How To Get Here

We are easy to get to … but you may find it difficult to leave!

You can get yourself to the Comox Valley in a number of ways … but we can assure that you that once you have arrived … you are going to want to stay! Whether you are visiting us for business or pleasure, the Comox Valley has much to offer.

You will find a complete summary of transportation options on page 18 of our Community Profile … and here is a snapshot of how to get to … and around … our beautiful community.

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Fly here via commercial aircraft or private plane

Commercial aircraft operate out of the Comox Valley Airport (YQQ) in Comox and small private planes – including seaplanes – are directed to the Courtenay Airpark. Both airstrips are centrally located and easy to get to, offer ample parking and a number of services, including 24-hour taxi service.

Daily flights to and from Comox connect you to Calgary and Edmonton, Alberta; Vancouver, BC; and … during the winter months … even Mexico! Airline services are provided by:

Enjoy the views! Drive here by car

Centrally located on the east coast of Vancouver Island, the Comox Valley is easily accessible by car from the north or south via Highway 19 (Inland Island Highway) or Highway 19A (the Oceanside Route).

Highway 19 runs from Nanaimo to Port Hardy with four exits for the Comox Valley area. Take Exit #117 to access the city centers of Comox, Courtenay and Cumberland.

Highway 19A runs from Parksville to Campbell River. It travels through the scenic communities of Parksville, Qualicum Beach, Qualicum Bay, Bowser, Deep Bay, Fanny Bay, Union Bay and Royston. It then takes you along Cliffe Avenue in Courtenay, then north through Merville, Black Creek, Saratoga Beach and Miracle Beach.

Relax! And take the bus

A number of bus services provide quick and affordable transportation throughout Vancouver Island. You may travel by bus from Victoria to Port Hardy, across to Tofino and Ucluelet, and also make connections to Vancouver and the lower mainland. Island-wide service providers include:

Get around the Comox Valley by bus

The Comox Valley Transit System (www.busonline.ca) provides service within the Comox Valley including:

  • Courtenay
  • Comox
  • Cumberland
  • BC Ferries Little River Terminal (to Powell River)
  • BC Ferries Buckley Bay Terminal (to Denman Island)
  • Comox Airport
  • Connecting services to Campbell River
  • HandyDart (for the disabled) www.bctransit.com

Call a cab

Taxi services can get you where you need to go! Service providers include:


EN RailFerry

We are working on our railroad!

Sorry, rail service from Victoria to Courtenay (E&N Rail) is currently not available due to railroad maintenance and repairs. For updates and information, however, you can check the website: www.viarail.ca.

Come and go by sea

Several communities on Vancouver Island – including the Comox Valley – are connected to coastal British Columbia and Gulf Island ferry terminals. BC Ferries can accommodate both vehicular and foot passenger traffic, as well as cargo and freight. In Victoria you will also find the Washington State Ferries dock.

For ferry terminals, service schedules, reservations and general information call:

For information on National Marine Conservation Areas.
For a summary of BC Ferries statistics/reports.

Captain of your own ship (or sailboat)?

The Comox Harbour and the Courtenay Estuary provide moorage for visitors who arrive by boat.

Comox Harbour Authority 250.339.6041 www.comoxharbour.com
Float Plane Dock Service 250.339.2930 manager@comoxbaymarina.com

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