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Also @Vikb, off-topic but I would be interested to hear why you moved to Comox (and from where) and how you are liking it. We are thinking about a change of scenery and after having visited a few times this year we are "Comox-curious". Seems like a great place to live and a good base for the surrounding area which we really like. We'll probably try to spend some more time there next year but in the meantime curious to hear your thoughts.
Neils asked this ^^ over in the Shore Gas Hording Thread. I moved it here since it was OT over there.
We lived in Victoria for the last 10 years. It's a fine place to live in Canada for a metro area of ~300K people. We lived pretty central/close to downtown. That was great for cycling/running/skateboarding places, but we didn't live in the best house or best neighbourhood. We had been talking about moving for a while, but couldn't agree on where to move to. The main candidates were #1 - Nicer area in Victoria, #2 - Comox Valley, and #3 - BC Interior. My preference was Comox, but I could have been happy living elsewhere. My work is PT remote these days so I am location independent for $$. My GF works in healthcare and has another 5-6 years of FT work left. So she needed to be somewhere that had a job for her. We are also in our low-50's so being somewhere with a hospital and a reasonable suite of services starts to make a lot of sense as you get older.
My GF got a job offer in Comox so that made the choice pretty easy. Selling the house in Victoria was fast. Buying a house in The Comox Valley [TCV] was not easy at all. We were open to Cumby, Courtenay and Comox, but the supply of houses relative to the number of buyers was low. We looked at renting first for a year, but rentals were scarce as well. One benefit of moving from Victoria to TCV is that houses were cheaper in relative terms to what we were used to. We eventually got a house in Comox and moved in August 2021. The housing/rental market can change pretty fast so who knows what you might deal with if you decide to move here, but I'd say give yourself a lot of time to find a place to live so it's less stressful.
So far we are pretty happy. The new house is close to my GF's work [~7 min bike commute on quiet roads]. It's a nicer house and nicer neighbourhood than where we lived in Victoria. We've got fun MTB/running trails ~3kms away. I can ride to the Cumby trails ~15kms away in under an hour. The ferry to Powell River is less than 30mins away. I can ride to the Deman Island ferry in less than 90mins for access to Hornby. With some driving it's easy to add a bunch more outdoor related destinations into the mix. Comox has a population of ~14,000 people so it's very quiet. Good bike shops and coffee shops. I can walk to our local brewery in 15mins or bike there in 5mins. People are friendly and in a good mood. I guess that's common in smaller areas without bigger city pressures.
Courtenay is close enough to bike to anything I need and the larger population adds in the typical big box stores and movie theatre, etc... The airport is close enough I can walk there in an hour from home or drive there in 7 mins. I fly to Toronto to see my parents and I was happy to see flights don't cost any more than from Victoria, but there are, understandably, fewer flights to the smaller airport.
Despite a much smaller population base it seems like there is a much more active/vibrant MTB scene here. Lots of trail runners as well if you are into that. Lots of kayakers/SUPers also. Mt. Washington is 30mins away if you are into skiing/boarding in the winter.
I've visited the TCV a bunch of times while living in Victoria so I had a general sense of the place. Now that I am living here the total amount of trails and sporting options is mind boggling. I'll go out for a big ride taking up most of the day and realize I just covered a tiny portion of the trails in that area. We are planning rides from the house to Powell River on the ferry and back. That'll be fun and add a whole other set of trails to the mix. There are loads of bike camping options we can ride from our door in the North Island as well as the Sunshine Coast.
The only real negative I can point to is that cell service in Comox could be a lot better!