The Royston Wrecks

Before I ever visited the Comox Valley, I had never heard of the Royston Wrecks.  I had come across a small blurb in a visitor’s guide to Courtenay and Comox describing this collection of ship wrecks.  Royston is a small town minutes south of Courtenay along the Old Island Highway.  I would never think of stopping here, but I found a little road that leads … Continue reading The Royston Wrecks

Downtown Courtenay – Along 5th Street

Here’s a snippet of photos from along 5th Avenue in Downtown Courtenay.  The downtown is not very big. Most of the shops are centred along 5th Avenue, although you can find some shops and services along the adjacent 4th and 6th Streets.  Interestingly, the cross streets starting from the river go more or less alphabetically.  The Cona Hostel is on Anderton Avenue.  B is missing, … Continue reading Downtown Courtenay – Along 5th Street

Cumberland – Chinese and Mining History in a Small BC Town

Cumberland is one of the last places I would have ever thought of visiting. I never heard of this little Vancouver Island town until I heard that my wife would be working for a while in Courtenay.  Cumberland is up and away from the east coast of Vancouver Island. It’s a quick drive past the Inland Island Highway from Courtenay to Cumberland. For me, the … Continue reading Cumberland – Chinese and Mining History in a Small BC Town

Courtenay Riverway

On one of our first evenings in Courtenay, my high school classmate now living in Courtenay introduced us to the Courtenay Riverway. It’s a bike and pedestrian path that runs from just east of the 5th Avenue Bridge all the way to the Courtenay River Estuary.  On the first evening, we only walked partway to the Marina.  However, I went back a few days later … Continue reading Courtenay Riverway

Memories of the 2012 Calgary Stampede

Where else in the world can you try a Cowboy Sundae, but at the Greatest Show on Earth – the Calgary Stampede.  It’s been a year since last year’s giant 100th anniversary bash.  The 2013 edition runs from July 5 – 14th this year. 2012 was the first time I had ever been to the Calgary Stampede.  Even though I lived in Alberta for many … Continue reading Memories of the 2012 Calgary Stampede