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.

Courtenay’s Locals at The Old House earns highest LEAF certification for environmentally friendly ‘green’ practises

We begin this brand new year with a story with a bit of a different twist.  But it is the kind of feature that nonetheless has an impact for many reasons – we are writing this week about the first … Continue reading

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Courtenay’s Sweet Surprise offers many delights

I have always been a sucker for interesting-looking restaurants and cafes.  Whenever we travel we are always on the lookout for unique dining experiences and, with very few exceptions the places that look like they have character are the ones … Continue reading

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The Soup Pot – home-made goodness in Courtenay

There isn’t anything much better on a cold winter’s day than a bowl of luscious hot soup.  But finding a place that specialized in this timeless favourite was a no-go for a couple in Courtenay – despite their best efforts … Continue reading

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Comox’s historic Filberg Heritage Lodge and Park transports visitors to another era

Sigh.  I can only begin to imagine what life must have been like in the 1930s when Bob and Florence Filberg built their stunning waterfront home facing across to Comox Bay and the Comox Glacier.   Now known as the historic … Continue reading

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Pumpkin Fest a great autumn outing for all ages

We had the best time this past weekend at one of the ‘harvest festivals’ that are ubiquitous on the Island at this time of year.  But the Coastal Black Pumpkin Fest isn’t just any old event created as an adjunct … Continue reading

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Tiny Tidal Taco Shack earns a big following – for good reason

‘Dining out’ has a whole new meaning when you eat at Qualicum Bay’s Tidal Taco Shack.  There is no other option – you eat at the picnic tables overlooking the sweeping vistas of Georgia Strait and the Coast Mountains, or … Continue reading

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Controversy surrounds Comox’s serene Mack Laing Nature Park

I have come away from Comox’s serene Mack Laing Nature Park conflicted, to say the least. We recently enjoyed a visit to this tranquil refuge stretching along Comox Bay, where early Spring sunshine filtered through tender green leaves and blooming … Continue reading

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Forces of nature combine to create unique magic in the annual Spring herring fishery

There is a magic that descends on both the east and west coasts of the Island late in February or early in March each year.  There is no set date, nor agenda. It is, for those who know about it, … Continue reading

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Royston’s Seaside Walk offers beautiful views, wildlife, history

It’s amazing what can be accomplished in the tiniest of communities, as we discovered recently on a trip to the hamlet of Royston, just south of Courtenay. The settlement is home to just over 1,500 residents – and to a … Continue reading

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An evening of good cheer and great food at Innisfree Farm’s farmhouse dinner

Anything to do with agriculture and local food has always been a favourite excursion with us, and a recent trip to Innisfree Farm in tiny Royston proved, once again, that you can’t go wrong with that combination. Located on a … Continue reading

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