The Ultimate Weekend Getaway To Vancouver Island’s Comox Valley
Meagan Gill – 604 Now
July 11, 2017
Canada 150 is the year to stay local and travel to all corners of BC. The Comox Valley is just a few hour ferry ride, or half an hour plane ride away. Take advantage of its proximity and hop on to island time.
Here are just a few of the activities you can partake in on a weekend getaway to Comox.
Indulge in local seafood
You can’t visit the Comox Valley without indulging in fresh local seafood. The valley may be small but the seafood is bountiful with everything from crab and lobster to shrimp and oysters. For a taste of what the island has to offer, visit Blackfin Pub, Locals Restaurant at the Old House, or Surfside Fish and Chips. It’s also home to the beloved Fanny Bay Oysters & Shellfish Market.
Go on winery and distillery tours
What better way to spend a weekend away than relaxing with a drink in hand? 40 Knots Vineyard and Estate Winery is situated on 40 acres of property, making it the largest grape winery in the Comox Valley. Sip wines, dig in to some charcuterie and enjoy the stunning views of vineyards. Looking for harder liquor? Check out the Wayward Distillation House in Courtenay. Their brand is unique because their selection of rum, vodka and gin are all made from honey.
Shop at the Farmers’ Market
The Comox Valley’s Farmers’ Market is one of the best in the province. It’s open all-year-round on Saturday’s, Sunday’s and Wednesday’s with seasonal favourites including award-winning cheeses, shellfish, artisan products, gourmet sauces, honey, preserves and much more. The market moves indoors during the off months.
Have a picnic in Filberg Park
The park features nine acres of greenery, bordered by the stunning waterfront—making it the perfect spot to spend the day and set up a picnic. The area also boasts an abundance of beautiful gardens and charming heritage buildings.
Explore the Royston Shipwrecks
The Royston Shipwrecks are an interesting part of history and definitely worth checking out. They can be found rusting away under the Comox Harbour. There are 14 sunken ships that were used as a breakwater to protect the logging grounds in the area. The first ship was sunk in 1936, and the last sunk in 1959.
Hike near Mount Washington
Both Mount Washington and Strathcona Provincial Park offer a plethora of trails to satisfy any hiking enthusiast. One of the regions most popular hikes is the easy 0.7-km Top of the World Trail that gives you panoramic views from Mount Washington’s peak. The Linton Trail is an intermediate 2.1-km hike that will reward hikers with stunning views of Strathcona park and Mount Albert Edwards. For a more intense trek, the Giv’er Trail is an advanced trail going straight up and down the mountain peak.
Kayak to Tree Island
Make the hour-long paddle out to Sandy Island Marine Park, more commonly referred to as Tree Island. The forested and sandy beach area is a great spot for camping, or collecting oysters and shellfish when there’s a low tide. Sea Kayak Adventures offers rentals and tours to go kayaking or whale watching—a must when visiting Vancouver Island.
Relax at the Old House Hotel & Spa
As for accommodation, the Old House Hotel & Spa is a luxurious retreat situated along the Courtenay River. It’s close to golf courses, hiking trails and many beaches. Unwind at the hotel’s spa or pool to rejuvenate after a long day of exploring.