Comox is located 115 km (72 miles) north of Nanaimo
and 52 km (33 miles) south of Campbell
River on Vancouver Island.
Valley Regional District
Comox is situated in the beautiful Comox Valley along with two other
communities, Courtenay and Cumberland.
These three communities, together with the surrounding farmland
and the smaller villages of Merville, Royston and Union Bay along
Hwy 19A, First Nation reserves, Denman
Island and Hornby
Island, all belong in the Comox Valley Regional District.
Comox is a very nice community with well-maintained roads, sidewalks
and flower containers adorning the streets everywhere. The community
faces south towards Balmoral Beach and the Comox Harbour and west
looking at the Courtenay River Estuary with the Beaufort Mountain
Range in the background.
Along the oceanside is a public waterfront promenade that has views
of wildlife and oceanfront called the Comox Fisherman's Wharf. If
you are boating, there are two marinas situated at Fisherman's Wharf
called the Comox Harbour Marina and the Courtenay Slough Marina,
both operated by the Comox Valley Harbour Authority.
Among the fish boats you can sometimes find fresh fish for sale
at the Fish Sales dock. You can also walk out along the new walkway
that has been added to the breakwater. For refreshments, there are
two waterfront pubs located near Fisherman's Wharf - the Blackfin
Pub and The Edgewater Pub and Restaurant. Unfortunately it was a
sad day in Comox in 2011 when the historic Lorne Hotel caught fire
and burned to the ground.
The community of Comox enjoys lots of sunshine with a beautiful
south exposure past Comox Harbour towards Denman Island and Hornby
Island. Comox borders towards the north with Courtenay, then the
Air Force Base at CFB Comox and Cape Lazo in the east.
Situated north-east of Comox is home to the 19 Wing air force detachment
at CFB Comox. This base has been instrumental in the development
of Comox history with many servicemen eventually returning to the
Comox Valley to retire. Also located next door to CFB Comox are
the Comox Air Force Museum and the Comox Valley Airport.
Air Force Museum
The Comox Air Force Museum is well worth the visit in exploring
British Columbia's aviation past, especially dealing with the Canadian
Air Force, the airplanes and the servicemen that were part of protecting
Canada's Pacific Region. The exhibits are well displayed with both
an indoor and outdoor section of the museum. If you enjoyed the
Air Museum in North
Saanich, the Comox Air Force Museum will surely be of interest.
There are lots of other places in Comox to have a coffee or something
to eat. You can find very good bistros, small wine bars and relaxing
patios throughout the community. Everything is very close to each
other, all being within easy and enjoyable walking distance, especially
along the beautiful paving stone sidewalks and stone walks that
adorn the streets.
The Filberg Heritage Lodge and Park, a heritage site, is located
at 61 Filberg Road in Comox and is host to the annual Filberg Festival.
This celebration of food, music, fun, arts and crafts occurs annually
on the August BC Day long-weekend at an estate once home to British
Columbia's largest forest baron in the early 1900's, Bob Filberg,
president of the Comox Logging and Railway Company.
Other events and celebrations in Comox held at Marina Park worth
visiting include the Shellfish Festival in June and a Comox tradition,
Nautical Days, a family event held since 1957 featuring a pancake
breakfast, kids' bullhead derby, bear gardens, family dance, dragon
boat race and car show.
There are a number of golf courses that are very close to Comox
in the nearby area. Situated right in town on Balmoral Avenue is
the Comox Golf Course, the Longlands Par 3 Golf Course on Anderson
Road and the Glacier Greens Golf Course at CFB Comox. Also situated
in nearby Courtenay is the world-class Crown Isle Resort & Community
the Ocean Waterfront
For exploring around the waterfront near Comox in the Comox Valley
Regional District, there is Kye Bay Beach situated just north of
Cape Lazo by CFB Comox. Kye Bay has shallow tidal pools and a perfect
beach for skimboarding, just excellent for young kids and teenagers.
You should visit Seal Bay Regional Park where there are bike trails
and walks along the oceanfront.
provincial parks that nearby to Comox which both have campgrounds
and available boat launches are Kitty Coleman and Kin Beach. Kitty
Coleman Provincial is close to the beautiful gardens found at Kitty
Coleman Woodland Gardens and Kin Beach Provincial Park is close
to Little River where you would catch the scheduled sailing by BC
Ferries to Powell River.
on Comox: Includes;
Travel, Recreation, Accommodation, Places to Eat and First Nations