How to get around for big events in Comox on this long weekend

With the 29th annual Filberg Festival and the 53rd annual Nautical Days, Comox will be a busy place this weekend.

With the 29th annual Filberg Festival and the 53rd annual Nautical Days, Comox will be a busy place this weekend.Ambassador Shuttle Service will help Filberg Festival fans get to and from the four-day event, which begins July 29.Ambassador will provide a continuous-loop park-and-ride service between Brooklyn Elementary School on Noel Avenue to the festival at scenic Filberg Park. The service is free, although donations would be welcomed.The school is a new location this year as part of an agreement between new Filberg Festival producer Susan Lewis and Ambassador owner Kevin East. Installation of a geothermal heating system means the Comox community Centre field previously used for parking is no longer available.Shuttle vans will run throughout the four days.As well, Comox Taxi is using volunteer drivers to shuttle people to the festival from Courtenay for a minimal charge. Proceeds will go to Military Family Resource Centre and the LINC Youth Centre.For details about Western Canada’s largest outdoor juried arts show, its 130 artisans, dozens of musicians and more, visit www.filbergfestival.com.At nearby Marina Park, all of the many popular activities return to Nautical Days from Saturday through Monday.They include the enormously popular Bullhead Derby, dragon boat racing, a foot race, parade, Build Bail and Sail, cadets performing the traditional Ceremony of the Flags and the weekend-ending Quality Foods Spectacular Festival of Lights, the biggest fireworks display on Vancouver Island.To help Comox Valley celebrate Nautical Days Monday on B.C. Day, BC Transit service will be free of charge.Courtesy of the Comox Valley Regional District, this is the first year the Comox Valley will have free transit service on B.C. Day.”As vice-chair of the Comox Valley Regional District and also as mayor of the Town of Comox, I’m very pleased that we’re able to offer this free transit service for those attending the Nautical Days celebrations on Monday, Aug. 1,” said Paul Ives.”We are always looking for ways to increase ridership on the buses in the Comox Valley. This service may encourage non-regular riders to try transit and also help reduce the number of private vehicles coming into town for this event.””Working with our partners at the Comox Valley Regional District to provide this special BC Transit service will ensure that everyone in Comox Valley has access to a safe and sustainable transportation option to B.C. Day events,” said Manuel Achadinha, president and CEO of BC Transit.On Aug. 1, special routing and schedules will be in effect. From approximately 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., routes 3 and 4 will detour while the parade is moving along Comox Avenue. For more information, visit www.bctransit.com.Funding for the Transit System is cost-shared between the Comox Valley Regional District and BC Transit. For routes, schedules and general inquiries, call Transit Info at 250-339-5453, pick up a Rider’s Guide or visit www.bctransit.com.For details about Nautical Days, visit www.comoxnauticaldays.ca.

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