Central Vancouver Island encompasses Parksville to Black Creek – bridging the Coast Salish and Kwakwaka’wakw tribal regions. It’s a winding 183km stretch of Highway 19a (Oceanside Route), that offers stunning mountain, forest and ocean views between unique towns.
Here is just a little taste of each region… we encourage you to explore more!
Home to some of the Island’s most spectacular beaches and ocean playgrounds, it’s the perfect meeting of water and forest with carefully grown town centres and all the amenities for comfortable living without the big city stress.
Fanny Bay, Deep Bay & Bowser
This stretch of Island bliss is home to unique neighbourhoods, artists galore and epic natural features. From world-renowned oysters to rafts of sea lions to beer-serving dogs (historically speaking), you’ll find quiet spots of interest and natural beauty unlike anywhere else.
Denman & Hornby Islands
These popular island destinations offer a laid back, bohemian getaway to find nature amidst well-established, world-class artists, galleries and unique creative experiences. You’ll also find great beaches, cozy campsites and beautiful b&bs.
Sweeping views, protected forests, old saloons and great coffee! This whole region is steeped in coal history, with Cumberland rapidly becoming a hip, creative hub of small business and growing families.
The largest community in the Comox Valley, this vibrant, diverse city boasts a thriving downtown, diverse & unique businesses and a quickly expanding tech sector. Situated along a protected estuary, at the foot of the Beaufort Range, it’s a picturesque spot overflowing with artists of all sorts.
With a town centre that overlooks the Salish Sea, Comox is primarily residential with many small farms producing much of the valley’s local market stock. It’s host to the world-famous Snowbirds flying team, and where you’ll find historic Filberg Lodge and Park, renowned for its annual arts festival.
Merville, Black Creek
At the north end of the Comox Valley are the vast fertile fields of Merville and Black Creek. Myriad crops, livestock, and dairy cattle, are raised here – including water buffalo! You’ll find Miracle Beach, Bates Beach, Saratoga Beach and Kitty Coleman Woodland Gardens, too.
Campbell River / Quadra & Cortes (Discovery) Islands
Packed with nature to explore, this whole area has a busy arts and culture scene including many shops that feature local First Nations’ art, jewelry, and carvings, and myriad other local crafts & fine art. One of Canada’s “50 Places of a Lifetime,” the Islands have a deep history of creative inhabitants and are home to many well-known artists and musicians.