I am on my way to a way-too-hot destination in the U.S, and I’ve just opened West Jet Magazine. An article catches my eye because it reads like our Old House newsletter subject line: Extend Your Summer on Vancouver Island. “Ah, great, I think to myself, let’s see what they have to say about our Comox Valley.” As I read about Island destinations, south to north, my heart sinks when the article does a full stop after describing the beaches of Parksville and wilderness of Ucluelet. Not that I don’t love all those places (and have lived in some of them), but come on, we all know Comox Valley is Heaven on Earth.
I immediately toss the blog idea I was planning and devote it to reminding you that you simply cannot beat the Fall in Comox Valley, which actually feels like an endless summer, with its totally unique local-to-remote must-do’s. And at the Old House, we’ve got more packages than ever before that make it easy for you to get the best experience with little stress. Just visit our website; scroll through them, and I defy you to not have a wide-eyed moment.
Imagine yourself basking in the warm sun, sipping a glass of wine, as views of vineyards and mountains stretch out before you. Our wine tour packages put you in stunning locations that offer some of BC’s best wine. Like to immerse yourself in local culture? Our microbrewery tours seat you among mountain bikers, local friends and no doubt some of the area’s best IPA’s and lagers!
While whale watching season is waning, the grizzly tours are at their best. But they are more than an A-to-B experience. They deliver endless West Coast views from your sturdy and comfortable boat. Travelling along an open ocean, your mind expands from the stories shared by a seasoned ship captain. Maybe the coolest part is the cultural aspect — The Homalco people have so much to share. On a past tour, I recall learning some of their language, having to be dragged out of their interpretive center and enjoying every minute of our time with them. Of course, getting a pool’s length or closer to busy, foraging bears is indescribable.
The Comox Valley Farm Bicycle Tour has become a signature event — just the right amount of biking and tasting without getting worn out. (Note to self: a blog must next year!) I will always remember the image of Chef Ronald, owner of Locals Restaurant and a joyful tour guide, on bicycle with baguettes and a picnic lunch packed into the basket resting on the handlebars.
The Mount Washington adventure just keeps expanding, with their NEW Zipline now open! And the epic bike trails that draw travelers from around the world fit all skill levels. And speaking of trails, the hiker will never grow tired of leaving footprints in the Comox Valley: scaling the peaks, wandering the riverside rails or walking among sea stars at low tide, with seals draped in slumber over the exposed rocks.
All of this, and so much more, make it almost overwhelming to choose how to spend your time. In fact, all that thinking could just lead to a staycation at your “home away from home,” the Old House Hotel. And add to that, some spoiling at Ohspa. It’ll still feel like summer, especially since the outdoor heated pool and hot tub have been completely refreshed and keep you toasty while soaking. So, package it up, and head to the Old House.
PS: We love you WestJet, but consider making Comox Valley part two of your WestJet Magazine article.
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