101 THINGS TO DO IN THE COMOX VALLEY
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So Much To Do!
Start off by stopping in at the Vancouver Island Visitor Centre just past the turn off from the Inland Island Highway heading towards Courtenay on Small Road. You can’t miss the suspended Snowbird aircraft out front from the highway. Check out this award winning eco-building and play with the disproportionately fun interactive displays inside.
1. Take a historical walk down the Rotary Walkway in Courtenay that follows the train tracks through town. If you didn’t get enough when it ends, just keep on following the tracks all the way to Victoria, there hasn’t been a train in years!!
2. Visit the Comox Marina and see the boats from the beautiful boardwalk.
4. Stop on the 5th Street bridge in Courtenay and watch boats, kayaks, birds, seals and the salmon run in the fall.
5. Rollerblade, Bike or Skateboard around the Courtenay Airpark and watch the small planes take off and land. Bring the kids and find one of the valley’s great playgrounds at the far end of the airstrip.
6. Salute the rusty remains of several historic ships at the Royston Wrecks. You can rent a kayak, a canoe or Stand-up Paddle Board from Comox Valley Kayaks.
7. Learn to Scuba dive through UB Diving and see why Vancouver Island is world famous for cold water dives. Burr. UB Diving also does boat tours and whale watching if going under isn’t your thing.
8. Feel the sand in your shoes, the wind in your hair, and smell the salt in the air at Goose Spit in Comox.
9. Explore the backcountry of Strathcona Provincial Park, British Columbia’s oldest Provincial Park.
10. Want adventure? Tube down the Puntledge River and meet the locals on a hot sunny day.
12. Explore Kye Bay,the perfect sandy beach to enjoy a far out tide. Check the tide schedule as there are many tide pools for the kids to play in, and an incoming tide is perfect for swimming as the warm sand heats up the water.
13. Tour the Gardens in Bloom organized by the Horticultural Society.
14. Hike through the picturesque alpine slopes of Paradise Meadows, stopping for a picnic by one of several lakes along the way.
15. Barbecue at Kin Beach and watch cruise ships sail through the Georgia Strait.
16. Take a scenic drive to Comox Lake and go canoeing or swimming. Or take the jet boat for a waterski!
17. Have a campfire and roast marshmallows on the beach at Goose Spit. (In the fire rings provided please)
18. Take up plane-spotting at the Courtenay Airpark or watch Harbour Air seaplanes at Comox Marina.
19. Visit the Comox Valley Farmers’ Market, which offers farm fresh, organic, and specialty products all year long.
20. Advanced mountain bikers can feel the thrill of the Monster Mile Downhill at Mount Washington.
21. Don’t like paying to ride a lift to go biking? Well then pedal yourself up the world class mountain bike trails of Cumberland.
22. Don’t forget your compass! Train for the Cumberland MOMAR (Mind Over Mountain Adventure Race).
23. Plan a three-day backpacking hike through the wilderness to the Comox Glacier.
24. Savour a salty swim in the warm waters of sandy Tribune Bay on Hornby Island. This journey makes a great day trip, or spend the night. Great mountain biking too.
25. Take an Eco-Tour adventure on the ocean, in the woods or along the shore on a bike. Island Joy Rides can help!
26. Spend a day kayaking to Sandy Island. Comox Valley Kayaks does rentals, located by the Courtenay AirPark.
27. Watch spawning salmon head upstream to the Puntledge Fish Hatchery.
28. Charter a boat and fish for salmon.
29. Golf at one of the Valley’s many golf courses. The premiere course being Crown Isle, but closely followed by Glacier Greens, Sunnydale and the Comox Golf Club.
30. Go on an overnight hike to Mt. Albert Edward.
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31. Go fly a kite at Point Holmes.
32. Take a summer chair lift to the top of Mount Washington and then hike or mountain bike down.
33. Dip into the cool, glacier-fed pools of Stotan Falls, or Nymph Falls, or the Medicine Bowls on Browns River. Orrr….There’s too many to name here. Ask a local, they’re probably heading there already if it’s a nice day.
34. Cruise along the Comox Valley coast in a boat and dock at the Comox Marina.
35. Participate or be a spectator at the Royal LePage Snow to Surf Relay Race in April.
36. Take a very scenic drive down south and indulge in world-famous Fanny Bay Oysters. Or you could fly to Vegas and try them there too.
37. Get an ice cream and go for a stroll along the Comox pier. Benino Gelato in downtow Comox has gourmet gelato. Just saying.
38. Have a picnic lunch at Saratoga Beach and build a sandcastle.
39. Go on a guided horseback ride at one of our local riding stables.
40. Catch the breeze by windsurfing, or kite boarding, at Goose Spit where the winds blows.
41. Go for a bike ride along the mostly mellow and flat BC Hydro-Puntledge River trails.
42. Enjoy easy to advanced mountain bike trails through Cumberland’s surrounding forests.
43. Spend a winter’s day at Mount Washington, cross-country skiing on more than 55 kms of groomed trail. Raven Lodge is perfect for snowshoeing too and has some pretty good food!
44. Snow Tubing is an unrecognized sport and the most mature of us quickly becomes eight years old once again as an inflatable tube comes into contact with snow. Of course eight year olds love it too. Mount Washington is the place to be.
45. Spot the magnificent winter flocks of Trumpeter Swans from one of several viewing locations in the Valley.
47. Lace up the ice skates at the Comox Valley Sports Centre.
In The Holiday Season…
48. Catch the Co-Val Choristers annual Christmas production.
49. Enjoy one of many Christmas Craft Fairs held in the Valley during the holidays.
50. Shop ‘til you drop at two of Downtown Courtenay’s special outdoor sale events – Moonlight Magic in November and Market Day in July. In downtown Comox, join in the fun at Santa’s Light Up Christmas event in November.
51. Watch the spawning salmon climb the ladder at Mack Laing Park in Comox or Nymph Falls in Courtenay. Careful for the hungry eagles and bears too!
52. Take a leisurely stroll along Cumberland’s historic main street.
53. Dig deep into coal mining history at the Cumberland Museum and Archives.
54. Visit The Wandering Moose coffee shop in the historic Post Office building.
55. Climb the risk free (almost) indoor rock climbing wall at the Cumberland Recreation Centre.
56. Visit Jumbo’s Cabin, the last surviving building of Cumberland’s Chinatown.
57. Picnic and play at No.6 Mine Park in Cumberland.
59. The Treasure Shack: antiques, collectibles and treasures.
60. Too Good to be Threw, a great name and a great store that supports women’s shelters and transitional houses.
61. Courtenay Antiques at 367 4th Street, right downtown.
Galleries & The Arts
62. Pearl Ellis Gallery Fine Art Society supports the arts and has many incredible shows. Be sure to see what is hanging now.
63. Comox Valley Art Gallery always has something interesting from local, national and international artists.
64. Take a short drive down island to discover Denman Island pottery shops and artist’s studios, of which there are a few.
65. Whyte’s Framing and Gallery, a family owned gallery that has shown some incredible works in the past, and hopefully for you, right now!
66. Visit our authentic Native Gallery and Gift Shop: I-Hos Gallery operated by the Comox First Nation.
67. Need a great read? You can do no better for used books than The Second Page used bookstore on Duncan Avenue in Downtown Courtenay.
68. For something new and fresh, Laughing Oyster Books on 5th Street is the place to turn.
69. In Comox, the used books can be found at Nearly New Books on the main strip.
70. Also in Comox, for the brand new and exciting books, check in to Blue Heron Books.
Vineyards, Craft Breweries and Distilleries
71. Visit one of the fine craft breweries that have sprung up around the valley of late. In Courtenay, there is Gladstone Brewery right in the heart of the downtown area on 4th and Cliffe. Also in Courtenay, the award winning Forbidden Brewery is located below the Best Western hotel at 17th Street and Cliffe. In Cumberland, also winning awards, is the Cumberland Brewing Company, or the CBC as the locals know it.
72. Visit a local vineyard. 40 Knots, Beaufort Winery, Blue Moon Winery, Coastal Black or Beaufort Winery. (Check for tasting times)
73. Not one to give an inch to our lower alcohol (weaker) alternatives, the Comox Valley now has a whisky distillery to call our own. It took years for the first batch to come to market, but it was well worth the wait.
74. Visit the Kitty Coleman Woodland Gardens. Rhodos are in full bloom early spring.
75. View squirrels, birds and wildflowers at Seal Bay Regional Nature Park. Over 2000 acres!
76. See why the Comox Valley is internationally recognized as an Important Bird Area by bird watching along the Courtenay Riverway or at Lazo Marsh by Point Holmes, Comox
78. Walk among the trees and streams of Mack Laing Park in Comox.
79. Hike along the beautiful, and flat, bluffs at Helliwell Park on Hornby Island.
80. Tour the Comox Air Force Museum, where permanent exhibits display the heritage of CFB Comox.
81. HMS Alberni Museum at the Comox Mall.
82. Hunt for fossils with the Courtenay Museum.
For The Hungry
84. Fine Dining can be yours. Eat out and eat well at one of the Comox Valley’s many restaurants. Andrena’s Top Patio restaurants are Crown Isle Timber Room Pub, Martine’s Bistro (Comox), Locals (moved to Old House Restaurant Courtenay)
85. You can not get any fresher seafood than at Potugese Joes on Comox Road by the estuary where the boat pulls up to the back of the store.
86. Well, you can get a little fresher I suppose when you buy directly from the boat at Comox Wharf.
87. Go on a unique shopping experience in Downtown Courtenay. Shop the Famous 5th Street and beyond.
Unique, Hip or With The Kids
88. Experience a new side of an old sport by going “cosmic” bowling at Codes Country Lanes on 6th Street in Courtenay.
89. Play mini golf at Miracle Beach Adventure Golf.
90. Go-Karting takes a lot of skills. Get your race face on at Saratoga Speedway.
91. Enjoy the wave pool and indoor waterslides at the Comox Valley Aquatic Centre.
92. Visit the animals at a hands-on petting farm at Filberg Park in Comox, or Seaview Game Farm in Black Creek. Even the littlest kids welcome.
93. Monster Trucks? Oh Yeah!
95. Work out at one of the outdoor gyms, at Riverside Park in Courtenay or Anderton Park in Comox.
96. Play tennis at Lewis Park in Courtenay or in Comox at Anderton Park (by Comox Mall).
97. Take a short drive south and a short ferry across the pond to Explore Denman Island and Hornby Island on a bike.
99. We got coffee. Sip a cappuccino and people watch from one of the many coffee houses in the Comox Valley. Andrena’s Top Picks: Rhodos Coffee Roasting in Courtenay or try Hot Chocolates for delicious cakes too. Or The Broken Spoke.
100. Enjoy live theatrical and musical performances at the Sid Williams Civic Theatre.
101. Keep your eyes peeled for performances at The Native Sons Hall, The Filberg Centre, The Little Red Church in Comox, or almost any evening at The Waverely in Cumberland.
102. In July, camp out at Vancouver Island Music Fest and enjoy three days of live music, with acts from across Canada and around the world.
103. Enjoy the creations of 70 Canadian artisans at the annual Filberg Festival. Swing your hips to the live music on multiple stages.
104. Go to Cumberland’s Empire Days Festival on the May long weekend.
105. Elevate The Arts – a three day long art festival that covers the first weekend of June.
106. Cheer on the most intrepid sailors at the Comox Nautical Day’s “Build Bail and Sail” event in August.
107. Savour the Sea at the annual BC Shellfish & Seafood Festival.