Posted by: cherylyoung | May 23, 2012

Is It Any Wonder that People from all over the world are looking to Vancouver Island as a possible place to retire?


Surrounded by a beautiful valley, and the largest glacier

 on Vancouver Island, the charming seaside village of

Comox is located on the peninsula that forms the

 Comox Harbour, land originally settled by the Salish


The Port of Comox was founded in the mid 1800s on the

 slopes of the Comox Peninsula. Overlooking the

 protected waters of Comox Harbour (once known as

port Augusta), it was an important port for the ships

of the Royal Navy and transport steamers.

The name Comox is derived from the Kwakwala Indian

word Komuckway, meaning Place of Plenty, a reference

to the abundant game and berries in the Comox Valley.

 European settlers adapted the name to Komoux, then

finally to Comox.


With a moderate climate, year-round recreational

 activities like skiing, swimming and golfing, and all

 amenities close by, Comox certainly lives up to its name!

Miles of sandy shore lead off both north and south of the

 quiet little coastal town, whose charm has not been

 overwhelmed by either the nearby Canadian Forces

 Air Base or the more recent influx of arrivals that

 southern Vancouver Island has experienced.


As you head up island towards the Comox Valley and

Campbell River, the peaks and glaciers of Vancouver

 Island’s ranges that rise in the west vie for your attention,

principally the imposing Comox Glacier, Forbidden

Plateau, and Mount Washington.

The highway winds past well-kept farms – a serenely rural

 part of the island journey.


The Canadian Forces Base in Comox is an integral part

 of the community.


Having been founded in 1942 as a Royal Air Force base,

 CFB Comox has played a major role in shaping and

supporting the community.

The primary responsibilities of CFB Comox are Search

and Rescue operations, maritime patrols and support

 of naval and air force defences.


 In addition to the essential roles the base plays for the

 community, BC and Canada, CFB Comox is a large

 supporter of community events, routinely supplying

volunteers and equipment wherever needed.

Population: 13,008Location: The Island Highway

 (Highway 19) now supersedes the old Island Highway

(Highway 19A).

 Highway 19, a four-lane expressway, allows you

 to move quickly between Nanaimo and Campbell River.


Highways 19 and 19A link the Comox Valley with

 southern Vancouver Island.


Approaching from the north, Highway 19 links the

Comox Valley and Campbell River with the northern

 half of Vancouver Island.

The Comox Valley is a two-and-a-half hour drive

 north  from Victoria, or a 75-minutes drive from

 the ferry terminals of Departure Bay and Duke

 Point near Nanaimo.


BC Ferries operates a route between Comox and

Powell River on the British Columbia mainland.


The Comox Valley Regional Airport is served by

three major airlines, with 12 daily flights between

 Vancouver and Comox and direct flights from



 Small aircraft and floatplanes land at the Courtenay

Airpark near downtown Courtenay.


Daily coach lines connect all parts of Vancouver

Island with the Mainland, and local bus service is

 also available in Courtenay, Comox and



Those travelling by boat will find a full range of

 facilities including moorage, showers, restaurants

 and shops adjacent to the Comox Marina.






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