north vancouver
Comox Valley

"Vancouver Island's Year Round Recreation Destination"

Comox Valley is a "Year Round Destination". The climate and geography make this an ideal area to visit at any time. Skiing, snowboarding, golfing, hiking, and fresh or salt water fishing are among the many activities you will enjoy in the region.

Mt. Washington offers excellent facilities for fun in the snow is just a 48 km (30 mi) drive from Courtenay and Comox. In fact you can get to there by scheduled bus. Offering some of the highest snow depths in North America, there are over 40 runs for every level of skier and snowboarder. Down the hill and partially in Paradise Meadows cross country skiers will enjoy over 35.5 km (22 mi) of track set, groomed trails, beautifully set alongside alpine lakes and forests. The resort offers lessons for the beginner, and that includes the disabled, numerous competitions, and special family events. There is even a permanent biathlon course nearby and rentals are available for all the different disciplines, even snowshoes.

Just like on most of Vancouver Island, golf is a popular year round pastime and the Comox Valley is no different. There are eight courses which will challenge players of all ages and abilities. The shortest has 9 holes, is a par 30, and is 1,790 yards and you don't need your own clubs. The longest course is 18 holes, a par 72 ( rated at 74.2), and 7,024 yards long. All the courses have excellent views of the ocean, the Island's mountains or both, are conveniently located, offer rentals and have snack bars or licensed restaurants.

Another year round pastime is fishing. The different species of salmon conveniently make themselves available at different times throughout the year and there are also some excellent spots for catching bottom fish, such as halibut, so there is always something to be caught in the ocean. If freshwater fishing is your thing then the numerous lakes, well stocked with trout, some of trophy proportions, and the more than 50 rivers, with beautiful steelhead, are just what you're looking for. Charter services and guides are available all year. Please see our Outdoor Adventure Page. Hiking in the area offers endless possibilities.

The are literally miles and miles of trails of assorted terrain in Strathcona Park. The trails range from gentle, for the beginner, to very strenuous and from a few hours to a three day hike to the Comox Glacier. Rock climbing is another adventure to be considered. Other recreational activities include kayaking in the rivers (there are rivers for all skill levels), sea kayaking around Hornby and Denman Islands, mountain biking in Strathcona Park and diving around the islands (there are a few old wrecks to be explored). If you plan your time in the Valley correctly you should be able to ski for a few days, golf for a few days, fish for a few days, and maybe rest at night.

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