Top Ten Comox Valley Family Activities
COURTENAY RIVERWAY This paved walkway follows the river and the Courtenay Airpark. The park is completely wheelchair-accessible and is popular among cyclists and dog walkers.
DENMAN, HORNBY & QUADRA ISLANDS You will want to spend a day on the lovely Denman and Hornby Islands! Catch a ferry from Buckley Bay, south of Comox, and tour the artists’ studios in these vibrant communities. Quadra Island, just a scenic 10-min ferry ride from Campbell River, is a haven for artists and artisans—which of course, makes it a great destination to visit the studios, galleries & cafés!
ELK FALLS PROVINCIAL PARK A network of forest trails lead to a waterfall lookout and along the Campbell & Quinsam rivers. Hike to the Quinsam Salmon Hatchery for a tour. Check out Canyon View Trail, with a suspension bridge overlooking the Campbell River.
FRIENDLY COVE DAY TRIP A trip to Friendly Cove (Yuquot) puts visitors in touch with British Columbia’s earliest history. It all starts with a leisurely day-long cruise aboard the MV Uchuck III, leaving Gold River on Wednesdays or Saturdays. Check Get West Adventures website for schedules.
KITTY COLEMAN WOODLAND GARDENS Over 3,000 rhododendrons on 24 wooded acres. Considered one of the top informal show gardens in the world.
RIVER RAFTING Destiny River Adventures offers the thrills of whitewater rafting to serene, scenic river floats and snorkelling with thousands of returning salmon.
ROTARY SEAWALK This popular six-kilometre oceanside activity route in Campbell River is a great trail for walking, rollerblading and biking. The entire route is paved and wheelchair accessible, with beach access available throughout.
SARATOGA SPEEDWAY A paved oval, a drag strip, go carts—it’s pretty fun for adults, too! Ride the 3/8-mile oval track on the BEST and safest go carts! Kids under 7 ride for free with an adult. Between Courtenay & Campbell River.
SEAL BAY REGIONAL PARK Sea lions, seals and birds abound on the beach, and there’s plenty of hiking and biking trails—with a few wheelchair-accessible paths.
SWIMMING SPOTS Popular swimming spots include Comox Lake, Nymph Falls and Trent River. Along the Puntledge River there are a number of swimming holes, including Lewis Park, Puntledge Park, Condensory, Stotan Falls and Barbers Hole.