The primary value of Seal Bay Nature Park is that it is a large contiguous stand of regenerated second-growth forest. Seal Bay forest features rare plant communities such as hardhack (spirea), wetlands, trembling aspen, Pacific crab apple and slough sedge.
Established in 1961, The Courtenay and District Museum collect preserve and interpret natural and cultural heritage of the Comox Valley region. Throughout the year, the museum offers on-site and outdoor programming suitable for all age groups. Program subjects include fossils, geology, First Nations history, pioneer settlement history, social history of the Comox Valley, logging and lumber history, river way study, as well as, a series of changing exhibitions.
This feature park offers a tranquil setting along the river. Fully accessible walkways, observation platforms, seating areas, a small children’s play area, a canoe/kayak launch, washrooms, picnic tables and a BBQ, make this the perfect setting for small, intimate gatherings or larger special events.
Established in 1936, Vancouver Island Regional Library (VIRL) is the fifth largest library system in British Columbia. The Courtenay Library Branch moved to its current downtown Courtenay location in 2001. The branch’s striking architecture has made it a popular downtown attraction.
The Comox Valley Art Gallery is a public art gallery featuring contemporary, experimental and applied art by regional, national and international artists presenting contemporary art issues and practices. With its higher profile location and unique design, the renovated facility is temperature and humidity controlled, has accessibility features in the entry, public washrooms and elevator. CVAG attracts attention to downtown Courtenay and the Comox Valley. This has been a boon to the Gallery and the Gallery Gift Shop, attracting a broader audience with interest in visual art.
Lupine Art Studio is a community art studio located downtown Courtenay in the Comox Valley. It’s dedicated to the idea that everyone has the ability to create amazing art while developing their own style and loving it. In their art classes, they teach skills and techniques using a wide range of mediums.
Founded as a summer retreat for the Vancouver Junior Symphony, the Comox Valley Youth Music Centre (CYMC) is now in its 43rd year and continues as British Columbia’s longest running music camp. It provides musical improvement and advancement to music students, is achieved primarily with the operation of the CYMC International Summer Youth Music School and Festival, a school for aspiring instrumentalists, singers and actors.
The Full Throttle youth dragon boat team is Vancouver Island’s longest standing youth dragon boat team, providing youth with an opportunity to be active, make friends and have fun! No experience necessary. All skill levels welcome and life jackets and paddles are provided.
Hand in hand, let’s link together. Comox Valley Multicultural & Immigrant Support Society is a non profit organization which established since 1991, it is operating by volunteers with enthusiam and hospitality to assist the immigrants who moved to a community they are not familiar with. How to engage newcomers into our commnity smoothly, and to provide the interculture opportunities to the residents of our community are the goal of CVMISS.
With 40 acres of Natural Park the Comox Valley Exhibition is situated on the bank of the Tsolum River in the scenic Comox Valley. Entertaining, educational and fun for the entire family; the “Old Fashioned Fall Fair” is the place to be the last weekend of August. The Fair is a wonderful opportunity to learn about Comox Valley agriculture.
The Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Vancouver Island have been helping young people to discover, develop and achieve their best potential as they grow to become Canada’s future adults, citizens and leaders, by engaging them in activities that challenge them, and help them develop healthy minds and bodies. It provides childcare, daycare, summer camps, teen and youth programs, family programs and parenting programs where children and youth can experience new opportunities, overcome barriers, build positive relationships and develop the confidence and skills for life.
Volunteer Comox valley is an agent of change that promotes community engagement through power of service. Referral and Registration available for individual community members looking for volunteer positions in the Comox Valley at http://www.volunteercomoxvalley.ca