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Kids’ summer activities in the Comox Valley



June is here and that means summer holidays are right around the corner . . . SQUEAL!!!


Looking to keep your kidlets active this summer? Lucky you – you live in the Comox Valley and that means never having to hear “I’m bo-o-o-ored.” Well, in theory, at any rate.


From day camps and rec programs to hanging at the ocean or lake, there are numerous options to occupy your children, no matter what their ages or interests.



Recreate and relax

The Valley is fortunate to have three different communities with fun-filled recreation centres, and summer time is when they really shine. So many programs and classes are offered, and all feature qualified, friendly staff.


Whether your kids want to cook and create or jump and dance, the variety of offerings is diverse. Visit their various websites to find out what’s on tap this summer by clicking the following links: Courtenay Recreation; Comox Rec; Cumberland Recreation.


Plus, the Boys and Girls Club of Central Vancouver Island run excellent summer day camp programs in the Valley. Weekly sessions are geared to encourage and inspire.



Go beyond and get outward bound

Of course, the surrounding areas also have outdoor adventure opportunities that should also get some attention.


Tribune Bay Outdoor Education Centre offers families and individuals the chance to experience adventure with various program offerings throughout the summer.


Likewise, Strathcona Park Lodge and Outdoor Education Centre lets youth from 12 to 18 come see what outdoor pursuits in natural settings might appeal.


Not sure your kids will be into a whole week of outdoor activities? Maybe a day up at Horne Lake Caves will get that sense of adventure growing.



Go jump in the lake...or the ocean…or the river

Again, so many options for keeping cool await in this wonderful Valley, from hanging out at the community waterparks and taking lessons at the Courtenay & District Memorial Outdoor Pool to splashing down the Puntledge River.


At Comox Lake, meet up with the folks at West Coast Water Sports for various day camps, lessons and rentals of SUP boards, kayaks and canoes.


Comox’s Compass Adventures offers kids and families the chance to take in lessons and camps as well as renting various sea-faring vessels. Based down by the Comox Marina, these guys offer too much fun!



Take a hike, hit a park or walk for fun

Some days, though, a nice stroll in the park fits the bill perfectly. For those who prefer to hang with animals in a park, the Hands-on Farm over at the Filberg Heritage Lodge & Park has a variety of animals to get up close with after you’ve strolled the grounds.


Looking for something more strenuous? Head up to Mount Washington and start feeling the burn. Plus, the Comox Valley Guide gives a good selection of hike and walk suggestions to check out.


Don’t forget to check in with the Courtenay & District Museum and Paleontology Centre to find out about their Fossil Tours and other summer programs.


And wander up to Miracle Beach Provincial Park and take in their daily learning opportunities for kids through the Nature House environmental education program.


If you have kids and live in the Comox Valley, the world is your oyster this summer. Get out there and enjoy it!



For more info on the Comox Valley or its real estate, please feel free to get in touch with me, have a look at my website or visit my Facebook page.

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