Island Air - Float Plane Vacations

Comox Valley

The Outdoor Adventure Capital of Canada for the fifth year in a row.

Condé Nast Traveler magazine readers ranked Vancouver Island as Top North American Island, due to the unsurpassed outdoor experiences and environmental diversity it offers.

The special mix of favorable exchange rates, stable political climate, world-class amenities and easy access from anywhere in North America provide a very special vacation experience.

Island Air operates out of Courtenay, in the Comox Valley, on Vancouver Island, BC. Vancouver Island lies just a short flight or a 1 1/2-hr ferry ride across the Georgia Strait from the city of Vancouver, off the West Coast of BC.

Due to our mild climate [warm summers and mild winters], the Comox Valley is one of the most popular recreational destinations in the world appealing to those interested in wilderness, wildlife, spectacular scenery and outdoor pursuits.

Unlimited Recreational Activities.
The Comox Valley is an outdoor recreation destination. World-class golf courses, ski resorts, miles of beaches, huge parks, hundreds of miles of hiking trails, mountains and lakes, all within an hour or two of our community.

Comox Valley is one of the few places in the world where you can golf in the morning, ski in the afternoon and go canoeing in the evening.

Mount Washington Alpine Resort is a year-round destination for hiking, mountain biking, downhill and cross-country skiing and snowboarding. This is also one of the best places in the world for fishing as well as scuba diving due to the crystal-clear waters and rich, abundant sea life in the area.

On the mountain, numerous festivals, retreats and events of interest can keep you busy during the summer months.

Mount Washington edges onto Strathcona Provincial Park, a huge wilderness area of over 250,000 hectares in central Vancouver Island, with many trails suitable for day and overnight hiking trips. Rent a kayak at Comox Valley Kayaks and cruise the Courtenay River Estuary to view waterfowl or paddle to Tree Island bird sanctuary.

Walk along the Courtenay Riverway and have lunch at the Old House Restaurant.

View seals and eagles while walking the trails in Seal Bay Nature Park. Local wildlife is plentiful - including bald eagles, swans, bears, deer - you name it!

Visit the Joachim Ruhstein Wildlife Images web site for spectacular Vancouver Island wildlife photography.

Culture
The Comox Valley boasts a rich and varied assortment of cultural events. You will love the Farmer's Market every Saturday morning from Spring until Christmas, where you can buy all manner of local farm products, from organic produce to award-winning local cheeses, organic teas and handmade soaps while enjoying music from the bandstand.

The Filberg Lodge & Park hosts the Filberg Festival, a 4-day event featuring entertainment, food, and world-renowned artisans offering their work for sale, during the last weekend of July each summer.

Comox Nautical Days are held each year on the BC Day Long Weekend - the first weekend in August. Highlights include a parade, a festival in Marina Park, and even a Build, Bail & Sail contest.

Comox Valley Has it All.
With numerous hotels, motels, B&B's, guesthouses and campgrounds. Choose from forest, beachfront, wilderness or handy downtown locations.

Internet Cafes, pubs and restaurants abound. Offerings vary from sushi to gyros, Thai, and Mexican. Movie Theatres, art galleries, library, public wharves, spas, and specialty shopping abound.

The recently-finished Comox Valley International Airport has direct flights to and from Vancouver, Calgary, and Campbell River.

For more information on the Comox Valley, visit the Comox Valley Tourism web site.

Travel Vancouver Island
Cape Scott, only a few hours drive away on the northern tip of Vancouver Island, offers a unique camping and hiking experience.

The West Coast Trail, in the southwest region of Vancouver Island, is a 77-km west coast rainforest adventure for experienced hikers. Farther North, go whale watching.

From Victoria, on the southern tip of Vancouver Island, to the Gulf Islands, Coombs, Tofino, and Sointula, Vancouver Island has it all. Plan to stay awhile. We can help you plan your extended holiday on Vancouver Island.

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