Best Ski Town on Vancouver Island: Courtenay/Comox

Photo courtesy of Ryan Williams


This locale checks off virtually every outdoor activity box that you can think of. On particularly Spring days, you can go sea kayaking or standup paddle boarding in the Straight of Georgia and then drive up to Mount Washington just as the sun’s rays are softening up the deep snowpack. The salmon fishing is world-class, as are the nearby mountain biking trails in Cumberland. About 65,000 people live in the Comox Valley Regional District and there are numerous entrepreneurial opportunities aside from those connected to the new regional hospital. There are direct flights from the local airport to Calgary–which is why your neighbours might be working in Alberta’s resource sector.



Mount Washington Alpine Resort lies in a convergence zone where storms blow in heavy wet snow off the Pacific Ocean and where light dry powder similar to that in the B.C. Interior falls when blizzards move across the Straight of Georgia. In a good year, more than 11 m of snow can blanket the mountain. Indeed, the resort made international headlines in 2017 when so much snow fell in a 72-hour period that homeowners had to be dug out of their cabins and condos. Investing in real estate should be a slam dunk, especially if you already live in Nanaimo or Victoria.


Resort: Located only seconds from the parking lot, this spacious ski in/ski out three-story chalet offers incredible views of Strathcona Park. MLS®437169. $339,000

Town: This 1,200-square-foot, two-bedroom, two-bathroom, condo is located in a hip, modern building in the Comox Valley. MLS®443569. $344,900

Posted in Winter 2018