The best communities on Vancouver Island: Comox

Comox by the Sea is the place to be!

A seaside community known for its boutiques, bistros and beaches, Comox by the Sea has so much to offer its residents. Be it artistic and cultural events, enjoying fine dining and exceptional views, or just getting outside to play, there is something for everyone.


If you’re thinking about relocating to Vancouver Island, you must consider this area of the Comox Valley. And then be prepared to be wowed!


Full disclosure, I must confess that having lived in Comox for 20 years, I may have a biased opinion regarding this particular part of the Valley. But it also means I know what I’m talking about! After reading this, you just may want to make Comox your hometown, too. 

Why buy in Comox? Location, location, location!

Simply put, the Comox Peninsula is a prime spot, but don’t take my word for it – ask the Canadian Forces! They established the Comox Peninsula’s strategic importance back in 1942 when 19 Wing Comox was built.


Residents will tell you that one of the best things about Comox is that because it’s located on a peninsula it doesn’t get a lot of through traffic. But aside from its geography (both strategical and practical) most people just like it for the views, the ocean, the sunshine, the small-town feel, the proximity to recreation and shopping, the marina, the sunsets . . . 

Recreation abounds on the Comox Peninsula

No matter what your recreational interests, the Town of Comox has got you and your family covered. Peaceful walks, bird watching and photography are all enjoyed at numerous parks and beaches around town. Summertime brings out the best of the community recreation as breezy days will result in sailboats and kite boarders taking to the water to enjoy Goose Spit and surrounding areas. When the weather is warm and wind is calm, SUP boarders, kayakers, joggers, and families hit the shores and waves to make the most of the beaches. That being said, the area’s climate allows for outdoor options the whole year-round, and residents make sure to take advantage!


Farther inland from the shoreline, golf, cycling, tennis and disc golf are all popular pursuits. And Comox Recreation offers a wide range of programs for all ages. For those who are lucky enough to be over 55 years of age, even more options for fun exist through Comox’s D’Esterre Senior Centre Association!  

Festivals, family fun and so much more

As with other parts of the Comox Valley, Comox has a vibrant artistic community. After all, how can one’s creativity not be stimulated by the region’s beautiful natural surroundings? And Comox offers plenty of opportunities to celebrate and showcase the area’s culture. From larger festivals, such as the internationally recognized Filberg Festival, to smaller local markets and galleries, participants and spectators can get their artistic appetites filled.


Families always enjoy visiting the Comox Marina and park where the catch of the day is readily available. That’s also where the Nautical Days Festival is held on the August long weekend. A wicked-fun, free family festival, kids can enter a Bullhead Derby and would-be mariners can try their hand at seafaring in the “Build, Bail & Sail” challenge! 

Real estate options in the Town of Comox

Because of its friendly and relaxed feel, beautiful views and ease of getting around, housing in Comox is typically priced a little bit higher than the rest of the Valley. And its proximity to the Air Force base and the Comox Valley Airport (YQQ), make it a popular destination with families and retirees. There is a nice mix of older and newer homes available and lot sizes are pretty standard city sized. For people looking for retirement options, there are patio homes, townhouse and apartment condominium options, many of which are located within walking distance of downtown Comox

Questions about buying and selling in the Comox Valley?

For further information about the Town of Comox or other communities in the Comox Valley, please download my free homebuyer’s guide to moving to the Comox Valley.  Sellers, make sure to download a copy of my new seller’s guide to get info about listing, showing and moving your home.


As always, feel free to contact me or my associate Andrea Davis with any questions about the local area or property listings in the Comox Valley. Call me directly at 250.218.3895 or check out our website

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