Join us for a walk!

Comox Valley Newcomers Club has several walking groups. They give you a chance to exercise while getting to know other members. It is a great way to discover the amazing variety of walks in the Comox Valley.

Prospective members are welcome to attend either the Monday or Friday walks up to three times before joining. The schedule is below. Other walks are for members only.

To Participate:

  • Members: No advance sign-up required!  Just look at the following route schedule and show up!  Please read the Outdoor Physical Activity Events Safety Plan before attending.  Find the Convener’s contact information under the Member Area/Activities/Walks.
  • Non-Members: Not a member yet?  If you are new to the Valley in the last two years and thinking about joining the Newcomers Club, you are welcome to attend a walk up to three times before committing.  If you have questions, please contact us.
    Before you attend:
    • Complete and sign the Waiver Agreement and have it witnessed.  Bring it with you to the walk. 

Walk Routes:
The Route Summaries can be found after the Monday or Friday walks introductions. Please read them to ensure the route is suitable for you. These routes were selected to provide members with:

  • space for social distancing
  • green or beach space for outside coffee circles
  • parking for 20+ cars
  • washroom/portable toilet facilities

Monday Walk and Talk

Kick off the Week! Looking for a later start? Monday morning walks start at 9:45 AM and last for about an hour. We explore various routes through Courtenay and Comox, introducing you to new neighbourhoods and sights.
Enjoy the company of other members and socialize en route. Join us for coffee after the walk.

Conveners:
(Members, please login to find the conveners’ contact info in the Directory)

  • Gemma Connolly

Monday Walks Schedule and Route Summaries

July 26, 2021 – Comox Golf Course
Route: Approximately 60 mins. Meet at Anderton Park parking lot located at Stewart Street and Balmoral Avenue, in Comox. We will walk along the outside boundaries of the Comox Golf Course. This route goes along Stewart Street, to Robb Avenue, to Church Street. Church Street down to Comox Ave.
Amenities: Washrooms available at Anderton Park. Coffee circle in Anderton Park, weather dependent.

Aug. 2, 2021 – Holiday – No walk,

Aug. 9, 2021 – Brooklyn Creek Greenway, Comox
Route: Meet at Anderton Park parking lot located at Stewart Street and Balmoral Avenue, in Comox. We will walk to Brooklyn Creek Greenway through the woods north to Dogwood Avenue, to Pritchard, and back to Anderton Park.
Amenities: Washrooms available at Anderton Park. Coffee circle in Anderton Park, weather dependent.

August 16- Courtenay Air Park
Route: Meet at 9:45 at Courtenay Airpark on Mansfield Drive, in front of airport and access from the Whistle Stop Pub. Beautiful flat waterfront trail. Route will take approximately 60 minutes.
Amenities: Washrooms available at trail head. Coffee circle outside – weather dependent.

August 23- Royston Seaside Trail
Route: Approximately 60 minutes. We will meet at 9:45 at the Hilton Road Parking Lot. Location of trail is also available at the following link: https://www.comoxvalleyrd.ca/sites/default/files/uploads/parks/p_royston_seaside_trail_final_7.pdf
Walk along waterfront trail and view the shipwrecks.
Amenities: Portable toilets available at trail head. Coffee circle outside and weather dependent.

Aug. 30th – Rotary Trail and Tin Town
Route: Meet at 9:45 Courtenay Train Station, Cumberland Road, near McPhee Avenue, Courtenay. Approximately 60 minutes. Coffee optional at Tin Town Cafe, 2456 Rosewall Crescent, Courtenay halfway into the walk.
Amenities: Washrooms available at Tin Town Cafe.

Sept. 6th – Labour Day – Holiday – no walk

Sept. 13th- Point Holmes/Cape Lazo
Route: Meet at 9:45 at Point Holmes parking area. Route will take approx. 60 minutes Walk will be partially on beach and along rural roads across from Point Holmes. Enjoy the beautiful mountain and ocean views.
Amenities: Washrooms available at trail head. Coffee circle on beach.

Sept. 20 – Idiens Greenway
Route: Meet at 9:45 at Quality Foods parking lot, 2275 Guthrie Road, Comox
Approximately 60 minutes. Walk through the various neighbourhoods and trail connections along Idiens Greenway.
Amenities: Washrooms available at Quality Foods, 2nd floor. Coffee optional and also available at Quality Foods, second floor.

Sept. 27th – Comox Town Walk
Route: Meet at 9:45 at St. Joseph’s hospital parking lot, near corner of Rodello Street and Comox Avenue. Walk approx. 60 minutes around ocean front properties, and waterfront. Coffee optional outside at Milano’s.
Amenities: No public washroom available. Washroom available at Milano’s.

Oct. 4th – Comox Air Force Base
Route: Approximately 60 mins. Meet at 9:45 at Canex parking lot, located at 1625 Military Row, Lazo, B.C. We will walk through woods and obstacle course circling Wallace Gardens.
Amenities: Public washrooms available at Canex mall. Coffee circle outside in park by parking lot.

Oct. 11th – Thanksgiving Day – Holiday, no walk
Oct. 18th – vacation – no walk
Oct. 25th – vacation – no walk

Nov. 1st- Goose Spit Park
Route: Meet at 9:45 at Goose Spit Park, which is located at 10 Hawkins Road. Link to Park Map: https://www.comoxvalleyrd.ca/sites/default/files/docs/About/5-cvrd_goose_spit_location.pdf
Walk will include a steep climb up the stairs at Goose Spit stairs and a circle back along the residential streets along the bluffs of Goose Spit.
Amenities: There are washrooms available along parking area. Coffee circle on Goose Spit weather permitting.

Friday Rise & Shine Walks

Friday morning walks start at 9 AM and last for about an hour. We explore a variety of routes through Courtenay and Comox and beyond!  This will give you an introduction to local neighbourhoods, parks, and beaches while you enjoy the company of Newcomers members. After the walk, continue your conversations during our post-walk social time. 

Conveners:
(Members, please login to find the conveners’ contact info in the Directory)

  • Marilynne Box
  • Debra Bunston
  • Nina Sato

Friday Walks Schedule and Route Summaries

July 23, 2021 – Cumberland China Bowls – 9 AM
Route:  Approximately 70 minutes.  Meet at the Recreation Centre Parking lot, 2665 Dunsmuir Ave, Cumberland.  Persevere on the long uphill trek up a logging road until we approach Perseverance Creek 😉.  Here, we’ll take a few minutes to explore the creek and the China Bowls (China Potholes).  Some may find inbound route a little challenging, but you are rewarded by an easy downhill out.  Some loose gravel – wear suitable footwear. 
Amenities:  Parking lot. Flush toilets and green space for coffee circles in #6 Mine Park (accessible from back end of parking lot).

July 30 – Air Base Fitness Trail – 9 AM
Route: Approximately 60 minutes. Meet at the Canex/Post Office parking lot at 1625 Military Row. We will follow the fitness trail loop. (Climbing the wooden poles is optional!) Wear proper footwear for muddy trails and tree roots.
Amenities: Ample parking, washroom and a Tim Hortons Express in the Canex building. Coffee circles in and around the edges of the parking area.

August 6 – Point Holmes, low tide day – 9 AM
Route: Approximately 60 minutes. Meet by the boat launch on Lazo Rd near Southwind Dr. Note: this section of Lazo Rd. is now 30 KM. This will be a low tide day allowing for some beach walking (small pebbles and rocks), as well as the ocean side foot trail and quiet streets.
Amenities: Adequate parking and portable toilet. Social circles on the beach or the one covered picnic area.

August 13 – Courtenay Air Park and Millard Creek Trail – 9 AM
Route: Approximately 60 minutes. Park in the lot of Mansfield Dr (behind Bayside Cafe), turn off Cliffe Ave by Sunwest RV Centre at 2800 Cliffe. Route will be a combination of flat, paved and dirt trails and include the new trail extension south of Millard Rd. Boardwalks may be slippery on wet days.
Amenities: Parking lot, portable toilet, green space for coffee circles.

August 20 – Kye Bay – 9 AM
Route: Approximately 60 minutes. At Kye Bay, park in the lot at the bottom of the hill by the Elks and Royal Purple Park, or along Windslow Rd across from the public washroom. This will be a low tide day. We will walk along the beach and sand towards Air Force Beach and back. Expect some rocks and a lot of sand.
Amenities:  Ample parking, flush toilets at Kye Bay and a portable toilet at Airforce Beach. Shady park area for coffee circles. 

August 27 – Filberg Park, Macdonald Woods and area – 9 AM
Route: Approximately 60 minutes. Park on Filberg Rd in Comox. The walk will go through parks, streets and trails in the area ending at beautiful Filberg Park for the coffee circles.
Amenities: Ample parking on the street, flush toilets and shaded green space for coffee circles. The Filberg Summer Kitchen opens at 11 am.

September 3 – Cool Cumberland – 9 AM
Route: Approximately 60 minutes. Meet at the small municipal park on the south side of Dunsmuir between 3rd and 4th St (beside the Wandering Moose Cafe). Expect quaint streets, trails and local history.
Amenities: Sweet little park with a portable toilet and ample room for coffee circles. Bring your own coffee or treat yourself to a Wandering Moose creation! Visit the bakery before you leave town.