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Mar 28, 2019
The "Land of Plenty" that is the Comox Valley will once again showcase some of its natural bounty this June. The Comox Valley is not only a beautiful place to call home, it is also the hub of production for shellfish and oysters on Vancouver Island. The Comox Valley produces the most shellfish in British Columbia and most of the oysters in Canada, which gives this community the title of “Canada’s Oyster Capital.”
Oysters including the world-famous Fanny Bay Oysters, and other varieties from this region are coveted for their delicate taste, due to the pristine ocean waters and consistent sunlight.
Other shellfish grown and harvested in the Comox Valley include Manila clams, geoduck clams, the blue and Gallo mussels and a variety of scallops.
To celebrate this bounty of shellfish, the 13th annual BC Seafood Festival is being held from June 7 to 16, with the Signature Weekend scheduled from June 14 to 16. The festival is the largest of its kind featuring over 40 partners hosting dinners, tours, events, tastings and competitions during the 10-day period to celebrate the Comox Valley’s culinary and seafood attractions and award-winning shellfish producers
Fun competitions include oyster shucking, chowder challenge, best Caesar salad and a chef challenge. Tickets will be available soon to numerous festivities including the Happy Hour Oyster Bar, featuring a variety of oysters, a gala dinner, seafood brunch cookout and more!
Event tickets are on sale now. For more information, go to the BC Seafood Festival website.
Come to the Comox Valley and experience the delicious bounty of local seafood available here. And if you're ready to stay a little longer, take a tour of the oceanview community of The Ridge in South Courtenay, just a few quick minutes drive for the Fanny Bay Oyster headquarters. Phase III of this new home development is now under construction, with more than 100 new homes already built by their preferred builders.
Photo credit: BC Seafood Festival
Mar 14, 2019
Continuing our feature on the new home builders at Crown Isle, this month we highlight Integra Homes.
The 831-acre master-planned residential and golf community of Crown Isle has been designed to include single-family homes, patio homes, fairway homes, a gated community and condominiums. There is a diversity of homes styles that appeal to families, empty nesters or people who want to relocate to experience a taste of the Vancouver Island lifestyle. Crown Isle's premier builders have been an integral part of the community's success, building new homes for the residents of Crown Isle.
Bill Larson, the owner of Integra Homes, has been a custom home builder for more than 20 years and has been involved in the construction of over 100 custom homes in the Crown Isle community. Bill is currently leading several teams building custom homes in the Crown Isle Resort and Golf Community. He likes to meet with each one of his clients in person to get a first-hand account of what they would like that will suit their family and their lifestyle.
He coordinates his team and sub-trades and maintains a close rapport with his valued clients as cited in this testimonial, “Bill Larson is so kind and I have a lot of respect for him, he always has a smile on his face, it’s obvious he loves his job.”
Feb 26, 2019
The Comox Valley has so much versatility to offer with regards to wildlife and surrounding nature. Many people come to the Comox Valley to visit and end up living here because of the beauty of the Comox Glacier, surrounding mountains, Goose Spit, the historical estuary, Mount Washington, the rivers, forest trails, and many recreational activities. Known as the Land of Plenty, the Comox Valley offers a smorgasbord of activities for all ages to enjoy.
A unique success story, the Trumpeter Swan population has rebounded from their near extinction in the 1930s. The population has now grown to an estimated 26,000 birds in North America. Approximately 6,000 birds make a winter stop on Vancouver Island with a majority of them coming to the sanctuary of the Comox Valley.
They start arriving in November and stay until February and can be seen gathering on agricultural lands, fields and grassy areas near the water, where they like to forage at low tide. They spend the winter in these areas before heading north to Alaska in March for the breeding season.
These majestic birds, the largest in North America, can weigh up to 12 kg and measure 150 cm from beak to tail. They have a wingspan of up to 2.5 metres. They are the largest species of waterfowl on the planet. When you hear the “honking” of the trumpeter swans, your natural inclination will be to look towards the sky to see these elegant birds in flight.
Truly, an amazing experience for both visitors and residents.
Interested in moving to the Comox Valley? Contact us for more information on buying or building a new home here.
For more information on building lots for sale in the Comox Valley at The Ridge, contact Bruce Clapham at 250.650.8588 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dec 13, 2018
The fourth annual holiday resort walk at Crown Isle is a spectacular celebration of the season with 12 nights to visit Crown Isle to see the thousands of lights, have a visit with Santa and the elves, play games and mini golf, travel down the Christmas Tree Trail and enjoy the music and movies while you sip on some hot chocolate, and munch on the delicious cookies and smores. The last weekend to see the Christmas walk is Decembee 21-23. Don't miss out!
Crown Isle will also be hosting the very popular Christmas Gingerbread Village which has some extremely creative gingerbread houses sure to dazzle you, your families and guests. You can bid on the gingerbread houses as well as the teddy bear baskets in their silent auction. Net proceeds from the sale of the gingerbread houses, plus the silent auction will be distributed to Dawn to Dawn Action on the Homelessness, the Comox Valley Food Bank, the Comox Valley Transition Society and the Boys and Girls Club. Dec 18 is the final day to get your bid in.
Or Dec. 16 enjoy Breakfast with Santa. Celebrate with a delicious buffet breakfast, photos and crafts.
Crown Isle celebrates the season with many activities to engage with Crown Isle residents and the Comox Valley community. While you are enjoying the Christmas festivities, drop by the clubhouse and check out the pro shop for gift ideas.
Interested in finding out more about living at Crown Isle? Drop by their real estate office, located in the main lobby of the Crown Isle clubhouse, to see what new homes are available. Crown Isle Realty would be happy to give you a private tour of available homes and lots.
Contact: Jason Andrew, Director of Real Estate
Crown Isle Resort and Golf Community
Dec 12, 2018
December is the time for giving and Budget Blinds is giving back to you, and to others on your behalf.
This month receive a 25% instant rebate on all orders, and Budget Blinds will pay the GST. Additionally, Budget Blinds will donate 5% of your product total to the Vancouver Island charity of your choice: YANA (You Are Not Alone); the BCSPCA; or VIMHS (Vancouver Island Mental Health Society)
Give your home a facelift this holiday season, save yourself some money and give back to others, with just one call to Budget Blinds on the Central Island.
Their professional designers will come to you for a free in-home consultation, work within your budget to find the best look for your home decor and family lifestyle, and have it all professionally installed.
Call Budget Blinds today at 250.338.8564 or request a free in-home consultation online.
Budget Blinds of the Central Island serves the Comox Valley, Campbell River, Nanaimo, the Cowichan Valley and beyond from their Courtenay showroom.
Sep 13, 2018
The Ridge in Courtenay recently held their second annual summer block party. The event took place at the large upper park within The Ridge community. This event is sponsored by the developer and brings together neighbours and friends to enjoy time together.
The food was barbecued by the local residents and homemade goodies were baked and brought by many of the homeowners.
The Lance LaPoint band kept everyone dancing and up on their feet and even the little ones were jumping around to the music. Approximately 150 people attended the party which started in the afternoon and went on into the evening.
Come and see for yourself. Take a drive through The Ridge, one of the newest housing developments in the Comox Valley and you will find people eager to share their experiences about living at The Ridge.
Learn more at TheRidgeBC.com.
Jul 17, 2018
In 1993, Crown Isle officially opened its 18 Hole Championship Golf course, the centerpiece to what has become one of Western Canada’s premier golf resort communities. Join them to celebrate this milestone on July 27 and 28.
Golf at original 1993 rates on Friday, July 27 or try for the big prizes on Saturday, July 28 in their Par 3 Hole-in-One Bonanza!
Dance the night away with classic 50s & 60s tunes with Ruckus on Friday after a BBQ Pig Roast dinner, or enjoy savory Prime Rib on Saturday night and then get down to Motown and R&B with Souled Out. The Classic Car Show will also be on exhibit on Saturday, featuring 1960s & 70s American muscle cars and traditional hot rods.
Friday, July 27:
Golf on the course at 1993 rates – Book your tee time in the Pro Shop
Outdoor BBQ Pig Roast including live entertainment and dancing with RUKUS Cost: $75
Saturday, July 28:
Par 3 – Hole-In-One Bonanza with over $1,000,000 in Hole-In-One prizes available, plus additional opportunities to win (putting contest,18th hole shootout, draw prizes).
Prime Rib Outdoor Dinner & Dance, enjoy great food, music and dancing! Cost: $100
Call Crown Isle for more information: 250.703.5000.
Jun 29, 2018
Crown Isle Resort has planned the perfect outing planned for you, where you can golf Crown Isle's Championship course and go fishing on the same day. They are offering a new package called the Daily Double. Crown Isle Resort and Golf Community has partnered with Island Pursuit Sport Fishing, one of the Comox Valley’s premier charter fishing companies to help their guests experience the thrill of fishing.
Play the championship 18-hole golf course offering fun for golf enthusiasts at all levels of play, and fish from the comfortable, heated vessel and catch salmon or halibut - all in the same day!
Come and stay at the Crown Isle Villas and allow Steve Veloso at Island Pursuit Sport Fishing make the arrangements for your fishing trip. Visit Crown Isle and the Comox Valley on beautiful Vancouver Island. This is truly West Coast living!
For more information on homes or lots for sale in Courtenay, contact:
Jason Andrew, Director of Real Estate
Crown Isle Resort and Golf Community
Jun 08, 2018
Father’s Day in the Comox Valley offers a myriad of choices to treat dad.
The Annual Kite Fly takes place at Goose Spit from 12-2:30, with plenty of prizes up for grabs. Enjoy a day at the beach and a fun family activity.
Other exciting events the Father’s Day Concert on the Green at Marina Park in Comox, The Comox by the Sea Celebration at Filberg Park, and the Simms Summer Concert Series kicks off at Simms Millennium Park in Courtenay. Or play a round of golf at a challenging championship course or a family friendly par-3, take in a hike or bike ride on one of many world famous trails, or enjoy a meal or a pint at a local resturant or brewery.
And if this is home, top off the day with a father’s day cookout in your own backyard. Imagine wrapping up a busy day grilling dinner on your mountain or ocean view patio at The Ridge in the Courtenay.
However you celebrate, be sure to remember dad on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 17.
Apr 12, 2018
The Comox Valley gets its name from the local First Nations term for Land of Plenty, and the meaning behind the name is evident as one travels through this valley on Vancouver Island's east coast. Surrounded by oceans and rivers providing seafood delicacies, and verdant farmland bringing farm to fork, the Comox Valley is a dream destination for a "local diet."
The Comox Valley Grower's Guide, produced annually, lists more than 400 local producers of fruit and vegetables, meats, cheeses, seafood and even wineries, breweries and distilleries.
Many Comox Valley restaurants focus on local seafood products and farm goods, which are available to everyone from the year-round farmer's market - one of only a few in Canada.
To learn more about The Ridge, contact the developer today:
Mar 20, 2018
Crown Isle Resort & Golf Community in the Comox Valley offers you the "Ultimate Home Base."
The Comox Valley is located a 30 minute flight from Vancouver and just over an hour flight from Calgary or Edmonton, Alberta. Crown Isle's close proximity to the new Comox Valley Regional Hospital, the Comox Airport, medical offices, the Crown Isle Shopping Centre and many local restaurants & retail outlets makes day-to-day life in the Crown Isle Community very appealing for all residents.
The Comox Valley boosts possibly Canada's most temperate climate while still experiencing the four seasons every year, allowing for endless recreational opportunities. Enjoy golf, hiking, cycling, boating, fishing, and many festivals year round. Even Mount Washington offers year round fun with skiing and nordic adventures in the winter and biking and hiking in the summer.
Come for a tee time, stay for a lifetime! Contact us for more information on real estate in the Comox Valley.
Feb 15, 2018
A key factor many people site in choosing where to build a new home on Vancouver Island is the availability of quality medical care. The Comox Valley is fortunate to have a state-of-the-art new $331.7 million, 153-bed hospital, which opened its doors in the fall of 2017.
Residents of The Ridge in south Courtenay were please to see the opening of the new hospital. Centrally located within the City of Courtenay, the hospital is easily accessible, only 15 minutes from The Ridge.
The new hospital is just one of many amenities the Comox Valley offers its residents, and just part of the reason real estate in the Comox Valley is booming. For more information about building your new home in Phase 2 or future phases of The Ridge, contact:
Dec 15, 2017
The Comox Valley Airport (YQQ) is set to have its busiest holiday season ever after seeing record passenger growth in 2016.
With friends and family flying to the Comox Valley, residents at The Ridge residential development in Courtenay are putting up the lights, and prepping their guest suites (some lots here are zoned for legal secondary suites)!
More and more people are discovering the year-round beauty of the Comox Valley. The holiday season brings winter activities on Mount Washington, or choose to escape the Canadian winter and enjoy a round of golf or a morning of winter fishing! Courtenay and the surrounding areas are buzzing with concerts, carolling and more to get you in the holidays spirit!
Enjoy easy accessibility to the Comox Valley airport from Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton and beyond. Pacific Coastal, Air Canada and Westjet all provide daily service to YQQ. The Ridge is located only 15 minutes from the Comox Valley Airport.
Contact The Ridge today to register as a “prospective client” for more information on our new residential lots for sale that will be available in 2018.
Dec 10, 2017
Christmas is a busy time in the Crown Isle community, with the clubhouse serving as the kicking off point for many festive activities. The 16th Annual Gingerbread Village charity silent auction runs Dec 1-18, with the gala finale on the 18th. Come by and view the incredible gingerbread creations and bid on your favourite.
The very popular, volunteer-run, Christmas Village Walk is back this year, with lights, movies and music, sweet treats, Santa and more! Check the website for dates.
On Dec 17, book your spot for Breakfast with Santa, and enjoy photos with the jolly old elf himself, and crafts for the kids.
Crown Isle residents can get in on the fun with the annual Christmas lights decorating contest, with prizes up for grabs for the top 3 decorated homes.
The Crown Isle residents Christmas party is a great way to celebrate the season with friends and the welcoming neighbours. The big event takes place on Dec. 12, and you can purchase your tickets for this night of dinner and dancing at the Crown Isle Real Estate desk in the clubhouse.
Want to be part of the fun? Contact the real estate team to learn about buying or building your “home for the holidays” at Crown Isle:
Nov 17, 2017
Yes, it is true, it is November, but in the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island, there are many activities to participate in, especially if you are passionate about fishing.
Did you know that the Comox Valley has a very vibrant winter fishing season? The Crown Isle Resort and Golf Community is partnering with Island Pursuit Sport Fishing, one of the Comox Valley’s premier charter fishing companies to help their resort guests experience the thrill of fishing. While on the fully heated vessel you'll see a variety of marine life and birds.
Enjoy a stay at the Crown Isle Villas and allow Steve Veloso at Island Pursuit Sport Fishing make the arrangements for your day of winter fishing. This is truly West Coast living! After a day on the water, you'll come back to the Crown Isle Clubhouse where you will enjoy West Coast cuisine, complimented by an amazing selection of wine and beer, including award-winning local varieties. Come and visit Crown Isle and Comox Valley on beautiful Vancouver Island.
Photo courtesy Island Pursuit Sport Fishing
Nov 13, 2017
First Avenue is a defining area of this charming community on Vancouver Island, and was recognized based on criteria that included social, economic and accessibility and safety factors, as well as elements including design, culture, history and landscape. First Avenue beat out 16 other submissions from across Canada.
You could be enjoying this and many of the other amenities of this lovely town from your home at The Gales.
The Gales is a new luxury ocean view home community in Ladysmith on Vancouver Island. Currently there are two patio homes under construction: #18 and #19. These new patio homes are 1,820 sq. ft, and offer stunning ocean views.
The Gales has one new luxury ocean view home completely finished and ready for occupancy, featuring 1,000 sq. ft. on the top floor and 1,555 sq. ft. on the ground floor. This new home is offered for sale at $649,900.
For more information contact Realtor Keith Mazurenko of Royal LePage Nanaimo Realty
Nov 10, 2017
On Nov. 11, Canadians mark Remembrance Day, and locally a variety of memorial events are scheduled in the Comox Valley. All three municipalities (Courtenay, Comox and Cumberland) host parades, followed by a moment of silence at their cenotaphs. The Legion Halls in all thee communities also host open houses, and all are welcome.
CFB Comox is a busy air force base, and a large community of retired Canadian military members have made the area home, making Remembrance Day an important holiday for the local community. Military retirees have joined the ranks of a growing seniors’ population in the Comox Valley, and are often drawn to the area by the area’s natural beauty, favourable climate and friendly active communities.
Realtor Art Meyers has been working to serve the Comox Valley real estate needs of CFB Comox families and retired military members for more than four decades. This Remembrance Day, Art Meyers honours the sacrifices of our veterans, and gives thanks for the freedoms Canadians now enjoy.
Oct 07, 2017
The Ridge in Courtenay has welcomed many new residents to their community over the past two years, and word is getting out that the residents at The Ridge welcome newcomers. This summer's neighbourhood party was a huge success, with 150 people attending and enjoying the festivities.
More residents will be moving to The Ridge over the course of the next year as construction is about to get started on new homes in Phase 2.
The Ridge is a new sustainable community in South Courtenay featuring spectacular views of the Comox Glacier and surrounding mountains, as well as views of Comox Bay. Residents of all ages enjoy the dedicated park land and walking trails throughout the community. The Ridge is located in the Comox Valley on beautiful Vancouver Island.
For directions, please follow The Ridge's map, as Google Maps does not have the project updated. Find a map here.
Contact the developer today to learn more:
Email: theridge.bruce [at] mail.com
Aug 15, 2017
Vancouver Island is famous as a year-round destination for Canadian golfers. While summer is busy season on the fairways, many courses are open year-round.
Located conveniently in the middle of the action, the Town of Ladysmith offers easy access to golf courses in Victoria, Nanaimo and between.
Some of these are famous as members of the Vancouver Island Golf Trail, including Bear Mountain, Arbutus Ridge and Cowichan Golf Club, while others offer up family friendly fairways, unique signature holes, and stunning vistas.
From your home base in Ladysmith, you can also launch a kayak from a beach or boat launch after your golf round!
Living at your new home at The Gales in Ladysmith, you'll be close to all of the action. Or you can choose to simply soak in the sunshine from your ocean view decks. With all of your landscaping maintenance taken care of, your weekends are free to head out and enjoy all that the community and the rest of Vancouver Island have to offer.
For more information or to schedule a private viewing, contact:
Aug 11, 2017
The state-of-the-art new $331.7 million, 153-bed Comox Valley Hospital is scheduled to open in Courtenay this fall.
The new hospital in the Comox Valley has been designed to meet the needs for all residents in the Comox Valley and surrounding region. The hospital is centrally located within the City of Courtenay and is easily accessible from any location in the area.
The Comox Valley Hospital is only 15 minutes from the new real estate development The Ridge. The Ridge is currently working on approvals for Phase 3 lots.
This part of Vancouver Island is known for its friendly people and active communities. With this in mind, a call for volunteers for the new hospital has gone out. Volunteers are a vital component to the running of the hospital. They improve the overall experience of patients and their families. If you are interested in volunteering, contact Laura Heikkila at Heikkila@viha.ca or website: www.viha.ca/volunteer_
To learn more about building your new home at The Ridge, contact: