Moving To / From Comox
Comox was first settled by Salish First Nations. The first Europeans arrived in the 1860s. Comox became a service centre and shipment point for the Comox Valley. The name Comox is a First Nation word meaning “land of plenty”.
Today, Comox is mainly a residential community but is surrounded by a rich agricultural area, especially in fruit and vegetable growing. The Canadian Armed Forces Base at Comox and tourism also contribute to a stable economy.
The Town of Comox is located on Highway #19, approximately 6 km southeast of Courtenay. Comox is situated in the Comox Valley, in the Regional District of Comox- Strathcona, on the eastern side of Vancouver Island.
The Comox Valley consists of the City of Courtenay, the Town of Comox, the Village of Cumberland, CFB Comox Airbase and the Hamlet of Merville. On the west, the Comox Valley is bordered by the Vancouver Island Mountain Range, with its beautiful Comox Glacier and Strathcona Park and on the east by the Strait of Georgia, Baynes Sound, and Comox Harbour. The waters of three major rivers, the Tsolum, the Puntledge, and the Browns, combine to form the Courtenay River, which flows across the broad alluvial lowland into the head of Comox Harbour.
The population of Comox numbers approximately 14,828.
For more information about Comox:
Town of Comox
1809 Beaufort Ave.
Comox has an average July temperature of 17.6°C and an average January temperature of 3°C. The average annual precipitation is 1178 mm.
For daily or historical weather conditions, visit: https://www.theweathernetwork.com/us
One of the best ways to learn about your new community is to subscribe to the local newspaper:
Comox Valley Record
For information regarding curriculum and enrolment procedures, please contact:
School District #71 (Comox Valley)
Conseil Scolaire Francophone de la Columbie-Britannique (School District 93)
Additional educational institutes:
North Island College
Comox Valley Campus
North Island Hospital Comox Valley
101 Lerwick Road Courtenay, BC
Motor Vehicle and Driver Licencing
Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC)
Comox Valley Transit
Parks and Fields
Comox Branch Library
For information about upcoming events in Comox, visit: https://www.comox.ca/
Mount Washington Alpine Resort
Comox Golf Club
Glacier Greens Golf Course
Longlands Golf Course
Comox Nautical Days
An annual event held in July, festivities include a parade, children’s activities and fireworks.
This popular community event is held for four days in August. Over 120 artists and entertainers display their craft.
Comox Air Force Museum
The museum traces the history of aviation and the traditions and customs of Canada’s Air Force.
Filberg Heritage Lodge and Park
A nine-acre estate with beautifully landscaped gardens. The park is host to the annual Filberg Festival.
Located in the heart of town, the park offers a children’s playground, boat launch and picnic area.
To find a grocery store in the Comox area, visit:
John's Independent Grocer
M & M Meat Shops
Parks to Visit
Call at 1-888-708-7700 to order the following brochures:
Protecting your goods in transit
Handling dangerous goods
Do-it-yourself packing guide