Imagine snowcapped mountain vistas, the salt tang of ocean air and the cool stillness of a West Coast rainforest. Picture charming islands to explore, fish waiting to be caught, mountains to ski and rivers to paddle. See yourself browsing through shops full of unique, hand-made art, crafts and furniture, laughing yourself silly at comedy sports or experiencing the burst of genuine flavour that is served with food fresh from the farm and ocean. All of this and more is waiting for you in the Comox Valley!
Nestled between the Beaufort Mountains and the Strait of Georgia, the Comox Valley is a collection of rolling mountains, delicate alpine meadows, rushing rivers, pristine lakes, lush forests, fertile farms and more than 40 green parks. This unique geography, plus a year-round temperate climate, creates an exceptional location for hiking, horseback riding, boating, fishing, swimming, mountain biking, diving and camping. In the Comox Valley it really is possible to enjoy the best of all seasons – you can be skiing knee-deep in a winter wonderland, then within half an hour be dusting the snow off your boots on a lush green golf course, or paddling a kayak through pristine blue waters.
The Comox Valley is also a thriving center for arts and culture Three major museums, live theatre, a dynamic music scene and an active artists’ community are just a few of the many attractions. And for those who wish to explore further afield, the Valley’s central location on Vancouver Island makes it easy to plan day trips to nearby sites of interest.
Situated on the east side of Vancouver Island, the Comox Valley stretches approximately 30 miles (50 km) along the coast from Fanny Bay to Saratoga Beach. The Valley includes the communities of Courtenay, Comox and Cumberland, as well as numerous rural settlements and the adjacent islands of Denman and Hornby. In these picturesque places you can walk on sandy beaches with bald eagles soaring overhead, experience the thrill of digging your own fossils and sample home-baked goodies in trendy cafes. You’ll also find friendly locals who love to chat, and funky shops where browsing is pure pleasure.
The area has a strong stable economy, with major employers including CFB Comox, School District 71, North Island College and Mt. Washington. The Comox Valley boasts a strong infrastructure ncluding St.Joseph’s Hospital, three recreation centres, two airports and two ferry terminals (one to Denman and Hornby Island and one to Powell River on the mainland).
With its stunning views and vibrant combination of outdoor adventures and artistic activities, it is no surprise that the Comox Valley is one of B.C.’s most “livable” destinations.