Beaches and Swimming
Kye Bay offers beautiful sandy beaches and many shallow tidal pools perfect for the kids. If you plan it just right when the tide is coming in the water is in credibly warm as it passes over the hot sand. Kye Bay is the perfect place to pack a picnic, bring the kids and the dog, and spend the day at the beach.
Follow Ryan Rd till you get to the very end (at the base) and turn right on Pritchard. Follow along till you get to the round-about and turn left (Knight Rd). Keep going for a while – you’ll pass the airport (on your left) and a number of farms. (If they’re open, pop into Sieferts Farm for a little treat). Continue along Knight Rd till you find your next left. (Its the last, and only street, before the hill down to the water at Pt. Holmes. This road will lead you right to the beach.
Goose Spit Park offers excellent views to the south, east and west. On the inside is a sheltered lagoon that provides food and habitat for many migratory and resident waterfowl. Goose spit is a popular spot for kite-boarding in the fall and winter seasons. In the summer many people enjoy paddling and swimming on the beaches. Goose Spit Park is a unique landform, a flexible sand spit fed by the Willemar Bluffs that, together with Gartley Point, creates the Comox Harbour. The park lies within the provincially rare coastal sand ecosystem and is home to a number of provincially blue and red listed plants and animals. A log wall in the high tide area helps prevent the road from being washed out during winter storms. It also helps to trap sand and encourage vegetation to establish.
Follow Balmoral SE from the Comox Golf course, and keep going when it becomes Hawkins Road
Miracle Beach Provincial Park:
Located on the waterfront midway between Courtenay and Campbell River, this park provides easy access to both communities and a wealth of entertainment. On the beach, sandcastle building, sunning, swimming, exploring tide pools or just frolicking along the shore are all part of the Miracle Beach experience. Nearby you’ll find horseback riding, golf, fishing and almost any other recreational activity you can imagine. A broad safe sandy beach on the ocean is the main attraction at Miracle Beach, which also features spacious private campsites, group camping facilities, a playground for the kids, hot showers, a large picnic area overlooking the water and a series of lovely trails winding through lush forest. At low tide, the beach features rich tide pools, perfect for observing a variety of marine life.
Miracle Beach Provincial Park is located 22 km north of Courtenay and 22 km south of Campbell River off Hwy 19a. From Hwy 19 take exit #144 (Hamm Road) to Hwy 19a (the Oceanside Route). Head north a short distance to Miracle Beach Drive, then drive 2 km straight into the park. Nearby communities include: Campbell River, Comox Valley, Merville.
Kitty Coleman Provincial Park:
Situated on the south side of the Strait of Georgia, Kitty Coleman Provincial Park is a popular destination for swimming, boating, fishing, and oceanfront camping. The park protects the mature forest of Western hemlock, Western red cedar and Douglas fir in the upland portion, the estuary of Kitty Coleman Creek, and 900 metres of shoreline. Park facilities include a picnic shelter, picnic tables, pit toilets, two boat launches, several nature trails and camping for individuals and groups. The eastern portion of the park is home to a single majestic old-growth Douglas fir, estimated to be more than 500 years old. Wild onions can also be found growing throughout the area.
Kin Beach Provincial Park offers a large day-use area with picnic facilities and a playground, as well as a campground. This small park overlooks the Strait of Georgia and offers scenic views of the mainland. Visitors and local residents head to Kin Beach to explore the rocky beach or enjoy a picnic under the shade of mature Douglas fir trees. A large open grassy field is another feature of this park, situated in a quiet residential section of Comox near the air force base. A small store selling snacks and toiletries is located next to the parking lot in the day-use area
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