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How to Get to the Comox Valley

Vancouver Island and the Comox Valley

There are ferry terminals at Powell River, Vancouver (Horseshoe Bay or Tsawassen), and Nanimo (Departure Bay and Duke Point) that all lead to the Comox Valley. The trip across Georgia Strait from Horseshoe Bay to Nanaimo is approximately 90 minutes. For more information check out the BC Ferries web site.

If driving, go to Google Local Canada to print a route of Highway 1 or 1A (aka the scenic route). Limited bus services are available from Greyhound Bus Lines in Vancouver or Laidlaw Coach Lines (toll-free: 1-800-318-0810 or local phone: 1-250-385-4411.) at major centres on Vancouver Island. Island Link Express Bus provides passenger express bus service between most Vancouver Island points and BC Ferries’ services at Nanaimo Departure Bay. Book reservations at IslandLinkBus.com. To drive from Nanaimo to Courtenay takes just over an hour.

Below are links to the airlines that service the Comox Valley Airport (YQQ). The flight from Vancouver to Comox is about 28 minutes.

For general information about the Comox Valley, cultural events, attractions, and accommodations visit the Comox Valley Tourism web site.

About the Comox Valley

The Comox Valley is located midway up the east coast of Vancouver Island, 94 miles (150k) from Vancouver. It has three main communities; the City of Courtenay, the Town of Comox and the Village of Cumberland. Area population of the three centres, and outlying areas from Bowser to Oyster River is about 75,000.

The Comox Valley enjoys some of the most favourable weather in Canada, with short, mild winters and warm, dry summers. In the winter months, one can ski in the morning and golf in the afternoon. The Valley is known as the "Recreation Capital of Canada". There is no shortage of fun activities: snowboard and ski the Mount Washington Ski Resort; try any of the eight golf courses; explore various marine adventures encompassing everything from kayaking to salmon fishing. On the arts scene, the Valley has one of the highest concentrations of artists in Canada, with over 600 resident artists. Live theatres, music venues, museums and numerous galleries creat a thriving cultural community.

A variety of health professionals ensure a high degree of medical and dental care. There is a full-care hospital, and many extended care options. School facilities range from preschools through senior secondary to North Island College. Retail stores service all needs from the farmer's market and specialty shops downtown, to malls and major grocery chain outlets.