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Comox Valley, Vancouver Island, Canada: A new family adventure travel destination

Written By | Dec 15, 2018
Connox Valley, Vancouver Island, Canada, Tracy Ellen Beard

Old House Hotel & Spa — A special place for the entire family.

COMOX VALLEY: Traveling with children or parents can be stressful. It is essential to stay in relaxing and spacious accommodations. Escape to Comox Valley on Vancouver Island, BC, the perfect destination for the entire family to enjoy.

Book a room or two at Old House Hotel & Spa where the suites span 420 to 911 square feet. The family will enjoy easy access to exceptional restaurants, exciting outdoor activities, educational tours, and the hotel’s fabulous spa.

Old House Hotel & Spa is the perfect home away from home.

Locals Restaurant

Titillating Travel

Make the journey to Comox Valley as enjoyable as the stay. Black Ball Ferry Line in conjunction with MV Coho services several ports on the island, originates out of Port Angeles, Washington, and allows for visitors to bring their car to the island.

Commercial flights fly into Vancouver, BC, from all over the world affording access to US citizens, Canadians, and international travelers. From Vancouver, guests can take a ferry, another commercial flight or for the most exciting trip fly to the island on a seaplane with Harbour Air Seaplanes.

This exciting jaunt provides passengers with a bird’s-eye view of several islands and takes less than an hour to arrive in Comox.

Harbour Air Seaplanes

Ample Accommodations

Old House Hotel & Spa is a marvelous place for an overnighter but even better for a lengthier stay. Located in the heart of the Comox Valley in the town of Courtenay, the hotel resides near boutique shopping, restaurants, championship golf courses, and numerous recreational activities. Rooms range from deluxe studios and one- and two-bedroom suites to the penthouse loft.

All rooms come with partial or full gourmet kitchens featuring new appliances and cabinetry, cozy fireplaces, and double or California king beds. Each suite boasts all the standard luxury amenities; bathrobe, hairdryer, ironing board, air conditioning, and Internet.

The whole family will enjoy the heated outdoor pool, hot tub, and stunning historic gardens.

Connox Valley, Vancouver Island, Canada, Tracy Ellen Beard

Old House & Spa pool

Top-Drawer Treatments

Treat yourself and your loved ones to an appointment or two at Ohspa. The spa offers facials, waxing, hydrotherapy, manicures, pedicures, massages and body treatments. My daughter Brittney and I each booked a different body treatment. Brittney thoroughly enjoyed her 75-minute organic clay wrap that detoxified and renewed her skin.

I indulged in the Moor Mud Wrap.

Megan Geisler, my esthetician, did a stellar job. She massaged warm mud all over my skin, gently wrapped me in plastic and covered me with warm towels. She rubbed my face, scalp, and feet, left me to rest for a brief time and then discreetly helped me remove the layers covering me before I showered.

After finishing, my skin felt soft and hydrated.

Connox Valley, Vancouver Island, Canada, Tracy Ellen Beard

Ohspa — the perfect place for rejuvinating treatments.

Remarkable Restaurants
Locals Restaurant:

Owned by Executive Chef Ronald St. Pierre and his wife Tricia, is just steps from the Old House Hotel & Spa. Chef Ronald and his staff prepare delicious local dishes sourced from the area, and they have created a tasty and healthy kids’ menu so everyone can enjoy the dining experience.

The restaurant is open at 11:00 a.m. seven days a week. Brittney and I dine at Locals each time we are on the island. Our favorite dish is the “crab stack,” but Chef Ronald does an excellent job with steak, duck, pasta and other dishes. Save room for dessert but share the dessert sampler. It tastes as fantastic as it looks.

Connox Valley, Vancouver Island, Canada, Tracy Ellen Beard

Dessert sampler at Locals Restaurant.


Owned by Edd and Lisa Moyes, is another incredible place to eat. Savor a cocktail or dine outside on the deck overlooking the Comox Harbor. If it is cold, eat inside by the fire.

There are plenty of delicious meats, pasta, vegetarian or seafood dishes created by Executive Chef Nigel McMeans to choose from.

Connox Valley, Vancouver Island, Canada, Tracy Ellen Beard

Delicious cocktail at the BlackFin.

Winning Wineries

Comox Valley offers activities for everyone in the family. Adults ages 19 and over can imbibe in some local wine tasting. Coastal Black Estate Winery makes tasty wines from grapes and other fruits like blueberries. They also produce delicious apple ciders.

Wander the vineyard or relax on the gorgeous patio at 40 Knots Estate Winery where they create a variety of delectable wines made from both white and red grapes.

Connox Valley, Vancouver Island, Canada, Tracy Ellen Beard

Fabulous wines at 40 Knots Winery.

Active Adventures

The fresh air in Comox Valley beckons visitors to venture outside.

Head over to one of the many parks, trails or beaches in the area. Just outside the hotel is a pathway that leads to the waterfront where lucky adventurers often spy local seals playing in the water. Visit the local farmers’ market, or spend the day viewing spectacular art in the area.

Stop by the Visitor Center and pick up a Central Island Arts Guide that contains the local studio tour map.

Connox Valley, Vancouver Island, Canada, Tracy Ellen Beard

Humpback cruising the island waters.

Discover Comox Valley Wildlife

Those seeking a more exciting adventure should sign up for a half- or full-day excursion with Pacific Pro Dive’s Big Animal Encounters where bears, whales, seals, sea lions, and birds are frequently sighted. Comox Valley Kayaks & Canoes gives visitors the opportunity to expend some energy. Book a kayak, canoe or paddleboard to view the island from a new perspective.

Connox Valley, Vancouver Island, Canada, Tracy Ellen Beard

Black bear scavenging for mussels.

Educational Endeavors

It never hurts to learn something new while on vacation. The Comox Valley is home to several exciting seafood companies. Book a tour of the Fanny Bay Oysters Plant to learn about oyster farming and the variety of uses for their shells. Manatee Holdings Hatchery is a fascinating place to view some unfamiliar seafood species: geoducks, sea cucumbers, scallops, and oysters.

Tour the facility with owner Eric Gant, one of the world’s foremost authorities on geoduck clam aquaculture. He explains the art and science of seafood farming and the world’s responsibility to maintain the health and sustainability of seafood.


Connox Valley, Vancouver Island, Canada, Tracy Ellen Beard

Sea cucumber at Manatee Holdings Hatchery.

Connox Valley, Vancouver Island, Canada, Tracy Ellen Beard

Geoducks at Manatee Holdings Hatchery.

At the end of each day return to the Old House Hotel & Spa. Lounge in the spacious suite, or go for a soak in the hot tub outside. Order in or prepare a meal in the suite’s modern kitchen.

Finally, finish the day by relaxing with a glass of local wine next to the fireplace before turning in for the night.



Lead Image @Tracy Ellen Beard: Old House Hotel & Spa — A special place for the entire family.

When You Go:

Old House Hotel & Spa
730 Riverside Lane,
Courtenay, BC V9N 8C7
Phone: 1-250-703-0202
Toll Free: 1-888-703-0202
Fax: 1-250-703-0209

Harbour Air Ltd. 
4760 Inglis Drive
Richmond, BC
V7B 1W4


Tracy Ellen Beard

Tracy Ellen Beard is a Vancouver, Washington, and Portland, Oregon, based freelance writer and photographer specializing in travel, dining, wine, libations, adventure, non-profits, and alternative medicine. She is an avid outdoorsman who takes pleasure in hiking, skiing, backpacking, and cycling. Tracy shares a unique perspective on the world from both her personal travels and her excursions as the founder of an international children’s nonprofit. She attended culinary school in San Francisco, California, and owned a catering company giving her an authoritative understanding of food. Her seventeen years of writing in various genres strengthen her storytelling. Tracy writes for Upscale Living Magazine, LuxeGetaways Magazine, Wander With Wonder and several other publications. She is a member of the AWAI (American Writers and Artists Inc.) and the ITWPA (International Travel Writers and Photographers Alliance).