Travel Options

BY AIR – Commercial and Private Airplane 

planeCourtenay is accessible by commercial aircraft or private plane. Commercial aircraft operate out of the Comox Valley Airport (YQQ) in Comox and small private planes – including seaplanes – are directed to the Courtenay Airpark. Both airstrips are centrally located and easy to get to, offer ample parking and a number of services, including 24-hour taxi service.

Numerous direct flights are available from Vancouver International Airport and Calgary International Airport to the Comox Valley Regional Airport (YQQ) in Comox.

*Small aircraft and floatplanes can land at the Courtenay Airpark in Courtenay.

Chartered floatplane service is also available at the Comox Marina

  • Air Nootka (250) 283-2255
  • Baxter Air 1-800-661-5599
  • Corilair (250) 287-8371
  • Harbour Air Seaplanes 1-800-665-0212
  • Island Air (250) 897-4433
  • Kenmore Air 1-800-543-9595

Once you arrive, there are Car Rental companies and Taxis and Shuttles available.  *MISA BC has dedicated shuttle services available starting Monday evening.

BY LAND – Private Vehicle and Bus

carCentrally located on the east coast of Vancouver Island, the Comox Valley is easily accessible by car from the north or south via Highway 19 (Inland Island Highway) or Highway 19A (the Oceanside Route).

Highway 19, the new inland, four-lane expressway, runs from Nanaimo to Port Hardy with four exits for the Comox Valley area. Take Exit #117 to access the city centers of Comox, Courtenay and Cumberland.

Highway 19A runs from Parksville to Campbell River. It travels through the scenic communities of Parksville, Qualicum Beach, Qualicum Bay, Bowser, Deep Bay, Fanny Bay, Union Bay and Royston. It then takes you along Cliffe Avenue in Courtenay, then north through Merville, Black Creek, Saratoga Beach and Miracle Beach.

From Victoria, Courtenay is a pleasant 2.5 – 3 hour (137 mile or 220 km) drive northward.

From Vancouver, or Whistler, via the BC Ferry, it is approximately 75-minutes (66 mile or 107 km) drive from the Ferry Terminal.

From Nanaimo, it is approximately a 75-minute drive via the scenic Oceanside Route on the old Island Highway (19A), or the Inland Island Highway (19). Highway 19 Exit #117 will lead you directly to the main street of Courtenay.

Relax! And take the bus

A number of bus services provide quick and affordable transportation throughout Vancouver Island.


Greyhound/Island Coach Lines 1-800-661-TRIP (8747)

Island Coachlines 1-800-318-0818

Island Link Express Bus Services Ltd. 1-877- 954-3556

BY SEA – Ferry and Private Boat

FerryBC Ferries can accommodate both vehicular and foot passenger traffic, as well as cargo and freight. There is regular ferry service links the British Columbia Mainland and Washington State to the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island.

Regular ferry service links the British Columbia Mainland to the Comox Valley

BC Ferries 1.888.223.3779, or 1-888-724-52243 for reservations on major routes

Captain of your own ship or sailboat?  Pleasure boaters will find plenty of moorage at Comox Harbour’s 4 marinas – most popular facilities are right in downtown Comox. Comox is the adjacent town to Courtenay. Public docks offer moorage from May to September while private docks offer moorage year round. Facilities include showers, telephones and laundry.

Comox Valley Harbour Authority 250-339-6041

At Conference Shuttle Bus Schedule