There is so much to do at Courtenay Beach House and in the Comox Valley. A true 'all seasons destination', you can do as much, or as little, as you like.
While relaxing, birdwatching and exploring the beach can take up all your time, you may be able to squeeze in some kayaking, golf, skiing, cycling, music or hiking – all of which are world-class in the Courtenay area. below are just a few of the many options:
Adults, teenagers and kids all love the freedom of romping on the Courtenay sand flats.
At low tide you can walk for over 40 minutes before you reach the deeper channel on the far side of Comox Bay. On your way, explore the sand ridges and tide pools while watching for the many native birds and beachlife. At high tide, the water comes right up to our beach, and in the summer the shallow water is warm and safe for swimming. At the house there is an assortment of sand toys and waterproof footwear for you to get the most out of the sand flats and the miles of coastline.
There are four golf courses within an hour’s drive of Courtenay Beach House, and the mild climate allows you to golf all year round.
The award winning Crown Isle Golf Course www.crownisle.com is about 10 minutes from the house.
Also under an hour away are the following courses:
- The championship course at Morningstar, home of the Canadian PGA Q school, www.morningstargolf.com
- The Audubon certified Storey Creek course www.storeycreek.bc.ca
- The championship course at Pheasant Glen www.pheasantglen.com/
- There is also a new golf course proposed for Union Bay, an interesting historical community about 20 minutes to the south of Courtenay Beach House.
Check out www.golfvancouverisland.ca for reviews and information on the courses on Vancouver Island.
The East Coast of Vancouver Island is a kayaker’s paradise, with literally thousands of islands to discover. Launch your kayak from the beach or from one of many nearby landings to explore some breathtaking scenery full of wildlife and geological marvels.
Bring your own boats, or rent from nearby stores, and keep them safe at the racks at Courtenay Beach House. The house also has local navigation charts at the house for you to use.
Stay on the beach, ski in the mountains. Courtenay Beach House is a 40 minute drive on ploughed, paved roads from the biggest ski resort on Vancouver Island.
Mount Washington (www.mountwashington.ca) is an all season resort with an average 10.5 METRES of snow. With a ski season from December to April, they have 1600 acres of alpine terrain, 1657 ft. of vertical drop, and wonderful views of Georgia Strait from the lifts and top of the mountain.
The Nordic Centre has 55km of cross-country trails and 20km of snowshoe trails, and access to the backcountry in Strathcona provincial park (http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/parkpgs/strath/)
The beach and surrounding area features an amazing array of bird life, particularly at low tide. Borrow the house’s binoculars, telescope and local bird guide and see how many species you can spot.
Species seen regularly include Pacific Blue Herons, Bald Eagles, Sandpipers, Oyster Catchers and Trumpeter Swans.
The Comox Valley and the adjacent Denman/Hornby Islands are a hot bed of local music talent – there are numerous festivals and live venues. Use our place as your base to explore. The biggest event of the year is the Vancouver Island music festival http://www.islandmusicfest.com/ .
And if you play, bring your instruments and jam at the house, or visit one of the many music camps, including the fantastic Hornby blues camp (www.hornby-blues.bc.ca/).
From our large rec room with games, books and toys to the large lawn and our collection of lawn toys (badminton, croquet, bocce) to our safe beach and warm swimming, this place is made for kids.
And in order to minimize the amount of paraphernalia you need to bring, the Courtenay Beach House has a highchair and crib for the little guests.
EXPLORING COMOX VALLEY
- Within one hour of Courtenay Beach House, there are a huge number of things to do:
- This tourism guide for the Comox Valley gives lots of useful information on the area. http://www.discovercomoxvalley.com/
- Bike on trails through the forests, fields and mountains
- Sample local produce at nearby farmer’s markets
- Buy fish straight from the fishermen at Comox docks
- Collect your own oysters in Baynes Sound
- Hike the nearby Strathcona mountains
- Learn about the area’s past at one of the many nearby museums
- Swim with the spawning salmon
- Raft the whitewaters of the Campbell River
- Take the kids to the petting zoo
- Go ziplining above the Douglas firs
- Paddle in the gentle waterfalls of Nymph Falls
- Fish on the open ocean for salmon, halibut and rockfish
- Flyfish on a picturesque local river
- Canoe the Sayward Forest Canoe Loop
- Experience the best of Vancouver island fine dining
- Enjoy a relaxing beer at the Black Fin Pub overlooking Comox Harbour
- Visit the totem poles at Filberg Lodge in Comox
- The list could go on and on…