About The Comox Valley
Getting to the Comox Valley
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Situated on the east coast of central Vancouver Island, British Columbia, the Comox Valley stretches from Fanny Bay to Saratoga Beach and includes the communities of Courtenay, Comox and Cumberland, as well as Denman and Hornby Islands. The Comox Valley is accessible by land, sea or air. Google Earth coordinates for Mark Isfeld School are are 49 42 11 87N and 127 57 20 24 W.
The Comox Valley is a three–hour (220 km/137 mile) drive north from Victoria or a 75-minute (107 km/66 mile) drive from Nanaimo, where the ferry terminals of Departure Bay and Duke Point are located. Drive Highway #19, the new inland, four-lane expressway. From Highway #19 take exits #117 or #127, to access various points in the Comox Valley. Visitors can also take the scenic Oceanside Route on the old Island Highway #19A.
Regular ferry service links the British Columbia mainland to the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island. From the BC Mainland, you travel to Vancouver Island via BC Ferries.Contact BC Ferries at 1-888-223-3779 for route information and at 1-888-724-5223 for reservations on major routes.
The Comox Valley is 110km north of Nanaimo, approximately a 1 1/2 hour drive.
- Tsawwassen (Vancouver) to Duke Point (Nanaimo)
- Horseshoe Bay (Vancouver) to Departure Bay (Nanaimo)
- Powell River to Comox
Numerous direct flights from the Vancouver International Airport, Calgary International Airport and the Edmonton International Airport land daily at the Comox Valley Airport (YQQ) in Comox.
Pacific Coastal and Central Mountain Air also offer a convenient service to and from Vancouver. Call Pacific Coastal 1-800-663-2872 or Central Mountain Air 1-888-865-8585 for schedules and reservations.
WestJet Airlines operates non-stop flights from Comox to Calgary and Edmonton, with connections to other WestJet serviced airports out of Calgary. Call 1–888–937–8538 or 1–800–538–5696 for schedules and reservations.
Harbour Air offers scheduled flights from Vancouver Harbour to Comox Harbour. Fairly expensive, but very convenient.
Daily bus service connects all parts of Vancouver Island with the Mainland. For passenger service and tour schedules contact Tofino Bus – All Island Express. Toll Free: 1.866.986.3466 .
Island Link offers a service from Departure Bay Ferry terminal to Courtenay. It is a medium sized bus, but with room for musical instruments. You may have to pay extra for a double bass! Cost is approximately $34 one way including HST.
Comox Valley Transit local bus schedules can be found here.
Throughout the Comox Valley and surrounding areas, local bus and 24 hour taxi services are provided.
Places To Stay
The Comox Valley is a tourist destination, so there is a good choice of places to stay, bed and breakfast establishments, motels, vacation rentals and four star hotels and resorts.
This website is a good place to start – Discover Comox Valley, with a comprehensive list of all types of accommodations.
Things to do in the Comox Valley
The hellobc.com website is a good place to start for activities available in the Comox Valley. One of the highlights of the year which illustrates the diversity of activities is the Snow to Surf Race held at the end of April. Starting at the top of Mount Washington it is a relay consisting of downhill and cross country skiers, road racers, cyclists, both mountain bikers and road racers, canoeing and kayaking, ending in Comox Harbour.
There are lots of activities for those with children, beaches, water parks and swimming pools, playgrounds and museums; we have our very own dinosaur, found in the Puntledge river.
This site has a few suggestions for those with young children.