Snuggled between the east coast of Vancouver Island and the Beaufort Mountains, the town of Comox revels in its seaside location and garland of snow-capped mountains.
It joins the city of Courtenay and town of Cumberland in the Comox Valley's triumvirate of communities. This valley has all: golden beaches, rich farmland, rushing rivers, splendid parks, magnificent forests and sculpted mountains all contribute to a daunting sense of too much to do.
The Beaufort Mountains are part of the Vancouver Island Ranges which run almost the full length of the island. Comox's alpine backdrop is the Golden Hinde group of peaks, which at 2,195m/7,200ft are the highest on Vancouver Island. These peaks were named after the celebrated ship under the command of Sir Frances Drake, likely the first Eurpoean to see them. The landmark is the flat-topped Comox Glacier, the largest on the island.
Strathcona Provincial Park
The Comox Glacier forms the centerpiece of Strathcona Provincial Park. Vancouver Island's oldest and largest park, it contains more than 250,000ha/617,763a of remote and rugged wilderness. The southern section of the park is home to Della Falls, nearly eight times the height of Niagara Falls; it's the highest waterfall in Canada and one of the 10 highest in the world with an overall drop of 440m/1,444ft. Access to Della Falls is challenging, and requires boating from Port Alberni and then hiking; be sure to check with BC Parks for updates on the trail.
Comox's abundant agricultural lands cover about 30% of the active farmland on Vancouver Island, a verdant, rolling beauty. The Puntledge River merges with the Tsolum River to become the Courtenay River. It meets its terminus at Comox Harbour, creating an estuary teeming with eagles, trumpeter swans, shore birds and fish.
The year round climate of Comox is temperate. December registers as the coldest month, with average temperatures hovering between 0°C/32°F and 6°C/42°F, while July is warmest, between 13°C/56°F and 23°C/74°F. Rain falls largely in the winter months, averaging 180mm/7in in December and 30mm/1.2in in July. The microclimates call for the layered look.