Comox Travel Guide

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A visit to Comox and it's sister communities of  Courtenay and Cumberland (together with other rural areas are known as the Comox Valley ) is a must for travellers looking to explore the natural wonders of Vancouver Island.

Comox itself is a quiet community on the ocean. At its heart is the Fisherman's Wharf, which features a major marina with a public boardwalk perfect for viewing the boats that visit and work out of the Comox Harbour. Fresh seafood sales, right off the boat, add to the charm of this visitor friendly community. Comox is also home to great seaside shops and pubs, art galleries, two golf courses, the Filberg Heritage Lodge and Park and Canadian Forces base, 19 Wing Comox. Comox also hosts events including the Filberg Festival and Nautical Days.

The surrounding area is a collection of rolling mountains, alpine meadows, rushing rivers, pristine lakes, lush forests, fertile farms and more than 40 parks, mid way up the east coast of Vancouver Island, two and a half hours by car north of Victoria. Unique geography plus a year round temperate climate creates an exceptional location for hiking, horseback riding, boating, fishing, swimming, mountain biking, diving and camping. And only 20-minutes away is an alpine playground, Mount Washington, that receives some of the deepest snow in North America.

In the Comox Valley it really is possible to enjoy the best of all seasons, sometimes in the same day – you can be knee-deep in powder and then half an hour later be dusting the snow off your boots at a golf course or paddling a kayak through pristine blue waters.

An international airport, with direct service to Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver, and more destinations coming, makes the Comox Valley not just a holiday in itself but a gateway to the rest of Vancouver Island, too.

It’s also a culturally rich destination with more artists per capita than anywhere else in Canada on Hornby and Denman islands, regular music, art and craft festivals, farmer’s markets every week, many art galleries and a collection of not-to-be-missed shops and restaurants in all three communities which have come to be known as the Valley of Festivals, this years events include (amongst others):

Art & Bloom Festival
May 19-21
Kitty Coleman Woodland Gardens, Courtenay
Ticket prices: tbc
Tel: (250) 338-6901
Web: www.woodlandgardens.ca
The fifth annual Art & Bloom Festival takes place at Kitty Coleman Woodland Gardens in Courtenay. The show is focused on presenting a limited variety of art forms. Emphasis will be placed on original works by painters, potters, sculptors, glass blowers, original stained glass designers, garden art and other unique art forms. May is a beautiful time of the year to visit the gardens as many of the over 3,000 rhododendrons and spring flowers are in full bloom.

North Island Hot Jazz Festival

1 – 3 June
Florence Filberg Centre and Native Sons Hall in Courtenay, BC
Ticket prices: tbc
Tel: (250) 334-3499
Web: www.northislandhotjazz.com
Continuous jazz, dancing, three venues, Courtenay Bands performing at the Festival:(subject to change) Desperation Jazz, Red Beans & Rice, Cure-All Dance Band, 51st Georgia Straight Big Band, Mojo Zydeco, Louisiana Joymakers

Comox Valley Shellfish Festival
June 4 - 10
Various locations including Comox Marina Park
Tickets on sale April 25th, 2007. See www.comoxvalleyshellfishfestival.ca for more details
Tel: (250) 897-2599
Web: www.comoxvalleyshellfishfestival.ca
June 4-9 About Town!
Featured shellfish dishes and special events at local restaurants & businesses throughout the Comox Valley.
June 10 - Marina Park Main Event
Sea to Table Demo Stage, Gourmet Shellfish Marquee, Land of Plenty, Sea of Plenty Farmer's Market, Wine and Beer Garden,
Zodiac Tours to local shellfish farms, Kids on the Quay and much more.


Comox Valley Youth Music Centre Summer School & Festival

July 1 - August 5
Comox Valley
Tuition / tickets: Summer Camp Fees starting at $775, Individual Performances $tbc (visit cymc.ca)
Tel: (250) 338-7463
Web: www.cymc.ca
Celebrating 40 years of success as western Canada's favourite summer music camp, CYMC presents 2007's festival of shows. Acclaimed faculty, students, guests from around the world gather for no less than 25 performances, including; Pacific Jazz Festival, Broadways’ Jekyll & Hyde and the premier of Symphony by the Sea! Student registration remains open until 15 June.

Vancouver Island MusicFest
July 6 –8 2007
Courtenay Exhibition Grounds
Tickets: weekend passes $109
Tel: (250) 336-7929
Web: www.islandmusicfest.com
3 days of amazing roots and world music from across the globe, food, camping, crafts at the Exhibition Grounds, Courtenay. Confirmed Guests include: Los Lobos, Joan Armatrading, Guy Clark and many more

Hornby Island Festival
August 2-11
Venues include the charming Community Hall, or outdoors with a forest or sea backdrop.
Ticket prices range from $4 for children, $14 for Students/Seniors to $17 for General Admission.
Tel: (250) 335-2715
Web: www.hornbyfestival.bc.ca
This annual nine-day Festival presents twelve to sixteen concerts of Canadian music, dance and theatre at an array of amazing Island venues.  Already confirmed Fiddler Extraordinaire; Daniel Lapp and Adrian Dolan

Filberg Festival
August 3 - 6
Filberg Heritage Lodge & Park, Comox
Tickets: adults $10 children 12 & under free
Tel: (250) 334-9242
Web: www.filbergfestival.com
25th Filberg Festival celebrates Craft Year 2007 by continuing to present excellent handmade art, craft and dynamic entertainment by Canadians from the entire country. Visitors consider it the best outdoor arts festival in the Pacific Northwest. Two stages, interactive Kids Area, up to 140 artisans. Daily admission charged, No pets.

Comox Nautical Days
August 4-6
Marina Park, Comox
Tickets: free
Tel: (250) 338-1120
Web: www.comoxnauticaldays.bc.ca
Nautical Days are held each year on the BC Day long weekend. The festival is a celebration of the long time affiliation Comox has had with the sea. Weekend highlights include: Bathtub Race, Bullhead Derby, Build, Bail & Sail, Ceremony of the Flags and the premier of CYMC’s Symphony by the Sea

Showcase Festival
August 7-19
Sid Williams Theatre, Courtenay
Tickets: tbc
Tel: (250) 898-8399
Web: www.showcasefestival.org
Enjoy the thrills and magic of professional repertory theatre and experience the spectacle of song, dance and drama on the live stage.  World class summer theatre right here on beautiful Vancouver Island.

Comox Valley Exhibition Fall Fair
August 25-26
Courtenay Exhibition Grounds
Tickets: tbc
Tel: (250) 338-8177
Web: www.cvexhibition.com
Comox Valley’s 133rd Annual Fall Fair, this year’s theme is “A Harvest of Memories”.  The Fall Fair welcomes over 15,000 visitors annually. Come to learn about Comox Valley agriculture through fun-filled family activities. There is something for everyone at the Fall Fair: entertainment, livestock, produce, kid’s zone, 4H Exhibits, flowers, home arts, crafts, educational displays and antique machinery.

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