Links of Interest - The Ridge

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Explore the Comox Valley online and discover why the region is one of Canada’s most desirable destinations.

LEARN

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PLAY

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In less than half an hour from The Ridge, you can be skiing, boarding or tubing down the slopes at Mount Washington Alpine Resort, Vancouver Island’s premier snowsports destination.

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Hike dozens of trails, ranging from casual strolls to days-long adventures. Perhaps the most notable is the Comox Glacier Trail in Strathcona Provincial Park. Learn about Strathcona Provincial Park, the oldest provincial park in British Columbia.

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Hit the greens at numerous beautiful golf courses, including Crown Isle Resort & Golf Community, Glacier Greens, Storey Creek, and Comox Golf and Country Club.

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Watch birds and other wildlife, or just take a relaxing stroll through Millard Nature Park, directly adjacent to The Ridge.

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Within a few minutes from your home at The Ridge, you can be on the water. With 16 fresh and salt water beaches, the Comox Valley offers ample opportunity to paddle, swim and beachcomb to your heart’s delight.

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SHOP

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Downtown Courtenay offers a vibrant blend of boutique shops and services. 

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Buy food from the people who produce it at the weekly Comox Valley Farmer’s Market.

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Driftwood Mall offers 33 shops and services, anchored by Canadian Tire and Quality Foods.

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National Chains and big box stores can be found at the Smart Centre in South Courtenay.

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The Crown Isle shopping centre is a hub in East Courtenay.

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Downtown Comox offers unique boutiques and local dining choices.

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ART, THEATRE AND MUSEUM

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The Comox Valley Art Gallery features exhibits by regional, national and international artists.

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The I-Hos Gallery presents collections of traditional and contemporary northwest coast First Nations masks, prints, jewelry, textiles and clothing.

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View and purchase functional and display pottery from 30 Vancouver Island potters at The Potters Place.

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Explore the natural and cultural history of the Comox Valley at the Courtenay and District Museum and Palaeontology Centre.

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Enjoy live theatre and musical performances at the Sid Williams Theatre.

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Courtenay’s Rialto Theatre offers a cinematic escape in the form of the latest Hollywood releases.

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CELEBRATE

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The Comox Valley Exhibition presents three days of family fun every summer in Courtenay.

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Every July, the sounds of the Vancouver Island Music Festival fill the air in Courtenay, with three days of world-class music on six stages.

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The Filberg Festival is Western Canada’s largest outdoors arts show, gathering artists, artisans and musicians for a three-day celebration in August.

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Harbour Living lists events happening weekly around Vancouver Island.

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RELAX

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Kingfisher Oceanside Resort and Spa – Nestled in an old growth forest on the eastern shore of Vancouver Island, the Kingfisher Oceanside Resort & Spa offers breathtaking ocean and mountain views.

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Oh Spa is a sanctuary for relaxation and well-being on the banks of the Courtenay River

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WINE & DINE

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Locals serves up memorable meals crafted entirely from locally sourced meat, seafood, vegetables, dairy, spirits and more.

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Courtenay’s Atlas Café and its sister restaurant in Comox, Avenue Bistro are two of Vancouver Island’s most beloved restaurants, featuring Vancouver Island-sourced meats, cheeses, seafood and vegetables.

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Fluid Bar and Grill offers upscale, casual dining in a metropolitan environment. Dine alongside the fireplace, in plush bar booths or bask in the sun on the patio.

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AQUA Bistro & Wine Bar and Ocean7 Restaurant are located at the Kingfisher Resort south of Courtenay. Both venues offer stunning ocean views, with Aqua offering a casual menu and the option of patio dining, while Ocean7 features fine dining with a focus on seafood...

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Relax, unwind, grab a coffee or pint, have a bite to eat and check out local artwork at Zocalo Café and Gallery

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The Blackfin Pub in Comox overlooks the marina and offers a variety of West Coast inspired pub fare. Enjoy cozy fireside dining in the winter or the view from the patio in the summer.

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Beaufort Winery, now owned by Hollywood director James Cameron, offers a variety of small-lot handcrafted wines, as well as wine tastings, tours and picnics.

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A fruit winery paired with an organic farm and a culinary studio, Blue Moon is a foodie’s dream destination.

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A 24-acre Comox Vallery seaside vineyard, 40 Knots Winery features the vineyard’s signature Spindrift Brut.

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Coastal Black WInery features several varieties of fruit wine, including sparkling varietals and mead, as well as cider, served up in their tasting room, on their patio and at local stores and restaurants.

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Comox Valley Breweries include Forbidden Brewing, Cumberland Brewing and Gladstone Brewing Co.’s.

Shelter Point Distillery, Wayward Distillation House and Island Spirits Distillery offer spirits to mix your favourite cocktail or night cap.

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Hot Chocolates is an artisan chocolatier featuring hand-made delicacies including truffles, barks and fresh fudge. Its sister company, Cakebread is Courtenay’s premier artisan bakery, featuring fresh breads, cakes and other assorted goods, baked fresh daily.

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TRAVEL

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Comox Valley Airport (YQQ) is a hub for Air Canada, WestJet, Central Mountain Air and Pacific Coastal Airlines

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Harbour Air provides daily float plane flights to Vancouver from the Comox Marina

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BC Ferries has terminals in Comox, providing travel to Powell River on the Sunshine Coast; in Buckley Bay providing travel to Denman and Hornby Islands, and in Nanaimo, providing travel to Metro Vancouver.

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Island Bus Link and the Tofino Bus Company provide scheduled bus and shuttle service on a variety of routes.

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