Choose Your Adventure
A new day dawns fresh and bright, and with it arrives the promise of memorable adventures ahead in the great outdoors.
Hiking leads the list of DIY options and there’s no end of easy, moderate and/or challenging alternatives across the Island’s length and breadth. Mountain bikers grind their way up forested trails, then gleefully bomb it on the descents. Mount a different type of steed for horseback trail excursions or hitch up to a zipline for gravity defying joyrides of still another kind. Cavers take the down-low route when exploring the Island’s subterranean depths, and delighted peels of laughter ring out as groups negotiate the fun and challenging obstacles at element parks.
Roll out of a comfortable B&B or hotel bed, or perhaps a cozy sleeping bag. Fuel up on a nutritious, locally sourced breakfast while scanning guidebooks and collecting tips from your hosts. Savour a cup of locally roasted coffee. Then get cracking: Vancouver Island’s peaceful places and wild spaces are yours to explore, either spontaneously with friends and family or with the assistance of expert guides offering bookable, pre-planned schedules and activities.
Good Wildlife Sense
While it is always important to use good wildlife sense in all parks and wilderness areas, this is especially the case in the more remote parks, such as Cape Scott Provincial Park, Strathcona Provincial Park, Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, and Caramanah Walbran Provincial Park, where black bears, wolves, and cougars are frequently seen. Always use caution along the trails in parks.
If you encounter a bear on the trail, let it know you are there by talking aloud. If the bear continues to walk toward you, back up and find a section of trail where you can get well off the trail and let the bear pass. For basic safety information, download BC Parks’ PDF so that you can print and keep with you for reference.
Holiday Inn Express & Suites, Comox Valley
Welcome to Courtenay, home of the 100% smoke-free Holiday Inn Express & Suites. Combining the best of business and leisure world, our hotel stands out from the crowd. Opening in 2009, your stay offers complimentary amenities such as hot breakfast, swimming pool, hot tub and the Valley’s only in-hotel waterslide.
Strathcona Park Lodge & Outdoor Education Centre
Spread through the forest and along the shore of Upper Campbell Lake the accommodation options at Strathcona Park Lodge are eclectic, varied and perfectly poised for exploring our property, Strathcona Provincial Park and central Vancouver Island.
Couples, individuals and families will find what they need at Strathcona Park Lodge. Our comfortable hotel-style rooms and fully contained cottages, are great for small and large groups. Waterfront cottages are ideal for families and friends, while smaller secluded cottages are perfect for a romantic weekend. Most rooms have a lake view and most cottages are waterfront. Almost every room has a deck, the perfect spot to watch the sun set across Upper Campbell Lake and behind snowcapped peaks.
We also have a chalet at Mount Washington Alpine Resort that sleeps up to 24 people in two units.
Because of our unique construction history we have a wide range of rooms to accommodate a variety of budgets and needs. All rooms are inviting and comfortable. There are no TVs or telephones within the rooms. Refer to our Amenities page to find out more.
Cottages are available year round. Hotel-style accommodation is available from March until November, when our dining room is open
Mount Washington Alpine Resort
Mount Washington Alpine Resort boasts an incredible view of the Pacific Ocean, Vancouver Island and the Coast Mountain Range. Add to this an incredibly high annual snowfall (11m/36ft), excellent powder conditions and surprisingly mild winter temperatures (-2°C/28°F), and a winter activity mecca is inevitable. Choose from downhill skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing. However, summer also thrives with alpine hiking, mile-high chairlift rides and mountain biking. On mountain accommodation, dining and shopping is also available.
Comox Valley Inn & Suites
The Original Tofino Surf Shop. Family Owned & Operated for 30 Years. Sales Rental Lessons. Fun for Everyone!
The Inn On Long Lake is your lakeside resort in the heart of North Nanaimo. All rooms feature lakeview patio or balconies, microwave, mini fridge, and coffeemaker. Complimentary enhanced Continental breakfast included. Free high speed wireless and parking. Pedal boat and kayak rentals in-season.
Add a sense of historic romance to your stay by choosing one of our unique, heritage, bed and breakfast inns where personal touches and extra attention to detail match the magical ambiance of your accommodations.
Best Western Plus The Westerly Hotel & Convention Centre
Courtenay’s only full-service hotel with convenient acces to downtown shopping, restaurants and attractions. Easy access to Mt. Washington Ski Resort, Strathcona Provincial Park and first class golfing. Our property features 140 guest rooms and suites, inclusive of our new 36-room Mountainside Living. We offer complimentary full hot buffet breakfast, wireless internet, local phone calls and parking. We have three on-site Food & beverage outlets including a pool lounge, pub & breakfast room. Additional hotel facilities include a heated indoor pool, hot tub, sauna, fitness facility, ski & bike storage, guest coin laundry, games room and sports team locker rooms.
Anco Motel (1998) Ltd.
The Anco Motel is a well established locally owned and operated company that has been in business for more than 10 years. We started out as a small property and in 2004 added 37 rooms by constructing a new build on the back of our building. This better than doubled our property’s size allowing us to accommodate a wider variety of clientele.
Our property is very clean, offers great customer service, has an outdoor, (heated) seasonal pool and we are conveniently located in the center of town. We are within walking distance of numerous parks, restaurants and shopping. We also offer team/group amenities such as meeting space and an equipment storage room. It has been our endeavor to provide high quality at very competent prices.
The front wing (Standard rooms) of the Motel faces the main thoroughfare of Courtenay off Cliffe Ave; with all rooms and suites overlooking the pool area. This wing consists of 29 Motel rooms (6 rooms are smoking rooms). These rooms are all equipped with a mini-fridge, color TV, telephone, wireless internet access and coffee maker with supplies. There are also 8 self catering kitchenettes; equipped with a 2 burner electric stove, mini-fridge and stainless steel sink units, microwaves, pots, pans, utensils and dishes.
The back wing (Deluxe rooms) consists of an additional 37 rooms. This wing faces 19th St. & England Ave. and is in a quiet, peaceful setting. These rooms are all equipped with a mini-fridge, microwave, color TV, telephone, wireless and hardwire internet access and coffee maker with supplies. There are also 13 self catering kitchenettes; equipped with a 2 burner electric stove, mini-fridge and stainless steel sink units, microwaves, pots, pans, utensils and dishes. This wing also has 2 ground floor wheelchair accessible rooms and 24 rooms with air-conditioning.
***Ask us about our group rates available when 5 or more rooms booked***
Jamie’s Rainforest Inn
Jamie’s Rainforest Inn sits on 4 acres of old growth rainforest, with trails to private waterfront bird sanctuary on Tofino Inlet. Short drive to town and only 10-minute walk to Chesterman Beach. Restaurant and lounge serving breakfast, lunch
The Cona Hostel
The Cona Hostel, aptly named with Strathcona Park outside its back door, is situated in the beautiful Comox Valley on Vancouver Island. We certainly have no shortage of activities for travelers to enjoy here and we, at the Cona, endeavour to help make your stay full of fun and excitement. Take a look at our photo gallery for a small taste. You’ll find us at the bottom of trendy main street Courtenay in a newly renovated heritage building with great views overlooking the Courtenay River and Lewis Park.
Old House Village Hotel & Spa
Considered one of the best Courtenay hotels – the Old House Village Hotel & Spa is a 79 room West Coast inspired boutique hotel committed to offering its guests great value. Located in the heart of Comox Valley, British Columbia and only blocks from downtown Courtenay, its river front location is just a three hour drive from Victoria and 15 minutes from the Comox Airport. The hotel features spacious studio, one and two bedroom suites designed with comfort in mind. Rooms include: a petite or full kitchen, a fireplace, soaker tub, TV(s), DVD player and free wireless internet. Guests can also enjoy the hotel’s barbeque terrace, lush grounds, year-round outdoor heated pool, fitness room, infrared sauna, indoor and outdoor hot tubs, walks along the Riverway Trail, pampering treatments at its full service Oh Spa.
This Courtenay hotel’s riverside location is just blocks from Courtenay’s charming main street with its shops, restaurants and area businesses. Within a short drive of the Old House Village Hotel is the Comox International Airport, beaches, hiking, golfing, mountain biking and in the winter, skiing at Mount Washington Resort. The city of Courtenay, BC is centrally located in the Comox Valley on the east coast of Vancouver Island, and provides easy access to all travelers by car, coach, air, and sea. By car it is only 3 hours north of Victoria, 1 hour north of Nanaimo or 45 minutes south of Campbell River, and as little as 30 minutes from Vancouver by float plane.
Old House Village Hotel features 79 spacious suites. All rooms feature a fireplace and a petite or full kitchen.
Deluxe Studio – Two Double Beds or one King
Spacious and bright, the hotel’s Deluxe Studios feature two double beds or one king, fireplace, flat screen TV and DVD player, cozy armchair, kitchenette, and bathroom with separate tub and shower. Riverview rooms available. Average size 450 sq ft.
One Bedroom Suite
Your home away from home, the hotel’s one bedroom suites are beautifully appointed and luxurious with a separate living room with queen size sofa bed, fireplace, flat screen TV with DVD player and a balcony or patio with garden or river views. A fully equipped gourmet kitchen features full size modern appliances and dining room table for four. The bedroom provides the comfort of a California king bed with luxurious linens as well as a TV, and an adjoining three piece bathroom with soaker tub, thick towels and plush chenille robes. In-suite laundry in select units. 550 + sq ft.
Two Bedroom Suite
With soothing riverside views overlooking the outdoor pool and lush gardens the hotel’s two bedroom suites feature a separate living room with queen size sofa bed, fireplace, flat screen television with DVD player, balcony and a fully equipped gourmet kitchen with full sized modern appliances and dining room table for four. Each bedroom features a king bed with luxurious linens, flat screen TV, and an adjoining three piece bathroom equipped with thick towels and plush chenille robes. 900 sq ft.
Penthouse Loft Suite
Often referred to as the honeymoon or hospitality suite this two level hotel suite has everything. On the main floor a gourmet kitchen, entertainment bar, dining room table for six, fireplace, 50” flat screen television, queen size sofa bed, two piece bathroom, washer & dryer, and a full walk-out deck with garden and fountain views. Upstairs, the loft bedroom is a relaxing oasis with a California king bed, fireplace, flat screen TV with DVD player, two-person jetted tub and spacious bathroom with his and her sinks and double multi-headed shower. 800 sq ft
Crown Isle Resort & Golf Community
Crown Isle Resort and Golf Community located in the heart of the Comox Valley, Vancouver Island, British Columbia. Full Resort including 2 restaurants, 90 Guest Rooms, Car Museum, Pro Shop, Conference facilities and of course our Master Planned golf course. Come for a tee time, stay for a lifetime.
Don’t miss a visit to one of the most spectacular outdoor destinations on Vancouver Island. Ranked #1 Attraction by TripAdvisor, this unique park offers something for everyone, both above and BELOW ground. Open YEAR ROUND, park visitors can check out Canada’s only Cave Theatre, hike the Fossil Trail, explore the marble caverns, or learn how to rock rappel.
The easiest and most popular caving experience is the 90 min. Family Cavern Tour. This guided family-oriented tour leaves every hour 10am – 5pm in summer months and visits the crystal-filled Riverbend Cave without any crawling or vertical climbing. Great for kids age 5 and older.
For those looking for more adventure, try the 3hr. Ice Age Spelunking Tour which adds some extra caves that feature easy climbing and rock scrambling along with an underground slide!
For maximum thrills, the 4hr. And 5 hr. Extreme Tours are your best bet. The 4hr. High Adventure Expedition is a great introduction to vertical roped caving – no previous experience necessary. Short crawls and roped climbing leads you to a unique crystal formation over 4 storeys tall! The 5hr. Extreme Rappel Tour adds a wild rappel down a seven-storey waterfall UNDERGROUND and a look into the China Shop near the end of this amazing cave!
If you’re not familiar with rappelling, you can learn the ropes outdoors same-day on the 2hr. Rock Rappel Clinic. Great for families looking for extra fun. The Extreme Cave experience is much more enjoyable if your first rappel is not done in complete darkness!
If you prefer to guide yourself, the park has two caves open for self-guiding – Lower Cave and Andre’s Annex. These public-access caves are more rugged than the Family Tour and are open for exploring during park hours, 10am – 4pm. To help get you geared up, helmets with mounted lights and maps are available to park visitors.
In winter, visitors can witness the awesome natural forces that created these amazing caverns on the 3hr. Wet & Wild Spelunking Adventure. Climb an underground waterfall, scramble through the ceiling galleries on this thrilling and sometimes wet adventure.
Since the park can get very busy, reservations are highly recommended and can be made online at HORNELAKE.COM or by phone (250) 248-7829. Call or email for more detailed information including departure times and weather conditions.
Horne Lake Caves Provincial Park is located next door to the Horne Lake Regional Park Campground. This campground offers a beautiful beach, lakefront camping and canoe / kayak rentals – all within walking distance to the cave park.