Get out and breathe!
Whether you enjoy meandering down a wooded trail following a bubbling stream or jogging along a paved river walkway, the Comox Valley’s abundant trail system and parks will keep you occupied for weeks.
Miracle Beach Provincial Park
Miracle Beach Provincial Park was previously privately owned by Mr. Frank Pottage. In 1950, the BC government purchased 57 hectares of land from Mr. Pottage, and the park was established. Additional lands were purchased and donated over the years until 1972, when the park reached its present size of 135 hectares.
The park features spacious private campsites, a spectacular beach, a large day-use area and trail network, a nature house and store, an adventure playground, hot showers, a large picnic area overlooking the water, and group camping facilities.
Filberg Lodge is a 1930’s arts and crafts style home built on 9 acres of beautiful waterfront estate which overlooks Comox Harbour. Once the home of logging magnate and philanthropist Robert (RJ) Filberg and his family, it is now a municipal park right in the heart of beautiful downtown Comox.
Goose Spit Park
Goose Spit Park is a unique landform, a flexible sand spit fed by the Willemar Bluffs that, together with Gartley Point, creates the Comox Harbour. Goose Spit Park offers excellent views to the south, east and west. On the inside is a sheltered lagoon that provides food and habitat for many migratory and resident waterfowl. Brant geese use the park as a migratory stopover from March to May every year. During those times, leashing of pets is mandatory in the park. The park lies within the provincially rare coastal sand ecosystem and is home to a number of provincially blue and red listed plants and animals
MacDonald Wood Park
Located just minutes from central Comox, MacDonald Wood Nature Park is a 9 acre conservation area ideal for a nice stroll in the woods. The trails are well groomed and lead from the corner of Balmoral and Croteau Rd down to the shoreline.
This trail is wheelchair and stroller friendly and contains some of the largest cedars in the Comox Valley.
Royston Seaside Trail
The northern half of the Royston Seaside Trail is built on a portion of the old Comox Logging Railway Grade known as “The Breakwater Esplanade.” The southern half of the trail follows Marine Drive. Marine Drive offers great views across Comox Harbour. With a stone fireplace and six picnic tables it is a premier spot for a BBQ with friends and family. Children will love the playbox and exploring the beach. The picnic area is between Warren and Ross Aves just north of the viewing stand located at the end of Royston Road.
The Marina Park is located right in the heart of downtown Comox. This park offers a play area for children, a boat launch, washroom facilities and a covered picnic area with plenty of parking.
The Comox Rotary Splash Park is a great place to enjoy countless hours of family fun, the water park is open from 10 am to 8 pm, daily during the Summer months.
Mack Laing Nature Park
The nature park is situated on the shore of Comox Bay. Honouring the legacy and work of H. Mack Laing (1883-1982), the park encompasses 8.3 acres of natural, coastal surroundings with trails and interpretive signage throughout. Click here for more information about Mack Laing Nature Park.
Puntledge Park is a great place to spend a nice summer day with the family. Complete with a small network of easy forest walking trails, places to relax on the rivers edge and enjoy a refreshing dip, a field to toss a ball or just run about, and with a brand new playground, Puntledge park has something for everyone.
Seal Bay Nature Park
This spacious park features forest trails with wildlife & waterfront areas for bird & seal viewing. Seal Bay Park lies within the unceded traditional territory of the K’ómoks First Nation and contains many cultural and natural values meaningful to generations of K’ómoks families. Indigenous people historically visited the bay and forests to collect supplies and to camp during canoe trips. They refer to these lands as Xwee Xwhya Luq (pronounced Zway Why Luck), meaning “a place that has beauty, beauty that is not only seen but also felt.”
Nymph Falls Nature Park
Nymph Falls Nature Park protects 61 hectares (151 acres) of second-growth forest located on the north side of the Puntledge River. The river and falls rage over series of exposed bedrock ledges, from fall to spring, to the delight of white water enthusiasts. In summer, the glacial waters run calm, clear and cool, making the park and nearby Barber’s Hole popular spots for a refreshing dip on hot days.
The Lewis Park offers plenty of green space. Spread out under the shade of one of the park’s gigantic trees bring a lunch or order take out and enjoy it on one of the many picnic tables overlooking the river. In a hot sunny day you may feel temped to take a dip on the cool, refreshing water, go the extra mile by renting a kayak or paddle board to explore the Courtenay River and estuary. There is also a skate park, swimming pool, playground, waterpark and tennis court, in case the kids need to burn off some energy.
Simms Millenium Park
Simms Millennium Park with is located off the Old Island Highway directly across from Lewis Park and is naturally bounded by the Courtenay River to the south and Courtenay River Slough to the East and North. The park consists of a combination of open fields and forested areas and features lookouts, trails, gardens, pavilion, gazebo, pond, and numerous indigenous plantings and trees.
Kye Bay Beach
Kye Bay offers beautiful sandy beaches and many shallow tidal pools perfect for the kids. If you plan it just right when the tide is coming in the water is in credibly warm as it passes over the hot sand.
It’s the perfect place to enjoy a picnic, bring the kids and the dog, and spend the day at the beach.
Kin Beach Provincial Park
Kin Beach Park is a beautiful natural park in the Comox Valley offering incredible views were you can enjoy the scenery while exploring the interesting tidal pools and rock formations. There is a nice playground area for children, lots of space for picnics at parks’ picnic tables. Camping is available with RVs, trailer, and tent sites. 2 week max stay, $16 per night.
Courtenay Riverway and Air Park Walk
This walk is an easy level stroll with several access points between south Courtenay running north along the Courtenay river way. There is a loop around the Courtenay airpark that takes between 15-30 minutes depending on your pace.
This is a nice relaxing stroll on a paved, and fully accessible trail. This dog friendly trail is perfect for just about anyone.
Lazo Marsh Northeast Nature Trails
Comox Lazo Loop Trail is a 5.3 kilometre moderate trail used primarily for hiking, walking, and nature viewing. Dogs are allowed to use this trail but must be kept on leash. The marsh and surrounding forests are a year-round wildlife haven and is a paradise for bird watchers. Lazo Marsh is at the northern extent of the Coastal Douglas fir bio-geoclimatic zone – the rarest of all landscape types in British Columbia.
Wildwood Interpretive Forest
For an easy hike through tall trees, sword ferns and huckleberry bushes, go for a wander in the Wildwood Forest. Located just seven kilometres (a 10 minute drive) from downtown Courtenay, several trail heads provide convenient access to this 276 hectares (682 acre) block of wilderness. Go for a short outing or enjoy a full three-hour loop through the various forest types along the trails.