The Comox Valley is a place of discovery and adventure for the young and young at heart. Fossil discoveries, petting zoos and watching salmon spawn are just a few of the many activities to invigorate and educate young minds and bodies.
Unearth fossil facts at the Courtenay & District Museum and Palaeontology Centre, make animal friends, including baby chicks, goats, potbelly pigs and ponies and watch salmon during the fall run in the region’s creeks and rivers.
Beaches and kids go together like peanut butter and jam and the region boasts a multitude of great places to build sandcastles and go for a safe frolic in the water. Sun-warmed sand on south facing Goose Spit Regional Park, which noses out into Comox Harbour at the west end of Hawkins Road, makes it a popular spot to take the little ones.
The tide along the shore at Miracle Beach goes out for more than 400 metres (1,300 feet), creating a hard-packed oceanfront playground perfect for children to safely explore and play. Beachcombing reveals a profusion of sand dollars, crabs and starfish and the swimming conditions are shallow, warm and safe.
Water is also the appeal at the Comox Valley Aquatic Centre, but here the weather isn’t a worry. The centre includes a 25-metre pool, two waterslides, steamroom, whirlpool, sauna, tot pool and food concession. The Courtenay & District Memorial Outdoor Pool is one of the Valley’s most popular places to take the kids on warm afternoons.
It is open June through August.
The area is renowned for its many excellent cycling and mountain biking trails and BMX fans will want to check out the new BMX race track in Cumberland on Dunsmuir Avenue next to the Village Park. Other area attractions include mini-golf, go-karts and the Saratoga Speedway. The biggest decision might well be where to begin!