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The following map will assist in locating 13 wildlife viewing sites in the Comox Valley area of north central Vancouver Island, including Courtenay, Comox, Denamn Island and Hornby Island. These sites are featured in the Visit Our Wildlife in the Comox Valley - North Central Vancouver Island brochure. There is a series of Visit Our Wildlife brochures.

For wildlife viewing highlights and detailed directions to each site:

Detailed Location Map   (click here for a map showing the location of the above 13 viewing sites)
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General Information
    The Comox Valley on north central Vancouver Island is located in the rain shadow of the highest peaks of the Vancouver Island Range. The Valley is adjacent to Baynes Sound, an area that supports a very large number of birds. There are many easily accessible marine, estuary, river and sub-alpine areas to experience. These areas are the year-round or seasonal home of wildlife and fish populations.

    In this brochure is information for 13 sites where you may visit our wildlife. These sites range from sea level to sub-alpine meadow, and are recognized by British Columbia Wildlife Watch, the provincial wildlife viewing program, as sites offering good viewing and educational opportunities.

    In addition to the main communities of the Comox Valley, Courtenay and Comox, this brochure includes the communities of Merville, Royston, Union Bay and Fanny Bay, as well as Denman and Hornby Islands.

Tourism Information

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    Comox Valley Chamber of Commerce
    2040 Cliffe Avenue, Courtenay, B.C. Canada V9N 2L3
    phone: (250) 334-3234 or (888) 357-4471
    fax: (250) 334-4908

Wildlife Are Everywhere

    While opportunities to observe or to learn about wildlife and fish populations are highlighted at 13 sites, remember, wildlife are everywhere. Visit these sites to develop your observation skills. Once you do, you will see, hear and find evidence of creatures everywhere you go.

    When visiting these areas please remember that you are visiting wild creatures in their home. Leave their homes clean, and keep your pets under control on a leash at all times.

    Some animals are only present for short periods of time, so it is best to plan your visit when they are at home.

Marine Environments

    Salt water habitats provide excellent opportunities to view birds and sea mammals. Seals, sea lions and diving waterbirds are commonly viewed from shore. Small rock islands and open water areas are also visited by sea-lions and by bird species such as guillemots, cormorants and murrelets.