Courtenay / Comox, Vancouver Island
The possibilities of outdoor adventure and recreation abound in this all-season wonderland. While skiers and snowboarders shred the powder up at Mount Washington, other outdoor enthusiasts continue to enjoy their pursuits down below in the Comox Valley all winter long. A vast network of trails cut into the rainforest offers amazing mountain biking for all levels in any season, while the forest canopies of Nymph Falls and Seal Bay Regional Parks shelter hikers as they explore some of the most scenic trails in the region. For those who would rather be out on the water, the gentle ripples of Baynes Sound are just waiting to be cut by the paddle of a relaxed afternoon kayaker. If itís tee time youíre after, the Comox Valley has seven golf courses, six of which are open year-round, and several other world-class Vancouver Island courses are less than an hour away. As any local could assure you, and any visitor to the area will discover, in the Comox Valley, adventure doesnít take the winter off!Complementing the pristine natural environment of the Comox Valley is a thriving and sophisticated cultural scene highlighted by more than 50 annual festivals and events. Events run the gamut from arts and crafts at the Filberg Festival to the fresh beats of MusicFest, one of the top music festivals in the country. In between festivities, guests and locals dine on locally produced products at venues ranging from classy oceanside dining rooms to funky neighbourhood bistros. The Comox Valley produces world-renowned oysters, award-winning cheeses and a wide variety of fresh farm products, from wild game to organic fruits and veggies. Here in the Valley, youíll also find two wineries, a meadery and a single-malt whisky distillery.
Although the Comox Valley is your gateway to the rugged wilderness of Vancouver Island, a remote outpost it certainly is not! The Valley is serviced by daily direct flights from Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver via the Comox Valley Airport (YQQ). Visitors from the Parksville and Qualicum Beach region reach the Valley in less than an hour along the inland island highway (Hwy 19) or the scenic oceanside route (Hwy 19A). Throw the daily ferries direct to Comox from the Sunshine Coast into the mix and youíve got a modern travel hub on the doorstep of some of the most spectacular island and alpine wilderness anywhere on the planet!Information provided by Comox Valley Tourism.