major museums, live theatre, a dynamic music scene, an artist community and year-round cultural festivals and events. The valley offers the best of urban living (gourmet cuisine, unique shopping experiences, funky galleries and coffee and tea shops) and the best of rural living—quiet farmlands, roadside stands and a relaxed atmosphere.

Getting to the Comox Valley

Ladysmith is located just south of Nanaimo on the east coast of Vancouver Island.

  • By Vehicle: The four-lane Island Highway (Highway 19) gets you north quickly. The Comox Valley is a two-and-a-half hour drive north from Victoria, or a 75-minute drive from the ferry terminals of Departure Bay and Duke Point near Nanaimo. 
  • By Boat: The Town of Comox (4km away from Courtenay) is home to four marinas, which hold over 500 pleasure boats and a commercial fishing fleet. The marinas are protected by a rock breakwater that is protected by Goose Spit, creating a safe year-round harbour. A full range of facilities including moorage, showers, restaurants and shops are adjacent to the harbour.
  • By Air: The Comox Valley Regional Airport fields daily flights between Vancouver and Comox and direct flights from Calgary. Small aircraft and floatplanes land at the Courtenay Airpark near downtown Courtenay. 
  • By Bus: Daily coach lines connect Vancouver Island with the Mainland and local bus service is also available in Comox, Courtenay and Cumberland. 
  • By Train: Take the Esquimalt and Nanaimo Railroad, a scenic track that still carries passengers up island from Victoria and Nanaimo.
Outdoor Adventure

The year-round temperate climate creates the perfect environment for year-round outdoor recreation activities like skiing, swimming, paddling, diving and golfing. It really is possible to enjoy the best of all seasons in the Comox Valley—you can be knee deep in powder and within half an hour paddling in the sea so it’s no wonder the Comox Valley is billing itself as the Recreational Capital of Canada!

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