The Comox Valley real estate market offers many different choices in homes and properties. Crown Isle homes border a platinum rated golf course in Courtenay. Comox has everything from condos on the main street to high end homes that enjoy tremendous views of the Comox Harbour. Oceanfront homes in the Comox Valley line the shore of the Georgia Strait from Saratoga Beach down to Bowser. Do you want something a bit more eclectic? Cumberland offers a more eclectic lifestyle and homes there vary from turn of the century to modern. Do you want something more rural? Try the Comox Peninsula or go north to the Merville and Black Creek area or visit Royston, Union Bay, Fanny Bay or Bowser to the south.. Whatever your real estate needs are, you will fulfill them here in the Comox Valley.
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While land in the Comox Valley has a rich history dating back more than 85,000 millennia, the real estate market is barely a century and a half old. This area of Vancouver Island has changed greatly since the Elasmosaurus lived here. This marine reptile genus of plesiosaur used four flippers to propel itself through water and roam the land during the Campanian stage of the Late Cretaceous era roughly 80.5 million years ago. Substantial change occurred in successive waves during the Earth shaping glacial ages between 650,000 years ago and the last “ice age” that gave way to warming about 20,000 years ago. The Comox Glacier remains as visible evidence of this "Fraser Glaciation". The warming was followed by human habitation of North America by Paleo-Indians. Evidence of First Nations settlements in British Columbia dates back about 9000 years to the time when the climate stabilized. Comox Valley habitation dates back more than 4000 years. Sir Francis Drake made reference to landing, in 1579, in "New Albion" which is argued to be the area we now call Comox. First contact by European visitors in this region with First Nations (the K’omoks, Pentlach and Lekwiltok were in the area at the time) occurred in 1792 when HMS Discovery anchored in the Comox Harbour.
The Comox Valley real estate market had its origins in the 1860s when the Governor of the British Colony of Vancouver Island offered land for $1 an acre to anyone who relocated to the area. The first new inhabitants settled in 1862 to being farming. To improve access, the Comox wharf was built in 1874, a connecting road from the south was constructed in 1910, and the E&N Railway connected Courtenay to the south in 1914. The City of Courtenay was incorporated in 1915, and the airfield at Comox was opened as a Royal Air Force Base in 1942. A year later it was taken over by Royal Canadian Air Force Station Comox. The Town of Comox was subsequently incorporated in 1946. Over the past 150 years pioneer farming, logging and fishing was eventually supplanted by business, tourism, recreation, and a rich cultural scene. These four economic generators, combined with the local spending impact of the base, currently fuel the local economy. All of this activity takes place against a backdrop of some magnificent local scenery, and one of the most temperate climates in Canada. This melange is the Canadian oasis we call the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island.