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Searching for a home in Comox Valley?

By Guest Author | June 18, 2015

If you're looking for a rural are to call home, Comox Bay in British Columbia, Canada, is just the ticket for you. There are numerous villages in the area that can offer you the quiet, laid back lifestyle you so desire. You will find quaint villages like Royston and Cumberland, along with picturesque hamlets such as Black Creek, Merville, Bowser, Fanny Bay, and Union Bay that each offer a relaxing, rural way of life.


Cumberland, BC, was originally a coal mining district and home to the largest Chinese population in the county. In 1966, the coal industry declined but that didn't harm the village, which grew into a community that offers families a rural and quiet retreat they can call home. Today, the village is home to around 3,000 people. A few of the great outings families enjoy are trips to Comox Lake, which is only two miles west, and the Mount Washington ski resort which is only 19 miles away. The village itself is located in the foothills of Beaufort Mountain Range, so residents can truly enjoy all that nature as to offer.

Royston village enjoys a spectacular seaside setting, and is home to around 1,200 people. The village is just across the bay from Comox. You cannot miss the sign on the waterfront stating, “The Ghost Ships of Royston.” During a 25 year period that began in 1936, 14 ships were sunk to create breakwaters for logging operations in the area. Today, these ships are protected under the Heritage Conservation Act.

The small hamlet of Union Bay is located directly opposite Denman Island at the north end, in close proximity to the Sandy Island Marine Provincial Park. Despite this advantageous location, Union Bay retains that quiet community feel with a population of only 1,200 people.

Fanny Bay is an even smaller seaside hamlet with only 800 people calling the area home. It can be found across the strait that separates Denman Island from Vancouver Island. The hamlet is best known for its delicious oysters.

Just south of Fanny Bay, you'll find Mud Bay, a tidal bay that's home to 125 people.
Other nearby hamelts include Saratogo Beach, Black Creek, and Merville, which are close to farmland and agricultural land reserve areas. All of these hamlets are small in comparison to large cities, but of course they are spread out across a wide area due to the farms.

Anyone looking for a rural home in the Comox Valley area can easily find the home of their dreams by visiting By talking with a professional real estate agent you can tour homes in the rural areas and find one that fits the needs of your family and then enjoy the small country feel of your new home in Comox Valley.

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