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Travel and Tourism information for
Comox, Vancouver Island, BC
Aerial view of Comox
Comox is situated on the eastern coast of Vancouver Island, the largest
of the islands off British Columbia's Pacific coast. Comox, along with the
City of Courtenay, the Village of Cumberland, and the unincorporated settlements
of Royston, Union Bay, Fanny Bay, Black Creek and Merville are collectively
referred to as the Comox Valley.
First settled by the Komux people, the name Comox is derived from the
Salish Indian word "Koumuckthay", meaning "Land of Plenty". Comox was founded
in the mid 1800's on the slopes of the Comox Peninsula overlooking the protected
waters of Comox Harbour. In it's early days, Comox was an important port
for the ships of the Royal Navy and for transport steamers plying the inside
passage of coastal British Columbia.
Today Comox is primarily a residential community, with a population of
about 11,660 (2001 census) . The town covers an area of approximately 1500
hectares. Located in the centre of a rich agricultural area producing potatoes,
vegetables, fruit and dairy products, Comox retains a friendly village atmosphere.
Comox enjoys short, mild winters and warm, dry summers. Weather systems
that bring heavier rainfall and storms generally pass over us en route to
the British Columbia mainland. The Comox Valley is one of the few places
in Canada where, in the winter months, one can ski in the morning and golf
in the afternoon.
Comox is connected via the Inland Island Highway ( BC highway #19 ) and
via the older coastal route (highway #19A) to Nanaimo and Victoria
to the south, and to Campbell River to the north.
The BC Ferries terminal at Little River on the Comox Peninsula connects
Vancouver Island to Powell River on the BC Mainland.
Comox Airport (YQQ) is the arrival point for daily scheduled flights daily
from Vancouver and Calgary.
BC Transit operates a local bus service within the Comox Valley.
Comox, and the surrounding Comox Valley is home to a thriving artistic
community. The Filberg
Festival, a four day showcase of arts, crafts and music, is held in
Comox every year on the first weekend in August.
Comox Nautical Days are also held on the first weekend in August in Marina
Park. This yearly three day celebration of Comox's marine heritage includes
a "Build, Bail & Sail" event, Ceremony of the Flags, Fireworks and Comox
CYMC, a three week summer music festival offers aspiring young musicians
opportunities to practice their chops at numerous workshops and performances.
The annual Island Music Fest in
July brings world renowned performers to the Comox Valley.
Comox has something for everyone: culture, scenic beauty,
numerous outdoor recreational opprortunities, mild climate and a relaxed
lifestyle are all here to enjoy.
Town of Comox
Area: 14.2 km²
Founded Mid 1800s
Population: 11,660 (2001)
Population density: 821.1/km²
Time zone: Pacific: UTC -8