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Discover Comox at the BC Shellfish Festival

Where’s your happy place? I always feel like I’m in a pretty damn happy place when I’m on Vancouver Island. While I love the Mainland, road trips to the Island feel like a true escape and I can actually sense the pace of my thoughts slowing down. Whether I’m roaming the streets of Victoria, the hills of the Cowichan Valley, the beaches of Qualicum or Tofino or biking through the Comox countryside, there’s most likely a big grin on my face. So, when Honda asked followers on twitter to name a happy place and enter to win $1,000 towards a trip to it, I tweeted just that and WOO HOO!!! I actually won the contest!


With my new found winnings in hand, and also, very conveniently a 2015 Honda Fit (review here) to drive, I boarded BC Ferries from Horseshoe Bay over to Nanaimo and then drove up to The Comox Valley for their annual BC Shellfish Festival! Check the BC Ferries website for fall specials and accommodation and travel packages! Lots of deals on.

The festival includes a full week and more of events, everything from oyster farm tours, to wine and shellfish dinners and champagne seafood brunch.

I checked into the Old House Village Hotel in Courtney and got ready for the evenings adventures. Super great spot with roomy rooms and en-suite laundry and kitchens should you need to stay a while.

First up was the Prime Chophouse Wine Bar‘s 40 Knots Winery and Seafood Dinner. Starting with some Comox Valley Hollie Wood oysters and 40 Knots Winery Spindrift Brut we sampled dishes showcasing the best of the region along with the estate wines from this very local winery.  I wrote more about 40 Knots in BC Wine Trails Magazine here.

The following day we hit the ocean to check out a Deep Water Oyster Farm Tour onboard Comox Harbour Charters. Cruising throught the Baynes Sound we ventured over to the shores of Denman Island to visit Hollie Wood Oysters oyster growing site. We sample oysters from the farm and then enjoyed there clams and oysters cooked right onboard. All washed down with an oyster stout made by Victoria’s Spinnakers Brewery and these same oysters, so perfect!

BC Shellfish Festival Salmon

The highlight of the festival, every year (I’ve been to two others) is the Gala Dinner held among the gardens of Filberg Park and Lodge, overlooking Comox Harbour and the Beaufort Mountain Range. Starting with oyster raw bars with a variety of oysters from different regions of the BC coast, the reception is then followed by six courses, each plate designed by a different chef along with a selection of BC wines.

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BC Shellfish Festival

The list of 2015 Featured Chefs included: James Walt, from Araxi, Whistler, Mariana Gabilondo, from Gowlland Harbour Resort, Quadra Island, Gabriel Fayerman-Hansen from Brentwood Bay Resort & Spa, Brentwood Bay, Nicholas Nutting, from Wolf in the Fog, Tofino, Trevor Bird, from Fable, Vancouver and Greg MacDonald, from The Waverley Hotel, Cumberland. Chef Aaron Rail, of The White Whale in Courtenay coordinated this feast and the chefs all banded together to assist in each others courses.

The setting, food and wines makes for a truly magical evening.

Saturday’s Comox by the Sea Celebration at Filberg  Park is all about roaming the park and sampling shellfish and seafood tastings prepared by chefs and seafood producers. And there’s a beer and wine garden and chowder competition to round things out.

Next year’s Shellfish Festival will be June 10-19, 2016 and I’ll certainly be posting about it well in advance, and, with any luck, will be there again.

The 2015 Honda Fit – It’s a Fit for me!

I’ve been testing out cars again, and I don’t think I’ll stop, even if I have found one that I love! I have to say this Honda Fit’s colour was really what I was initially and fully excited about. This particular ride is bright YELLOW, although, of course, it comes in less prominent colours, but why would you not want to be able to find you car so easily in the lot? And there’s a lot more going on in this subcompact ride than just the colour.

Comox Shellfish Festival

I took this vehicle over to Vancouver Island, so got some good highway rides in, plus scouted in and out of parking spots and did some city driving. This is me driving a boat, not the car; that dashboard is far more modern. As I was solo on the trip it would have been unsafe to get a picture of me driving the car!

There’s a lot of new features in the 2015, and I was surprised at the amount of power in this model; it’s now got a 1.5-litre engine with 130 horsepower and 114 pound feet of torque, and still has that great fuel economy the fit is known for. The interior is far from sparse and feels quite luxurious with larger seats and more leg room. It’s looks and feels sporty , and is super fun to drive with a nice smooth and now even quicker acceleration. The 2015 Honda Fit is available in six colours, including my very vibrant option.   The Blue backlit instrument dials are stylish and functional and the Display Audio touchscreen interface and available leather seating  increase the premium feel of this new Fit.

Also of note is the Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink®,   Smart Entry Push Button Start, a one-touch operated moonroof, 7-inch touchscreen Display Audio with next-generation HondaLink, heated front seats, and leather seats if you choose these upgrades.

The car is super safe with traction control, side curtain airbags and the highest available crash-safety ratings, which thankfully I did not have to test.  The 2015 Honda Fit – It’s a Fit for me! Sad to return this one.

Pricing: MSRP, + $1995 freight & pdi

Model Trim MT AT/CVT
Fit DX $14,495
LX $17,295 $18,595
EX $19,195 $20,495
EX-L Navi $21,295 $22,595

Disclaimer: The vehicle was loaned to me by Honda, but unfortunately I didn’t get to keep it!