It’s easy to put a smile on your child’s face with a Comox Valley vacation. Families will find plenty to keep them occupied in the Comox Valley year-round, both indoors and out.
Do you have a geology or paleontology enthusiast in your family? Explore a replica coal mine in Cumberland or learn about our prehistoric past by taking a field trip with the Courtenay Museum to dig for fossils. Over 8 museums in the region capture the diverse history of the region.
Recreation Centres & Pools
Check out the local recreation centres in Courtenay, Comox and Cumberland, which each offer year-round kids programs including sailing, camping, art classes, theatre, climbing, dance, martial arts and more! Make a splash at the Courtenay wave pool or run through twisting sprinklers at a water park on a hot summer day.
Mount Washington Alpine Resort
Head for the hills – Mount Washington‘s summer activities include scenic chairlift rides, bungee trampoline, mini and disc golf; mountain biking, while Winter activities include alpine and cross-country skiing, snowboarding, and snowshoeing, as well as an excellent Snow School.
Parks and Trails
Explore the area’s many regional and provincial parks and trails including Paradise Meadows at Strathcona Provincial Park, the oldest provincial park in BC, and Miracle Beach Provincial Park. Many municipal parks offer a range of playgrounds and dog-friendly areas.
Take a family picnic to Kye Bay, Kin Beach, Goose Spit or Tribune Bay. Kayak, Stand Up Paddle Boards (SUP) and canoes are available for rent from several local providers that will drop these off to you; a great way to enjoy the regions extensive shoreline. Courtenay and Cumberland also boast free water parks for a fun way to cool off.
Other Fun Activities
Play a round of mini-golf at Miracle Beach Mini Golf, or go go-carting while in the area at Saratoga Speedway. Or try Foot Golf at Crown Isle Resort; a soccer ball based family fun activity. Take your board for a spin at one of the outdoor skateboard parks located in Courtenay or Cumberland.
This exhibit focuses on the
This exhibit focuses on the stories of Canadians, many of which were from British Columbia, who fought and died during the Great War in Europe. Admission is by donation. HAMM is open Tuesday – Saturday 10-4. Exhibit runs from May 16 – August 30. Free 2 hour parking is located across the street on Cliffe Ave. For more information visit our website or stop by our museum during regular hours.
(Thursday) 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
HMCS Alberni Museum and Memorial
625 Cliffe Ave (behind Tulio's), Courtenay, BC
The Pearl Ellis Gallery will
The Pearl Ellis Gallery will kick off its 39th summer season with its 12th Members People’s Choice Awards Show and Sale. The show runs from June 27 to July 22.
After looking at the beautiful art that will be on display for sale the public and membership is welcome to vote on their favorite piece The Members show will showcase a variety of painting, fabric art and sculpture representing many fine artists in the Comox Valley. The winner will receive gift certificates from Whyte’s framing and Benjamin Moore Paints.. As well the second and third place winners will receive gift certificates from Benjamin Moore Paints. The winners will be drawn on Saturday July 15 and announced in the paper and on our web-site.
Please come to our Reception which will be held on Saturday July 8 from 1 to 4. and talk with the many artists represented and sample some tasty treats.
(Thursday) 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Pearl Ellis Gallery
1729 Comox Ave Courtenay, BC V9m3M2
“Veins / Listen / Cul-de-sac” is an installation
“Veins / Listen / Cul-de-sac” is an installation by inter-disciplinary artist Rita McKeough composed of lands the artist is deeply concerned about. This exhibition offers an immersion in a landscape where the paradox between a healthy natural world and human systems of capitalism, production, consumption can be contemplated.
The thematic program consists of exhibitions, an artist talk, an electronics Make Art Project workshop , and a creative residency supported by partnering organizations North Island College Fine Arts Department and the McLoughlin Gardens Society.
(Thursday) 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Comox Valley Art Gallery
580 Duncan Ave, Courtenay , BC
Visit our West Coast inspired
Visit our West Coast inspired Tasting Room to sample and purchase our wines. Browse one-of-a kind artwork by local artists and photographer Amanda O’Brennan, and choose from a selection of local honeys and wine related giftware.
(Thursday) 11:00 am - 5:00 pm