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Drive 90 minutes from Nanaimo to the heart of beautiful farming landscapes on Vancouver Island to visit Courtenay—the urban centre of the Comox Valley. Downtown Courtenay boasts charming streets filled with art galleries, theatres, shops, artists’ studios, boutiques and gardens, and out of town there are sandy beaches, forests, mountains, parks and lakes. Plus, drive just 15 minutes to the local ski hill.
Top things to do
Explore Strathcona Provincial Park
Visit Strathcona Provincial Park—the oldest and largest provincial park on Vancouver Island to relax, picnic, mountain bike, hike or stroll to see spectacular Della Falls, the highest falls in Canada, or Comox Glacier, the largest glacier on Vancouver Island.
Enjoy local wines and food
Tantalize your taste buds at several local wineries and enjoy farm-to-table deliciously fresh food in the area's restaurants and cafes.
Visit Mount Washington
Ski, cross-country ski, snowboard, snowshoe and snowtube in the winter and mountain bike, mini-golf, and try bungee trampolining in the summer at Mount Washington Alpine Resort.
Relax at a spa
Treat yourself to a spa day at the Kingfisher Oceanside Resort and Spa to enjoy a relaxing Pacific Mist Hydrotherapy treatment.
Hunt for fossils
Hunt for fossils with an organized group or go on a self-guided discovery at the start of the Great Canadian Fossil Trail. Or visit the Courtenay and District Museum & Palaeontology Centre.
Located on the East Coast, Comox is rich in agricultural land, forests and mountains. Relax on a beach in summer, or go skiing in winter at Mount Washington, but whenever you visit, head to Fisherman’s Wharf to buy fresh fish right off the boat.
Mount Washington Alpine Resort boasts one of the most spectacular coastal mountain settings in North America. Bordering Strathcona Provincial Park and the Beaufort Mountains to the west and the Georgia Strait to the east, it's a great spot to enjoy summer and winter outdoor activities.
Located on the east coast, Campbell River has been known for the past century as the Salmon Capital of the World. But there’s more to Campbell River than fishing—with lots of provincial parks, beaches, restaurants and wildlife, there’s something for everyone.
Drive 30 minutes north from Nanaimo to visit Parksville, offering long sandy beaches, lots of water sports, and plenty of arts and crafts to suit all tastes. Known as Canada's Riviera, Parksville is the perfect destination for romantic getaways and family fun.
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