Things to do in Courtenay, Comox and Cumberland

The Comox Valley is a hidden gem filled with so many things to do.

We have borrowed this list from our local realtor's site, Andrena, as we think it is very well done.  


1. Stop by the Vancouver Island Visitor Centre at 3607 Small Road. Check out this award winning building that opened in 2012. Play with the interactive displays.

2. Visit a local vineyard. 40 Knots or Beaufort Winery. (Check for summer tasting times)

3. Rollerblade around the Courtenay Airpark. **For little Kids Visit the Rotary Play Park at the Airpark**

4. Visit the Kitty Coleman Woodland Gardens. Rhodos are in full bloom early spring.

5. View squirrels, birds and wildflowers at Seal Bay Regional Nature Park. Over 2000 acres

6. See why the Comox Valley is internationally recognized as an Important Bird Area by bird watching along the Courtenay Riverway or at Lazo Marsh by Point Holmes, Comox

7. Salute the rusty remains of several historic ships at the Royston Wrecks. Learn to Scuba dive try UB Diving. See why Vancouver Island is world famous for cold water dives. Burr..

8. Dig deep into coal mining history at the Cumberland Museum and Archives.  Visit Wandering Moose coffee shop in the historic Post Office building.

9. Discover Denman Island pottery shops and artist’s studios.

10. Enjoy fish ‘n’ chips in Comox at the BlackFin Pub or Jo Klassen’s Grill in Courtenay

11. Feel the sand in your shoes, the wind in your hair, and smell the salt in the air at Goose Spit in Comox.

12. Tour the Comox Air Force Museum, where permanent exhibits display the heritage of CFB Comox. **Great kids play park close by.

13. Walk among the trees and streams of Mack Laing Park in Comox.

14. Go on a unique shopping experience in Downtown Courtenay. Shop the Famous 5th Street and beyond.

15. Experience a new side of an old sport by going “cosmic” bowling.

16. Stop on the bridge in Courtenay and watch boats and kayaks.

17. Visit the Comox Marina and see the boats from the beautiful boardwalk. Learn to sail with Compass Adventures or the Comox Bay Sailing Club. Try Paddle Boarding!

18. Climb the wall at the Cumberland Recreation Centre.

19. Play squash at one of our recreation centres.

20. Rejuvenate the body at one of our local spas. Try the Kingfisher or Old House OH Spa.

21. Sip a cappuccino and people watch from one of the many coffee houses in the Comox Valley.  Andrena’s Top Picks: Rhodos Coffee Roasting in Courtenay or try Hot Chocolates for delicious cakes too.

22. Take a leisurely stroll along Cumberland’s historic main street.

23. Visit Jumbo’s Cabin, the last surviving building of Cumberland’s Chinatown.

24. Picnic and play at No. 6 Mine Park in Cumberland.

25. Enjoy live theatrical and musical performances at the Sid Williams Civic Theatre.

26. Relax with “Afternoon Tea” at one of our cozy cafés. Filberg Park in Comox has a teahouse with ocean views.

27. Search for that unique treasure at one of the many antique and collectibles shops or thrift stores in the Valley.

28. Check out our many family-owned new and used bookstores for that perfect vacation read.
Visit the beautiful Courtenay or Comox libraries – Beautiful cedar wood and enjoy the cozy fireplace.

29. Follow the scenic drive signs, which will guide you along lovely roads and to amazing views throughout the Valley.  

In the Winter...

30. Spend a winter’s day at Mount Washington, cross-country skiing on more than 55 km of trails. Raven Lodge is perfect for snowshoeing too!

31. Spot the magnificent winter flocks of Trumpeter Swans from one of several viewing locations in the Valley.

32. Balance downhill skiing with some snow-shoeing, tubing, luge sliding at Mount Washington.

33. Ice-skate at the Comox Valley Sports Centre.

In the Summer...

34. Go for a Joy Ride with Island Joy RIdes: Unique Cycling Tours (Wine and Chocolate by Bike is offered every Friday afternoon!). 

35. Tour the Gardens in Bloom organized by the Horticultural Society

36. Hike through the picturesque alpine slopes of Paradise Meadows, stopping for a picnic by one of several lakes along the way.

37. Barbecue at Kin Beach and watch cruise ships sail through the Georgia Strait.

38. Play mini golf at Miracle Beach Adventure Golf.

39. Play tennis at Lewis Park in Courtenay or in Comox at Anderton Park (by Comox Mall).

40. Take a scenic drive to Comox Lake and go canoeing or swimming. Take the jet boat for a waterski!

41. Have a campfire and roast marshmallows on the beach at Goose Spit.

42. Take up plane-spotting at the Courtenay Airpark or watch Harbour Air seaplanes at Comox Marina

43. Visit the Comox Valley Farmers’ Market, which offers farm fresh, organic, and specialty products.

44. Advanced mountain bikers can feel the thrill of the Monster Mile Downhill at Mount Washington.
Don’t forget your compass! Train for the Cumberland MOMAR (Mind Over Mountain Adventure Race) Sept. 21, 2013

45. Plan a three-day backpacking hike through the wilderness to the Comox Glacier.

46. Savour a salty swim in the warm waters of sandy Tribune Bay on Hornby Island.

47. Explore the backcountry of Strathcona Provincial Park, British Columbia’s oldest Provincial Park.

48. Cheer on the most intrepid sailors at the Comox Nautical Day’s “Build Bail and Sail” event in August.

49. Take an Eco-Tour adventure on the ocean, in the woods or along the shore. Island Joy Rides can help!

50. Spend a day kayaking to Sandy Island. Comox Valley Kayaks does rentals (by the Courtenay AirPark).

51. Watch spawning salmon head upstream to the Puntledge Fish Hatchery.

52. Rent a sailboat and cruise among the islands.

53. Charter a boat and fish for salmon.

54. Golf at one of the Valley’s many golf courses.

55. Go kayaking and boating at Tribune Bay Provincial Park on Hornby Island.

56. Eat out and eat well at one of the Comox Valley’s many restaurants.

Andrena’s Top Patio restaurants are Crown Isle Timber Room Pub, Martine’s Bistro (Comox), Locals (moved to Old House Restaurant Courtenay)

57. Go on an overnight hike to Mt. Albert Edward.

58. Fly a kite at Point Holmes.  

59. Take a summer chair lift to the top of Mount Washington and then hike or mountain bike down.

60. Experience life from above by taking a helicopter tour of the Comox Valley.

61. Dip into the cool, glacier-fed pools of Stotan Falls. Want adventure? Tube down the Puntledge River and meet the locals on a  hot sunny day.

62. Visit the park and enjoy tea at the waterfront Filberg Teahouse, set in the 9-acre Filberg Park and Gardens.

63. Cruise along the Comox Valley coast in a boat and dock at the Comox Marina.

64. Enjoy the wave pool and indoor waterslides at the Comox Valley Aquatic Centre. Swim outdoors at the Memorial Pool at Lewis Centre. **For little kids visit the Rotary Waterpark. In Cumberland enjoy the Cumberland Community Water Spray Park at Village Park on Dunsmuir & 6th Street.

65. Visit our authentic Native Gallery and Gift Shop. I-Hos Gallery operated by the Comox First Nation.

66. Watch a stock car race at Saratoga Speedway.

67. Participate or be a spectator at the Snow to Surf Relay Race in April.

68. Indulge in world-famous Fanny Bay Oysters.

69. Watch a play or musical at the Old Church Theatre.

70. Explore Denman Island and Hornby Island on a bike.

71. Observe the sea lions in Fanny Bay.

72. Go salmon fishing from the shore at King Coho in Comox.

73. Enjoy the creations of 140 Canadian artisans at the annual Filberg Festival 2-5th August. Swing your hips to the live music on multiple stages.

74. Go to Cumberland’s Empire Days Festival on the May long weekend.

75. Hunt for fossils with the Courtenay Museum.

76. Go to a driving range and hit a bucket of balls.

77. Practice your driving on the go-carts at Saratoga Speedway.

78. Get an ice cream and go for a stroll along the Comox pier. Benino Gelato for gourmet gelato.

79. Gather a variety of local food specialties and have a picnic at the Courtenay estuary.

80. Watch a production by the CYMC Summer Music Camp in July.

81. Have a picnic lunch at Saratoga Beach and build a sandcastle.

82. Canoe and portage Willemar Lake and Forbush Lake.

83. Catch the Highland Games at Lewis Park on the May long weekend.

84. Buy a variety of fresh seafood right off the fishing boats at the Comox Wharf.

85. Go on a guided horseback ride at one of our local riding stables.

86. Take a short hike and then go for a refreshing dip at Nymph Falls.

87. Visit one of many artisan and fine art studios in the Valley and purchase a work of art.

88. Hike along the bluffs at Helliwell Park on Hornby Island.

89. Visit the animals at a hands-on petting farm at Filberg Park in Comox, or Seaview Game Farm in Black Creek. **Little kids welcome

90. Catch the breeze by windsurfing at Goose Spit.

91. Visit the petroglyphs and lighthouse on Chrome Island by boat.

92. Go for a bike ride along BC Hydro-Puntledge River trails.

93. Play a round of disc golf at Mount Washington.

94. Experience life on the wild side – take a zodiac tour around Denman and Hornby Islands.

95. Explore the back roads and trails of the Comox Valley by mountain bike on a variety of terrain suitable for all levels.

96. In July, camp out at Vancouver Island Music Fest and enjoy three days of live music, with acts from across Canada and around the world.

97. Enjoy easy to advanced mountain bike trails through Cumberland’s surrounding forests.


98. Catch the Co-Val Choristers annual Christmas production.

99. Enjoy one of many Christmas Craft Fairs held in the Valley during the holiday season.

100. Shop ‘til you drop at two of Downtown Courtenay’s special outdoor sale events – Moonlight Magic in November and Market Day in July. In downtown Comox, join in the fun at Santa’s Light Up Christmas event in November.

101. Watch the spawning salmon climb the ladder at Mack Laing Park in Comox or Nymph Falls in Courtenay.  Careful for the hungry eagles and bears too!