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 Home > Travel BC > BC Cities and Towns > The Islands > Royston 

Royston is located on Vancouver Island 7 km (4 miles) south of Courtenay and 21 km (13 miles) north of Fanny Bay on Hwy 19A.

Seaside Village
Royston is a small seaside village that is situated on the west shore of Comox Inlet directly across from Comox. First settled by Europeans in 1862, the Royston area was well-known by the local First Nations for thousands of years as a place of extreme wealth with a bounty of clams, mussels, herring, oysters and salmon, all found along Comox Harbour.

Comox Valley Logging Industry
In time the Europeans started clearing and processing the vast amounts of timber that grew throughout the Comox Valley. Eventually, a port facility for log barges was put in along the water by the Comox Logging and Railway Company - a subsidiary of Canadian Western Lumber Company - to export them to Vancouver for processing at Fraser Mills.

Many large farms were also created in the surrounding community of later-day Royston to produce food that was required by Robert Dunsmuir to feed the men working in the coal mines found north of Royston at Cumberland. Eventually, the Royston area became popular for townsfolk of Cumberland and they started acquiring property along the Comox Harbour waterfront to have cabins to visit during the summer months.

'Roy's Town'
'Roy's Town' or, eventually, Royston, was named after William Roy who bought land once owned by the coal baron, Robert Dunsmuir, in 1890. William Roy teamed up with businessmen, Harry Idiens and Frederick Warren, who were, at the time, a couple of Vancouver Island's biggest land promoters and subdivided it, selling 25 acres' worth of deeded lots and creating Royston in 1910.

'Royston Wrecks'
Royston's harbour is very unique in that it has a breakwater that is made from a number of hauls of derelict ships. Known as the 'Royston Wrecks' this ship graveyard was made from a number of old decommissioned Canadian warships and freighters to form a breakwater to help protect the log booms that were waiting for transport to Vancouver by tub boat.

Kingfisher Oceanside Resort & Spa
For people who love being pampered in a spa atmosphere, Royston is home to the Kingfisher Oceanside Resort & Spa. Often considered as one of British Columbia's best spa experiences - the Kingfisher Oceanside Resort & Spa that is situated on a beautiful oceanfront location along Comox Harbour in a building style in a very traditional West Coast style.

Royston Businesses
Other businesses operating in Royston include Royston Mini-Mart, a couple of gas stations and two very good restaurants specializing in seafood, the Kingfisher Seafood Restaurant which features a Sunday buffet and the Seaside Restaurant.

Backstreet Pub
For entertainment and pub food, you can try visiting the local watering hole, the Backstreet Pub located on Hwy 19A. For other nearby places located south of Royston by 9 km (6 miles) on Hwy 19A in another seaside village of Union Bay is the Highwayman Pub, another local favourite.

Unique Community
Other things to see in Royston include the beautiful mural that was put on the side of the Royston Hall depicting its heritage. Then if you have time, travel up to neighbouring Cumberland and visit this unique community and its historical association with Royston and discover nearby Comox Lake where, with the appropriate fishing licence, you can find some excellent fishing opportunities.

Sandy Island Marine Provincial Park
Royston is in close proximity to a number of great boating and swimming areas including both Denman Island and Hornby Island. For wilderness camping and exploring, there is Sandy Island Marine Provincial Park or the First Nation name Jáji7em and Kw’ulh Marine Park which is situated off the north tip of Denman Island. At Sandy Island and nearby Seal Islets, you can find a sensitive eco-system made up of endangered birds and a fragile plant system comprised of various wildflowers and very unique fauna.

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