Comox Valley ~ "Recreational Capital of Canada"
One night a First Nations elder, Quoi Qwa Lak, dreamed that a great
flood would come and fill the land with water. Respectful of their
elders, the village heeded the warning and filled their canoes with
smoked fish, dried meat, and woven capes then tied their boats to the
glacier above the Valley. The rain came and filled the Valley until the
great glacier was under water. Suddenly, the people shouted "Queneesh,
the White Whale!". The glacier had come to life, a white whale breeching
in the floodwater, the rain suddenly stopped and the people were saved.
Thereafter, the Comox Glacier has stood guard over the Valley,
protector of those that dwelled below.
Comox Glacier, on the edge of Strathcona Park in the Beaufort
Mountain Range, is the only glacier on Vancouver Island. Ten thousand
years ago the Ice Age retreated, leaving the ancient icepack as a
reminder of the geologic effort it took to carve the Comox Valley. As a
result, the Courtenay area provided ample farmland to pioneer
homesteaders arriving from Europe in the 1860s who began clearing land
for crops then logging. Valuable coal seams were discovered at
Cumberland and shipping ports were established at Union Bay (home to one
of only two operational wooden Canadian Post Offices). The Comox Bay,
at Comox, provided a natural sea port for Royal Navy ships to "coal up"
before they steamed across the Pacific at the turn of the last century.
As a result of these developments, cosmopolitan communities emerged in
the Comox Valley to create the distinct culture the area now enjoys.
Today, the Comox Valley (from Fanny Bay oyster beds to the farmlands
of Black Creek) is a haven for recreation and culture. The mountainous
surroundings include world-class Mount Washington, a 30 minute drive
from the Comox Valley and a year-round destination. The popular mountain
has Alpine runs for expert skiers and snowboarders, 55 kilometres of
groomed Nordic trails (the training venue to the Canadian National Cross
Country Ski Team), a mogul course, black diamond terrain park (The
Stomping Ground), and snowshoeing routes. Summertime mountain bikers
arrive in droves. Despite the mountains the moderating influence of the
ocean ensures Comox Valley's "Mediterranean-like climate" and a surplus
of outdoor activity.
The Comox Valley is famous for more than 50 annual Festivals! From
music, to art, to culture there is a celebration for every fancy. The
Town of Comox hosts the North Island Hot Jazz Festival, Courtenay puts
on the Vancouver Island Music Festival, and Cumberland is home to the
indie music event Big Time Out. Culturally, Comox welcomes fine artists
to the Filberg Festival, Courtenay is host of the World Community
Documentary Film Festival, and Cumberland honours the Chinese
Community's historical contribution to town-building at the Lantern
Comox is home to the Canadian Forces Base Comox. First opened in 1942
as a Pacific stronghold and has since added a very convenient civilian
airport. Today, the Base hosts the aerobatic Snowbirds for April
training, the Comox Air Force Museum, and the HMCS Quadra National Sea
Cadets training facility. Courtenay has benefited from the effect of
shifting tectonic plates which have forced marine burial grounds to the
surface and fossils are found in abundance in the Valley; the first
Elasmosaurus west of the Rocky Mountains was found in 1988 embedded in
shale along the Puntledge River. Cumberland has initiated a town
renaissance with trendy Youth Hostels for skiers, artsy cafes, and
enhanced green spaces " . . . including the Comox Lake, a great camping,
fishing, and boating destination.
The Comox Valley is home to active retirees, mid-career
professionals, military personnel, students at North Island College
(NIC), and families of all ages. From family homes and summer cottages,
to raw acreage and waterfront estates Comox Valley has an abundance of
real estate choices. Houses prices prove the value of investment and
Coast Realty Group (Comox Valley) proves the value of professionalism by
putting People.Above all.
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