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Fly, Stay and Play in Comox

Comox is Just a Quick Flight Away

I am so very fond of traveling to Vancouver Island and do so at least several times a year. One of my favourite reasons to go is always the BC Shellfish Festival and I am looking very forward to it again this year. Last year I flew over for a day for quick visit as well, and managed to get in a whale watching tour, dinner at Locals an overnight and even a tasting and tour at Shelter Point Distillery. With Harbour Air you are there in less than an hour, so I may just have to repeat this this season!

Harbour Air

Easy peasy to jump on Harbour Air from Coal Harbour and it’s a gorgeous journey even on a cloudy day.

The Old House Hotel and Spa

We were picked up and transported to the Old House Hotel & Spa provided by Ambassador Shuttle Service. The hotel offers roomy accommodations with kitchens, fireplaces, soaker tubs and has Oh Spa on the property, as well as an outdoor heated pool, hot tub and lush historic gardens, all at a reasonable price.

After a quick freshen up we wandered over to Locals Restaurant, right on the property where Chef Ronald Pierre prepares uber local foods from Vancouver Island producers. Love the local Tannadice Farms pork and super fresh seafood here.

That next day we headed out on the Big Animal Encounter Tour with Pacific Pro Dive & Marine Adventures  and cruised the waters in search of marine animals in Desolation Sound. We immediately saw whales and then stopped for a BBQ and cruised the day away in style, running into several more whales, seals and wildlife; truly a special adventure.

Heading back to shore we were just in time for the Happy Hour Tour and Tasting at Shelter Point Distillery. Shelter Point Distillery, is the second single malt distillery in Canada and one of only a handful of distilleries that grow their own barley and distill on the same site. We ripped out into the fields and did a tasting outside.

Shelter Point Distillery

I even had to pick up a bottle for Michael before we headed back to the float plan and back home to Vancouver.

Don’t miss this year’s BC Shellfish Festival…..

Locals Restaurant Courteney

Old HouseChef Ronald St. Pierre and partner Tricia have recently moved Locals Restaurant into THE OLD HOUSE, a Comox Valley heritage building constructed as residence in 1938 in and turned into a restaurant in the 1970’s.  Set amongst gardens beside the Courtenay River and with a gorgeous sunny patio as a bonus, this home is the perfect setting for a restaurant that devotes itself to high quality locally sourced food. St. Pierre sets the bar for Comox Valley food culture with his seasonal menus and a wine list including both local wineries and old and new world favourites, along with craft beers and cocktails.

Service here is top notch as Tricia St. Pierre runs the front of house and the servers keep things professional while not being overly formal.  They know the ingredients and menu inside out and can easily guide you with beverage pairings.


Locals Clams and Mussels

We stopped in recently for lunch and had an amazing fresh Albacore tuna Loin Tataki served rare with a veggie sushi roll and roasted cashew coriander pesto and I’ve also slurped back some delightful Cortes Island Clam on another visit.


The Halibut Salad is served on seasonal greens with Little Qualicum Cheeseworks Blue Claire and leek fondue and an apple cider vinaigrette; a perfectly cooked piece of fish atop fresh greens.


The sliders are another fun share plate, they’re a Cheeseburger Trio of ground beef  served on brioche with Qualicum Cheeseworks Raclette cheese, Blue Claire cheese and Okanagan pure goat cheese.  Rather hard to decide which was best, but I think the Blue Claire trumped its cheese sisters.

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1760 Riverside Lane
Courtenay  BC