Winter at Mount Washington

Our early season operations start December 4th, 2020 (weather dependant) on the Easy Acres terrain. The opening will include skiing on the Easy Acres zone for beginners, the Tube Park and areas of the Nordic cross-country skiing area. More terrain areas will open as snow conditions allow.

Click Here for all the latest at Mount Washington this winter!

Oyster River Potholes

The Oyster River Potholes are a must see! With some of the clearest water you’ll experience, this North Island secret is one worth sharing!

Location: There are two entries; The Lower Potholes -Off the Highway 19a turn onto York road.  This is the swimming hole section with a fast running river, not shown in the image shown, the swimming hole is 7km along York road until you reach the junction point for the power lines.   Be aware that this is a residential road with local residents, we ask that you respect their privacy.. For the area appearing in the image below – Upper Potholes, off the inland Hwy 19, just off from the Cranberry Rd Exit. Drive down a couple of logging roads, park, and walk down to the bowls.

Please take your rubbish with you.  These pot holes are not maintained by city operations, and rely on the responsible use of those that enjoy them.

Please note: Hazards present due to the terrain, so be cautious.

Art Galleries and Studios

Art Galleries and Studios

Comox Valley Art Gallery

CVAG is a public art gallery featuring contemporary, experimental and applied art by regional and international artists.
CVAG re-opens it doors this Saturday,
July 11, from 10 to 4pm 

Kicking it off, CVAG has the exhibition: The Time of Things:The Continuum of Indigenous Customary Practice into Contemporary Art  (here until Sept. 11)    /    Community incubator projects: Water (re)Source    /    The multi-year public art works program on CVAG’s Plaza: Public Place / Sacred Space    /    Other Events and Exhibits through the Summer: Traditional Indigenous Full Circle Tea GardenCrossroadsCVAG Next Door

The Comox Valley Art Gallery’s public gallery provides an environment for the exhibition of Canadian and international conceptually and aesthetically engaging art and related cultural practices. CVAG’s primary concern is to support the professional development of emerging artists through critical activities that include exhibitions, lectures, publications, events and special projects. 

New gallery hours:

Wednesdays – 12pm to 7pm,
Fridays – 1pm to 6pm
Saturdays – 10am to 4pm.
Book appointments for small groups by contacting at gallery@comoxvalleyartgallery.com or calling 250.338.6211.

Location and Contact

580 Duncan Ave, Courtenay   /   250.338.6211   /   comoxvalleyartgallery.com

Potters Place Gallery

Pottery Gallery and Shop

The alchemy of earth, fire, water and air brings to you the magic of ceramic art.

The Potters Place Gallery is a beautiful ceramics gallery run as a non profit society by a collective of local island potters and has been operating for 25 years. The Potters Place shows the largest selection of clay works on Vancouver Island and one of the largest ceramic galleries in B.C. and Canada.

Each month they highlight one of our wonderful Potters. Their Front Window Gallery is where the monthly “Featured Artist” will have their work on display. Be sure to come by the shop to see what and who is new!
Gallery Hours

Tuesdays: Virtual appointments

Wednesdays – Private in-store shopping: by appointment only

Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays: 10 – 3 pm

Location and Contact

Located at the corner of 5th and Cliffe in downtown Courtenay   /   180 5th St, Courtenay,   /   250.334.4613   /   thepottersplace.ca

Pearl Ellis Gallery

The Pearl Ellis Gallery is a non-profit society dedicated to the arts in the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island.

From the beginning, the object of the organization has been to establish and maintain an arts centre to promote interest in and study of the arts and to provide a location that affords a showcase for local talent.

The Gallery is planned to reopen July 13th

Location and Contact

1729 A Comox Ave. Comox   /   250.339.2822   /   pearlellisgallery.com

 

Art Alchemy Studio

Art Alchemy is a working studio and gallery where artists share the space and experience of art making. They welcome visitors to witness the process of art making, be inspired by a wide diversity of artistic expressions and to buy local, high quality art work made by the talented and hard working artists of art alchemy.

Open Saturdays 11-4 by appointment or whenever the door is open, come on up and be inspired.

Art Alchemy Studio offers Art Workshops as well including:

Fun Art Classes and Workshops for all levels (Perfect for a girls night out, date night, birthday parties or team building groups)

PRIVATE ART SESSIONS AVAILABLE for a group of friends, social club, birthday party, family or work team building event.

More as circumstances progress. Stay updated!

Enjoy the artwork up for exhibit at the Comox Airport too! An excellent place with the big walls and spreading art that makes a positive impact on visitors to our green Island home.

Location and Contact

362C 10th St Courtenay, (above United Carpets)   /   250.218.2742   /   artalchemy.ca (and for the Airport) comoxairport

Explore Hornby Island Art Studios

Hornby Island is a hidden away treasure island of artists and art studios. Want to see them all? Make a day trip out of it and just try. We dare you! Explore discovered and undiscovered local art studios and artist.

Head to the Hornby Island Art Council website to find studio and artists locations!

Location and Contact

2115A Sollans Road, Hornby Island, BC   /   250.335.2070   /   hornbyarts.com

 

 

*Please review applicable COVID-19 protocols. Contact site for relative information and availability.

Museums

Comox Airforce Museum

The CAFM commemorates the role and history of 19 Wing (CFB/RCAF/RAF), documenting significant achievements in West Coast Military Aviation History. Here you’ll see the history of the Snowbirds

They are open Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 4pm. Admission is by donation

PRESENTING THE VIRTUAL MUSEUM TOUR

The Comox Airforce Museum now have an up and running virtual museum where you can virtually view the history of 19 Wing.

Location and Contact

Military Row, Lazo   /   1.250.339.8162   /   comoxairforcemuseum.ca

Directions

The Comox Air Force Museum is located at the main entrance to 19th Wing Comox, our local military base, on the corner of Ryan Road East and Military Row.

If you are coming via Ryan Road east, you will be driving right up to our parking lot, and there is lots of signage to help guide you. Same thing goes if you come via Military Row; just keep going past the Recreation Centre and look for us kitty-corner across the road from Canex.

 

HMCS Alberni Museum and Memorial

A non-profiet-profit, Remembrance Program, Museum, and tribute to the Canadian and British men who served on HMCS ALBERNI from 1941 until she was sunk off the Isle of Wight in 1944.

Summer Schedule in effect (June 1 – September 1) Monday – Saturday  10 am – 4 pm.
Winter Hours: (September 1 – May 31) Tuesday – Saturday  10am -4pm

It is Operated by The Alberni Project Society which focuses attention on the lives and stories of Canadians who served with Canada’s military from the Great War of 1914 – 1918, and onwards to the present day.

Admission by Donation

Location and Contact

5-625 Cliffe Avenue, Courtenay   /   250.897.4611   /   alberniproject.org

 

Courtenay and District Museum: Museum and Palaeontology Centre

Are they serious about what they do? You bet – award winning natural and cultural history, academic research, interpretation, preservation – and having fun!

Be their guest to find out why the Comox Valley – past and present, is one of the most plentiful places on earth. Take a fossil tour and travel 80 million years back in time; browse our galleries to delve into the stories that make our history come alive.

Throughout the year, the museum offers on-site and outdoor programming suitable for all age groups. Program subjects include fossils, geology, First Nations history, pioneer settlement history, social history of the Comox Valley, logging and lumber history, river way study, as well as, a series of changing exhibitions.

Location and Contact

207 Fourth Street, Courtenay   /   250.334.0686   /   courtenaymuseum.ca

 

Cumberland Museum and Archives

The Cumberland Museum and Archives tells the story of the people of Cumberland—the rich, the poor, the powerful, the rebellious, the righteous and the radical through engaging exhibits, films, video kiosks, and a replica coal mine for you to discover. The Cumberland Museum and Archives opened its doors in 1981 and is home to the extensive archives and artefacts of the community of Cumberland.

To enhance their museum experience while maintaining exceptional health and safety measures, the staff have lovingly created “Footprints of History”—a one-way journey through the story of Cumberland’s culture, people and past

The Cumberland Museum and Archives offers private guided walking and museum tours, for groups. An engaging offering for staff outings, family reunions, conference activities, club activities, and more.

Join them at the “People’s Museum” of Cumberland and add your questions, knowledge, stories and interests to the rich fabric of our organization.

New Operational Days and Hours

Tuesday – Saturday, 11 am – 4:30 pm
Dedicated Seniors’ Hours: Thursday mornings 10 am – 11 am
Closed Sundays and Mondays.
Closed on all statutory holidays.

Location and Contact

2680 Dunsmuir Ave, Cumberland   /   250.336.2445   /   cumberlandmuseum.ca

 

Comox Archives and Museum

The history of Comox and area is alive.  Here in an evolving exhibit we show timelines of the development from the exploration of Vancouver Island through to modern times. We feature family histories, slide shows, maps and many photos to build a picture of Comox through time.

Enjoy our fresh, bright and comfortable space and turn your clock back over 150 years.

You can currently enjoy their online exhibits, which features:

Significant Women, Ethel May and Hamilton Mack Laing, Heritage Wedding Fashions, Notable Comox Buildings, and Points of Interest of Comox Valley’s Past

Location and Contact

1729 Comox Avenue, Comox Valley   /   250.339.2885   /   comoxmuseum.ca

 

*Please review applicable COVID-19 protocols. Contact site for relative information and availability.

Comox Valley Farmers’ Market

Markets

Comox Valley Farmers’ Market

Summer Market Season is Here!

Comox Valley Exhibition Grounds: Saturdays 9am – 1pm
Cumberland Village Square: Sundays 10am – 1pm
Downtown Courtney: Wednesdays 4pm – 7pm

Their farmers and producers offer fresh in season fruits and vegetables, wild harvested foods, small scale meat and seafood, eggs, artisan food products, ready to eat food and drink and craft beer, wine and spirits.

During COVID-19 their online market is especially important to keep the residents of the Comox Valley and beyond supplied with fresh, local and nutritionally dense food.  Although their store is operational, they are still working with vendors to make sure all your favourite products are available.

Come for the freshness and stay for the fun!

Their Purpose

  • To promote the economic health of the local farm community,
  • To provide quality locally grown farm products,
  • To educate the community in agricultural issues, and
  • To promote local agriculture.

Location and Contact

Comox Valley Exhibition Grounds (Saturdays 9am – 1pm), Cumberland Village Square (Sundays 10am – 1pm), Downtown Courtney (Wednesdays 4pm – 7pm)   /   Email: info@cvfm.ca   /   cvfm.ca

 

*Please review applicable COVID-19 protocols. Contact site for relative information and availability.

Distilleries

Distilleries

Wayward Distillery

Wayward Distillery is Canada’s first distillery to produce spirits using 100% BC honey. Located in the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island, BC, Wayward Distillery celebrates spirit culture by producing Unruly Gin, Unruly Vodka, Krupnik, Drunken Hive Rum, and Depth Charge spirits. Each and every one of Wayward’s spirits is precisely designed to be sippable on their own and enjoyed in the tastiest of cocktails. When the time is right, join them for a complimentary taste, and stay for a tour to learn about the art of distilling and where your favourite spirits come from. Wayward Distillery, a group of unruly people fighting the evils of poor quality spirits one bottle at a time.

Open Tue-Sat: Noon to 5 pm

Location and Contact

2931 Moray Ave, Courtenay, BC   /   250.871.0424   /   waywarddistillery.com

 

Island Spirits Distillery

An Icebreaker Captain and a Professor of Organic Chemistry come together to form spirits that are now in high demand all over Vancouver Island, BC, and Alberta, with demand going farther than supply can keep up with!

Science aside, the proof is in the tasting. Island Spirits will have you sitting at the comfortable tasting counter, wondering at the complex curves of the still, marvelling at the number of aromatic botanicals added into the Phrog gin such as juniper, coriander, cinnamon and eleven more, sipping,  relax.  Smooth is the first word that comes to mind, especially with the vodka.  The gin changes with every sip, more of the aromatics being released as you swirl it in your mouth and expose it to air.

They’ve learned what gives you a hangover.   (It’s trace amounts of Propanol, Isopentanol, Methyl Butanol and Iso Butanol). They’ve also learned how to get rid of them.

Location and Contact

4605 Roburn Rd, Hornby Island, BC   /   250.335.0630   /   islandspirits.ca

 

*Please review applicable COVID-19 protocols. Contact site for relative information and availability.

Wineries and Tastings

Wineries

Beaufort Vineyard and Estate Winery

Winemaker, Freya Timmermans, crafts the vintage in small batches for a unique expression of our Island’s cool coastal climate. Expect youthful, fruit-driven reds, and lively, aromatic whites. Their tasting room is open seasonally and is situated at the top of the driveway in a renovated barn with a rusty orange roof. Beaufort Vineyard and Estate Winery value a cosy and unpretentious approach to sharing our wines

Location and Contact

5854 Pickering Road, Courtenay   /   250.338.1357   /  beaufortwines.ca

40 Knot Vineyard and Estate Winery

Their products are some of the best BC wines you’ll find. Come and discover them for yourself. Enjoy premium wine tastings, interpretive trails, and tours through the vineyard offered by the qualified 40 knot crew.

Warning:  After one of these experiences, your passion for wine will become an obsession.

Clean ethical wines are our promise. Great wines come from the vineyard.

Location and Contact

2400 Anderton Road, Comox   /   Toll Free: 1.855.941.8810 | Local:  1.250.941.8810   /   40knotswinery.com

Raven’s Moon Craft Cider

Hand Crafted Ciders

10 Varieties of dry cider brewed locally with local ingredients. Ravens Moon Craft Cider will take you by surprise with its unique and bold flavors. They LOVE to make cider, you LOVE to drink it

Artisan Wines

Hand crafted artisan and award-winning fruit wines made from 100% British Columbian organic fruit, picked at the peak of the harvest, tinkered to perfection, and created in small batches

In their own words, “An old wise man once said ‘If it’s not good enough for me, its not good enough for you'”. Cosy and causal, enjoy Raven’s Moon Craft Cider!

Location and Contact

4905 Darcy Rd, Courtenay   /   250.338.9765   /   ravensmooncraftcider.ca

Coastal Black Estate Winery

Coastal Black is an award winning estate fruit winery and cidery nestled at the base of Mt. Washington on the outskirts of the beautiful Comox Valley. Their family farm is made up of four generations living and working together to produce product of the highest standard, whether it be wine, cider, fresh market fruit, veggies and raw honey.

Coastal Black Estate Winery’s tasting patio and retail store is open Friday to Monday from 1:00pm-4:00pm.Curb-side pickup orders for wine and ciders can be placed anytime during the week simply message them via Facebook and let us know which of our delicious products you would like to purchase!

Location and Contact

2186 Endall Rd, Black Creek   /   250.337.8325   /   coastalblack.ca

Hornby Island Winery

Since 1999 the founders and owners, John Grayson and Joan Costello, have been producing delicious wines, ports, and sherry  made with local British Columbia fruits and berries. In 2020 they expanded the winery to produce high quality Hand Sanitizer.

The Winery is located on Hornby Island, a two ferry journey from Vancouver Island. Hornby is part of the ‘Gulf Islands’ wine region. This region is known for long, hot, dry summers.

The orchard, now 20 years old, produces exquisite English and French cider apples for their wines. The wine making magic happens right on site where they passionately handcraft each and every bottle.

Via their online store they ship to residences located in every Province of Canada. Shipping is FREE when the order is $100 or more (excluding taxes). There is no additional charge to pick up your order at the winery. The winery is open for order pick up every afternoon except Mondays. Please review website for the tasting room availability.

Location and Contact

​7000 Anderson Drive, ​Hornby Island, BC   /   250.335.3019   /   hornbywine.com

Middle Mountain Mead

Middle Mountain Mead is an artisan honey winery combining the best of ancient and modern techniques to create small lots of premium handcrafted mead. As well as being a superb wine, mead has been central to rituals of celebration and remembrance down through the ages.

Middle Mountain Mead typically serve mead tastings on the meadery’s roof top deck. From here you can enjoy a spectacular view of hillside plantings of lavender, black and red currants, apple trees, grapes, roses, and, beyond, the panoramic view of water, islands, and the distant mountains of the mainland! Their beehives also live on the hillside and are tended by Steve.

We offer complimentary tastings:

  • Starting the May 24th long weekend we are open
    weekends Sat-Sun 1-4.
  • For July and August we are open
    Wednesday to Sunday, 1-5 pm.
  • Labour day to Thanksgiving weekend we are open
    Sat-Sun 1-4.

Mead is naturally very low in tannins, histamines and other allergy producing compounds. Many of their customers have sensitivities to grape wines, but can drink mead without negative effects. Mead is naturally gluten free.

Location and Contact

3505 Euston Road, Hornby Island, BC    /   250.335.1397    /   middlemountainmead.com

Isla de Lerena Vineyard

Isla de Lerena Vineyard is located in Hornby Island, BC. Producing some of the Gulf Islands finest wines, and offering even better veiws. Abundant sunny days give their vines a distinctive growing opportunity, which allows us to handcraft small amounts of superior wines for the enjoyment to those who visit the island paradise. All their wines are hand crafted to perfection using modern barrel techniques.

Isla de Lerena Vineyard also offers 9 beautiful glamping tents(glamours, or luxerious camping) available for rent during the months of May thru September.

Location and Contact

1885 Central Rd , Hornby Island, BC   /   250.335.2491   /   lerenavineyards.com

Corlan Farm Vineyard and Winery

Corlan Vineyard is a 10-acre 100% certified organic vineyard, farm and boutique winery on Denman Island where you can visit the tasting room, walk the vineyard and gardens (take a picnic and a glass of wine!), enjoy a homemade lunch, and purchase award-winning wines.

Tasting Room Open 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday & Sunday.

Location and Contact

8441 MacFarlane Road, Denman Island, BC   /  1.250.335.9132   /   corlanvineyard.ca

 

*Please review applicable COVID-19 protocols. Contact site for relative information and availability.

Breweries

Tastings and Tasting Tours

Ace Brewing Co

Purchasing the finest ingredients, local when quality isn’t sacrificed, reassuring the final product has the highest level of integrity. From signature Lagers to innovative, unique varieties crafted by our award winning Brewer, quality is what you will experience at Ace Brewing Company. If they call it a Lager it will be a real Lager. The atmosphere will intrigue you, the setting will welcome you, and their 10 original tap Brews will have you return. Their establishment includes a menu selection with munchies, entrees, and shared platters.

Location and Contact

150 Mansfield Dr, Courtenay   /   250.338.1182   /   acebrewing.ca

 

Cumberland Brewing Co

Cumberland deserves good beer that’s a reward for the daily toil of building a community.
Real beer. Brewed right here. Currently with five core beers and a rotating selection of one-offs, collaborations, and weekly casks.

Location and Contact

2732 Dunsmuir Ave, Cumberland.  /   250.400.2739   /   cumberlandbrewing.com

 

New Tradition Brewing Co

New Tradition Brewing is a unique craft experience. Serving well-balanced craft beers, a selection of Aussie meat pies (yum!), grilled sandwiches, and other snacks. New Tradition Brewing offers an awesome beer tasting experience in our tasting room, serving you flight paddles which allow you to taste 4 of our delicious beers each containing. If you don’t have time to stay for a drink after your flight, you can always take a growler with you. New Tradition Brewing is also family friendly!

Location and Contact

215 Port Augusta St Unit 11, Comox   /   1.778.984.1531   /   newtraditionbrewing.com

 

Land and Sea Brewing Co

With a rising catalogue of original beers, the Land and Sea Brewing Company are excited to join a wonderful growing community of craft breweries in the North Island. If you’re lucky, you’ll see their rotating selection of 4-6 beers on tap at a time; ranging from easy drinking lagered ales to malt forward dark brews. The Land and Sea Brewing Company is  home to a bright and welcoming tasting room, which has room for 70 guests and features an open kitchen where you can see their team create an array of delicious morsels from their small, but mighty, food menu.

Location and Contact

2040 Guthrie road, Comox   /   250.941.5577   /   landandseabrewing.ca

 

Gladstone Brewing Co

The Gladstone Brewing Company offer tasting flights, pints, and growler fills, as well as some local kombucha, cider and wine on tap. Gladstone Brewing Co. is also the home of their amazing burger bar, with a menu featuring delicious, local, seasonal ingredients – the perfect pairing to our quality beers. Their tasting room, a large, relaxing outdoor patio, is open daily. The creative brew team has a focus on tradition, with a flare for experimentation. Traditional styles of Belgian ales, European lagers, and Pacific Northwest style India pale ales are poured alongside experimental small batches. Minors are welcome with the accompaniment of a parent or guardian. Well-behaved dogs are welcome onto the heated patio, too!

Location and Contact

244 4th Street, Courtenay   /   250.871.1111   /   gladstonebrewing.ca

 

*Please review applicable COVID-19 protocols. Contact site for relative information and availability.

 

Hiking 1-10km Forest Trails

12 Popular Trails you can do in 2 Hours or less!

-Canyon View Trail (4km) Map

-The Millennium Trail (2.4km)Map

-Beaver Pond/ Kingfisher Trail (1km)Map

-Willow Creek Trail (3.4km)Map

-Quinsam River Trail (4km)Map

-Paradise Meadows (4.2km)Map

-Elk Falls Suspension Bridge (1.4km)

-Beaver Lodge Forest Lands (Many to Choose From)Map

-Lower Myra Falls Trails (3 Min walk to several cascading beautiful Waterfalls)

-Nature Trail (Behind the discovery Foods Grocery Store at the corner of Regent and Glenmore Rd. Miracle Beach)

-Beaver Lodge Lands/ERT (A wide 7km wilderness Trail in the heart of Campbell River, from Hilchey Rd and Dogwood St to West Merecroft Rd)Map

-Timberline Pathway (2km paved Trail under the shade of the maples, alders, dogwoods and pines on Dogwood St from McPhederan Rd to Jubilee Rd)

Campbell River Parks Map

Mount Washington

Bike Park at Mount Washington

Some new and improved features in the park for 2020 include:

  • Upper Helter Skelter trail completion
  • Skills Centre upgrades
  • NEW Panda Gardens – a Green flow trail
  • plus, a new Blue flow trail build to be completed in-season

Zipline Tours

Eagle’s Flight ZipTour Open Daily

Summer Events

Come Enjoy what the Mountain has to offer in our Summer Months!

For all the Upcoming Events and latest News from Mount Washington Click Here!

Kitty Coleman Woodland Gardens

Woodland Gardens, Courtenay, BC has one of the largest rhododendron collections in Western Canada with over 3000 plantings. It is also home to a multitude of native plants, birds and wildflowers. Its 24 wooded acres are covered with bark mulch paths and many water features. It is recognized as one of the world’s finest informal show gardens.

Click Here to see 

By Phone or Mail

Phone: 250-338-6901
Fax: 250-338-6917

Address:
6183 Whitaker Road, (formerly Whittaker Road)
Courtenay, V9J 1V7

40 Knotts Winery

Yes, we are OPEN!

Tastings by reservations, glasses and picnics on the terrace.

COVID_19 Safety Plan

Click here for their Webpage

At 40 Knots, clean ethical wines are a promise.

This guides us in every step we take farming, cellar management, crush pad operation, our store, our delivery to the customer and our promise to protect the environment. Our goal is to grow ultra-premium grapes on Vancouver Island. Some of the greatest vineyards in the world are grown near oceans with the salt air embedding the Burgundy oak. Great wines are not made in the tank and the barrel. Great wines come from the vineyard.

Open for tastings by reservations, picnics and shopping

Location:
2400 Anderton Road
Comox, BC  V9M 4E5


Phone:
Toll Free: 1-855-941-8810
Local:  1-250-941-8810

Coastal Black Winery

Coastal Black Estate Winery ~ Black Creek, BC

Website

Coastal Black is an award winning estate fruit winery and cidery nestled at the base of Mt. Washington on the outskirts of the beautiful Comox Valley. Our family farm is made up of four generations living and working together to produce product of the highest standard, whether it be wine, cider, fresh market fruit, veggies and raw honey.

2186 Endall Rd
Black Creek, BC V9J 1G8

Beaches and Swimming

Kye Bay:

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.

Directions
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: 

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.

Directions

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.

Directions

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.

Directions

Kitty Coleman Park is located 6 kilometres northwest of Courtenay on central Vancouver Island. This park is accessed via Coleman Road off Hwy 19A, north of Courtenay. Turn on Left Road, then right on Whittaker Road until you reach the park. Nearby communities include Courtenay, Comox Valley, Merville and Campbell River.
Comox Lake:
Comox Lake Campground has a glacier-carved pool, popular for soaking and swimming. A wide array of watersports (wakeboarding, kitesurfing, snorkeling, windsurfing, and waterskiing) are also available here and some for rental. The Comox Valley is known for its sandy beaches and pebbled shores, shells, fossils, and nature viewing.
Directions:
Cumberland Lake Park is on Comox Lake, 4 km west of Cumberland at 1100 Comox Lake Road Cumberland, BC
Kin Beach:
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
Directions
This park can be reached from the top of Ryan Road in Comox, right before the entrance to 19 Wing Comox. Turn left on Little River Road then right on Kilmorley Road. Stay to the left until you reach the park. Nearby communities include Courtenay and the Comox Valley.

 

*Please review applicable COVID-19 protocols. Contact site for relative information and availability.

First Nations Artwork and Crafts Galleries

Spirits of the West Coast Native Art Gallery

Presenting original Pacific Northwest Coast Native American Art including Haida Art, Kwakwaka´wakw or Kwakiutl Art, Coast Salish Art, Masks, Carvings, Native American Jewellery, Silver and Gold Rings, Wedding Bands, Bracelets, Earrings, Pendants, Prints and Sculptures. Curating Native Art since 2006.
We are proud of our long-standing relationships with many Northwest Coast jewelers that allow us to work with you to create beautiful, custom designed rings, bracelets, necklaces, pendants and brooches for weddings, events, anniversaries, birthdays and special occasions.

Located at 2926 Back Road, Courtenay.

t. (250) 338-2120
toll free. 1(877) 338-2120
e. info@spiritsofthewestcoast.com

spiritsofthewestcoast.com

 

Location and Contact

2926 Back Road, Courtenay   /   250.338.2120   /   spiritsofthewestcoast.com

 

I-Hos Gallery

I-Hos Gallery presents a collection of traditional and contemporary Northwest Coast artwork, including masks, prints, gold and silver jewelry, wood carvings and more produced by First Nations artists. Culture expressed through art.

I-Hos deals directly with all of the First Nation artists and provide you with all legends and artist biographies.

 

Location and Contact 

3310 Comox Road, Courtenay   /   1.250.339.7702   /   ihosgallery.com

 

*Please review applicable COVID-19 protocols. Contact site for relative information and availability.

Grey Wolf Expeditions

Exclusive Vancouver Island Sea Kayaking Tours

Sea Kayaking and Orca Camp Tours Vancouver Island British Columbia Canada

Sea Kayaking Tours – Beach Camping, Wildlife & Whale Watching, Kayak Day Trips. Campbell River, BC

Contact Grey Wolf Sea Kayaking Expeditions Campbell River, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

International: 1-250-337-5717
Text us: 1-250-204-2292
info@greywolfexpeditions.com

Your safety is our priority

Day Tours Saratoga Beach – 2 to 3 Hour Tours

Tour Details LOCALS ONLY FOR THE 2020 SEASON

Tours available May to September (please call Sandra in the office and pre-book your tour)

  • Fun for all ages
  • No experience necessary
  • Single and double kayaks available
  • Comfortable and very stable Delta Sea Kayaks

Details

Sea Kayaking Tours such as Morning Paddles, Afternoon Explorer or our famous Sunset Paddle at Saratoga Beach, Black Creek

We are the only Sea Kayaking Day Tour company located between Comox Valley and Campbell River. Kayak Vancouver Island along the beautiful sandbars of Saratoga Beach and Oyster River and have a relaxing break at Miracle Beach Provincial Park with snacks, drinks and nature walk included. Learn sea kayaking skills and have the confidence to expand your kayaking adventure potential. Abundant bird life, mountains and other unique features, our Vancouver Island day tour sea kayaking is a guaranteed fun and exciting outdoor activity! No experience necessary, families are welcome, ages 3+ recommended and kids under 10 years are half price.

What To Bring?

  • Footwear that can get wet (sandals, booties, old sneakers)
  • Sunscreen
  • Sun Glasses
  • Hat
  • Water bottle
  • Weather-appropriate clothing
  • Camera

What’s Included?

  • Snack and Drinks
  • All Kayaking Gear
  • Professional Local Kayak Guide
  • Hand Sanitizer for the duration of your tour

Paddle Rating

Easy. No experience necessary, everyone welcome! Ages 3-99.

Orca Point Wilderness Retreat – 4 days / 3 nights

Tour dates

  • July to September (BC residents only for 2020 season)

Details

Is this adventure tour for everybody?

Yes it is! This trip is very exciting, relaxing and rejuvenating trip in BC’s wilderness. We have guests ranging from 5 to 75 years old and this makes for a great family trip. A moderate level of fitness is recommended but not required. Simply enjoy the camp and choose your level of activity. We cater to all dietary requirements. Our guides are always there to ensure that your Vancouver Island wilderness experience is comfortable, safe, and relaxing.

What does the Base Camp look like?

Our Orca Camp is a comfortable Wilderness Resort Camp. It has no street access and is only accessible via boat. It is quiet, remote and eco friendly. It has been developed over the years to reflect its natural surrounding using mostly natural material. There is a covered group dinning area, sauna (disrupted for 2020 due to COVID-19), hot shower and private tenting areas (max. 2 occupancy per tent). The walk in-tents are made in a log cabin style with a screened vestibule which is perfect for storing gear. The beds are large cots with foam mattresses and cotton sheets. Quality sleeping bags and an extra blanket are included. Full size pillows are also provided to maximize your comfort (please bring your own sleeping gear for the 2020 season to avoid cross contamination).

Where does the tour start from?

This tour starts from Campbell River BC. There are direct flights from Vancouver International Airport to Campbell River. Because of our convenient location, you save money in travel expenses such as rental cars and fuel to get to the northern Vancouver Island to start your tour of Johnstone Strait. We offer FREE pick up and DROP OFF in the morning of your tour from your hotel/motel you are staying (Please note: due to social distancing protocols we recommend to come with your own vehicle. If that is not possible, mask must be worn through-out the car ride).

What to expect from water & weather and surroundings? 

Johnstone Strait is a wild, magical and rugged place. At times we will be exposed to high winds, rain and stormy weather. You can not be sensitive to this type of weather or circumstances. We recommend to keep an open mind for adventure and trust your guides, that they will ensure the best sea kayaking adventure possible. Please be aware that Johnstone Strait is a marine highway for cruise ships, commercial fisherman, fella kayakers and other sailors. You will also find logging activity all over Vancouver Island’s Inside passage. Fishing and logging is part of our Island life.

Why Choose Grey Wolf Orca Tour?

Our camp is located along a smooth stone beach that is perfect for Orcas to rub their bellies. We have witnessed this rare occurrence on a few different occasions. Our location is an excellent salmon fishing spot as well, with all fishing gear provided. Humpback Whale come so close to the beach, that you will be able to smell their breath! You can feel confident that you are getting top notch, local guides that have spent their entire lives around Vancouver Island and have the best local knowledge of the wildlife, plants, geography and history of the area. Low impact camping and low impact wildlife viewing make this trip the perfect choice for your adventure vacation. Just contact Jesse or Sandra and we will make magic happen for you!

Island Joy Rides

We are experience makers.

Born out of a love for the outdoors and the sense of freedom that cycling and paddling brings, our boutique and exquisitely crafted tours celebrate active lifestyles, locally-sourced food, and connection with people and places.

On Land & Sea

Whether you’re interested in traveling on two wheels, on water, or both – our Joy Rides are designed to give you a unique experience exploring our region.

As COVID-19 has greatly impacted all of us in different ways, we are adapting and staying open-minded moving forward.  The most important factor is your safety.  Because of this, we will be postponing our GUIDED cycling and kayaking tours to 2021 but hope to continue offering our SELF-GUIDED experiences to locals, islanders, and BC residents.  Self-guided tours offer the freedom to explore our area on your own with our guidance.

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Saratoga Beach Golf Club

Halfway between the Comox Valley and Campbell River rests Saratoga Beach Golf Club, a 2,316 yard par 33 golf course suitable for golfers of all skill levels. The course is only a short drive – or walk! – from the adjacent Pacific Playgrounds campground and marina. Click Here

The course has a full length driving range and a practice putting green to warm up on before going out for your game. Children are welcome to practice or play as well. The goal of the club is to offer reasonably priced, quality golf to players of all ages. Discounts are included on punch passes and memberships.

Along with the new pro-shop, we have a fully-licensed lounge. Enjoy a cider, cooler, or cold beer after (or before, or during) your next game or practice session. Seating is available inside with televised golf games or outside in the sun.

Among the course’s 33 acres of lush forest and beautiful greenery, you will also find ponds and sand traps to challenge your game. You will also come across deer, eagles, and even raccoons throughout your game. Be sure to send your photos here or to our facebook page to see them in our gallery.

See you out on the course soon!

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