What to do and see in Courtenay, Canada: The Best Places and Tips

August 8, 2017 Kelli Reichel

Discover the best top things to do in Courtenay, Canada including Seal Bay Nature Park, Goose Spit Park, Vancouver Island Visitor Centre, Air Park, Filberg Heritage Lodge & Park, Miracle Beach Provincial Park, 40 Knots Winery, I-Hos Gallery, Nymph Falls Nature Park, Downtown Courtenay.
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1. Seal Bay Nature Park

Off Bates Road, Courtenay, British Columbia V9J 1X4, Canada
Excellent
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4.5 based on 194 reviews

Seal Bay Nature Park

Reviewed By Kikoenmexico - Courtenay, Canada

This is the most amazing park. close to town yet so far away. Never crowded with varied terrain ranging from the beach to Forests, a swamp with beavers, wonderful trails for walking, biking and horseback riding. So big you can get lost in it (except there is signage and maps so you don't) and easy to acces from many points.

2. Goose Spit Park

Hawkins Road, Comox, British Columbia, Canada
Excellent
61%
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4.5 based on 124 reviews

Goose Spit Park

Reviewed By Scott H - Comox Valley, Canada

Easy parking, shallow waters, make this a great place for beach combing with visiting grand kids! Bonus - Towards the end of the Spit and through the security gate is our small, but very friendly Air Force yacht club. Great Friday evening socials and kayak availability.

3. Vancouver Island Visitor Centre

3607 Small Rd | #101, Cumberland, British Columbia V9N 3Z8, Canada +1 855-400-2882
Excellent
78%
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4.5 based on 39 reviews

Vancouver Island Visitor Centre

Whether you are in the planning stages of your vacation or have arrived in the area and don't know where to begin, the Comox Valley's Vancouver Island Visitor Centre is your first stop to create an unforgettable vacation! The Centre also offers a fun and interactive introduction to Vancouver Island from ocean to alpine! Touch a live oyster, identify local trees or explore the region through a touch table of Vancouver Island images. Take a few fun photos of your own and enjoy free WI-Fi so you can catch up on the news at home. There are outdoor picnic tables, pet walking area and a children's play structure. There is even an e-vehicle charge point.

Reviewed By Gail P - Oliver, British Columbia

This is a large information centre serving visitors to the Comox valley and other island attractions. The staff are friendly and very helpful. The gift shop is well presented with local arts and crafts plus souvenir specials depicting Canada. The whole area including washrooms is...MoreThank you for your kind review, we love what we do and play "tourist" in our own back yard so we are better informed to help visitors.

4. Air Park

Courtenay, British Columbia, Canada
Excellent
53%
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4.5 based on 182 reviews

Air Park

Reviewed By Via_girl - Qualicum Beach, Canada

This is a really interesting place to walk because the trail encircles a small, working airport, then follows the Courtenay River and its estuary. There’s also a lagoon, salt marsh and tidal flats. When the tide is out, the tidal flat empties and exposes Comox Bay.
The trail is a paved loop that takes you through a large rhodo garden, past a small marina, float plane dock and playground. There are washrooms and a small coffee shop. This is one of the few parks I’ve visited where many of the native plants are labelled, thanks to the Comox Valley Naturalists Society. This is a birdwatchers paradise with viewing platforms that take you closer to the many birds that visit here including Canada geese, ducks, snow geese, eagles and trumpeter swans. For a longer walk, keep going on the paved trail heading north where it continues 1.6 km to Simms and Lewis parks.
There’s a decent size parking lot at the east end of 20th Street but if full, park along Mansfield Drive.

5. Filberg Heritage Lodge & Park

61 Filberg Rd, Comox, British Columbia V9M 2S7, Canada +1 250-339-2715
Excellent
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4.5 based on 71 reviews

Filberg Heritage Lodge & Park

A gem of Vancouver Island Heritage; Filberg Park is nine acres of breathtakingly landscaped waterfront green space, Gardens and heritage buildings, in Comox, British Columbia. The park features 130 varieties of trees, seasonal Gardens, and hundreds of rhododendrons.At the heart of the site is the 1930’s heritage lodge, the former home of local pioneers Robert and Florence Filberg. Filberg Heritage Lodge and Park have become a popular venue for picnics, weddings, art shows and special events including the popular Filberg Festival held each year on BC Day long weekend in August. Amenities include the Filberg Gift Shop* and Filberg Tea House. Both are open seasonally May to September.Entry to the Lodge is by donation and the park is free of charge except during special events. *Lodge and Gift Shop are open subject to volunteer availability.

Reviewed By deliciousworld - Manchester, Vermont

We enjoyed the Gardens and the house. There was a festival going on so there was s charge to enter. Don't think there usually is. Wonderful spot to wander about. The house is a nice time capsule.

6. Miracle Beach Provincial Park

Courtenay, British Columbia, Canada +1 250-337-8020
Excellent
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4.5 based on 130 reviews

Miracle Beach Provincial Park

Miracle Beach Provincial Park is a popular oceanside family campground with a popular day-use and beach, conveniently located 22 km north of Courtenay and 22 km south of Campbell River off Hwy 19a. It makes a great home-base while visiting the popular Comox Valley, Campbell River, or for those looking to ferry to nearby Islands. Visitors can also find horseback riding, golf, fishing and many other recreational activities in the area. The large family campground is world-renowned and offers 201 non-serviced campsites located under a dense forest canopy. Campers have three flush washroom buildings in the campground as well as a large shower building. Water taps and pit toilets are located throughout the campground. There is also an RV sani-station available to empty waste tanks and to refill water tanks. Campsite Reservations are accepted and some first-come first-serve sites are also available.

Reviewed By Allen H - Lynden, Washington

First time visiting Miracle Beach Provincial Park. The campsites are well placed and private. The facilities are well maintained. Even the composting toilets were kept clean and had very little odor. Great to be able to walk to the beach from the campground. For a sandy beach go a few miles north to Saratoga Beac. Would surely go back to this park.

7. 40 Knots Winery

2400 Anderton Rd, Comox, British Columbia V9M 4E5, Canada +1 250-941-8810
Excellent
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4.5 based on 63 reviews

40 Knots Winery

In the heart of the Comox Valley, on a slope facing the Georgia Strait, 40 Knots Vineyard & Estate Winery crafts wines distinctly shaped by a windswept, sun-soaked microclimate. Named for the gale force winds that often strike the coast, 40 Knots embraces its unique microclimate, adorning its label with swallows that frequent the vineyard and depict home to a sailor. With wines like Whitecaps, Sea Haven, and Spindrift, the connection to the wind and sea is undeniable. 40 Knots was first established in 2005, by a retired Tug Boat Captain who hand planted over 50,000 vines on glacier till soil in a micro-climate hotter than its surrounding area and facing the Salish Sea. Root stock was brought in from the Champagne and Cote D'Beaune regions of France of Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Gamay Noir. Additionally hybrids such as the French Pinot Auxerrois and German Siegerrebe and Schoenberger were planted. Owners Brenda Hetman-Craig, and Layne Robert Craig continue to nurture this terroir with environmentally ethical farming practices. 40 Knots employs the creative, innovative and esteemed Chief Wine Maker Matt Dumayne of Okanagan Crush pad. 40 Knots welcomes visitors to come and taste their wines in their cellar tasting lounge, tour the vineyard and cellar and picnic in the beautiful vineyard Terrace.

Reviewed By kellym87 - churchill

Thank you so much to Brenda and the team for making our wedding perfect!! We couldn't have asked for a better venue, which we knew our first time there, but the service was absolutely above and beyond as well. Just a fabulous evening that went...MoreWe're so glad you had such an amazing day. I was lucky enough to be your bartender for the evening. What a great crew you had. It truly was a beautiful wedding. Cheers!

3310 Comox Rd, Courtenay, British Columbia V9N 3P8, Canada +1 250-339-7702
Excellent
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4.5 based on 71 reviews

I-Hos Gallery

I-Hos Gallery presents a collection of traditional and contemporary northwest coast artwork and crafts. Masks, prints, gold and silver jewelry and wood carvings, textiles and clothing produced by First Nations artists are displayed in a distinctive building on the K'omoks First Nation Band lands (located between Courtenay and Comox) on Vancouver Island. There is truly something for everyone and every price range in the gallery.

Reviewed By Paulshappy - Comox Valley, Canada

We LOVE the I-HOS Gallery and we attend every event all-year-round.
In fact, all our visitors are taken there to purchase beautiful First Nation jewellery, masks, and many other collectables before heading home.
We do the majority of our own Christmas shopping at I-HOS, as they have a great Customer Appreciation sale just before Christmas.
For certain, locals and tourists need to visit this gorgeous local landmark.
Gila'kasla!

9. Nymph Falls Nature Park

Forbidden Plateau Rd., Courtenay, British Columbia, Canada
Excellent
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4.5 based on 69 reviews

Nymph Falls Nature Park

Reviewed By Paulshappy - Comox Valley, Canada

Nymph Falls is only minutes north from downtown Courtenay, with free parking and wide pleasant walkways.
And the Nymph Falls Nature Park path leading to the Falls itself, is walkable for almost everyone.
What a thrill to stand out on the broad rocks, and view both up and down the wild rush of the Puntledge, view the fish steps, majestic cedars, and sip the fresh Comox Lake water.
There's a new set of stairs just a bit downriver, so keep an eye open for this easy access.
The entire area is a photographers dream come true, so please be sure to bring your camera.
And please, no littering, this is our home.
Enjoy,
Paul

10. Downtown Courtenay

Courtenay, British Columbia, Canada
Excellent
49%
Good
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 105 reviews

Downtown Courtenay

Reviewed By Paulshappy - Comox Valley, Canada

Okay, so I live near downtown Courtenay and I'm biased, lol, but it's still a beautiful city everyone you go.
But our downtown is a wonderful experience for locals and tourists alike.
There are many small, intimate shops where unique items are available, along with personable, friendly, small-town service.
Enjoy wandering and shopping, with a local coffee in-hand.
Or maybe stop in for a well-deserved pint, snack or a full meal along the way.
And you will NEVER find a parking meter anywhere...oh, small town at it's BEST!
Cheers,
Paul

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