Things to Do
Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing at Mount Washington Alpine Resort (Mount Washington Alpine Resort photo)
Blessed with ocean, forests, farmlands and mountains, Courtenay offers a fat portfolio of things to do.
At the top of the list are hiking, mountain biking, golf, heritage touring, visiting farms and vineyards, exploring an amazing and unique garden and fossil-hunting for 80-million-year-old souvenirs at the Courtenay & District Museum & Palaeontology Centre.
All trails lead to stunning beauty and adventure in an unspoiled, untrammelled wilderness. The granddaddy of all hikes is the Comox Glacier Trail in Strathcona Provincial Park.
Not for the faint of foot, the three-day-long hike calls for backpacking gear, maps, compass, ice axe, ropes and a stove. An alternate route, the Kookjai Trail, takes longer, but circumvents the toughest climbing areas and renders the glacier and its lakes, alpine meadows and snowfields more accessible to hikers.