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Encyclopedia > Comox, British Columbia
Town of Comox
Comox
Official flag of Town of Comox
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Coordinates: 49°40′24″N, 124°54′8″W
Country Canada
Province British Columbia
Regional District Comox-Strathcona
Incorporated 1953
Government
 - Mayor Jim Brass
Area
 - City 26.68 km²  (10.3 sq mi)
Elevation 84 m (275.6 ft)
Population (2006)
 - City 12,136
 - Density 800.5/km² (2,073.3/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC-8) (UTC)
Area code(s) 250
Website: Comox.ca

Comox is a town located on the eastern side of Vancouver Island, British Columbia in the Comox Valley. Comox has a population of approximately 12,200 people[1] and is home to the Canadian air force base CFB Comox and HMCS QuadraSea Cadet training faclilte. Image File history File links Flag_of_British_Columbia. ... Image File history File links Comox-logo. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (640x642, 196 KB) Summary Licensing File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Victoria, British Columbia Nanaimo, British Columbia Tofino, British Columbia Comox, British Columbia ... This is an alphabetical list of the sovereign states of the world, including both de jure and de facto independent states. ... Canada consists of ten provinces and three territories. ... Motto: Splendor Sine Occasu (Latin: Splendour without diminishment) Capital Victoria Largest city Vancouver Official languages English Government - Lieutenant-Governor Iona Campagnolo - Premier Gordon Campbell (BC Liberal) Federal representation in Canadian Parliament - House seats 36 - Senate seats 6 Confederation July 20, 1871 (6th province) Area Ranked 4th - Total 944,735 km... The Comox-Strathcona Regional District of British Columbia is on the eastern coast of Vancouver Island and part of the Mainland north of the Sunshine Coast. ... A mayor (from the Latin māior, meaning larger, greater) is the modern title of the highest ranking municipal officer. ... James Jim Brass (born January 3, 1953) is a fictional character from the CBS Television series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, portrayed by Paul Guilfoyle. ... Area is a physical quantity expressing the size of a part of a surface. ... Square kilometre (US spelling: Square kilometer), symbol km², is an SI unit of surface area. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ... Basic Definition In geography, the elevation of a geographic location is its height above mean sea level (or some other fixed point). ... The metre (or meter, see spelling differences) is a measure of length. ... A foot (plural: feet or foot;[1] symbol or abbreviation: ft or, sometimes, ′ – a prime) is a unit of length, in a number of different systems, including English units, Imperial units, and United States customary units. ... Population density by country, 2006 Population density is a measurement of population per unit area or unit volume. ... A time zone is a region of the Earth that has adopted the same standard time, usually referred to as the local time. ... The Pacific Standard Time Zone is a geographic region that keeps time by subtracting eight hours from Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). ... ... ... Vancouver Island is separated from mainland British Columbia by the Strait of Georgia and the Queen Charlotte Strait, and from Washington by the Juan De Fuca Strait. ... Motto: Splendor Sine Occasu (Latin: Splendour without diminishment) Capital Victoria Largest city Vancouver Official languages English Government - Lieutenant-Governor Iona Campagnolo - Premier Gordon Campbell (BC Liberal) Federal representation in Canadian Parliament - House seats 36 - Senate seats 6 Confederation July 20, 1871 (6th province) Area Ranked 4th - Total 944,735 km... The Comox Valley is a region on the east coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada that includes the city of Courtenay, the town of Comox, the village of Cumberland, and the unincorporated settlements of Royston, Union Bay, Fanny Bay, Black Creek and Merville. ... Canadian Forces Base Comox, commonly referred to as CFB Comox, 19 Wing Comox or Comox Airport, is a Canadian Forces Base located 2. ... Ships badge of HMCS Quadra HMCS Quadra is a Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Summer Training Centre located in Vancouver Islands Comox Valley. ...


The town shares the Comox Valley with the City of Courtenay, the Village of Cumberland, and the unincorporated settlements of Royston, Union Bay, Fanny Bay, Black Creek and Merville. The valley's population is currently well past the 30,000 mark, and has experienced a recent period of sustained growth. Courtenay is a city on the east coast of Vancouver Island, in the province of British Columbia, Canada. ... Cumberland is a village in the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. ... Royston is a small town which is part of the greater Comox Valley region, on Vancouver Island, in British Columbia, Canada. ... Union Bay is a small community approximately 15 kilometers south of Courtenay,BC the largest city in the Comox Valley. ... Fanny Bay is a small village of the Canadian province of British Columbia. ... Black Creek, British Columbia, is a small primarily agricultural hamlet and bedroom community to both Campbell River (approximately 20 km to the north) and Courtenay (approximately 16 km to the south). ... Unincorporated community in the Comox Valley between the City of Courtenay, Mount Washington, Dove Creek, and Black Creek near the east coast of Vancouver Island. ...


Comox is known for being home of the Lorne Hotel, the oldest licensed establishment in British Columbia, and for the Filberg Festival, an annual summertime arts and crafts extravaganza named for the residential park where it's held. Coinciding with the Filberg Festival in early August are the 'Nautical Days' celebrations in Comox Marina Park (a landfill waterfront park), boasting a parade, a classic car show, an amateur boatbuilding competition and live music performances.


Comox is one of the past hometowns of actress Pamela Anderson-Lee, previously of Baywatch fame. The town is also the hometown of many National Hockey League stars, including Cam Neely, Ty Wishart, Brett McLean. Actress Kim Catrall (sex in the city), Kirsten Hatfield, and Rashell Millsap (of youtube fame) and 2004 Athens silver medalist Thomas Herschmiller, and of locally-known radio host Red Robinson, as well as the birthplace of squash legend Jonathon Power. Pamela Denise Anderson (born July 1, 1967) is a Canadian actress, sex symbol, glamour model, producer, TV personality, and author, who has become a United States resident and citizen. ... “NHL” redirects here. ... Cameron Cam Michael Neely (born June 6, 1965, in Comox, British Columbia) played right wing in the National Hockey League from 1983 to 1996. ... Ty Wishart (born May 19, 1988 in Belleville, Ontario) is an ice hockey player. ... Brett McLean (born August 14th, 1978 in Comox, British Columbia) is a Canadian Professional ice hockey player. ... Kim Cattrall Kim Cattrall (born Clare Woodgate on August 21, 1956) is a Canadian-American actress born in Liverpool, England. ... YouTube is a popular free video sharing website which lets users upload, view, and share video clips. ... Thomas Herschmiller (born April 6, 1978) is a Canadian rower. ... Squash racquet and ball Players in a glass-backed squash court International Squash Singles Court, as specified by the World Squash Federation Squash is an indoor racquet sport that was formerly called Squash racquets, a reference to the squashable soft ball used in the game (compared with the harder ball... Jonathon Tyler Power (born 9 August 1974, in Comox, British Columbia, Canada) is a professional squash player from Canada. ...

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History

Comox has long been home to the Comox Salish nation, who fished in the Puntledge River and estuary. It is proposed by Bawlf that the Elizabethan Explorer Sir Francis Drake perhaps visited the area in 1579, and claimed it as Nova Albion. Continued Royal Navy visits have left a long history, with the Comox Valley: Captain Vancouver, and nineteenth century ships called in. The fertile soils of the Valley, and abundant fish and timber meant that European settlers arrived in the 1860s. Farms, wharves and houses were built. Coal was discovered at Cumberland, and it and the wharf city of Union Bay became thriving ports in the 1880s. With all this activity, the trefoil townships of Comox, Courtenay and Cumberland started to grow. Hotels, creameries, logging companies, and the E and N Railway arrived. A dam was built across the Puntledge River to raise Comox Lake. The vast industrial concern of Comox Logging set up shop and proceeded to denude the valley of its timber. The Elizabethan Era is the period associated with the reign of Queen Elizabeth I (1558 - 1603) and is often considered to be a golden age in English history. ... Sir Francis Drake, Vice Admiral, (c. ... This article is about the area claimed by Francis Drake. ... The Royal Navy of the United Kingdom is the oldest of the British armed services (and is therefore the Senior Service). ... Captain George Vancouver George Vancouver (June 22, 1757 - May 12, 1798) was an officer of the Royal Navy, and an explorer best known for his exploration of North America and the Pacific coast along Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia. ... Cumberland is one of the 39 traditional counties of England. ... Courtenay is the name of several communes in France: Courtenay, in the Isère département Courtenay, in the Loiret département This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... The E and N Railway (E&N, ENR) (AAR reporting mark ENR) is a short line railway run by RailAmerica, Inc. ...


Comox became a vibrant community and participated in the First World War. The nearby town of Merville is a returned serviceman's settlement, taking the name from a battlefield in France. Great War hero Captain Geoffrey Spicer-Simson retired to the valley. The Campbell River Fire of 1938 caused much concern as did an earthquake a decade later. An airbase was established during the Second World War, now 19 Wing Comox. See also Comox Valley Merville is the name or part of the name of several communes in France: Merville, in the Haute-Garonne département Merville, in the Nord département Merville-Franceville-Plage, in the Calvados département This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might... Geoffrey Spicer-Simson was a Commander in the Royal Navy. ... Canadian Forces Base Comox, commonly referred to as CFB Comox, 19 Wing Comox or Comox Airport, is a Canadian Forces Base located 2. ... The Comox Valley is a region on the east coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada that includes the city of Courtenay, the town of Comox, the village of Cumberland, and the unincorporated settlements of Royston, Union Bay, Fanny Bay, Black Creek and Merville. ...


Culture

The native culture of the Comox people is still very active. Descendants of the original native people still live on the local Reservation, and hold many events that are reflective of their culture. For the most part, non-native locals are welcome to come and reflect on the culture of the peoples who originally inhabited Comox many years ago. The Comox are a group of Salishan speaking people in British Columbia. ...


Outside of the native population, Comox is a center of culture and multi cultural celebrations. Perhaps the most famous festival is the Filberg Festival, held annually within the first week of August. This attraction is one of the largest tourist events within the Valley (next to the skiing attraction of the nearby Mount Washington Alpine Resort). Mount Washington Alpine Resort is an alpine skiing resort on Vancouver Island, in British Columbia, Canada. ...


Other than events based on history, nationality, etc, the Comox Valley is alive with events in the theatre. The Sid Williams Theatre located in downtown Courtenay always has something to offer from the local talent, from the Courtenay Little Theatre to Rainbow Youth Theatre, as well as travelling acts. The Comox Valley is a region on the east coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada that includes the city of Courtenay, the town of Comox, the village of Cumberland, and the unincorporated settlements of Royston, Union Bay, Fanny Bay, Black Creek and Merville. ...


Comox is also home to two museums; the Comox Museum and Archives and the Comox Air Force Museum. The Comox Air Force Museum preserves and exhibits the heritage and history of 19 Wing Comox and military aviation on the west coast of Canada. ...


Language

The area's language is primarily English, though many local schools offer French immersion programs. All other languages comprise less than 1% of the spoken language. French immersion is a form of bilingual education in Canada in which a child who has not spoken French as his or her first language studies in French. ...


Education

Comox is home to multiple elementary and secondary schools offering both English and French immersion programs.


The following is a list of Comox's public schools School District 71 Comox Valley School District 71 Comox Valley is a school district on Vancouver Island in British Columbia. ...


Elementary Schools:

  • Village Park Elementary
  • Brooklyn Elementary
  • Comox Elementary
  • Airport Elementary
  • Ecole Robb Road Elementary (French+Francophone)

Huband Park Elementary


Middle Schools

  • Ecole Aspen Park Middle School (English+French)
  • Cape Lazo Middle School
  • Courtenay Middle School

Secondary School:

  • École Highland Secondary School (English+French)
  • George P. Vanier Secondary School
  • Mark R. Isfeld Secondary School

École Highland Secondary School (also known as Highland Secondary School) is a secondary school located in Comox, British Columbia, Canada in School District 71. ...

Post-Secondary Education:

The Comox Valley is also home to the primary campus of North Island College, which offers a variety of courses to those wishing to further their education, but stay close to home. There are also branches of Excel Career College and Sprott-Shaw Community College for those who wish to pursue distance education. North Island College is a community college located primarily on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. ... Sprott-Shaw Community College (SSCC) is a Canadian community college Historic Victoria Campus When Robert James Sprott (RJ) became partners with William Henry Shaw of Shaw Colleges in 1903, they opened the first Sprott-Shaw school, called Vancouver Business Institute. ...


Communication

Print

  • Comox Valley Record [2]
  • Comox Valley Echo
  • Totem Times

Radio

  • 98.9 Jet FM Coast Radio[3]
  • Central Island Broadcasting EAGLE 97.3FM (CKLR) [4]

Television

  • Shaw Communications Cable 10

Internet Service Providers

Internet Service Providers in Commox[5]

  • Shaw Internet
  • Telus Internet Services
  • Island Internet, now owned by Uniserve.com
  • Uniserve

Shaw Communications Inc. ... TELUS (TSX: T, NYSE: TU) is a Canadian telecommunications company, the countrys second-largest telecommunications carrier after Bell Canada, with C$8. ...

Notable People

Pamela Denise Anderson (born July 1, 1967) is a Canadian actress, sex symbol, glamour model, producer, TV personality, and author, who has become a United States resident and citizen. ... Brett McLean (born August 14th, 1978 in Comox, British Columbia) is a Canadian Professional ice hockey player. ... NHL can also be an abbreviation for National Historic Landmark or Non-Hodgkins lymphoma. ... A request has been made of the Mediation Cabal for mediation on this page. ... Cameron Cam Michael Neely (born June 6, 1965, in Comox, British Columbia) played right wing in the National Hockey League from 1983 to 1996. ... NHL can also be an abbreviation for National Historic Landmark or Non-Hodgkins lymphoma. ... The Hockey Hall of Fame is located at the corner of Front & Yonge in downtown Toronto The Stanley Cup on display at the Hockey Hall of Fame The Hockey Hall of Fame which is located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, celebrates the history of hockey with exhibits featuring memorabilia and NHL... Ty Wishart (born May 19, 1988 in Belleville, Ontario) is an ice hockey player. ... NHL can also be an abbreviation for National Historic Landmark or Non-Hodgkins lymphoma. ... The San Jose Sharks are a professional ice hockey team based in San Jose, California. ...

See also

The Comox are a group of Salishan speaking people in British Columbia. ...

References

  1. ^ Comox Community Profile - Statistics Canada. 2002. 2001 Community Profiles. Released June 27, 2002. Last modified: 2005-11-30. Statistics Canada Catalogue no. 93F0053XIE.
  2. ^ Comox Valley Record
  3. ^ Coast Radio
  4. ^ Eagle FM
  5. ^ ISP in Commox: Shaw, Telus, Island Internet, Uniserve

External links

Coordinates: 49°40′24″N, 124°54′8″W Map of Earth showing lines of latitude (horizontally) and longitude (vertically), Eckert VI projection; large version (pdf, 1. ...


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Comox, British Columbia, Canada (1348 words)
The Comox Valley is a two-and-a-half hour drive north from Victoria, or a 75-minutes drive from the ferry terminals of Departure Bay and Duke Point near Nanaimo.
BC Ferries operates a route between Comox and Powell River on the British Columbia mainland.
The Comox Valley Regional Airport is served by three major airlines, with 12 daily flights between Vancouver and Comox and direct flights from Calgary.
Comox, British Columbia, Canada (1348 words)
The Comox Valley is a two-and-a-half hour drive north from Victoria, or a 75-minutes drive from the ferry terminals of Departure Bay and Duke Point near Nanaimo.
BC Ferries operates a route between Comox and Powell River on the British Columbia mainland.
The Comox Valley Regional Airport is served by three major airlines, with 12 daily flights between Vancouver and Comox and direct flights from Calgary.
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