Moving is stressful and moving with children is even more stressful. There are more questions than answers when considering a move to a new town, making it difficult to answer questions that your kids may ask. The information below should help you answer these questions with confidence.
What school will I go to? Will I make friends? I don’t want to leave my friends? What is there to do?
Let’s start with the basics.
What school will I go to?
There are 21 public schools, 2 alternative programs and 3 private schools. Most of the public schools are smaller elementary schools which eventually merge into 5 high schools. Children regularly walk to and from school with their friends and parents. If your home is not within walking distance, then the school bus will pick up and drop off your little people.
The Comox Valley School Locator Tool will show you which school you would be attending depending on your street address.
Of the 3 private schools Comox Valley Waldorf School, Phil and Jennie Gaglardi Academy, and Beachcombers Academy, only PJGaglardi Academy goes to grade 12. The other 2 go up to grade 7 and 8 respectively. Each has its own unique curriculum. If private is your preferred route, you will definitely want to check them all out.
After graduation, North Island College welcomes students who are looking for a degree, diploma, university transfer, apprentice programs, fine arts, nursing and so much more. There is everything from aircraft structures technician to web and mobile design developer programs. One of my personal favourites is the metal jewellery design certificate. There are 1000’s of bursaries and scholarships, including one sponsored by my office, Remax Ocean Pacific Realty. Lots of companies participate in local annual bursary programs.
What is there to do?
There are competitive and recreational dance, theatre, choir groups galore. Sports of every kind and competitiveness. Plus, the Comox Valley is home to Mt. Washington Ski Resort and a world-class mountain biking area in Cumberland.
These are a sampling of the activities available for adult, youth and children, the Comox Valley offers something for absolutely everyone.
If being part of a sports team is your thing, the Comox Valley is the perfect location.
Baseball: Comox Valley Baseball Association
BMX: Coal Hills BMX
Climbing: Cumberland Recreation Climbing Wall
Field Lacrosse: North Island Field Lacrosse
Football: Comox Valley Youth Football
Gymnastics: Chimo Gymnastics Club
Hockey: Comox Valley Minor Hockey
Lacrosse: Comox Valley Minor Lacrosse
Mountain Biking: United Riders of Cumberland
Roller Derby: Brick House Betties
Sailing: Comox Bay Sailing Club
Skating: Comox Valley Skating Club
Skiing: Strathcona Nordic Ski Club
Soccer: Comox Valley United Soccer
Swimming: Comox Valley Aquatic Club
What I found when moving to the Comox Valley is the cost of activities are more reasonably priced than in the big city. With so many fun activities, it will take little time for your children to find new friends to create amazing bonds that will last a lifetime. The Comox Valley is a social area where indoor and outdoor activities are endless.
The Comox Valley is often considered an amenity destination. It has everything a person wants and needs. You can find a family doctor, dentist, veterinarian and specialists. The hospital and college are both new. Comox airport has many daily flights and Calgary becomes a great hub for travelling internationally when flying from Comox. Having the airport next to the CFB Comox Airforce Base, flights take off and land in Comox when other parts of Vancouver Island are fogged in.
If you want to live in a community that brings your family closer together, consider the Comox Valley.