Location of Comox Valley, British Columbia

Getting Here

The Comox Valley’s location on eastern Vancouver Island provides international students with several transportation options. The Comox Valley is serviced by major airlines including Air Canada, Westjet, and Pacific Coastal Airlines via Vancouver International Airport (YVR) where students may transfer for a short, 20 minute flight to the Comox Valley International Airport (YQQ). There is also Harbour Air seaplane service between Comox Harbour and downtown Vancouver daily from May to October. Ground transport is available from Vancouver to Nanaimo via BC Ferries. Airport pick up and drop off is provided for all international students arriving at the Comox Valley International Airport (YQQ).


The Region

The Comox Valley is situated on the east coast of Vancouver Island approximately 115 km north of Nanaimo.  It consists of three major communities, the City of Courtenay, Village of Cumberland and the Town of Comox.  The Comox Valley also includes several outlying rural communities including Black Creek, Merville, Royston, Union Bay, Fanny Bay, and Denman and Hornby Island all of which are included in the Comox Valley School District #71.

About Us

The Comox Valley welcomes three hundred (300) international students each year and offers a unique combination of landscapes and recreational opportunities. Where else can you ski all morning, kayak or golf in the afternoon, and attend a vibrant cultural event during the evening?

Comox Valley School District #71 services the communities of Courtenay, Comox, and Cumberland which make up on Comox Valley region situated on the waterfront of eastern Vancouver Island. The Comox Valley is a short, two (2) hour picturesque drive from the BC Ferries terminal in Nanaimo or a quick thirty (30) minute flight from Vancouver to the Comox Valley International Airport (YQQ).

It is a safe and thriving community with all the modern requirements for everyday life including access to excellent medical and dental care, shopping, movie theatres and sports facilities. A plethora of outdoor activities and adventure also await students such as skiing, golfing, snowboarding, mountain biking, watersports, hiking, camping and whale watching.

This predominantly English speaking population invites members of the global community to visit and experience our unique untapped natural wilderness. The Comox Valley is one of the fastest growing and most desirable places to live in Canada playing host to outstanding cultural activities.

The Comox Valley School District #71 and the Comox Valley International Student Program (CVISP) look forward to your arrival in the Comox Valley. Your educational experience will leave you energized, refreshed and full of memories to cherish.