Approximately 60,000 people reside in the Comox Valley, and here you will find a broad mix of retirees, Military families, students at North Island College, and those who work in the tourism, healthcare, or natural resource industries. The community is active, outdoors oriented, and full of life!
The Comox Valley is comprised of the City of Courtenay, Town of Comox, & the Village of Cumberland, and is flanked by the smaller communities of Merville and Black Creek to the North, with Royston and Union Bay to the South. Each area of the region has its own unique flavor, personality and lifestyle. The rural areas on the outskirts will offer residents more land, a quieter pace of life, and plenty of agricultural or hobby farm opportunities, while Comox offers some great oceanfront condos & homes that are easy walking distance to the downtown shopping district. Courtenay has many residential options too – everything from riverfront condominiums, to patio homes that are easy to “lock & go”, to luxurious homes on the fairway at Crown Isle Resort & Golf Community.
A large draw to the area, for both tourism and investors, is Mt. Washington Alpine Resort. Only a 35 minute drive from Courtenay, this ski resort is by far the largest and most popular on Vancouver Island.
Vancouver Island, and the Comox Valley in particular have become much more accessible in recent years with the addition of affordable direct WestJet and Air Canada flights into the Comox Airport (YQQ), and of course the frequent sailings of the BC Ferries into Nanaimo – a quick one hour drive south of the Comox Valley. This accessibility has brought many new residents to the Valley as it is easy to return for visits with friends and family across Canada, while also proving to be an excellent gateway to travel to other sunshine destinations throughout the winter.