Day 1: The Comox Valley
Fuel up with a bacon benny at Atlas Café, downtown Courtenay’s go-to spot for globally inspired, locally sourced fare. From there it’s just 30 minutes to Mount Washington Alpine Resort, where you can ride the chairlift to the peak, freeride at the resort’s bike park, or explore Strathcona Provincial Park’s subalpine meadows; the boardwalk loop through Paradise Meadows is a great place to start.
Back at sea level, build a sand castle at Miracle Beach Provincial Park, play a round at Crowne Isle Golf and Country Club, tackle the mountain bike trails around historic Cumberland, hunt for fossils with the Courtenay and District Museum & Paleontology Centre, or browse the shops in Courtenay or Comox’s walkable town centres.
Thirsty? With four wineries, five microbreweries, and two distilleries in the valley, artisanal tipples abound. Try the Marzen Lager at Gladstone Brewing, the apple cherry cider at Raven’s Moon Craft Cider, or the single malt whisky at Shelter Point Distillery.
Check into Courtenay’s Kingfisher Oceanside Resort & Spa and spend a blissful hour in the resort’s Pacific Mist Hydropath, a unique spa featuring a series of aquatic treatments, from a massaging waterfall to a steam cave. For dinner, opt for share plates at Kingfisher’s new AQUA Bistro & Wine Bar, or make it a date night at the resort’s chic Ocean7 restaurant.Visit the Comox Valley