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Discover the Comox Valley

Discover the Comox Valley

From mountains to ocean, explore one of the Island’s most popular vacation destinations

  • Apr 22, 2020
A community of 1,396, Galiano Island saw an estimated 80,200 visitors in 2007 (John McKinley file)

Galiano Island’s ecological footprint swells from tourism: study

Community’s footprint ‘much larger’ than other B.C. locales

Mike, the bartending dog, in Bowser, B.C., on central Vancouver Island. Vancouver archives

Vancouver Island town plans celebration for Mike, B.C.’s famous bartending dog

Pooch became a small-town Vancouver Island sensation in the ’30s and ’40s for his tavern exploits

Filling the waterfront grounds of Filberg Park with some of the West’s top artists, artisans, musicians and entertainers, the Filberg Festival returns to Comox July 29 to 31!

Filberg Festival’s celebration of arts, music and food returns to Comox!

Tickets on sale now for July 29 to 31 festival

  • Jun 21, 2022
Mark Pavesic reels in a small mouth bass from Elk Lake, near Victoria, BC. Kelsey Pavesic photo

Let Outdoors West be your guide to the great outdoors this summer!

Magazine shares the how-to and where-to of exploring Western Canada’s natural spaces

Mark Pavesic reels in a small mouth bass from Elk Lake, near Victoria, BC. Kelsey Pavesic photo
Ziplining is just one of the activities available at Mt. Washington Alpine Resort this summer. Photo courtesy Mt. Washington

Bounce-back summer expected for Comox Valley tourism industry

Of all the industries adversely affected by the pandemic, the tourism industry…

Ziplining is just one of the activities available at Mt. Washington Alpine Resort this summer. Photo courtesy Mt. Washington
Atlas chef Slone Romano gets ready to serve up some seafood for Big Food Bucket List host John Catucci. Photo supplied

Courtenay restaurant featured on Food Network’s Big Food Bucket List

Show’s episode filmed at the Atlas Cafe airs this month

Atlas chef Slone Romano gets ready to serve up some seafood for Big Food Bucket List host John Catucci. Photo supplied
Five orcas went for a swim near some docked boats in the Comox Marina April 17. Photo by Nicky Smiley/Comox Valley Wildlife Sightings

VIDEO: Orcas visit Vancouver Island’s Comox Marina

Five orcas gave those at the Comox Marina an extra special Easter Sunday

Five orcas went for a swim near some docked boats in the Comox Marina April 17. Photo by Nicky Smiley/Comox Valley Wildlife Sightings
Coastal Black Tulip Fest owners Dan and Justine Ludwig had a dream of recreating, at least in part, fields of the infamous tulips in Keukenhof. They planted 200,000 tulip bulbs last fall.

Coastal Black celebrates first annual tulip festival

Tulips symbolize perfect love, rebirth, and charity. Their simple yet striking colours…

  • Apr 3, 2022
Coastal Black Tulip Fest owners Dan and Justine Ludwig had a dream of recreating, at least in part, fields of the infamous tulips in Keukenhof. They planted 200,000 tulip bulbs last fall.
Mike Yip photo SNACK TIME: Marine wildlife of all kinds enjoyed a smorgasbord as the herring run arrives off Parksville’s shore last weekend. Here, photographer Mike Yip captures a sea lion getting in on the buffet.

Pacific herring spawn spectacle surfaces along West Coast

Seabirds and sea lions cry and bark while feasting on abundant herring return

Mike Yip photo SNACK TIME: Marine wildlife of all kinds enjoyed a smorgasbord as the herring run arrives off Parksville’s shore last weekend. Here, photographer Mike Yip captures a sea lion getting in on the buffet.
From hunting and ice fishing to snowshoeing and hiking, this new must-read guide from Black Press Media and WestCoastTraveller.com will inspire plenty of winter pursuits.

Enjoy the great outdoors this winter with Outdoors West!

Magazine shares the how-to and where-to of exploring Western Canada’s natural spaces

From hunting and ice fishing to snowshoeing and hiking, this new must-read guide from Black Press Media and WestCoastTraveller.com will inspire plenty of winter pursuits.
Miracle Beach Provincial Park. Photo by Sean Feagan / Campbell River Mirror.

Miracle Beach Provincial Park to receive infrastructure upgrades

BC Parks announces $100k in improvements, including increased accessibility and flow track

Miracle Beach Provincial Park. Photo by Sean Feagan / Campbell River Mirror.
The Tree to Sea loop is a 1,000 km bikepacking route around the north end of Vancouver Island. Photo courtesy Miles Arbor

1,000 km route opens northern Vancouver Island to ‘bikepackers’

Bikepacking combines ultralight backpacking and bicycle touring

The Tree to Sea loop is a 1,000 km bikepacking route around the north end of Vancouver Island. Photo courtesy Miles Arbor
As the heat of the summer season subsides and the crowds decrease, it’s the perfect time to visit the Comox Valley. Jordan Dyck photo / Courtesy Discover Comox Valley and Tourism Vancouver Island.

Pack your bags! Autumn in the Comox Valley has it all

Planning a trip during the crisp, less-crowded season of fall unveils one…

  • Sep 21, 2021
As the heat of the summer season subsides and the crowds decrease, it’s the perfect time to visit the Comox Valley. Jordan Dyck photo / Courtesy Discover Comox Valley and Tourism Vancouver Island.
Twa Dogs Brewery in Saanich, just outside Victoria. Photo courtesy BC Ale Trail

Sip and savour: Artisanal beers abound on Vancouver Island

When it comes to voting for the BC Ale Trail’s Best Brewery…

Twa Dogs Brewery in Saanich, just outside Victoria. Photo courtesy BC Ale Trail
Proceeds from the B.C. Wildlife Federation’s second annual online auction will support conservation initiatives around the province. BCWF photo.

Online gift, gear and getaway auction boosts BC fish and wildlife conservation

B.C. Wildlife Federation online auction supports conservation projects across the province

Proceeds from the B.C. Wildlife Federation’s second annual online auction will support conservation initiatives around the province. BCWF photo.
Graeme Macaloney from Macaloney’s Caledonian Distillery & Twa Dogs Brewery

A neat discovery: Savour a taste of Vancouver Island’s whisky distilleries

Whisky is inextricably linked to the British Isles, but whether it originated…

Graeme Macaloney from Macaloney’s Caledonian Distillery & Twa Dogs Brewery
Sport fisherman hunting predator fish. Outdoor fishing in river during sunrise. Hunting and hobby sport.

Head outdoors this summer with Outdoors West!

New magazine shares the how-to and where-to of exploring Western Canada’s great outdoors

Sport fisherman hunting predator fish. Outdoor fishing in river during sunrise. Hunting and hobby sport.
Last year, Port Alberni’s Twin City Brewing earned the BC Ale Trail’s Best Brewery Experience award for the quality of its beer and food as well as the way it adapted to the pandemic.

Which BC brewery do you think offers the best overall experience?

Voting is underway for the BC Ale Trail’s Best Brewery Experience award

Last year, Port Alberni’s Twin City Brewing earned the BC Ale Trail’s Best Brewery Experience award for the quality of its beer and food as well as the way it adapted to the pandemic.
A seal gave birth to a pup on a dock at the Comox Marina Aug. 1. Screenshot

VIDEO: Seal gives birth on dock at Comox Marina

Comox resident witnesses, records the moment a seal gives birth in the wild

A seal gave birth to a pup on a dock at the Comox Marina Aug. 1. Screenshot
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