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Comox, British Columbia
The Town of Comox, British Columbia is located on the eastern side of Vancouver Island in what is known as the Comox Valley. Comox, only in recent years, gained the population required to hold the status of city, although it is still technically a town. Its population, at this time, is well past the 20,000 mark (a feat only managed within the past 10 years).

Comox has a population of approximately 12,200 people, and is home to Canadian air force base19 Wing Comox(formerly known as Canadian Forces Base Comox(aka CFB Comox)) and HMCS Quadra. 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.

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 it's held in. 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, a boatbuilding competition and live music performances.



Culture
The native culture of the Comox people, though diminished from times past, is still very active. On the reserve (located on the dyke road), some descendants of the original native people still live there, and hold many events that are reflective of their culture and for the most part, non native locals are welcome to come and reflect on the culture of the peoples who inhabited Comox so many years ago.

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 Mount Washington Alpine Resort in Courtenay).

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.





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