Adventures on Land
When you consider that Vancouver Island alone is a whopping 32,261 square kilometres, add to that the hundreds of islands in the region, including the Gulf Islands and the Discovery Islands, what you get is one huge year-round playground. Hiking, cycling, caving, ziplining, and horseback riding are just a few of the ways you can explore the diverse landscapes of the region.
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 in a PDF format that you can print and keep with you for reference, go to www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/conserve/bearsandcougars.pdf.
The Westin Bear Mountain
Just 20 minutes from downtown Victoria you will discover The Westin Bear Mountain Golf Resort & Spa, Victoria. Rugged yet pristine, The Westin Bear Mountain is one of Canada’s finest luxury golf resorts.
As the only resort in Canada to feature 36 holes of Nicklaus Design golf, The Westin Bear Mountain is first and foremost a premiere golf experience. Both the Mountain Course co-designed by Jack Nicklaus and his son Steve and the Valley Course a Nicklaus Design, strike the perfect balance between playability and a truly challenging year-round golf experience for golfers of all skill levels. The Practice Facility complete with range, putting green and CPGA certified golf instructors offering private and/or group lessons will further enhance your golf experience.
Located in the heart of the Bear Mountain Resort village and alongside the lush green fairways of both Nicklaus Design courses is The Westin Bear Mountain Golf Resort & Spa, Victoria – a luxury hotel that welcomes you with a premium level of style, sophistication and elegance. The Westin Bear Mountain features 156 contemporary traditional guest rooms and one-bedroom suites boasting expansive views of the golf course fairways, Mount Finlayson and Mount Baker. All guest rooms and suites feature Westin’s signature Heavenly Beds®, well appointed bathrooms complete with Heavenly Shower®, high speed internet access and balcony with patio chairs and table. Those looking for a home away from home will appreciate the kitchenettes in all traditional guest rooms and full kitchen, dining rooms and separate living area with sofa bed in all suites.
Explore The Westin Bear Mountain’s wine and culinary offerings that include a luxurious wine cellar, Bella Montagna an Italian inspired restaurant with stunning views, and Masters Lounge the perfect destination to relax at the end of your day.
The Wine Cellar is a particular highlight as it features rare and hard to find varietals. Each Friday guests and resort visitors alike can experience the renowned ‘Friday Night Flights’ – swirl and sip on wined paired with a charcuterie platter. Each week our knowledgeable Sommeliers explore reds, whites or sparkling’s whether it’s local, regional or international …never the same and always a journey. The Wine Cellar can also be booked for private dinners and receptions.
Bringing you this unequalled culinary experience is our Executive Chef, Mark Wadsworth. Chef Wadsworth is committed to purchasing local, organic, Fair Trade and sustainable food products and is a proud supporter of the Vancouver Aquariums Ocean Wise program. The culinary team nurtures their own herb garden and manages organic bee hives at the Resort. Chef Wadsworth is proud to lead his culinary team in new and innovative cooking trends while keeping true to the local flavours of the Island.
Bear Mountain Resort offers a variety of activities to be enjoyed year-round. In addition to the programs and classes offered at the Mountainside Athletic Club, there are many hiking trails, landscaped parks and pedestrian walkways surrounding the resort that offer a fabulous chance to get back to nature. If golf is not your game, there’s also tennis and mountain biking.
Our Mountainside Athletic Club has everything from Paramount fitness equipment in both their co-ed and ladies-only gyms to a fitness studio offering yoga, pilates, spinning, bosu and swiss ball programs, as well as step and body sculpting workouts. If relaxation is on your schedule, enjoy the year-round heated outdoor pool, hot tub and sauna with seasonal outdoor pool cabana.
From the moment you arrive, our friendly and knowledgeable resort staff will take care of your every need to create the perfect escape.
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.
91 Room Motel located in Downtown Courtenay next to the Driftwood mail and Rialto Movie Theatre. We offer Pet Friendly Rooms as well as Standard and Kitchenette rooms. All Rooms have Air Conditioning and Free wireless Internet. A Deluxe Continental Breakfast is included in the room rates each morning. We have a Seasonal Outdoor Heated Pool and an area to have a Picnic or Barbeque (Bring your own). Truck, RV and Boat parking available on property.
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***
Comox Valley Inn & Suites
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
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.
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
The Beach Club Resort hotel is located on the site of the historic Island Hall Resort and features the most luxurious hotel rooms in Parksville, on Vancouver Island’s east coast; offering every guest an unparalleled vacation experience. Rated 4 stars by Canadian Star Quality Accommodations, our luxuriously appointed guest rooms feature the finest in comfort and style. Thoughtful details compliment the design of each room to enhance the enjoyment of your stay. With studios, one bedroom and two bedroom suites, The Beach Club Resort offers the ideal accommodation choice to suit your vacation desires.
We take care of all the little details to help make your stay memorable. Amenities of the resort include direct beach access with a stunning waterfront boardwalk, complimentary underground parking and wireless internet, in-room dining service, a fully equipped fitness centre with ocean view, waterfront in-door pool and hot tub, a 24 hour business centre, bell, valet and concierge services. The onsite Pacific Prime Steak and Chop Restaurant, with its famous beachfront patio just off the Parksville Beach Boardwalk, offers stunning ocean views with a menu featuring the finest cuts of meat, locally sourced seafood, unique appetizers and sumptuous desserts. Serving breakfast lunch and dinner there is something to satisfy everyone’s appetite.
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.
Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort & Conference Centre
Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort & Conference Centre is an all-season destination resort offering 192 beautifully appointed log constructed accommodation units set in 22 acres of forest. Tigh-Na-Mara is home to the #1 Spa in Western Canada, The Grotto Spa, featuring signature treatments with a focus on West Coast ingredients. Tigh-Na-Mara Resort has everything you could ask for and more – it’s the Natural Choice year-round for your next get-away.
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.
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.
The Original Tofino Surf Shop. Family Owned & Operated for 30 Years. Sales Rental Lessons. Fun for Everyone!