The Town of Comox is located in the centre of a rich agricultural area rimmed by the pacific ocean, majestic mountains and Comox Harbour. Our pedestrian friendly shopping & restaurant area also boast excellent recreational opportunities and comprehensive professional and community services. Our moderate climate enhances all the reasons Comox has become a prime destination. Amenities located within our downtown include boutique shopping, the Comox Centre Mall, a 9-hole golf course, Comox Recreation Centre, tennis courts, library, museum and archives, art gallery, diverse restaurants, a pub and coffee shops, professional offices, and three marinas for commercial, sports fishing boats, and pleasure craft.
All this enhanced by our beautifully landscaped streets and parks — be sure to pick up our Walking Tour brochure! Our harbour is the springboard for renowned sailing of the Inside Passage, wind surfing in the protected waters behind Goose Spit, and leisurely day cruising through the Gulf Islands.
Just a short 30 minutes from Comox you will find world class cross-country and downhill skiing on Mount Washington and Forbidden Plateau offers spectacular views while hiking and mountain biking. A little further up the highway is Strathcona Provincial Park where hiking and mountain biking in Paradise Meadows is unparalleled and the camping in the mountains superb. The stillness discovered while canoeing or kayaking on any of the lakes or rivers is sure to help you find that ever elusive peace.
When the first settlers arrived on the Grappler in 1862 they found a protected harbour with abundant marine life, fertile land, fresh water and a vast timber resource. Earlier that year a deadly small pox epidemic swept northward, decimating a third of the First Nations people on Vancouver Island. The Town of Comox is built on a former Komoucs Village site – all that remains today are deep middens, evidence of millennia of years of habitation. The first settlers had no horses or wagons and few supplies. They cleared their land to plant crops and used the timber to build their shelter.
Comox Harbour has provided shelter for maritime cultures for millenniums. Archaeological evidence suggests that the harbour’s abundant resources were shared among many First Nations villages. Extensive fishing weirs cover the estuary and Comox Bay, and in 2004 the Comox Bay was declared an archaeological site. Trade among the First People was expanded to include Russian and European traders during the fur trade period. It is probable that Sir Francis Drake visited this region on his 1579 buccaneering expeditions. In 1778, Captain Cook circumnavigated Vancouver Island aboard the HMS Resolution. In the following decades transient British and Spanish vessels worked their way northward, exploring, charting, trading and claiming land. Governor James Douglas visited the Comox area aboard the Beaver Steamer in 1853 and recognized the region’s agricultural potential. In 1862, settlers arrived in Augusta Bay (Comox Bay) aboard the Grapple. History text supplied courtesy Comox Archives & Museum. For more history of Comox, visit our Comox Museum and Archives.