Mountain biking on Thirsty Beaver in Cumberland
Jarrett Lindal

Activities & Attractions

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Adventure Begins Here

Experience our coastal temperate rainforest on a mountain bike, hike through alpine vistas in Strathcona park, or dip your paddle in a glacier-fed lake. The Comox Valley’s alpine to ocean geography affords guests the opportunity to experience the best of the west coast.

In the heat of the summer, mountain bikers from all over the world descend upon Cumberland to explore its world-class mountain biking network, while aquatic adventurers will find themselves spending most of their time in the cool waters of Comox Lake, or accessing the ocean from one of the region’s many beautiful beaches.

But things don’t cool down in the winter. Historically, the mountains of Vancouver Island receive one of the deepest snowpacks in BC. Mount Washington, Vancouver Island’s major alpine resort, is located just a half-hour from Courtenay and home to a fun mix of activities for the whole family. Ski or board, tube, and toboggan in the winter, then bike, hike, or zipline in the summers.

Locals Tip

Heading outdoors? Always be prepared. Never head out without all the information and gear you need for a safe and successful adventure. Trying something for the first time? Connect with a local tour operator and they'll curate the experience you're looking for with all the appropriate gear and guidance to stay safe. Visit AdventureSmart.ca to learn more.

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When I think about the Comox Valley, the first word that comes to mind is adventure. From kayaking the Salish Sea to reaching summits in Strathcona Park, there are endless ways to explore and play.