Below is an article by Crai S. Bowser that I wanted to share with those of you that are thinking about moving to the Comox Valley. You can find more articles about secret hot spots at http://www.aaajourney.com/

 

Destination of the Month


new, notable or just plain cool travel destinations and/or off-the-beaten-path locations

 

Comox Valley, B.C.

There are many gold veins in the Northwest, not just of the Klondike variety but amazing locales that receive the “hush-hush” treatment from visitors, as in “we’ve staked our bliss here, so please don’t write about it.” Fortunately (I guess), a travel writer’s duty is to trumpet such places. So welcome to the Comox Valley, B.C., epicenter of soft adventure with 50-miles of mountain bike trails, an outstanding ski resort and one of the best cross-country ski centers on the continent.

 

I expected outstanding outdoor experiences here, site of 14 national team-training centers before and during the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, but I was equally impressed when I stepped into Atlas Café in downtown Courtenay. Sourced so locally the owners feel there’s no need to boast—items including “Togarish Tuna Salad,” seared albacore with buckwheat soba noodles, get right to the point. The simple room buzzed with culinary miners on a Thursday.

 

Before dinner, I’d cruised around the mountain bike trails surrounding funky Cumberland with Island Mountain Rides’ owner, Martin Ready. Home to the annual BC Bike Race, the trails satisfy every level, from serious downhill on the ‘Forbidden Plateau’ to miles of intermediate cross country terrain through the Cumberland Community Forest.

 

The varied terrain at Mount Washington Alpine Resort also entices. Mount Washington receives heaps of unusually dry snow, possesses exciting glade terrain, especially in the “Outback,” and is one of those local’s hills that could go huge if the community so desired, a shiny nugget of truth about the entire Comox Valley.

 

Story by Crai S. Bower

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