June & July 2015
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Festivals & Events

From Sea to Plate

Upcoming BC Shellfish & Seafood Festival aims to educate locals and visitors about the ocean’s bounty

“It’s not going to taste like anything else you can drink, and it doesn’t have so much aggressive personality that it fights everything you put it with,” says Dave Brimacombe of Wayward Distillation House’s Unruly Vodka, adding that the best way to enjoy their craft vodka is neat and at room temperature.  Photo by Boomer Jerritt

Food and Dining

An Unruly Spirit

Courtenay Distillery’s high standards pay off with their award-winning craft spirits

Hook’s most popular product is Healing Bliss Rescue Salve.   “It took six years of playing around to get just the right blend of herbs and just the right consistency,” says Hook. “It is designed to heal all seven levels of skin.”  Photo by Boomer Jerritt

Local Business

A Natural Approach

Healing Bliss Botanicals offers a healthy alternative with their herbal body, bath and pet products

“Collaboration is good for farmers. It’s my philosophy that we never need to compete at all.  Everyone needs to eat so the demand for our products is always there,” says Moss Dance (seated), with fellow Merville Organics members, from left: Arzeena Hamir, Russell Heitzmann, Robin Sturley, Kira Kotilla and Neil Turner. Photo by Boomer Jerritt


Cooperative Farming

Young farmers help preserve the future of farming in the Comox Valley

Back Country Horsemen members Rick Phye and his wife, Audrey Phye-McKenzie, hit the local trails with their dogs Tippy and Buck.  The local chapter of the BCHBC works closely with the Comox Valley Regional District on everything from building bridges, to decisions about the best footing for trail surfaces, horse trailer parking, signage, safety, trail hazards and more.  Photo by Boomer Jerritt


Island Trail Blazers

Back Country Horsemen work near and far to ensure future access to trails

The Comox Valley is home to some up and coming young boarders, including Shay Sandiford, who has won competitions up and down Vancouver Island.  Here Sandiford practices a kick flip at the Isfeld Skatepark.  Photo by Boomer Jerritt


Riding to New Heights

Local skateboard parks offer a concrete landscape of self expression

“I believe everything has a spirit, especially wood, and I find the better treated the wood is before it comes into my hands, the more magic the wood is willing to share,” says Andy Smith with some of his decorative pieces.  Photo by Boomer Jerritt

Local Business

Building a Dream

Local man follows his vision and winds up creating a successful and sustainable career

Visit the Comox Valley Farmer's Market for the best in fresh produce and so much more!

Recipe File

Fresh from Land and Sea

A collection of recipes that highlight the best of the season

Each weekend folks look forward to the Farmers market to buy and experience fresh food from the Comox Valley.  Courtenay, The Comox Valley, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada.

Around Town Calendar

Community Calendar

A look at what is happening in the Comox Valley this summer!

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