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welcome to the

ComoxValley

Alpine to Ocean A lush green valley tucked between

the mountains of the Beaufort Range on eastern Vancouver Island and the blue waters of the Georgia Strait, we offer the best in recreational activities, wildlife viewing, arts, culture and retirement living.

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Featuring

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July 29 - August 1, 2011

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...much, much more entertainment

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NO PETS allowed on grounds • Park closed before & after event • Park & Ride during the Festival at Brooklyn Elementary School - NEW LOCATION • Bicycle lock-up at the Festival

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WELCOME | 2011

Everything to Offer Visitors

The people who live in the Comox Valley feel they’re in one of the finest areas, if not the best part, of a spectacular gift of nature called Vancouver Island. Like much of the Island, Comox Valley residents get to live, eat and breathe all year what travellers come from all over the world to experience. It starts with the natural splendour. The awe-inspiring Coastal Mountains on the mainland of British Columbia don’t seem far away on the other side of the Strait of Georgia. Behind you are the Beaufort Mountains, one of the most distinctive natural features of Vancouver Island that include the Comox Glacier, known to the K’ómoks people as Queneesh, the White Whale. Between ocean and moun-

tains lies the lush and agriculturally rich Comox Valley, known for many years to the native inhabitants as the Land of Plenty. You can taste the bounty of the area in many local restaurants or by visiting a farmers’ market. The Valley, which stretches from Fanny Bay to Oyster River — including scenic Hornby and Denman islands — has enough kayaking, hiking, camping, swimming and other summer activities to keep the most active outdoors lover on the go. Mount Washington, the most popular coastal ski operation next to Whistler, had a record-breaking snowfall last winter. The area is also a Mecca for lovers of culture with at least three major music festivals each year in the main commu-

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nities of Courtenay, Comox and Cumberland. The Comox Valley is also a hotbed of art, dance and other art forms.

There’s much more to experience, but don’t take our word for it — come and see for yourself.

INSIDE ■ THIS ISSUE Visitor Information

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Comox Valley Map

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Cumberland

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Valley Communities

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Islands

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Courtenay

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K’ómoks

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Comox

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19 Wing

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Heritage Experience

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Events Calendar

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Advertiser Directory

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I N F O R M AT I O N | V I S I T O R C E N T R E

For locals and visitors alike As of our Welcome to the Comox Valley publication date in June 2011, there were two visitor information centres in the area. The Comox Valley Chamber of Commerce visitor centre was at 2040 Cliffe Ave. in Courtenay. It can be contacted at 250-334-3234 or 1-888-3574471 (toll-free) and the website is www.comoxvalleychamber. com/visitor-centre. The Cumberland Visitor Centre was at 2680 Dunsmuir Ave. It can be contacted at 250336-8313 or 1-866-301-4636 (toll-free) and the website is at www.cumberlandbc.org. However, construction has been underway since late 2010 on a regional gateway visitor centre, which is intended to

consolidate the two existing centres. The new facility is expected to open sometime in 2011. Made possible by $3 million in federal funding and $745,000 in provincial funds from the Island Coastal Economic Trust, the Vancouver Island and coast visitor Centre is being built on land in Cumberland donated by Trilogy

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Properties Corp. at the upper end of the Comox Valley Parkway (Exit 117 off the Inland Island Highway). It will be the largest visitor information centre on Vancouver Island, according to the Comox Valley Economic Development Society. Again according to CVEDS, the intention is to create a strategic gateway and destina-

tion visitor centre, supported by a visitor experience exhibit gallery that will: • Generate tourism-based economic benefits for the North Central Vancouver Island and coastal region; • Promote and facilitate greater collaboration among tourism operators and attractions and improve their capacity to package and deliver recreational services; • Provide a venue to showcase regional industries; • Support the awareness and promotion of the Island and Coastal First Nations with an emphasis on the K’ómoks First Nation. To get updates, visit http:// vicdiscoverycentre.com/project-update.

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G E T T I N G A R O U N D | C O M O X VA L L E Y A I R P O RT The Comox Valley Airport (YQQ) has the exceptional perspective of being the first point of entry into the Comox Valley for many people. With this viewpoint comes the responsibility of helping to form travellers’ first perceptions of this wonderfully distinct part of Vancouver Island. Tourists and residents alike recognize and treasure the Valley’s unique attributes — from its breathtaking scenery to its local charm. YQQ strives to ensure the passenger experience echoes these traits. The terminal building provides all of the amenities required for a comfortable journey including electronic kiosks for check-in, a gift shop, café, security screening, customs facilities and rental cars. YQQ also offers a team of friendly staff and airport volunteers who are ready and willing to

assist with passenger inquiries. “We are pleased to provide our passengers with a group of dedicated staff and volunteers who regularly go above and beyond in their efforts to positively influence the customer

experience,” said airport CEO Shirley de Silva. “Whether assisting customers directly or ensuring seamless operation from behind the scenes, we can offer travelers a personalized, warm and friendly airport experience.”

This commitment to service has resulted in consistently high levels of overall customer satisfaction. Benchmarking surveys have awarded strong scores for the Comox Valley Airport six years in a row. Participants in recent focus groups described the airport as positive, warm, friendly, professionally run, efficient, immaculately clean and user friendly. “What makes us unique is our simplicity. You can be in and out of our terminal very quickly or you can stay a while and revel in our local charm – from the gift shop, café or our public art program,” said de Silva. “The travel experience here is straightforward, personal and warm. We offer a level of service that is unmatched by other airports.” For more information about the Comox Valley Airport, visit www.comoxairport.com.

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G E T T I N G H E R E | P L AN E S, T R AI N S, AU T O & M O R E places around the Comox Valley and connects them with Victoria, the ferry at Nanaimo and on to downtown Vancouver and Vancouver International Airport. For details, visit www.islandlinkbus.com or phone 1-250-954-8257. To help you get around the Valley, the Comox Valley Transit System is offered by BC Transit and the Comox Strathcona Regional District. For more information call 250339-5453.

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West Coast Air connects the Valley with Vancouver daily on floatplanes leaving the Comox marina. For details, call 604-606-6800, 1-800347-2222 or visit www.westcoastair.com. Small aircraft and floatplanes have access to the Courtenay Airpark. For more information, call 250-338-9814.

Greyhound (formerly Island Coachlines) connects the Valley daily to other Vancouver Island towns and the mainland. Call 250-334-2475 for more information. Each day, Islandlink picks up passengers from various

Driving Highway 19A is the original Island highway, a two-lane oceanside route that features a spectacular view of water and mountains. If you’re at the wheel, remember to keep your eyes on the road. The new four-lane Highway 19 (also known as the Inland Island Highway) was built to relieve unbearable and dangerous congestion. If you need to get somewhere in a hurry, take the inland route. Otherwise, the oceanside route is much easier on the eyes. You might see signs along the highways promoting the Discovery Coast trip. It’s a 1,400-kilometre circle tour that includes Vancouver, Vancouver Island, Bella Coola and the Chilcotin region of the B.C. Interior. 8

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Ferries In our region, BC Ferries offers service from Buckley Bay to Denman Island and another short hop to equally beautiful Hornby Island. Another run connects Little River near Comox to Powell River on the mainland. If your visit will take you

farther afield, ferry runs from Nanaimo, Victoria and Port Hardy can connect you to the mainland. For more information, visit www.bcferries.com or phone 1-888-223-3779.

Small Craft Safe moorage docks and marine services for pleasure craft can be found next to the Comox Marina. Call 250-3396041, for more information or visit www.comoxfishermanswharf.com.

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C OMMUN I T I E S | CUMBERLAND

Village's fortunes tied to coal

Cumberland was literally built on coal mines. The earth beneath the Village is honeycombed with tunnels, and its economy grew and declined with the world coal market. The first miners’ shacks were thrown up near Coal Creek soon after Samuel Harrison discovered a coal seam near Comox Lake in 1869. The mine was modestly successful, and was quickly acquired by Robert Dunsmuir, a shrewd Scot who was building an industrial empire on coal deposits he had discovered near Wellington. Dunsmuir’s fortunes soared in 1883, when the federal government gave him two million acres of Vancouver Island plus $750,000 cash to build the Esquimalt and Nanaimo Railway. Dunsmuir expanded the mines and built huge docks at Union Bay, where deep water 10

ships could load coal. A 13-mile railway linked the docks with the mines in Cumberland. The world’s appetite for coal was ravenous, and by 1890, Dunsmuir had sunk three mines, which were working 24 hours a day, employing some 350 men and producing thousands of tons of coal a year. Three years later, Dunsmuir expanded his town and named it Cumberland, after the coal country in northern England. In 1898, Cumberland was incorporated as a city with a population of more than 1,000 people, and

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Lewis Mounce became its first mayor. Three years later, in 1901, 64 miners died in an explosion in Number 6 Mine. It was the worst mine disaster in local history. During the years before the First World War, Chinese immigrants flocked to Cumberland to find jobs in the mines. By 1914, 3,000 people lived in Cumberland’s Chinatown. It was the largest Chinese settlement north of San Francisco. Cumberland thrived in the ‘20s and, during the ‘30s sur-

vived the Great Depression and a fire, which wiped out half the town. But the old optimism was gone. Coal was no longer the fuel of the future. The coal market recovered somewhat during Second World War, but declined steadily during the post-war years, and Cumberland’s population declined as people moved elsewhere to find jobs. After the last mine closed during the 1960s, Cumberland might have died, like many other single-industry towns. But it has survived, thanks to a cadre of loyal residents and newcomers who moved to the Village because of its small-town atmosphere and reasonable housing prices. The village’s population stood at 2,762, according to the 2006 census, a 4.9-percent increase from five years earlier.


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If you haven’t been to Cumberland in a while you might just be surprised at the recent developments in the quiet little Village. Settled in the foothills of the Beaufort Mountain Range, Cumberland takes a visitor back in history and offers a wonderful opportunity to walk or bike through the surrounding forests, browse through unique shops, chat at a cozy cafĂŠ or enjoy a pint at a local hotel while listening to musicians ply their trade. After 95 years in the same historic building, the post ofďŹ ce moved to the corner of Fourth Street and Dunsmuir Avenue. The building, in the heart of Cumberland, was made with rock quarried from near the No. 5 mine in 1909 and held not only the post ofďŹ ce, but the customs and telegraph ofďŹ ce. Located by the old post ofďŹ ce building, the Village Square is one of Cumberland’s ongoing beautiďŹ cation projects. After acquiring grants from the B.C. Spirit Squares program, the Village of Cumberland hopes to have the project completed by the end of this year. Look for cobblestone decks complete with a few picnic tables, a post and beam covered area, coal cart planters and some old-fashioned street lanterns.

Building on the Village’s mining history, a group of community volunteers have already restored the No. 6 mine, which is located behind the Cumberland Recreation Institute at the turnoff to Comox Lake. Although the mine is capped there is a park, picnic tables and a play area. Informative signs detail the mine's history. The No. 3 mine, out at the old Chinatown site, will also be restored so visitors can take short tours to get a glimpse of mining as it was. Those interested in historical architecture will want to take advantage of a self-guided walking tour. Maps are available at the museum and various stores throughout the village. Each brochure costs $4 and contains ďŹ ve different tours. The Coal Hills BMX track, located just east of Village Park, offers an excellent opportunity for kids of all ages to have fun and take in some spectacular racing action. For more information check out www.coalhillsbmx.com or call 250-336-8490. For more on the history and attractions of Cumberland, phone the museum at 250-336-2445 or visit www. museum.bc.ca/cma or phone the Chamber of Commerce and Visitors’ Information Centre at 250-336-8313.

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C OMMUN I T I E S | THE ISLANDS

Don't forget Hornby, Denman Just a short sail away from the Comox Valley lie two jewels of the Strait of Georgia. Denman and Hornby islands provide a sanctuary of tranquillity for the harried traveller. But while offering a peaceful rural setting, the islands also boast a variety of leisure and cultural activities. The journey begins at Buckley Bay, about a 20-minute drive south of Courtenay, where visitors can board a B.C. ferry, either on foot or with a vehicle. A 10-minute sail takes you to Denman Island, where Denman Village, the island’s commercial hub is located. Strolling through the village centre is like walking back through time. The general store was built at the turn of the century, and is connected to a quaint cafe. A post office is also located in the building. A liquor store, deli-market, a hardware store, a bookstore and home-based artisans and craft stores are all part of the main street. Several of the island’s numerous bed and breakfasts are located in this area. The island’s cultural and educational life is also evident here, with two community halls, a library, a school, an art

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gallery and a museum. The museum is a charming scrapbook of Denman history. A craft store serves as a cooperative of local artists, as well as a showcase for their work. Those who wish to explore the spectacular landscape can wander along trails that wind through stands of old-growth Douglas fir in Boyle Point Provincial Park, located at the south end of the island. Look over Eagle Rock and toward the lighthouse on Chrome Is-

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land, and it’s likely you’ll see eagles and sea lions. On the east coast of the island, Fillongley Provincial Park offers 80-acres of meadow and forests of huge old-growth fir and cedar trees, fern gullies and a native midden. You can travel across Denman to the east coast, where another ferry awaits to take you to Hornby Island, which lies off Denman’s southeast coast. Another 10-minute ride takes you across Lambert Channel to Shingle Spit on

Hornby Island. Hornby offers two magnificent sandy beaches, and is sometimes referred to as the “undiscovered Hawaii of B.C.” The largest of these beaches is at Tribune Bay, located in Tribune Bay Provincial Park, while Whaling Station Bay lies on the road to Helliwell Park. Both beaches are ideal for swimming. After a day at the beach, take a trek through Helliwell Provincial Park, where you’ll stroll through a five-kilometre, circular path along the spectacular Helliwell Bluffs. Other paths lead you through old-growth firs and gnarled oaks. Travel toward the centre of the island, and you’ll see the community hall, a rustic hand-crafted wooden structure, where much of the community’s cultural activities take place. In the charming village square, you’ll find a co-op grocery store, bookstore, cafe, craft store and outdoor seating area that seem like they were carved from the surrounding landscape. Then, after an afternoon of exploring, relax at the Thatch Pub, located near the ferry dock, and view the works of local artists.


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Besides Courtenay, Comox, Cumberland and the islands, the area we call the Comox Valley includes several smaller communities, each with a different feel to offer the visitor.

Black Creek As you drive north from Courtenay on Highway 19A, the Black Creek Country Market signals your arrival in this small agricultural community, which includes the descendants of Mennonite settlers. The Black Creek and Oyster River watersheds teem with fish and wildlife. You might spot coho salmon in Black Creek during the autumn.

Buckley Bay Via BC Ferries, this place south of Courtenay on Highway 19A serves as the jumpoff point to Denman and Hornby island. There’s a small store, gas station and a beach.

Fanny Bay Linked with the heyday of logging along the coast, some old camp buildings and the remains of wharves and pilings can be seen along with scenic views of Baynes Sound, the south end of Denman Island and the distant Coast Mountains. Fanny Bay is renowned

for its oysters.

Merville Named after the town where Canada’s First World War military headquarters was located in France, Merville was founded when soldiers were relocated with their families after the war. B.C. author Jack Hodgins grew up here. Today, watch for signs labelled A, signalling a local artisan whose studio is open to the public.

Royston This area was originally known as Roy’s Town, possibly named for early settler William Roy. Across Comox Harbour, you can see the town of Comox and mainland mountains. Royston is the home of the renowned Kingfisher Oceanside Resort and Spa.

Union Bay Union Bay, once a mighty coal-shipping terminal for the rich coalfields of Cumberland, now depends on shellfish from Baynes Sound for its economic prosperity. Visitors can stroll along Heritage Row, historic buildings relocated and restored by the Union Bay Historical Society. Check out the post office and former gaol (jail).

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C O M M U N I T I E S | C O U R T E N AY

Courtenay has grown steadily

Captain George Courtenay, master of the British Royal Navy vessel Constance, loved to fish. So when his 50-gun frigate was assigned to the Esquimalt naval base near Victoria in 1848, he managed to spend a lot of time in Augusta Bay (later Comox Harbour), fishing the local rivers. In time, the river above the estuary became known as Courtenay’s river, and the name was adopted by the settlement that began to grow on its banks within the next 20 years. During the early 1860s white settlers began to build homes on the east side of the Courtenay River, and by 1864, about 40 people lived in the small community. Most were farmers, who bought land for $1 per acre.

In 1865, Reginald Pidcock became the first non-native resident on the west bank of the river, when he built a sawmill near the current Fifth Street Bridge. Pidc o c k built a small steamboat, the D a i s y, but apparently had serious financial problems when he tried to put in a new engine, and Joseph McPhee, another early settler, agreed to pay off the debt in return for a portion of Pidcock’s land. Both McPhee and Pidcock chipped in land for a new

town site along Fifth Street, and sold lots at $40 each. Business was brisk, and in 1915 the townsite was incorporated as the city of Courtenay. During the previous year, coal magnate Robert Dunsmuir had built the Esquimalt and Nanaimo R a i l w a y, which provided the first land link to Victoria. Logging and farming were the mainstays of Courtenay’s early economy, and Dunsmuir’s coal mines in Cumberland were an eager, accessible market. The Comox Logging and

Railway Company, based on Headquarters Road, employed some 400 people in its heyday, and was said to be the largest logging company in the British empire. During the First World War, military units were stationed near the city. Courtenay’s population boomed in the post-war years and continued to grow at an annual rate of about 4.5 per cent until 1966. After the war, Courtenay’s population continued to soar, and large tracts of land were brought into the city. During the past 30 years, the city’s population has more than tripled, and the population growth shows little sign of slowing. Figures from the 2006 census indicated Courtenay is one of the fastest-growing cities in Canada.

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crafters, home-based businesses and artisans to participate. Market Day hosts the Local Colours Festival, now going into its sixth season and administered by the Comox Valley Community Arts Council. With a mainstage filled with performances all day, and visual arts on display, Local Colours is a celebration of the arts in the Comox Valley, featuring talented local artists of all stripes. For more information, visit www.downtowncourtenay.com.

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The Comox Valley is rife with specialty shops, handcrafted items and sundries one won’t easily find elsewhere. Nowhere is this more evident than in downtown Courtenay along Fourth, Fifth and Sixth streets. The banner-lined main street — Fifth Street — features covered awnings over almost every store to shield against rain and hot sunshine, keeping shoppers comfortable year-round. Shops offer everything from clothing (of the men’s, ladies and adventure varieties) to furniture, kitchen gadgets to pottery, paintings to jewelry and everything in between. The downtown core also offers some newer facilities including the Sid Williams Theatre, which won the Facility Excellence Award from the B.C. Recreation and Parks Association. The theatre has played host to such names as Rita MacNeil, the Waifs and Prairie Oyster as well as many local productions.

The Comox Valley Art Gallery on Duncan Avenue brings to life the old abandoned fire hall. Upon entering the renovated building, the impression is that it is a new building, but there are visible ties to the past which includes the original concrete floors complete with the four very heavy Terminal City Iron Works Ltd. manhole covers that were once used for deliveries of coal. The Courtenay and District Museum on Fourth Street boasts B.C.’s only reconstructed elasmosaur and other paleontological treasures. The museum specializes in local history, from the age of dinosaurs to the most modern social and multicultural societies. The Courtenay Library opened in late 2001 on Sixth Street. The shingled exterior and unique interior design – which includes a fireplace and cosy chairs where people can read the paper or their book selections. It’s also an awardwinning project.

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C U LT U R E | K ' Ă“ M O K S F I R S T N AT I O N The K’ómoks First Nation wants to say Gila’kasla, or Everyone Welcome, to visitors of the Comox Valley. An important part of the community, and the root of the area’s history, the local band is opening opportunities for visitors to learn more about their culture at different reserve sites in the area. The popular I-Hos Gallery at the band ofďŹ ce property on Comox Road features local artists as well as well-known native artisans in many different media. The gallery and gift shop is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Sunday except for statutory holidays, although both are closed Sundays and Mondays in January and February. To contact I-Hos, phone 250-339-7702, fax 250-3397053 or email: sales@ihosgallery.com,

The idyllic buildings looking across to the heart of Comox Bay help to encapsulate the traditional territory of the local band, which has about 280 members. In 2005 the band also opened the Nim Nim Interpretive Centre on Condensory Road at another of its reserve locations in the Comox Valley, and is developing more on the site, which is also the Puntledge RV Campground, each year. Through the interpretive centre, they hope to share the history of the Comox Valley, relative to early settlers and the lives of the First Nations living here before. They hope it will allow them to share their story with the public. Throughout the year, they’ve also planned other special events — including their partnership and participation in the Comox Valley

ShellďŹ sh Festival in June. Those are just a few of the visitor-friendly ways that the K’ómoks First Nation is building in the community.

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The military was prominent in Comox history even before ships of the British Royal Navy first anchored in the shelter of Goose Spit. The Salish people, who lived in the Valley before the Europeans arrived, built a fort and lookout post on Comox Hill, now the southern entrance to the town. The fort was stocked with weapons and supplies and protected by trenches dug into the hillside. The first Europeans arrived in 1849, when the Royal Navy arrived, and the navy continued to occupy the harbour from time to time when the base at Esquimalt was overcrowded. The European civilian community was started in 1863, when a handful of English immigrants built a settlement on the shore, called Port Augusta, complete with a store and a post office.

About 10 years later, the Hudson’s Bay Company may have built a trading post at the foot of Comox Hill, but details are sketchy.

Rodello – led a campaign for a wharf at Port Augusta. The federal government built a dock to accommodate steamships, which brought

In 1874, two local entrepreneurs – James Robb and Joseph

supplies to the community every two weeks.

By 1893, when the community’s name was officially changed from Port Augusta to Comox, the settlement boasted two churches and three inns. The first church in Comox was the Roman Catholic church built over a gully at the foot of Port Augusta Street. Two of the inns have vanished, but the Lorne Hotel is still in business. Despite a dry spell during the First World War, when prohibition was declared, the Lorne has been in business ever since, and is said to be the oldest licenced hotel of its kind in B.C. Economic good times came when CFB Comox was built in 1942. The base closed soon after the Second World War ended in 1945, but reopened in 1952, and has since become an established part of the community.

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A jewel of a downtown awaits the traveller in the town of Comox — as well as a stroll along the breakwater, a chance to buy fresh fish straight from the boat or dining in a variety of splendid restaurants. The motto, Village By The Sea, can be seen everywhere you go in the town. It’s a motto locals are proud of. Comox hosts many different shops for tourists and locals alike to explore. A few years ago the downtown core was totally spruced up. No longer do telephone and hydro lines tower above the streets, as they are now buried. New benches line the sidewalks along with new landscaping and decorative lamp standards. Recent years have also seen a number of improvements to the Comox Centre Mall, which now includes an Extra Foods grocery store and murals by a local artist. In May 2011, the Town of Comox approved a proposal to grant space in the former library location to the Comox Museum and Archives and the Pearl Ellis Gallery. This will allow CAMS and the Pearl to move from below and behind the building at 1729 Comox 28

Ave. into space that will front updates, visit www.comoxmuseum.ca and www.pearlellisgallery.com During the spring and summer, visitors will want to check out the magnificent Filberg Heritage Lodge and Park. This nine-acre estate was originally built in 1929 for lumber baron R.J. Filberg, and became a public facility after his death in 1977. During the spring and summer, visitors can roam through the rustic lodge taking in the extensive hand-made woodwork and original stonework, then have a peaceful picnic lunch in the gardens or enjoy a gourmet meal at the Filberg Teahouse. Beach picnics are another favourite for visitors to the town and Goose Spit offers a number of fire rings, perfect for roasting marshmallows by an evening blaze. Just a two-minute walk from downtown, Comox Harbour holds many marinas and is home to 500 pleasure boats and a commercial fishing fleet. For more information on what Comox has to offer, check the website at http:// comox.ca.

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TO ENJOY | GOOSE SPIT The ďŹ rst phase of the Goose Spit Coastal Recreation Park Site Enhancements project at the popular site near Comox is improving accessibility and protecting the rare coastal sand dune ecosystem. The Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) licenses Goose Spit Park from the province. The 10-year licence was renewed recently with the inclusion of a new site plan for the park. A new wooden enclosure has been built around the washrooms, replacing the old enclosure that was falling over. There is one wheelchairaccessible parking stall right next to the washroom. The CVRD has done a lot of work to try to improve accessibility, laying down concrete near the washroom and across from the washroom

on the outer shore and at the entrance to allow wheelchair or walker access to the upper dunes. The entrance is now accessible, and there is a concrete space for a bench, which can accommodate a wheelchair. The concrete area at the entrance provides accessible parking, and there is a bike rack, a picnic table and three interpretive signs that describe the natural environment, Brant geese migration and some things people can see and ďŹ nd on the beach, as well as information about erosion control. The spit is popular because of its sandy beach and spectacular views, which include the Coast Mountains on the mainland across the Strait of Georgia. People ock to the area for the annual Father’s Day kite-ying contest.

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With over 900 courses and 70 credit programs in health care, trades, business, fine arts, tourism, and university studies, North Island College is an integral part of life on the northern half of Vancouver Island. NIC’s main, and largest, campus is in Courtenay. Other campuses are in Campbell River, Port Alberni and Port Hardy. The college, which opened in 1975, serves a population of 155,000 and a geographical region of 80,000 square kilometres that includes northern Vancouver Island and the B.C. mainland coast from Desolation Sound to Klemta. In 2009/2010, 4,649 students were enrolled at the Comox Valley campus. On its website, North Island College is described as a community college committed to high quality and excellence in our programs and services. Its wide range of program options is supported by a dedicated faculty, staff and administration — all working together to help students achieve their goals. Expert faculty lead students through a relevant course of study using up-to-date materi-

als. Small classes allow more time with instructors. The Comox Valley campus offers associate degrees in arts and science as well as bachelor degrees in business administration-accounting, fine art and design (in partnership with the Emily Carr University of Art and Design), liberal arts and nursing — the last two in collaboration with Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo. Transfer agreements create many opportunities to further post-secondary studies, both domestically and internationally. NIC also offers a broad spectrum of courses to assist in personal and career development. There are more than 100 Continuing Education courses that include diverse subjects such as oil and gas training, Spanish conversation and silver jewelry-making. In ElderCollege, adult learners find themselves in a climate without grades or exams that emphasizes learning and fun. Participation at NIC’s ElderCollege at the Comox Valley campus is among the highest ElderCollege rates in Canada. For details, visit www.nic. bc.ca.


CANADIAN FORCES | 19 WING

From its regal position on the top hill of the Comox Valley, the Canadian Forces 19 Wing air force base has watched over the local area and Canada’s West Coast for

more than 60 years. The air base was opened in 1942 to fulfill wartime duties, but the mission has transitioned to focus on search and rescue, coastal surveillance,

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transport, combat support and contingency operations. There are three squadrons at 19 Wing — the only Canadian air base west of the Rocky Mountains. The 407 Maritime Patrol Squadron flies five CP-140 Auroras, 442 Transport and Rescue Squadron flies six CC-115 Buffalo aircraft and five CH-149 Cormorant helicopters (all a distinctively bold yellow), and 19 Air Maintenance Squadron provides maintenance for the base’s aircraft and support to the squadrons. Comox’s base boasts the province’s second-longest runway — a 10,000-foot-stretch that can accommodate a space shuttle. A portion of the base’s property is leased to the Comox Valley Airport. The Maritime Patrol unit monitors maritime approaches far into the Pacific and Arctic — originally designed

for submarine surveillance, it now plays an important role in watching for illegal activity like fishing contraventions. The Search and Rescue squadron covers the country’s busiest region — helping people in trouble, often in rugged and inaccessible terrain and severe weather. The base is also home to the country’s school of search and rescue and also supports sea cadets at HMCS Quadra and the Regional Gliding School (Pacific). While a fully secure site, the operations and people of 19 Wing are an important part of the Comox Valley. With 1,000 Canadian Forces members and 200 civilian members, the base is the local area’s largest employer — filled with people who contribute both in and outside of work toward the health of the community.

Welcoming Services staff invite newly posted families to contact us about medical services available in the area.

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Journey through our history

Launched five years ago, the Comox Valley Heritage Experience is an exciting journey of significant heritage sites, stories and images that define the rich heritage of our Land of Plenty. From natural history to industrial, social and cultural heritage, this tour is a fascinating exploration of the Comox Valley’s diverse past. Presented on 16 stunning storyboards placed in scenic locations throughout the Valley, the Heritage Experience is a perfect activity for any season. The Comox Valley Heritage Experience is available in brochure format through local Visitor Info Centres and in the Comox Valley Tourism rack brochure. 34

The idea of the Heritage Experience is simple: people can take one of two trips, each about two hours long, one starting at the I-Hos Gallery and ending at Mount Washington, the other in downtown Courtenay, passing through Union Bay and Royston and ending at Simms Millennium Park. Each tour allows you to drive at a relaxed pace, taking time to stop and read the signs. Route One takes you from the history of the K’ómox First Nation through to the marine, military, farming and recreation history of the northern end of the Comox Valley. Route Two takes you from the heart of the Comox Valley in downtown Courtenay,

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through the historic Village of Cumberland, out to the seaside communities in the south end of the Valley, and back alongside the waterways of Courtenay. Along the way, directions are provided for visitors to follow, along with distances marked in kilometres. Be sure to set your trip odometer and watch the distances between the signs. GPS co-ordinates have been provided for each of the sign locations, along with the numbers for the local Visitors Info Centres to call while on the route for additional information. Initiated by the Comox Valley Economic Development Society and made possible as a result of a collaborative and

regional partnership between public and private governments and organizations, the Comox Valley Heritage Experience is a spellbinding way to explore both the history of the area and its natural splendour. Heritage Experience pamphlets are available at the Comox Valley Visitor Info Centre and the Cumberland Visitor Info Centre and at other tourist attractions, hotels and motels throughout the Valley. Walking tours have been added to the Comox Valley Heritage Experience. Brochures for the walking tours are available wherever driving tour brochures can be found. Log on to www.comox-valley-tourism.ca for more information.


S O M U C H T O D O | S E A L B AY PA R K generate. Horseshoe Swamp was originally dammed by beavers during the early 1940s. A concrete wall was installed during the early 1980s to maintain water levels during the summer. In 1975, the first 335 acres was leased to the regional district as a park. In 1985, the area under lease was granted by the Crown. Many trails have not been marked, so be sure you are prepared for getting lost when exploring unmarked trails. To reach the main parking lot on Bates Road, follow the signs to the Powell River ferry and stay on Anderton Road, rather than following Little River Road to the ferry dock. Turn onto Waveland Road, follow a sharp curve to the right, rather than following Larch Road, then turn left on Bates Road.

Seal Bay Nature Park and Forest is a 714-hectare forested area within a 15-minute drive from Courtenay or Comox. The Comox Indian Band named the park Xwee Xwhy Luq (pronounced Zway Why Luck) which means A Place of Serenity. Xwee Xwhy Luq is an all-season park. Enjoy a brisk walk on the trails in winter or stroll through the cool shade in summer. Because its natural state has been preserved, expect to see tall-standing trees and fallen trees, which have become nurseries for saplings, mosses and ferns. Listen for the sounds of the forest and the seashore. The area was last logged in about 1920. Notches for springboards used by loggers are still visible on large, oldgrowth stumps. Since then, the forest has been left to re-

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Cumberland and Courtenay sides: pebble, gravel, and some sandy beaches. Protected swimming area on the Cumberland side of the lake. The swimming area here has been blocked off by log booms from the rest of the lake. There’s a floating raft and diving board. The rest of the lake is good for swimming, too, but be wary of motorboats.

This series of falls and fish ladders are a popular swimming and sunbathing area during summer. Though used more for a sunbathing spot and not for swimming, Stotan Falls has many holes and pools created by the fast-running water during the spring and fall. Currents can be deceivingly strong, so caution is advised.

COURTENAY RIVER

TRENT RIVER FALLS

This river is the combination of the Puntledge and Tsolum rivers. Its height fluctuates with the rise and fall of the tides, ranging from a foot deep to 10 or 12 feet deep. Since this river travels along the edge of Lewis Park, many people dive in and swim in the river. This is not advised, however, due to the strong currents and sharp rocks which are found in and around the river. It is good for rafting, kayaking, and canoeing.

These falls cascade 30 feet to a deep, crystal-clear pool surrounded by an amphitheatre of cliffs. In a truly outstanding beauty spot, the water is suitable for both swimming and diving. Access: Royston Road, left onto Van West Main Logging Road, 3.4 kilometres, park at washout on left at beginning of trail, 15-minute walk approximately. Some very steep trails.

PUNTLEDGE RIVER

It runs through the Merville area to the north of Courtenay, joining the Puntledge to make the Courtenay River. One can always find paths leading down to good swimming spots.

This river combines with the Tsolum River to make the Courtenay River. This is a fast-running river year round, feeding from Comox Lake. It is a good river for tubing and boating, but may be a little strong for some swimmers.

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WELCOME TO THE REGION! The Comox Strathcona Waste Management (CSWM) service works to help residents reduce the amount of waste they create. If you’re new to the valley here are some waste reduction resources to note:

Recycling Depots in the Comox Valley Recyc Canex CFB........................................... Comox 1625 Military Row, Comox BFI Canada...........................................4624 Cumberland Road, Cumberland Comox Centre Mall...............................214 Port Augusta Street Vancouver Island Auto Recyclers...........3447 Royston Road, Royston Comox Valley Waste Management Centre....2400 Bevan Road, Cumberland Courtenay Country Market.....................5352 N. Island Hwy (19A), Courtenay Driftwood Mall.......................................2751 Cliffe Avenue, Courtenay Home Depot..........................................388 Lerwick Road, Courtenay Old Oyster River Fire Hall.......................2185 Regent Road, Black Creek Quality Foods........................................2275 Guthrie, Comox Wal-Mart...............................................3199 Cliffe Avenue, Courtenay

Each business volunteers to host recycling bins on their property. Thanks to them, public recycling in the regional district is possible!

Curious about composting? Wondering how to turn yard waste and kitchen scraps into something useful? Learn how at the CSWM Compost Education Centre. Visit us from May through until November and learn how to make compost for your garden. We’ve got demonstrations, workshops, samples, handouts and on-site educators who can show you how. The compost education centre also sells “Earth Machine” composters. These easy-to-use plastic bins can be placed in your backyard and used year round. Learn more by visiting us at 4795 Headquarters Road

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With an established reputation as a winter wonderland, Mount Washington Alpine Resort is the place to go for fun on the snow. But that’s only half the story. The resort is quickly coming into its own as a summer destination, and with good reason. Its spectacular views from the top of the mile-high chairlifts and challenging mountain bike trails are making Mount Washington the place to run for fun in the sun. Well-planned activities and first-class facilities are attracting international attention for both the winter and summer seasons. With one of the best snow bases on the West Coast including a record snowbase early in 2011, downhill skiers and snow tubers are in

their element. Immaculately groomed cross-country trails delight other skiers. When the snow melts, the resort’s trail groomers waste no time for preparing for the mountain bike season. Summer 2011 highlights include Canada Day on July 1, the Hop Scotch Fetival July 8 featuring delcious beer and scotch, Bearclaw Invitional Aug. 5 and 6, BC Cup provincial championships Aug. 13 and 14 and a Wine and Food Fesival on Aug. 26 and 27. The resort’s summer diversions include a mountain bike park, mini-golf, disc golf and bungee trampoline. For details, visit www. mountwashington.ca or call 250-338-1386 or 1-888-2311499 toll-free.

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SO MUCH TO DO This summer marks the 101st anniversary of Strathcona Park, the oldest provincial park in B.C., established in 1911. In 1910 the Strathcona Discovery Expedition set out to explore the area and create a Park in B.C. Price Ellison hiked much of the island, and climbed Crown Mountain at the end. In celebration of the Park’s birthday, the Strathcona Centennial Expedition Committee and BC Parks are planning a re-enactment of the original expedition, including ascending Crown Mountain, for some time in July. The Park offers a nature lover’s paradise, just a leisurely drive from the Comox Valley. Spanning more than 500,000 acres west and north of the Valley, Strathcona Park is a bounty of hiking, camping and canoeing opportunities.

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Paradise Meadows is aptly named. You’ll be treated to spectacular alpine scenery as you stroll the loop trail to Battleship Lake and Lake Helen Mackenzie. A network of hiking trails

for all levels allows you to fully explore the park. For much of the year, the landscape is dotted with alpine flowers. Look up, and you’ll see the peak of Vancouver Island’s highest mountain, Golden

Hinde, rising 7,219 feet. If you plan to stay the night, you can check out Strathcona’s two provincial campgrounds, Buttle Lake and Ralph River. From the park, trails link up with paths from Mount Washington and Forbidden Plateau. Enjoy breathtaking views of the Comox Valley, the Strait of Georgia and the coastal mountains while you ride one of the chairlifts to the top of Mount Washington, which stands 5,200 feet tall. Then, stroll the mountaintop paths and enjoy a picnic lunch. For mountain bikers, Mount Washington offers a wild ride down on one of many challenging trails. Take an interpretive tour with a guide; groups of 20 or more can enjoy the chairlift ride and a 90-minute outdoor nature tour. For more information, check out www.env.gov.bc.ca/ bcparks

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SO MUCH TO DO Kayaks silently slip through the water, covering large distances with little strain on the body. The stable boats can easily access places that are normally only accessible with motorized water craft. The craft of choice of the Inuit, kayaks are less disruptive to wildlife, allowing for better viewing opportunities. The Comox Valley is an incredible place to kayak. The snow-capped Coast Range rises from the ocean like a postcard. The Comox Glacier and surrounding peak mountains inspire one’s imagination. Seals, whales and sea birds beckon paddlers to explore the shoreline. Rocky coastlines, islands and beaches lure adventurers to explore. With so much to offer, the Valley and surrounding coast

is a great place to try kayaking, in lessons or just for exploration. One local company, Comox Valley Kayaks, says that anyone who has canoeing experience will have no trouble paddling a steady double kayak in calm conditions, but it is wise for anyone without experience to take some lessons or get a guide before they venture into the open ocean or more remote locations. Many companies in the Valley provide kayak lessons, rentals and guided trips to get the inexperienced kayaker feeling comfortable and safe. Comox Valley Kayaks: Kayak and canoe sales, rentals and lessons. Guided day trips and courses. Call 1-888-545-5595 or 250-334-2628 or visit www. comoxvalleykayaks.com; 2020 Cliffe Avenue, Courtenay. Tree Island Kayaking: Eco-

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nay. Hornby Ocean Kayaks: Guided tours, introductory lessons, day trips and rentals to experienced kayakers. Call 250-335-0448; Hornby Island.

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SO MUCH TO DO The clear waters off the Comox Valley cater to every level of diving ability. Pacific Pro Dive & Surf Company in Courtenay charters to Campbell River, Hornby Island and beyond. Visit www.scubashark.com or call (250) 338-6829 for more information. King Koho is a popular shore dive with local divers of all levels. A rock shoreline leads down to the waters edge. Three octopi hide in and around a small sailboat teeming with sailfin sculpins, lingcod and a potpourri of other marine life. Carry a dive flag at all times because this is also a popular fishing spot. Well known for its big animal dives, Hornby Island Diving specializes in six-gill shark and sea lion adventures. During any season, you can encounter Giant Pacific octopi,

wolf eels, harbour seals, large ling cod, rockfish, colourful anemones, and nudibranchs.

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Underwater terrain includes drift dives, wall dives, deep dives and sculpted sandstone

reefs. Good visibility and gentle currents make Hornby an easy area to dive in for nondivers and families. Visit www.hornbyislanddiving.com for more information. U.B. Diving offers scuba charters in addition to regular boat dives. If you don’t have a buddy to dive with, the shop will try to find one for you. Check out the lighthouse overlooking the remains of the M.V. Alpha on Chrome Island, swim with six-gill sharks at Flora Inlet or dive with the sea lions at Norris Rock. Wolf Eel Alley is the most popular dive, being home to dozens of wolf eels and a giant octopus. Shore dives to the sunken barge in front of the store are free. Receive a complimentary tank fill after your dive. Visit www.seashelldiving. com to learn more.

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TO ENJOY Whether you’re a golf junkie or just on a golf junket, no trip to the Comox Valley would be complete without a visit to Crown Isle Resort & Golf Community. As the name implies, this is much more than just a golf course. It is an 831-acre golf course and resort community right in the heart of the Comox Valley. Integrated throughout the 18-hole championship golf course are residential home sites, custom homes, vacation villas and patio homes. The 48,000-square-foot resort centre is the nucleus of the destination retreat. It features several meeting and banquet rooms, each offering a spectacular view of the golf course and surrounding mountains. The lobby of the three-level building features a fireplace and spiral staircase. Alongside

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Once you’ve taken all that in, it’s time to grab the clubs and head outdoors for a warmup on the driving range, chipping and putting greens,

and even practice bunkers. Then it’s tee time as you head for the award-winning, platinum-rated course designed by Graham Cooke & Associates in 1992. The par-72, 18-hole course is the centerpiece of the community. It is superbly manicured and maintained and playable for golfers of all levels. With 11 lakes, lush fairways and a view of the Beaufort Mountain range, the course is a pleasure to play. Relax at the end of the day in the Timber Room Pub, the Silverado Steakhouse, or the whirlpool and steam rooms. If you wish to stay over night, the resort offers luxurious rooms in its 4 1/2 star accommodations. For more information, visit www.crownisle.com. Crown Isle is located at 399 Clubhouse Dr. in Courtenay, just off Ryan Road.


TO ENJOY Tee time is year round in the Comox Valley, much to the envy of the rest of Canada. Gorgeous, rugged and challenging terrain combines with meticulous greens, cozy clubhouses and spectacular views. Golfers on Comox Valley courses will often find themselves sharing the green with friendly blacktail deer and majestic bald eagles. And many courses offer spectacular views of mountain and ocean vistas. With the Valley’s temperate climate, it is possible to golf, ski and fish all in the same day. The Comox Valley has a variety of courses to suit any level of ability throughout the year. Comox Golf Course: You don’t have to be a pro to enjoy this nine-hole layout that’s practically downtown. Dozens of deer live on the course, which has a driving range.

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the public, which is welcome to use the driving range. 250339-6515. Longlands Par 3 Golf

Course: The 18-hole Comox layout is open from dawn to dusk from March to October. 250-339-6363. Miracle Beach Adventure Golf: This 18-hole mini-golf course is in Black Creek, up Highway 19A from Courtenay toward Campbell River. 250337-5333. Mulligans Golf Centre: With six par-three and three par-four holes, this course at the northernmost part of Courtenay offers breathtaking views, and a driving range. 250-338-2440. Saratoga Beach Golf Course: Adjacent to a campground and marina in Black north of Courtenay are nine holes, a driving range and mini-golf. 250-337-8212. Sunnydale Golf Club: Five kilometres north of Courtenay on Highway 19A is this 18hole layout, which includes a driving range. 250-334-3232.

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Comox Glacier Trail The hiking trail to the Comox Glacier is for strong and experienced hikers only. The hike is a recommended three-day trip following this schedule. It is possible to do the trail in one day during the summer, assuming you are prepared to start at 4 or 5 a.m. and return after dark that night. For the climb on the glacier itself, an ice axe and rope is suggested. For more information call Ken Rodonets, Comox District Mountaineering Club, at 250-336-2101.

Lagoon Park Located in the Comox Estuary, behind the Travel Infocentre, Lagoon Park is composed of two sections: a tidal wetland area and an upland area. The upland area has paved cycling and walking trails and is equipped with four wildlife viewing platforms.

Medicine Bowls Access: Follow Forbidden Plateau Road to the end of tarmac, at the base of Forbidden Plateau ski road. From here a small logging road leads to the river, about 1.5 km long. Setting: A series of three large falls set on the upper section of Browns River. Condition: The logging road is in good shape for walking, and may be rough for some vehicles. The strong currents make the water dangerous for swimming.

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Access: accessible by the Comox Logging Road off Lake Trail Road, or along Piercy Road to Forbidden Plateau Road. This 55.4-hectare regional district park, located west of Courtenay between Forbidden Plateau and the Puntledge River, is a fairly new park but the regional district has provided an entrance sign, upgraded trails and built a parking lot.

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Stotan Falls Access: Follow Lake Trail Road and turn right on to the Duncan Bay Main logging road, located right of the main power lines, keep to the right through Fletcher Challenge Logging Yard. Setting: Below the bridge on the Duncan Bay Main crossing the Puntledge River. Condition: Well-packed trails lead down to

the river. May be some hazardous footing down around the river itself.

Strathcona Park and Forbidden Plateau Located on the top of the Forbidden Plateau range, Strathcona Park is an excellent hiking area. Various levels of skill and ability are required for all the different trails and paths.

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Lazo Road/Point Holmes/ Knight Road Loop

t Easy and level short walk that starts at the Fanny Bay Community Hall and takes you through the hall grounds to a loop across the Island Highway where you can take in an abundance of native

t A scenic ride through residential areas, along the ocean and past the airport. Mostly quiet rural roads with no shoulders. t Approximately 17 kms. Some short uphill and downhill sections. Side trips to Goose Spit Park and Kye Bay add about 2 kms each and two steep hills.

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Hurford Hill Nature Park

Boyle Point, a small day-use park, is located on the southern point of Denman Island.

t Features wooded trails as well as open grassed areas.

t A forested trail leads through the 125 hectare park's second-growth forest to the viewpoints, where visitors will be rewarded with a spectacular view of Baynes Sound and the Chrome Island Lighthouse. Ideal for viewing eagles and various seabirds.

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Goose Spit to Point Holmes Intertidal Walk

t Easy 3 km paved pathway that connects Hawk Drive and McDonald Road at the Courtenay and Comox border

t Great beachcombing and tidal pools with an abundance of sea life. t Be sure to plan ahead and check the tide charts so you don’t become stranded; trek during an outgoing tide to ensure ample time to return.

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Seal Bay Park Swamp Loop

y Roy Morrison Nature Park features an easy

y Easy level trail, approximately 2 kms (small loop)

network of woodchip trails in 31 acres of forest • For a longer ride, follow the Masters Greenway, then turn right on Powerhouse Road to reach the Pipeline Trail going all the way to Comox Lake. To Pipeline

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From Comox, head north on Anderton Rd., turn left at junction where Anderton turns into Ellinor Road. Stay on Anderton which turns into Waveland Road. Turn left onto Bates Road

Access points off Arden Road or 1st Street in Courtenay

Nymph Falls/Puntledge River

Cumberland Community Forest

y Trails follow the Puntledge River, are gently

• 150 acres of beautiful forest surrounding the Village of Cumberland

• Park at Nymph Falls off Forbidden Plateau Rd. and head north toward Comox Lake, all the way to the Comox Lake dam. Return the same way for a 12 km round trip. For a longer ride, bike to Stotan Falls and back on the return trip; adds 6 kms.

• Home to some of the best riding on Vancouver Island; trail network to suit every level • It is strongly recommended that you purchase a full-sized trail map at local bike shops and info centres, or visit www.cvmtb.com

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TO ENJOY The Comox Valley is uniquely situated in the middle of Area 14 as designated by the Tidal Sportfishing Regulations. For saltwater anglers, this means we are in the centre of an amazing array of marine fishing opportunities that span 12 months of the year. For anglers who restrict their angling opportunities to beach fishing, it can come to mean over 100 kilometres of prime, accessible, world-class fishing. Moving inland to freshwater fishing opportunities of approximate Area 14 boundaries with Little Qualicum River on the south and Oyster River on the north, we have a rich array of rivers and lakes to challenge anglers of all skill levels. For visitors travelling by air, land or sea, the immediate Comox Valley is served by two first-rate professional

tackle shops that can supply all your angling needs, including licences, up-to-date whereto-go information, available charter boat and beach guide services, including all the current tackle needs for the time you may be visiting our Valley. Added to the specialty stores, there are a large number of

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tackle outlets in small stores, department stores and others spread throughout the Valley. As a reflection of the growing interest in year-round Valley fishing, the charter boat business has been enjoying a period of healthy growth in the past few years. There are numerous boat

launching sites from Miracle Beach in the north to Deep Bay in the south. In the Comox Valley itself, popular sites are the Comox Harbour ramp, Kitty Coleman Beach and Union Bay ramp. There are few places in the world where you can arrive in the morning and before the day is out, enjoy fishing, skiing and golfing. The Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada in Comox and the provincial Ministry of Environment in Black Creek (near Miracle Beach Provincial Park) are official government information centres. All five species of Pacific salmon are regularly taken in local waters. Before you venture on our waters, make certain you have the appropriate licences, because there are two required if you fish in both marine and freshwater.

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Park yourself in our parks

COMOX Anderton Park On the corner of Balmoral Avenue and Stewart Street behind the Comox Centre Mall, Anderton Park is a neighborhood recreational park consisting of 1.37 hectares. Attractions include four tennis courts, a basketball court, slide, merrygo-round, and a teeter-totter on a grasscovered lot. There are no cooking facilities and open fires are not permitted.

Brooklyn Creek Park This natural park comprising 3.77 hectares has no facilities. Located on the east end of Comox Avenue, north of Mack Laing Nature Park, the park has easy walking footpaths through a wooded area with a wide variety of plants. There are many flowers during the spring and salmon can be observed in the creek during the fall months.

Filberg Heritage Lodge and Park It provides the luxurious beauty and tranquillity of a private estate, but is open for public enjoyment. The nine-acre waterfront property in Comox is widely acclaimed as the finest public park and garden on Vancouver Island north of Victoria. The beautifully landscaped grounds and rustic stone and wood lodge is the legacy

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of R.J. (Bob) Filberg and his wife Florence McCormack. When R.J. Filberg died in 1977, he bequeathed his estate to the Vancouver Foundation, a non-profit, grant-giving organization. Later, the Town of Comox bought the property and the building with the help of grants from the Vancouver Foundation. Construction of the lodge began in 1929. The structure is a rustic wonder that stands as a testimonial to the skill of local craftsmen of the time. This talent and artistry is just as apparent inside, with many of the beams and wood details hand-finished. The stone fireplace even incorporates a local native petroglyph. Stroll through the gardens and you’ll find a stream flowing through a natural ravine, along with majestic trees from all over the world, including London planes and Atlas and Deodar cedars. Local trees such as maples also provide shade and privacy. Beds of annual and perennial flowers and hundreds of rhododendrons add swaths of colour throughout the park. Heathers, spring bulbs, flowering shrubs and dwarf conifers can also be found.

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nis court, change area, a small store, and 15 campsites. Direct beach access brings you to a small breakwater creating a small tidal pool for children. Swimming, fishing, and boating are all good here.

Kye Bay This is a well-sheltered area highlighted by an expanse of sandy beach at low tides, punctuated by many tidal pools. There are picnic tables under the tree at Elks Park or one may take advantage of the new playground nearby. Restrooms are available.

Mack Laing Park Access from east end of Comox Avenue. This park was left to the Town of Comox by naturalist Hamilton Mack Laing on the condition that it be left in its natural state. The seven-acre park is full of small paths and bridges, stairways and trails leading past information kiosks which enable flora and fauna to be identified.

Marina Park A one-hectare park used for neighborhood and community events, with boat launch, picnic shelters, bandstand and washrooms. Two marinas and government wharf are nearby; salmon and other types of seafood can be purchased off the boats. A boardwalk with guardrail travels the south end of the park overlooking the

harbor and mountains across the bay.

Pioneer Memorial Park Located on Manor Drive, this memorial park is the site of an old graveyard in memory of the early pioneers of Comox. The park is beautifully sited in a lovely setting with a view of the bay and a steep beach access to the ocean. There are no facilities.

Port Augusta Park Located on Beaufort Avenue, this park is a 1.06-hectare, partially shaded grasscovered area, sloping down to the waterfront. A row of ornamental trees blossom with beautiful pink flowers in the spring. A small bubbling brook flows south along the west side of the park into the ocean. There are park benches and an excellent view of the mountains and ocean.

Salish Park Bordered by Guthrie Road and Nootka Street in Comox, this park has neatly constructed footpaths and bridges which meander through a very serene setting. The grass-covered area with its gently rolling hills is landscaped with shrubs.

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1929. The entrance is flanked by two new totem poles; there are playing fields, lawnbowling and horseshoe areas, tennis courts, a children’s playground and water park, and an outdoor pool. At the perimeter of the park, you can see the convergence of the Tsolum and Puntledge rivers to become the Courtenay River, the world’s shortest tidal river.

cies of birds and watching small planes take off and land. The Courtenay Riverway is a popular place for walkers, cyclists and roller-bladers and its level grade accommodates wheelchairs and infant strollers. To get to the Walkway, head to the rear of the Comox Valley Chamber of Commerce Tourist Information Centre. That’ll plunk you in the middle of the pathway.

Marina Airpark

Simms Millennium Park

Located behind the Courtenay Infocentre, this is a small park overlooking the Courtenay River. From its location next to the Courtenay Airpark and Marina, it is a good vantage point to see the landing, launching, and takeoff of wheeled airplanes, float airplanes, and various types and sizes of boats.

Created in 2000, this family park is located on the east side of the Fifth Street Bridge across from Lewis Park. The park features a Thai pavilion, children’s playground and a number of trails with view points overhanging the Courtenay River.

Puntledge Park

South Comox Lake Park

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Located off First Avenue (drive up Fifth Street, turn right after railway tracks, and follow road down the hill to lower section of First Avenue), this scenic park runs along the Puntledge River and the edge of town. The park includes a maze of trails leading around the park, and a small play area with swings. During the fall you can see the spawning salmon heading upstream to the Puntledge hatchery.

Riverwall Park On Anderton Avenue, just off Fifth Street, this small plot of grassy land borders the Courtenay and Tsolum rivers, with a good

view of Lewis Park across the river. There are picnic tables set among the trees where you can enjoy a sunny day.

Riverway Walkway

This paved walkway that runs along the Courtenay River and estuary is bordered on one side by the Courtenay Airpark. This is a prime location for viewing many spe-

This park is owned and operated by the Village of Cumberland and is situated on the southeast part of the lake. A resident park caretaker operates a concession stand and boat rentals. There is a designated swimming area, complete with floating raft and diving board, which is protected by an encircling log boom. There are 50 RV sites, each with a picnic table and barbecue grill. There are water taps and showers, and electricity. The park is open May 24 through to the Labour Day weekend.

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Come and meet the famous ‘Sea Monster,’ also known as the elasmosaur, invites Pat Trask, assistant curator of science, at the Courtenay Museum and Paleontology Centre. The museum is home to the only reconstructed elasmosaur, which was discovered several years ago on the Puntledge River. Learn about when the Comox Valley was a seabed and dinosaurs roamed the continent, and maybe even find some fossils. On the guided tour, you’ll visit a working paleontology lab, where fossils are prepared and stored, then the museum’s gallery to see the actual elasmosaur specimen. You’ll also see other vertebrate fossils such as mosasaurs, turtles and fish, along with the invertebrate fossils of shelled creatures that lived in the oceans around Vancouver Island 80 Serving the Comox Valley and Campbell River areas.

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SO MUCH TO DO It isn’t often that a person has the chance to view an 80million-year-old marine reptile, a Czech Air Force MiG-21 “Fishbed-J” and a replica of a turn of the century coal mine all in one day. Unless they happen to be in the Comox Valley. The Valley’s four major museums — the Courtenay and District Museum and Paleontology Centre, the Cumberland Museum and Archives, the Comox Air Force Museum and Heritage Airpark and the Comox Archives and Museum each offer a distinct glimpse into the past. The Courtenay Museum is recognized as a centre of paleontology study in British Columbia. The museum’s 5,000-pluspiece fossil collection, plus its working paleontology lab, have also made it the first stop on the Great Canadian Fossil Trail which links all major paleontology sites in Western Canada. During the summer, the Courtenay Museum offers three-hour tours of local fossil sites and provides goggles and hammers so everyone can find and take home fossils. School and group tours are available year round. The Courtenay and District Museum and Paleontology Centre is located in downtown Courtenay in the old post office. The museum moved there after years in the Native Sons Hall. The museum is open daily through the summer. Admission is a suggested donation of $3. For more information phone 250-334-0686, fax 3380619, e-mail museum@island. net or visit the museum’s comprehensive website at www. courtenaymuseum.ca. ••• The focus at the Cumberland Museum is on coal mining. Some of the coal seams

in the Cumberland area were only four feet high. This meant that miners had to swing their picks while on their knees and, donkeys pulling coal carts had to crawl through the low spots. Even though the replica of a coal mine in the Cumberland Museum is full height, a walk through its dark corridor provides a chilling glimpse. The tunnel features illuminated historic photographs, a loaded coal cart and various tools of the trade. But what really makes the experience lifelike are the sounds of metal picks chipping away at rock, heavily laden carts being pulled over steel tracks and the pervasive drip and gurgle of water. Underground mining took place in the Cumberland area from the 1880s to 1966. In the later part of the 19th century Cumberland was a thriving metropolis divided into separate townsites for the whites, Chinese, Japanese and blacks. The Cumberland Museum and Archives is located at 2680 Dunsmuir Ave. and is open Monday through Saturday. ••• Comox Archives and Museum offers a magical glimpse of the town’s rich and unique nautical history. Archives containing a mul-

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titude of photos and documents and other information date back as far as 1792 giving the visitor a special look at the early pioneers. Open from 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday at 1729 Comox Ave., the staff will be happy to assist you in your visit. In May 2011, the Town of Comox approved a proposal to grant space in the former library location to the Comox Museum and Archives and the Pearl Ellis Gallery. This will allow CAMS and the Pearl to move from below and behind the building at 1729 Comox Ave. into space that will front directly onto the busiest downtown street in the town. For updates, visit www.comoxmuseum.ca. ••• Bigger and better than ever,

the Comox Air Force Museum has updated many of its oneof-a-kind displays of West Coast military aviation memorabilia. From rare uniforms to aircraft seats, notebooks, largeand small-scale models, books and original art, the non-profit museum proudly runs through history of aviation spanning the First World War to the current squadrons at the Comox base. Among their special highlights is a remnant Second World War Japanese fire balloon — one of 9,000 sent over from the Asian country to try and distract North America’s west coast. Nearby stands the John Colwell Diary, which includes sketches and plans for the Great Escape from Stalag Luft III. For children visiting the museum, there’s also the opportunity to have a picture taken in an ejection seat, and a mockup of a control tower, complete with a radio scanning the actual tower’s communication all day long. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays to Sundays. Admission is by donation. The Comox Air Force Museum is at the entrance to the 19 Wing Comox airbase, at the very east end of Ryan Road. For more information call (250) 339-8162 or visit www. comoxairforcemuseum.ca.

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SO MUCH TO DO Canada Day, July 1, is annually a day for family fun in Courtenay with great music, entertainment and tasty food all centred within a walkable distance of each other. Festivities begin June 25 with another Battle of the Bands at Simms Millennium Park. Chevy Ray and the Fins will perform a free concert June 30 at Simms from 7 to 10:30

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p.m. Entertainment was still being finalized at press time, but you can expect a long list of performers at various stages in and around Lewis Park in Courtenay. An evening at the Sid Williams Theatre will feature a wide variety of Canadian entertainment from 7 to 9 p.m.. Major events July 1 include a kids’ decorated bicycle contest at 9:15 a.m., the Fifth Street Mile run at 10:15 a.m., the grand parade on Fifth Street starting at 10:30 a.m., and the 22nd annual Ducky 500 race down the Courtenay River. Hungry? More than 20 vendors in three parks will keep your tummy full. Get started with the early morning pancake breakfast served up by the Kinsmen. For more information, visit www.comoxvalleycanadaday. ca.

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SO MUCH TO DO Not content with offering three days of amazing music, the organizers of Vancouver Island Music Festival (known as just MusicFest of VIMF), are taking it to a whole other level for 2011. Just before the festival begins, VIMF is presenting 26time Grammy Award winner Alison Krauss and her crack bluegrass band Union Station (featuring dobro master and MusicFest lover Jerry Douglas) on the evening of July 7 in a special concert. After that hot beginning, eclectic music for almost every taste imaginable fills the Comox Valley Exhibition Grounds for the next several days. Some acts are playing only MusicFest in the region and cannot be heard otherwise for miles around. As MusicFest organizers say, there will be “crazy guitarheads, femmes fatales, legends

of roots-rock, hip-hop groundbreakers, up-and-comers of neo-folk, Canadian debuts, old-school activist rockers and so much more.” The headliners include acerbic songwriter and soundtrack factory Randy Newman, ‘60s icon David Crosby, hip-hoppers Arrested Development,

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money’s worth from Courtenay’s rich annual music smorgasbord. The festival, which has peaked at about 8,000 people, happens July 8 to 10 in 2001, following the Alison Krauss concert. For more information, visit www.islandmusicfest.com.

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TO ENJOY Each summer, the Comox Valley Youth Music Centre plunges talented young musicians and actors into a hectic, and potentially lifechanging, experience. Experienced, talented instructors, who known their stuff and know how to teach it, don’t have much time to prepare their young charges for real-live onstage performances in front of real audiences. A vocal jazz component is a new addition in 2011 to musical theatre and classical. CYMC Musical Theatre kicks off its 2011 summer season July 2. This year’s creative team features award-winning faculty, including the Comox Valley’s own Lori Mazey and dance teacher/choreographer Lindsay Sterk along with acclaimed musical director Kristopher Epps and

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tap. CYMC’s summer music and theatre programs are open to all youth 12 to 24 and attract participants from all over the world. This all leads to the grand finale, one of the longestrunning shows in Broadway’s history — A Chorus Line — at the Sid Williams Theatre, which then goes on the road to the 700-seat Island Sav-

ings Centre in the heart of the Cowichan Valley. ••• The CYMC is entering its 44th season of making music. Talented alumni include Diana Krall, Nancy Argenta, and Christopher Millard. Many of our alumni credit the CYMC for improving their talents during the earliest days of their careers. Two programs have been added for 2011: the piano program has returned by request, taught by renowned local pianist Sarah Hagen, and CYMC introduces its first vocal jazz program. Musical Theatre will perform two shows for 2011, the famous A Chorus Line, winner of nine Tony awards, and Glee Club, an original “jukebox” musical with story by Kris Epps and Lori Mazey. Visit www.CYMC.ca for more information.

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SO MUCH TO DO As usual, the Filberg Festival will showcase some of the best Canadian artistry and music in one of the most picturesque settings imaginable. The 29th annual event will again offer more than 120 talented artisans and their works, a guest artist and some of Canada’s ďŹ nest musicians. Held every BC Day long weekend, the four-day 2011 festival runs July 29, 30, 31 and Aug. 1. The guest artist is Northwest coast landscape painter Coral Barclay, who specializes in oil paintings of light and colour. Growing up on Vancouver Island, where her family lived in a small cabin by the sea, she is still inspired by visiting wonderful landscapes when the light is just “rightâ€? and then painting from her experience. Barclay spends summers on nearby Hornby Island and winters in Portland, Ore.

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SO MUCH TO DO BC’s scrappiest music festival is coming back to Cumberland this August, bringing big sounds and spectacles to the good people of the Comox Valley. The Big Time Out is returning Aug. 12 and 13 to Cumberland Village Park and it’s renewed its mission to prove that little villages really can do big things. “Ever since we started up we’ve tried to punch above our weight, bringing in acts from around the world and putting on the type of show that you don’t normally find in a small village,” says Vig Schulman, creative director. “We always felt that people here were passionate about great entertainment and they’ve proved it year after year.” Preparations for the 2011 event began before the tents even came down last year. The Big Time Out crew has been scouting acts, mapping site layouts and building the team

since last summer. “It’s an intense and very involved process and yet I wouldn’t have it any other way,” says Kevin Haughton, one of the producers. “The planning and organizing is a truly beautiful part of the whole event. My face tightens with a smile when I think of how fortunate I am to play a role in bringing so many people together to share one thing,” says Haughton. “The Big Time Out is all about building and maintaining a vibe over the course of two days,” continues schulman, “and that includes everything from who plays at 4 p.m. to where the acrobats will do their thing.” The 2011 line-\up is already taking shape, bringing TBTO’s signature blend of music-youmay-not-have-heard-of-butwill-definitely-be-your-newfavourite. Bedouin Soundclash have already been confirmed.

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Rising beyond their initial successes in concert halls and festivals across the globe, the Bedouins are back with a smoldering new album, Light the Horizon. Their new offering is smooth as silk and shows the band’s maturation from their initial reggae roots to something much more complex and critically acclaimed. Australian beatbox star Dub FX will be dropping dub step, hip-hop and DnB for the first time in the valley. Dub (Mr. FX?) started as a street performer in Melbourne before going on to be an international star of the beatboxing world. True to his street performer roots, his live show is epic as he builds soundscapes before your eyes with just a loop machine, a mic and his mouth. Another one-man Aussie act, Kim Churchill, will be lighting up the stage. He was the most unexpected surprise of last year’s festival, bringing the field to its feet with his intricate finger picking and sun-drenched, feel-good sound. Global music-mashers the Boom Booms are also con-

firmed. The East Van musicians grew up surrounded by the sounds of Pakistan, Argentina and Barbados and spent their lives travelling and adding to their musical arsenal. They’ve pulled all these influences together into a fantastic live show that’s just the thing to make you move. Have you ever imagined what would with Bob Marley, Stevie Wonder and the Chemical Brothers all got together to play under a huge harvest moon? That’s OKA, another act on TBTO’s 2011 roster. Their sound is an organic tapestry of earthy rhythms in a smooth hi-fidelity sound that is full of uplifting melodies, tones and textures. Super early-bird tickets — $70 for two days — are available online until June 15. To sweeten the deal, everyone who buys a super early-bird ticket is entered to win their money back. See videos, check out the performers and buy tickets online at thebigtimeout.com or facebook.com/cumberlandvillageworks.

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SO MUCH TO DO It was 30 years ago when the first race was held at Saratoga Speedway, and the 2011 season will continue a legacy of revved-up automotive entertainment. This season will see many new faces and many previous champions trying to retain their titles. All of last year’s classes are returning except for the Figure 8 cars. Returning classes are: Hornets, Bombers, Crash to Pass, Roadrunners, Dwarfs, IMCA Modifieds, Island Mini Stocks, Old Time Modified Stock Cars (O.T.R.A), Wilroc Sprint Cars, and Wilroc Lite cars. After a year’s absence the motorcycles are returning, and fans will enjoy the newly formed ASA BC Late Models (previously Katana Sportsman). There will be 23 different race nights at the Black Creek oval this season. Every night is special, but several special

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nights are scheduled. June 25 will be the first showing of the fastest class on the Island —the Wilroc Sprint cars — along with the Wilroc Lites and IMCA Modifieds. July 2 will feature the first Eve of Destruction, which will include a Limo jump, jet dragster funny car, fireworks, IMCA Modifieds, Dwarf cars and Bomber cars.

July 9 is the first Boat Race of the year and the only Car Tossing competition of the year: they will be accompanied by the Crash to Pass cars, Roadrunners and Hornets. On July 16 is the longest race of the year, the 150-lap ASA BC late model tour event. This special night will also include the Bombers and Island Mini Stocks.

July 30-31 is the last Monster Truck show along with the Crash to Pass cars, Bombers, Hornets, Roadrunners and Tough Trucks. Aug. 6 is the last show of the Wilroc Sprint cars. They will be accompanied by the Wilroc Lites, Dwarf cars and IMCA Modifieds. Aug. 20 marks the third annual Bikini Contest and last Boat Race. Also on the night will be the Crash to Pass cars, Roadrunners and Hornets. Sept. 3-4 is the popular Canadian-American Demolition Derby. Alongside these “maniacs” will be the Hornets, Crash to Pass and Roadrunners. Sept. 17 marks the last race night of the 2011 season, with spectacular firework, Crash to Pass cars, Roadrunners and Hornets. For more information on race nights, visit www.saratogaspeedway.bc.ca. RBC DOMINION SECURITIES

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SO MUCH TO DO Make sure to check out 137th annual event the at the Comox Valley Exhibition grounds. This is one event you don’t want to miss from Aug. 26 to 28. The non-profit Comox Valley Exhibition Association board is working hard to pull off the best fair ever, with some spectacular events lined up including a lumberjack show, zucchini races, chainsaw carving, impressive 4-H exhibits, and the famous Kids Zone. The event welcomes more than 15,000 visitors annually. Guests come to learn about Comox Valley, northern Vancouver Island and B.C. agriculture through fun-filled family activities. Other attractions include livestock, poster contest, produce, kids’ tractor pull, home arts, crafts, antique machinery and lots of food. The board is planning to

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have a wide range of entertainment on the main stage or throughout the grounds. Singers, dancers, comedians and acrobats could be among the entertainment. The theme of the 2011 exhibition is Cowboy Trails ‘n 4-H Tales, celebrating Comox Valley farmers and local agricultural youth. The

purpose of the Comox Valley Exhibition is to educate and entertain the public with the diversity of agriculture within the Comox Valley, including local 4-H Clubs. The Comox Valley Exhibition is a showcase for all agriculture producers as well as hobbyist, home gardeners, crafters and bakers.

The Comox Valley Exhibition is proud to provide affordable family-oriented entertainment, often using local producers and talent. The admission cost is only $10, or $20 for a family. For more information, call 250-338-8177 or visit www. cvex.ca.

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SO MUCH TO DO The Comox Valley Classic Cruisers car club is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2011 with the annual Graffiti Bash Show and Shine in downtown Courtenay on July 23 and 24. Merchants are also participating in the outdoor party, which drew more than 300 high-quality cars last year from all over Vancouver Island, the Mainland, and even Oregon. The thousands of people who come each year to admire the vintage vehicles are also treated to food and fun, some of which comes from the 1950s

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music that helps to take people back to an earlier time. The little people are welcome, too. There will be lollipops for them while the rest enjoy the musical version by the Chordettes of 1958. The celebration starts July 23 with the cruise at 7 p.m. into the A&W. Activities continue downtown July 24 at 9 a.m., where visitors can view the extravagant display of classic cars while visiting with the many owners. As usual, prizes and trophies will be presented

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SO MUCH TO DO Captain Cracker, official host of Nautical Days, hopes you’ll join him during the B.C. Day weekend from July 30 to Aug. 1 at Comox Marina Park to celebrate the 53rd annual event. The action kicks off Saturday morning with the 24th annual Bullhead Derby, the largest catch-and-release fishing derby in the Pacific Northwest. Last year’s derby drew nearly 500 young and youngat-heart participants angling for top honours in categories ranging from largest fish to strangest catch. Also Saturday is Captain Cracker’s Kid’s Festival — always a blast for the young’uns, with games, races, crafts, clowns, pet parade, face painting, kid’s rides and more smiles than a grade school yearbook. Canoe Jousting returns Saturday as well. The much-anticipated Dragon Boat Races, a huge hit

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the impressive boats glide through the waves while the

deep beat of the drums keep time for the paddlers. Teams from across Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland will compete. Also returning will be the King — or at least the next best thing. Elvis impersonator Steve Elliott performs the Gospel of Elvis Sunday afternoon, Elvis’ Family Show Monday afternoon and Viva Las Vegas Monday evening. The Build, Bail & Sail will take centre stage at the marina ramp on B.C. Day Monday. More than a dozen two-man teams will try to craft any sort of sea-faring vessel with the meagre materials and hand tools at their disposal, and then race them around the Comox Marina entrance. The weekend concludes Monday night with cadets presenting the Sunset Ceremony of the Flags and Quality Foods supplies fireworks.

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LAND OF PLENTY Organic vegetables. Awardwinning cheeses. Free-range chickens. Visit the 18-year-old Comox Valley Farmers’ Market on a Saturday morning, and this is just a sampling of the fresh, local products you will find — and just a small example of why the Comox Valley is often called the Land of Plenty. From mid-April to Thanksgiving, more than 80 local farmers, fishermen, gardeners and bakers bring their products to the outdoor market on Headquarters Road beside the Exhibition Grounds Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon. The Comox Valley Farmers’ Market also runs Wednesdays from June until September at Comox Bay Farm (formerly Farquharson Farm) from 9 a.m. to noon. After Thanksgiving, the market moves inside to the Native Son’s Hall in Courtenay on Saturday morn-

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ings from 9 to noon unitl venturing ourtside again in April. Take the ferry from Buckley Bay to explore Denman and Hornby islands, and you’ll discover two more fantastic farmers’ markets. Denman’s market runs Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. from the May long weekend to midOctober next to Old School

Centre. The Hornby Island market is held Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. June-September, and Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in July and August on Sollans Road between the RCMP detachment and the health care building. The farmers who fill the market stalls stretch across

the Comox Valley, producing everything from meat, poultry and potatoes to berries, vegetables and apples in the shadow of the Beaufort Mountains. Bringing their food from their fields to your plates, many of these producers also hold their own farm markets and offer seasonal farm gate sales.

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LAND OF PLENTY Keep an eye on Shelter Point Distillery in Oyster River, which is working toward producing Vancouver Island’s first single-malt whisky, made from barley grown onsite. For more, visit www.shelterpointdistillery.com. Coastal Black Estate Winery opened this year in Black Creek. The Ludwig-O’Brennan family offers fruit wines and meads, and their beautiful tasting room is open for wine sampling year-round. For information, call 250-337-8325 or visit www.coastalblack.ca. Beaufort Estate Vineyard and Winery just north of Courtenay opened to the public several years ago. Jeff and Susan Vandermolen have already captured several prestigious awards. For more, visit www.beaufortwines. ca or phone 250-338-1357. Blue Moon is a small estate winery located at Natures Way Farm in Courtenay, which focuses on crafting fine fruit wine.

| WINE AND SPIRITS For more, visit www.bluemoonwinery.ca. Hornby Island’s warm summer climate is a haven for winemakers: Middle Mountain Mead is an artisan honey winery combining the best of ancient and modern techniques to create small lots of premium handcrafted mead. Phone 250-3351397 for current hours. Visit them online at www.middlemountainmead.com. Carbrea Vineyard & Winery is a micro-winery that produces small lots of hand-crafted wines, using sustainable farming methods. Call the winery at 250-335-1240 or visit www. carbreavineyard.com. Hornby Island Winery’s online home is at www.hornbywine.com. Hornby Island is also home to a distillery. Island Spirits Distillery offers highly refined gin and vodka. For more, visit www.islandspirits.ca.

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LAND OF PLENTY Long known to the local K’ómoks native people as the Land of Plenty, the Comox Valley carries on that proud tradition. As if from the Horn of Plenty, Valley growers produce a seemingly never-ending supply of food from fertile fields as well as delectable sea creatures from the nearby ocean. Add an award-winning cheese company and several wineries into the mix, and you can see why restaurants here can buy locally to a degree unheard of in other places. Much of this bounty finds its way onto the plates of appreciative diners in the Valley’s many eateries. At last count, a partial list of ethnic fare included Japanese, Chinese, Thai, Italian, Indian, Greek, continental, Vietnamese and Mexican. In trying to raise the profile

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of a variety of seafood taken mainly from Baynes Sound, the Comox-based B.C. Shellfish Growers’ Association presents an annual Shellfish Festival in June. One objective is to get local shellfish onto a variety of Valley restaurants. Besides a choice of ethnic food, there’s a broad selection to satisfy growling tummies, ranging from stick-to-yourribs pub food or a casual family meal right up to an elegant candlelight feast that will create lasting memories. You can choose from a leisurely dining experience at a fine restaurant or a quick bite at one of the Valley’s self-serve cafes or bistros. To make the experience even more satisfying and memorable, some places enhance the ambience with a stunning view that includes water, mountains or both.

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| ART GALLERIES | Comox Valley Art Gallery Featuring contemporary, experimental and applied visual arts, CVAG exhibits the work of regional, national and international artists. CVAG also creates opportunities for local artists and artisans to show their work. At 580 Duncan Ave. in Courtenay, they are open Monday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Call 250-338-6211 or visit www.comoxvalleyartgallery.com for details.

I-Hos Gallery Presenting a collection of traditional and contemporary Northwest Coast native art, including masks, prints, jewelry, wood carving, and clothing, the gallery is 100 per cent owned and operated by K’ómoks First Nation. Located at 3310 Comox Road, on band land, the gallery is open every day 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. For more information, call 250-339-7702 or visit www.ihosgallery.com.

Muir Gallery Operated by the Comox Valley Arts Council, this gallery hosts exhibitions of community artists , as well as literary events, workshops, and presentations. At 440 Anderton Ave. in Courtenay, hours are Tuesday - Saturday 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Call 250-334-2983, or visit www.comoxvalleyarts.org for details.

Pearl Ellis Gallery In May 2011, the Town of Comox approved a proposal to greant space in the former library location to the Comox Museum and Archives and the Pearl Ellis Gallery. this will allow CAMS and the Pearl to move from below and behind the building at 1729 Comox Ave. into space that will front directly onto the busiest downtown street in the town. For updates, visit www.pearlellisgallery.com.

Denman Island Summer Art Gallery A program of Arts Denman Society, the Summer Art Gallery showcases local artists each summer. In the Seniors Activity Centre, it’s just a short walk from the ferry. Call 250-335-1224, or 250-335-3176 for more information or visit www.artsdenman.com.

Hornby Island ARC Gallery Hornby Island Arts Council showcases local artists’ work in the ARC Gallery. Summer hours are Wednesday and Saturday noon - 3 p.m. They are located behind the Community Hall on Sollans Road. Call 250-335-0613, or visit www.hornbyislandarts.com for details.

Backdoor Gallery and Studio In downtown Courtenay they feature local photographers and do photo restoration and framing at 520 Duncan Ave. They are

open Tuesday - Friday 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. - 5 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. For details, call 250-3388690.

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Magnolia Art Gallery and Garden Centre In the historic village of Cumberland, Magnolia features original paintings, sculpture, jewelry, pottery, glass, and more. They also have a garden centre outside. Hours are 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. on Mondays, and 10:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Stop by 2732 Dunsmuir Ave., call 250-336-2000, or visit www. magnoliagallery.ca for more information.

Maximick Originals Bill Maximick is a well-known local artist who paints seascapes and marine themes. His gallery features displays of his work and offers custom framing. The gallery is open Monday-Saturday 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. at 450 Ryan Road. For details, call 250-338-2225, or visit www.billmaximick.com/Information/index.htm.

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Potter’s Place Run by a collective of local ceramic potters, it shows the largest selection of clayworks on Vancouver Island and one of the largest in B.C. In downtown Courtenay at 180B Fifth Street. Call 250-334-4613 or visit www.thepottersplace.ca for more information.

South Hollow Art Studio and Gallery Offering West Coast and Asian-inspired contemporary works, South Hollow features resident artists Pamela Young and Valerie Taylor, with select guest artists from the Comox Valley and Lower Mainland. Located at 218 Fifth Street in downtown Courtenay, they’re open Monday - Saturday 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. For details, call 250-334-0221, or visit www. southhollow.ca.

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Spirits of the West Coast Native Art Gallery Presenting original Pacific Northwest Coast native American art including Haida art, Kwakiutl art, Coast Salish art, masks, carvings, jewelry, prints and sculptures. Stop by 2926 Back Road in Comox. Hours are Monday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. For details, call 250-338-2120, or visit www.spiritsofthewestcoast.com.

Stone Hunter Studio Robert Proulx is known as the Stone Hunter because he finds stones and creates art and sculptures, as well as furniture and architecture from them. Viewing is by appointment only. Call 250-3388422, or visit www.stonehunterstudio. com for details.

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TO ENJOY | SPAS Pamper yourself at one of the Comox Valley’s luxurious spas. Whether it is just a day trip, or an overnight stay with a relaxing dinner, the Comox Valley has got it covered. • Courtenay’s newest luxury resort and spa, The Old House Hotel and Spa, is set on the banks of the Courtenay River. Oh Spa features a year-round outdoor heated pool and hot tub, and spacious couple’s rooms where you can enjoy spa cuisine in front a fire. They offer body wraps and polishes, along with massages, facials, manicures, pedicures, and much more. They are located at 1730 Riverside Lane. For details, call 250-703-0202, or visit www. oldhousevillage.com, or www. ohspa.ca. • The Kingfisher Oceanside Resort and Spa is nestled

among old-growth trees, with views overlooking the ocean from their world-class spa. They have 22 relaxing treatment rooms, an outdoor heated pool and hot tub, steam cave and fitness area. The Pacific Mist Hydropath is among the most popular spa choices. The resort has beautiful rooms and a restaurant with an amazing view of Gartley Bay. They are located at 4330 Island Highway South, near Royston, and they offer shuttle service from the airport, train, and bus station. For more information, call 250-338-1323, or visit www. kingfisherspa.com. The Comox Valley is also home to a number of day spas, including, Blush Salon & Spa, Extreme Ends Salon & Spa, I Day Spa, Level 10 Eurospa, and Sudhana’s Healing Solutions.

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It all happens at the Westerly Hotel Your Home Base for all your Comox Valley Adventures!!! Our Amenities Include: · 143 Guestrooms & Suites · Complimentary Full Hot Buffet Breakfast · On-site Restaurant, Lounge & Pub · Indoor Pool, Sauna & Hot Tub · Fitness Facility & Games Room · Complimentary Wireless Internet · Meeting & Conference Facilities · Off-Site Catering Home to Courtenay’s Newest Culinary & Entertainment Destination, Flying Canoe West Coast Pub! Enjoy classic pub fare and authentic forno fired pizzas. Top Shelf Liquor Store Comox Valley’s Premier Wine & Liquor Store! Enroll for Best Western Rewards® Guest Recognition Program Toll Free: 1-800-668-7797, Direct: 250-338-7741 www.thewesterlyhotel.ca reservations@thewesterlyhotel.com 1590 Cliffe Avenue, Courtenay, BC, V9N 2K4 Each Best Western® branded hotel is independently owned and operated. 86

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■ A C C O M M O D AT I O N S For those on limited budgets, the area has many motels from which to choose that give you bang for your buck, sometimes with an on-site restaurant. If your budget is really restricted, several hostels have sprung up to cater to the hiking and backpack crowd. Toward the other end of the scale, several hotels are another option, offering the comforts of home — plus room service and restaurant fare. If you’re really in the mood to spoil yourself, or to maintain the lifestyle to which you’ve become accustomed, investigate the luxurious resorts in the area, all of which seem to offer spectacular ocean and mountain views. Although most accommodations are in Courtenay and Comox, do not overlook the surrounding areas.

Developers have big plans to expand accommodations in the fast-growing Comox Valley whose temperate climate, stunning vistas and wide range of activities make it increasingly popular with visitors. In the meantime, if you’re fortunate enough to be spending some time in the Land of Plenty you can book living quarters that range from oceanfront to high on a mountain.

FROM HOTEL, MOTELS TO QUAINT BED & BREAKFASTS COME SPOIL YOURSELF There’s the homey touch offered by a multitude of bed-and-breakfast operations, many in quaint and even scenic locations.

Buying or selling? ■ Full Service RV Sites with Free Wireless and cable TV ■ Cottages & RV Accommodation ■ Sheltered Boat Moorage ■ Seasonal Heated Pool & Jacuzzi ■ Restrooms with Free Hot Showers ■ Fishing Charters Arranged

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Boat Rentals Recreation Hall Laundromat Waterfront Restaurant & Pub Playground & Games Room Off Season Rates

Let my 33 years of real estate experience work for you!

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OCEAN PACIFIC C REALTY Independently Owned d & Operated

2230a Cliffe Avenue, e, Courtenay

250-334-99000 www.salmonpoint.com

2176 Salmon Point Rd, Campbell River

Tel. 1-866-246-6605 or 250-923-6605

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Vacation Getaways A Garde Gard Garden e Cottag en Cottag Cottage ge Retreat Retre Retreaat

250-871-4255

Year round self-contained accomodation in the Comox Valley, Vancouver Island, BC

Debaura Hall

Heart and Haven

Guest House Vacation Rental divineconnections@shaw.ca

Experience Paradise!

Enjoy the serenity of your own private suite overlooking, the gardens, ponds and Wildwood Nature Park. www.robinscreek.com robinscreek@gmail.com Contact Frank or Penny

250.703.0709

Garden, Forest, Beach, Tranquility

1304 Docliddle Road, Comox,B.C. V9M 2P9

250-339-7512 www.GardenCottageRetreat.com gardencottage@shaw.ca

Singing Sands Bed and Breakfast Oceanside Accommodation just steps from Beach With sea and mountain views Tourism BC Approved

1951 Singing Sands Road, Comox BC, V9M 3X9 Telephone: 250 339-3552, Toll-free: 1-866-339-3551 Email info@singingsandsbb.com; www.singingsandsbb.com

Kairos Guest Suite A Self-Catered B&B

The perfect home away from home, where beauty, relaxation and affordability come together...

Your Personal Retreat Rest ~ Relax ~ Renew Private, self-contained accommodation 1955 Richardson Avenue Comox, BC V9M 2B3 info@kairosbb.ca  www.kairosbb.ca Tel: 250.339.6573  Toll Free: 866.440.9900

...Ideal for those romantic getaways and family vacations.

“Lovely & quaint, this self catered 2 bedroom cottage sits privately on our 1 acre mini botanical garden.”

www.stonetreecottage.com

Becci & Keith Russell

2271 Lake Trail Road, Courtenay B.C. • 250-338-9785

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EAGLESVIEW OCEANFRONT RETREAT 1416 Wilkinson Road, Comox, BC (250) 890.0733 Toll Free: (866)778.8077 info@eaglesview.ca www.eaglesview.ca


250-339-4345

Geoff and Glenny Email: info@driftwoodbb.com www.driftwoodbb.com

Debaura Hall Inn Keeper On Brooks Place Courtenay Vancouver Island, BC

Island Time Bed & Bath

Driftwood Guest House

Ah! To live with the sea inside your head, knitted into your sleep...

Vacation Getaways 250-871-4255 DivineDebaura@shaw.ca Island Time Bed & Bath A Gateway to Paradise!

Comox, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

SEAVIEW 250-335-9048 25025 0--33 335-9048 6448 South Island Hwy. Union Bay, BC www.pearlpoint.ca info@pearlpoint.ca

Quiet Oceanfront Vacation Suite www.oceansidehaven.com Toll Free: 1-888-757-2032 Tel: 250- 757-2032 Fax: 250- 757-2042 4803 Ocean Trail, Deep Bay Bowser, B.C. V0R 1G0

Centrally located on Vancouver Island with beach access & breathtaking views across The Strait of Georgia. This beautiful self contained suite is 1400 sq.ft. with 2 large bedrooms, living room with gas fireplace, a fully equipped kitchen and in-suite laundry.

GAME FARM

www.seaviewgamefarm.com 1392 Seaview Road Black Creek, BC V9J 1J7 ph. 250-337-5182 fx. 250-337-5231 info@seaviewgamefarm.com

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Pet Solution when you’re away Weekdays, Weekends & Vacations Catering to all their needs. Call Jacqueline Cell.: 250-218-1040 perfectpetsolutions@hotmail.com Peace of Mind for you, your pet and your home

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Dr. Ken Seaman welcomes you and your pet Dedicated to those who leave paw prints on your heart! Serving the Comox Valley since 1987

CODE: TEN1ST

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Full Service Small Animal Hospital

Puntledge 250-338-0537 VETERINARY CLINIC INC.

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Rebalance Equine Sport Therapy ...and Pets Too!

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Massage/Structural Alignment Energy Work/ Applied Kinesiology/Saddle Fitting

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THE BIGGEST PET FOOD SELECTION in the North Island

Bone A Fide Dog Coats Hand-made fleece dog coats, raincoats, bandannas, “Happy Sack” carriers, and wholesome dog biscuits Janet boneafidedogcoats@gmail.com

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PET CARE

COURTENAY COUR

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2400 Cliffe Ave., 250-338-0455 #12-795 Ryan Rd. (next to Superstore) 250-338-0424

dogs, cats, horses, birds small animals & fish

COMOX

DOG WALKING HOME CHECKS

#46-1760 Comox Ave. (Comox Mall) 250-339-2272

WILLOW POINT

2056 N. Island Hwy.. 250-923-5881

“Loving care for your pets in the comfort of their home” A stress free alternative to kennels in the Comox Valley.

CALL DIANNE or ASHEYA • 250-792.3531 or 250.703.3652 www.HARMONYPETCARE.ca

1111 Braidwood Rd. Courtenay, B.C.

Open evenings five days a week! Mon - Fri Saturday

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250-334-8400

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contractors

DIRECTORY

A Guide

to those who build, repair, renovate, decorate, landscape, dig, clean-up & supply materials

online comoxvalleyrecord

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SO MUCH TO DO | EVENTS CALENDAR JUNE 24-25 Miners’ Memorial Days

AUG. 26-27 Mount Washington Alpine Food Festival

Music and celebrations in Cumberland to pay tribute to Cumberland’s mining heritage, www.cumberlandmuseum.ca.

Alpine Lodge, www.mountwashington.ca.

AUGUST 26-28 Comox Valley Exhibition

JULY-AUGUST

Summer Sunday Sounds

Put on by the Comox Valley Exhibition Society, the theme for the 137th event will be Cowboy Trails ‘n 4-H Tales, celebrating Comox Valley farmers and local agriculture youth, www.cvex.ca.

Listen to live music on the lawn of Filberg Park in Comox. Free concerts from 2-4 p.m. on Sundays, weather permitting. 250-339-2715.

Fall Freak Out

JULY 1

Mount Washington Bike Park, www. mountwashington.ca.

Courtenay Canada Day Celebrations Featuring a parade down Fifth Street in downtown Courtenay and a host of activities in Lewis Park, Simms Millennium Park and Riverside Park, www.comoxvalleycanadaday.ca.

SEPT. 3-5

Woodland Gardens Artisans’ Festival Meet a variety of local and regional artisans and stroll through 26 beautiful acres of woodland at Kitty Coleman Woodland Gardens, www.woodlandgardens.ca.

JULY 1

Thrifty Foods Family Fun Day Mount Washington Alpine Resort has fun games for kids, www.mountwashington. ca.

JULY 2-JULY 28

Comox Valley Youth Music Centre CMYC offers the best in youth musical theatre, classical, and vocal jazz at various locations around the Comox Valley, www.cymc.ca.

JULY 7

Alison Krauss and Union Station Renowned bluegrass band plays special pre-Vancouver Island MusicFest concert at Comox Valley Exhibition Grounds, www. islandmusicfest.com.

JULY 8

Suds and Scotch Festival Raven Lodge at Mount Washington Alpine Resort, www.mountwashington.ca.

JULY 8-10

Vancouver Island MusicFest Three-day event features a variety of music and performers from all over Canada and the world at Comox Valley Exhibition Grounds, www.islandmusicfest.com.

JULY 16 Market Day/Local Colours Fifth Street is closed to all traffic July 16 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. as merchants, craftspeople, buskers and food vendors fill the streets of downtown Courtenay for the 41st straight year. The sixth annual Local Colours festival showcases artists.

For what’s happening in the Valley check out www.comoxvalleyrecord.com

SEPT. 10

Comox Valley KidsFest JULY 23-24

Comox Valley Classic Cruisers 25th annual Graffiti Bash Show and Shine Cruise Nite July 23, Show and Shine in downtown Courtenay July 24, www.cvclassiccruisers.com.

JULY 28-AUG. 6

Hornby Island Festival Music, dance and theatre in a variety of venues. www.hornbyfestival.bc.ca.

JULY 29-AUG. 1

Filberg Festival At Filberg Heritage Lodge and Park in Comox. A popular annual festival with arts, crafts, entertainment, and concessions and special guest artists, www.filbergfestival.com.

AUG. 6-7

Vancouver Island’s Originals Only Art Show Marina Park in Comox, www.originalsonly. ca.

AUG. 12-13

The Big Time Out Village Park in Cumberland hosts independent music groups in a two-day festival atmosphere, with headliners including Bedouin Soundclash, http://thebigtimeout.com.

AUG. 20-21

See Jane Jump Women’s mountain bike competition at Mount Washington Alpine Resort, www. mountwashington.ca.

Interactive and entertaining activities for kids of all ages. Lewis Park in Courtenay.

SEPT. 24 Mind Over Mountain Adventure Race (MOMAR) Twelfth annual running of one of Canada’s most popular outdoor races. Competitors kayak, mountain bike and trail run over a 40-km course in Cumberland, www.mindovermountain.com.

NOV. 11-13

Charles Dickens Christmas Craft Fair Florence Filberg Centre in Courtenay, dickens.faire@gmail.com, 250-339-9891.

JULY 30-AUG. 1

Mount Washington Cup A BC Cup race for DH and XC races, Mount Washington Alpine Resort, www. mountwashington.ca.

JULY 30-AUG. 1

Comox Nautical Days Marina Park in Comox. A festival of family fun with events such as bullhead derby, international bathtub race, canoe jousting, clam chowder cooking contest, Build Bail and Sail, and the Ceremony of the Flags, www.comoxnauticaldays.ca.

AUG. 5-6

Bearclaw Invitational slopestyle bike event Mount Washington Bike Park, www. mountwashington.ca.

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Advertisers index ACCOMMODATION/RESORTS

Crown Isle Resort and Golf Community....................44 Mount Washington Alpine Resort.............................39 Salmon Point Resort RV Park & Marina ....................87 Timberlane Beach Resort ..........................................46 The Westerly Hotel & Convention Centre ..................86 Vacation Getaways...............................................88/89

ART GALLERIES Brian Buckrell ............................................................61 Brian Scott Studio ......................................................61 Comox Valley Art Gallery ...........................................11 I-Hos Gallery ..............................................................65 Pearl Ellis Gallery ......................................................30 Ron Bridge Fine Art ...................................................61

CHURCHES Worship Directory ......................................................96 St John the Devine.....................................................22

DANCE Steppin' Out ...............................................................66

DINING Atlas Café ...................................................................79 Avenue Bistro .............................................................79 Billy D’s Pub................................................................79 Black Fin Pub............................................... inside front Carnival Caribbean Cabana........................................80 Delicados....................................................................80

Early Bird Café ............................................................80 Fluid Bar & Grill..........................................................82 Ichiban Sushi..............................................................82 Islander Pizza & Pasta................................................81 Mad Chef Café ............................................................79 Maidstone Pizzaria.....................................................80 Martine's Bistro..........................................................81 Ricky’s Restaurant ......................................................81 Tokoyoto .....................................................................81 Union Street Grill and Grotto ....................................82 Waverley Hotel...........................................................82 Whistle Stop Pub .......................................................66 Yummies & Gyros ......................................................80

FESTIVALS/SPECIAL EVENTS /MARKETS Comox Nautical Days .................................................76 Comox Valley Exhibition ............................................74 Comox Valley Farmers Market ...................................77 Courtenay BIA-Market Day........................................20 CYMC (Courtenay Youth Music Centre).....................22 Kids Day in the Park at Filberg...................................60 KidsFest 2011.............................................................63 MOMAR Adventure Race ...........................................24 MusicFest ..................................................................78 Nautical Days Bullhead Derby ...................................57 Originals Only Art Shows ..........................................63 Sieffert's Farm Market ...............................................56 Simms Summer Concert Series & Skate Park ...........53 Sunday Sounds at Filberg ....................................32/65 The Filberg Festival ..................................... inside front

MUSEUMS

GIFTS, HOME, SOUVENIRS

Comox Air Force Museum .........................................30

Mid Island Gifts ..........................................................75 Shipwrecked on 6th...................................................21 Visual Sound AVU ........................................................7 Where'd Ya Get That...................................................20

PARKS/GARDENS Anderton Therapeutic Garden ...................................36 Courtenay Recreation Greenways .............................57 Filberg Heritage Lodge and Park ...............................55 Kitty Coleman Woodland Gardens ............................35

RECREATION Active Comox Valley.............................................48/49 Comox Recreation .....................................................56 Comox Valley Regional District-Sports Centre ..........47 Courtenay District Fish & Game Protection Assn......58 Courtenay Recreation Summer Programs.................53 Glacier Greens Golf Course ........................................46 Hoop Hoop Hooray ...................................................56 Hope-A-Float Dragon Boat Team..............................84 Mulligan’s Golf Course ...............................................46 Sunnydale Golf & Country Club ................................45

SHOPPING

GROCERY/CONVENIENCE Edible Island Whole Foods Market ............................17 Runge’s Imports & Delicatessen ................................16 Thrifty Foods ..............................................................19

JEWELLERS Francis Jeweller’s .......................................................18 Graham’s Jewellers ....................................................14

MALLS Comox Centre Mall.....................................................27

PHARMACIES Pharmasave ...............................................................26

SHOES Searles Shoes .............................................................17

BOOK STORES Laughing Oyster Bookshop ......................................16

CHILDREN Kradles Baby Boutique ..............................................16

CLOTHING Be Clothing ................................................................20 Carosel Fashions .........................................................27 Jim’s Clothes Closet ..................................................14 Fashion on 5th ...........................................................18 Robert A .....................................................................14 Roxannes ....................................................................27 Secret Drawers Lingerie.............................................17 Shar-on’s All Size Fashions ........................................20 Sublime ......................................................................19 Sylvie’s on Fifth ..........................................................20 The Shack ...................................................................16

FURNITURE McConochie’s Furniture and Appliances .....................9 Simply Amish.............................................................83

SPORTS Black’s Cycle ...............................................................70 Canadian Tire .............................................................51 Courtenay Swim Shop ...............................................51 Comox Valley Marine .................................................43 Extreme Runners .......................................................20 Gone Fishin’ ...............................................................50 Hitec Brazen Sportswear ...........................................16 Pacific Pro Dive .............................................................5 Ski & Surf Shop ..........................................................41 Ski Tak Hut..................................................................19 Union Bay Dive Shop .................................................43 Valhalla Pure Outfitters ..............................................21

SPECIALTY Fanny Bay Oysters ......................................................13 Orca Tubs ....................................................................42 Sound Advice Productions ........................................66

THRIFT STORES Salvation Army ..........................................................16

TOY STORES Whales Tale Toys ........................................................21

ONLINE INFO

Your source for Internet Information Comox Valley Record

www.city.courtenay.bc.ca

Town of Comox

Village of Cumberland

www.comox.ca

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www.cumberlandbc.org

Comox Valley Chamber of Commerce www.comoxvalleychamber.bc


Advertisers index SERVICES

AQUACULTURE BC Salmon Farmers Association ................................43

CLUBS/RESOURCE CENTRES Comox Military Family Resource Centre....................33 Evergreen Seniors Club ..............................................64

GOVERNMENT Comox Valley Regional District..................................37 Creative Employment Access Society........................42 Don McRae.................................................................21 John Duncan ..............................................................17

REAL ESTATE/MORTGAGES Couverdon ..................................................................31 Crown Isle Homes ......................................................23 Penny Lane Property Management and Real Estate Sales ................................................ 56 ReMax (Brad Wells) ...................................................87 ReMax Dave Procter Realty ........................................3 ReMax (Glenda Mosher) ...........................................75 ReMax (Jane Denham).............................................38 ReMax (Karin Usipuik)..............................................60 ReMax (Lisa Jorgensen) ...........................................35 ReMax (Mason Walker) ...........................................33 ReMax (Ray and Don) ...............................................52 ReMax (Ronni Lister) ................................................29 ReMax (Marie McCooey) .............................................7 ReMax (Susan McLean).............................................41 ReMax (Susan Willis) .................................................23 ReMax (Tom McQuade) ...........................................28 Royal LePage in the Comox Valley.............................27 Royal LePage (Carla Arnold)......................................42 Royal LePage (Tina Vincent) ......................................40 Verico..........................................................................28

Rice Toyota .................................................................71 Seeco Automotive......................................................70 Sunwest RV ................................................................69

BEAUTY/SPA Blush ..........................................................................17 Lazo Barber Shop .......................................................33 Level10Eurospa Salon-Spa-Store ..............................85 Pearl Cove...................................................................85

BUILDING SUPPLIES/HOME IMPROVEMENT Central Builders Home Hardware ..............................57 Bennett’s Fireplace & Heating .............................40/51 Blinds Billiards and Baubles ......................................52 Shades Window Covering..........................................58 ThermoTec Mechanical Ltd. ........................................6 Vera de Windows .......................................................52 Woodland Flooring ....................................................38

First Insurance ............................................................29 Insurance Centres Vancouver Island ..........................70

Harmony Pet Care ......................................................91 Perfect Pet Solutions................................................. 90 Puntledge Veterinary Clinic .......................................90 Van Isle Vet .................................................................91 Petland ...................................................................5/91 Rebalance Equine ......................................................91 Wagz Lifestyle for Dogs & Cats .................................21 Woofy’s.......................................................................91

INTERIOR DESIGN/HOME

SENIORS

Judith Moore Interiors ...............................................65

Berwick Comox Valley ...............................................26 Casa Loma .....................................................back page Cummings Home .......................................................36

Danielle Lambrecht - Counselling.............................75 Gordon Hearing Services ...........................................84 Koster Wellness Centre...............................................84 SOS Orthotics .............................................................30

INSURANCE

LEGAL/FINANCIAL Canadian Western Bank.............................................42 Deluca Veale Investments..........................................73 Liberty Tax ..................................................................75 Odlum Brown ............................................................38 RBC Dominion Securities ...........................................72 Scotiabank .................................................................30

EDUCATION

PETS

Conseil Scolaire Francophone de la Columbie-Britannique ......................................62 Elder College ..............................................................36 North Island College ..................................................32 Vancouver Island Regional Library............................22

Aussie Pet Mobile ......................................................90 Bone-fide .................................................................. 91

TRANSPORTATION Ambassador Shuttle Service .......................................5 Comox Valley Airport ...................................................2 Ferry Schedule (Mainland/Vancouver Island) ..........11 Ferry Schedule (Denman/Hornby) ...........................13

FUNERAL SERVICES Toneff Funeral Services .............................................23

GARDENING/LANDSCAPING Anderton Nursery ......................................................56 Art Knapp Plants & Gifts ..........................................77

GAS STATIONS Comox Co-op .............................................................33

HEALTH

TOURISM Cumberland Chamber of Commerce ........................58 Visitor Info Centre.........................................................5

AUTO, AUTOMOTIVE, RV Andy's Auto Centre ....................................................68 Brian McLean Chevrolet Buick GMC......................... 73 Comox Valley Delica Auto Imports Ltd. .....................22 Courtenay Mazda .......................................................71 Fountain Tire...............................................................58 Lube-X........................................................................73

Acreview Dental Clinic ...............................................60 Alison Scott Reflexology ............................................84 Marci Birnie - Arbonne Consultant ...........................84 Beltone ........................................................ inside back Brennan Macdonald - Counsellor .............................84 Courtenay One Hour Optical......................................17 Curves.........................................................................36

ONLINE INFO

Comox Valley Regional District

Your source for Internet Information Cumberland Chamber of Commerce

Comox Valley Economic Development Society

www.rdcs.bc.ca

www.cumberlandbc.org

www.investcomoxvalley.com

School District #71

Tourist Info Centre

www.sd71.bc.ca

visitorinfo@comoxvalleychamber.com

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Worship Comox Valley COURTENAY FELLOWSHIP BAPTIST CHURCH

St. George’s 6th & Fitzgerald Ave.

JOIN US IN WORSHIP PASTORS: Peter Rabey & Randy Dyck

Courtenay

“To live and to tell the Good News and the love of the Risen Jesus”

Bay Community Church

Sunday Services: 10:30 am

Congregational Christian Churches of Canada

Contemporary Service 9:15am

Nursery-Gr.6 Sunday School Gr.7-12 Youth Program

Traditional Service 11am

www.centralefc.com lf

Pastor Dave Koleba Associate Pastor Jake Hron

Phone: 250-334-4961

Faith Family

Nursery - Kid Jam - Youth Group Little Lambs Christian Daycare

N.I. College, 2300 Ryan Rd. Stan Hagen Theatre

www.sgucc.com email: stgeorgeuc@shaw.ca

1105 Pritchard Rd., Comox www.baychurch.net/339-7527 Little Lambs 339-1834

Lil 250-338-7727 (office)

Church of Our Lord

9:15 am Contemporary Service 11:00 am Traditional Service 6:30 pm Evening Service Nursery Care & Junior Church 9:15 am Sunday School, all ages 11:00 am

HOLY COMMUNION

9:30 am each Sunday at Berwick 1700 Comox Ave. Comox

250-334-3432 2963 Lake Trail Rd., Courtenay www.courtenaybaptist.com

All Welcome

250-218-0298 www.coolcomox.ca

The Anglican Mission

Friends

Sundays 10am

ECKANKAR Religion of the Light & Sound of God 2nd Sunday 11:00 am ECK Worship Service

4th Sunday 11:00 am Community HU Song Lewis Centre 250-703-1262 www.eckankar.org

Real People Doing

living hope

Real Life Experiencing

Living in the Divine Flow Sunday 10:30 Lions Den Nordin St. Comox

Real Change

www.livinghopeonline.ca

CATHOLIC

Christ the King Catholic Church

BAHÁ’Í FAITH All are welcome to join in ongoing devotional gatherings, study circles, and children’s classes. Please call for more information. ~~~

“The fundamental purpose animating the Faith of God and His Religion is to safeguard the interests and promote the unity of the human race, and to foster the spirit of love and fellowship amongst men.” Bahá’u’lláh www.bahaisofcomox.org – 250.702.3041 www.bci.org/courtenaybahais – 250.702.0574

LUTHERAN SHEPHERD OF THE VALLEY LUTHERAN CHURCH (ELCIC)

2182 Comox Avenue, Comox “A place for you: John 14:2

10 AM Sunday Worship 10 AM Wednesday Study Hour Pastor A. Ronald Sedo 250-339-3933 web: web.mac.com/shepherdcomox email: shepherdcomox@mac.com

PRESBYTERIAN

“Seek first the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness.”

COMOX VALLEY PRESBYTERIAN 725 Aspen Rd., Comox Rev. Ted Hicks

http://www.stbarnabascomoxvalley.org/home.php

1599 Tunner Drive Courtenay, B.C. V9N 8N3 Telephone: 250-334-4716 Email: ctkparish@shaw.ca Website: www.ctkparish.ca Pastor: Father Marek Paczka, SDS WEEKEND LITURGIES

Full Wheelchair Saturday: 5 p.m. Mass Access Sunday: 8:30 a.m. Mass and 10:30 a.m. Mass Confession: Saturday: 4:00 - 4:30 p.m. and before all Masses Hearing Children’s Liturgy of the Word and Youth Group – Sept. to May Assistance

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Regular Service 10:30 am Choir meets at 9 am comoxvalleypresbyterian.ca Tel/Fax 250-339-2882 e-mail: cvpc@shaw.ca

Full Wheelchair Access

Hearing Assistance

LIVING A VISION FOR CHRIST AND COMMUNITY

Comox Valley Community Church Join us Sunday @ 10:30 am

(Childcare provided) ~ A Place to Discover Your Life Purpose ~

Pastors Darryl & Kim Burry

1580 Fitzgerald Ave., Courtenay, BC 250-338-8221

CUMBERLAND UNITED CHURCH 1st Street & Penrith

Sunday Worship & Children’s Program at 11 a.m. Followed by Potluck Lunch CHOIR PRACTICE

Wed, 7 pm • Eve Mark, Choir Director 250-338-4785

Julianne Kasmer, Minister

250-400-7800


Meet the

Tiny Winner of a really BIG Award!

April 2011 Newsletter

Beltone True™ Hearing Aids,

Winner of the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show Award for Innovation Design & Engineering. Beltone TrueTM is the fi rst ever 2.4 GHZ wireless hearing aid system to send sound from your favourite electronic devices directly into your hearing aids. Hear clear sound at the volume you enjoy, without affecting what others hear. Plus, easy-to-hide Beltone TrueTM is a powerhouse of listening pleasure, even when it’s noisy. Hear the difference award-winning TrueTM technology makes.

To schedule your FREE hearing screening and experience the Beltone TRUE™ difference, call the location nearest you or visit www.beltone.com.

NOW WITH TWO LOCATIONS in the Valley. COMOX

COURTENAY

(250) 339-1180

(250) 334-4044

C105 - 1966 Guthrie Road

519E 5th Street

Sharon and Jeff Germain, Owners, Beltone Hearing Care Centre

www.beltone.com

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