Whether walking, swimming or combing, living near a beach is a lifestyle in the Comox Valley
Life’s a beach. Or it can be if you want it to be – especially when you’re living in the Comox Valley.
There’s something undeniably magical about living near water. From the smell of the sea and the soothing sounds of waves lapping on the shoreline to the ever-changing visuals of a running river, water makes our senses come alive. It’s no wonder so many people desire waterfront property, whether it be by the ocean, a lake or a river, and that destinations like Vancouver Island are so popular.
Fortunately for us, the Comox Valley is blessed with an abundance of choices when it comes to accessibility to the water. Here are just some of my (and my dog’s) favourite water spots.
Comox Peninsula beaches are salty and sweet – Kye Bay, Point Holmes, Goose Spit
The beaches of the Comox Peninsula have something for everyone, depending on the day and the activity. If it’s looking for sand dollars and flying a kite on tidal flats, Kye Bay is hard to beat. However, if you’re into exploring intertidal pools bustling with marine life, Point Holmes is the place to be. Feel like getting active? A refreshing dip after running the steps at Goose Spit should fit the bill – then again relaxing by one of the Spit’s firepits (pre-stocked with wood) might be easier.
Rivers mean never having to say you’re salty – The Puntledge
Not only home to the occasional prehistoric marine reptile (fossils only, don’t worry), the Puntledge River offers an impressive array of trails, rapids, falls, and swimming holes that keep swimmers, trail runners, fishers, tubers and paddlers happy throughout the year. It’s one of the Comox Valley’s true gems. Whether exploring at Nymph Falls, swimming at Stotan or paddling at Puntledge Park, there is plenty of scenery and activity to keep everyone in the family happy.
The Valley’s Great Lakes – Comox and Maple Lakes
Of course, maybe getting out in a canoe and dragging a fishing lure behind you is more your speed – enter the lakes of Cumberland. Surrounded by conifers, 20-hectare Maple Lake is a lesser-known Valley treasure. Stocked with rainbow and cutthroat trout, the lake is for non-motorized boats only, which helps ensure there is always plenty of wildlife to enjoy. On the other end of the size scale is the majestic, glacier-fed Comox Lake. Its various swimming, fishing and paddlesport offerings have helped make Cumberland a relative recreational Mecca.
Take it from me, regardless of the time of year, there is always something to see and do at water’s edge.
Looking for an ocean view, waterfront property or something near the river? Contact me to find out about real estate opportunities in the Valley, or feel free to browse my Comox Valley real estate and MLS listings.