Category Archives: COURTENAY/COMOX VALLEY

The Comox Valley stretches from the historic inland village of Cumberland up to the town of Comox and the city of Courtenay, located on the east coast of the Island. Serviced by an airport, it is easily accessed and offers an abundance of great experiences, both indoors and out, year-round.

It’s time to say farewell – and thank you

Six years ago I was sitting around grousing about the fact that most of the 12,405 square miles of Vancouver Island got so little publicity in the tourist trade. Victoria and Tofino were the major attractions then (and still are, … Continue reading

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Fanny Bay Conservation Area

  It’s not very obvious and you have to go in search of it, but the Fanny Bay Conservation Area is worth the trouble. Located 23 km (14 miles) south of the city of Courtenay on the Island’s east coast, … Continue reading

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Denman Island’s Home and Garden tour

What could be more appealing following a long, cold winter and a non-Spring than a home and garden tour on one of British Columbia’s most beautiful Gulf Islands? The Denman Island Home and Garden Tour runs only every second year, … Continue reading

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Waterfront dining at Kingfisher’s Ocean 7

We had one of our ‘junket days’ up to Courtenay recently and decided on the spur of the moment to have lunch on the way home at Kingfisher’s new Ocean 7 restaurant. It was one of our very rare sunny … Continue reading

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Deep Bay Marine Field Station

It took almost two years to build, start to finish, but the careful design and consideration of natural habitat at the Deep Bay Marine Field Station, combined with a fascinating look at the sea life that surrounds us on the … Continue reading

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Cumberland’s Chinatown and Japanese Town

They did their best, but unfortunately the efforts of the citizens of Cumberland to preserve an important cultural heritage site were unsuccessful. As a result there is very little left of the community’s historic Chinatown and No.1 Japanese Town. We … Continue reading

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Small-but-mighty Cumberland Farmers Market

Small is mighty – that’s the first thought that comes to mind when we visit the relatively new Cumberland Farmers Market.  An offshoot of the Comox Valley Farmers Market, the Cumberland fixture got its start just this year and has … Continue reading

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Courtenay’s Nymph Falls

There is a little bit of heaven near Courtenay that is open to equestrians, dog walkers, hikers and mountain bikers. Nymph Falls Nature Park is a 151-acre preserve along the north side of the Puntledge River that offers a cornucopia … Continue reading

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Innisfree Farm offers a tranquil oasis for an al fresco lunch

herb crusted lentil flan with garlic aioli zucchini bread gathered greens (mixed lettuces and wild herbs) with blueberry vinaigrette afternoon tea $12.50 includes 3 baked treats and hot or iced herbal tea plum tarte tatin quinoa chocolate lavender cupcakes with … Continue reading

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Comox’s Twisted Dishes Cafe

So here’s the question: how can you not be intrigued by a café that goes by the name of Twisted Dishes? It certainly piqued our interest, so we wandered in one teeming-rain afternoon for lunch. Located on a side street … Continue reading

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