In Courtenay there are many places to hike and play and just sit down, but there is a very special place called Stotan Falls where you can do all that and find fossils as well that are probably 80 million years old. One of the reasons I like Stotan falls is because the water is not too cold, or usually it's not too cold, so that means you won't need to keep coming in and out of the water to get warmed up. Another reason it is a great place is because the water, in some places, is not too deep, so if you're not a good swimmer or if you don't know how to swim at all you can still play in the water there. The water rushes very fast in some places so you need to be careful, but if you're a good swimmer, you'll find a challenge there as well. All the rivers in the Comox Valley area need to be treated with respect and a person should heed the warnings if the rivers are high, because kids and adults have lost their lives in some of our rivers.
Stotan Falls really is a beautiful place that photographers find tantalizing. You'll enjoy some of these shots. Visitors to our valley find this a great place for a quick dip and a picnic. You can spend all day laying on the rocks and taking the odd dip. Bring a good book and enjoy the surroundings.
There is a lake just outside of Courtenay called Wolf Lake. It's called Wolf Lake because of all the wolves in the area. If you listen at night you will hear wolves howling, and it can get really annoying.
Wolf Lake is a popular camping and fishing spot. During summer it's crowded by campers and fishermen. If you take a boat out to the middle of the lake with a fishing rod you're almost sure to have plenty for dinner. The main kind of fish is trout, some large and others perfect for pan-frying with their skins on. There are a few secret fishing spots around the lake, too. Fly fishermen also love the lake. On the day this picture was taken the fish were rising all over the place. The old fellow in the picture has been fishing this lake for many years.
As for camping, there are a few places around the lake for setting up a tent. One of the camps is at the far end of the lake and you can only reach it by boat. If you don't like fishing, then you can hike on the trails. If you look closely you might find wolf tracks! If you go to Wolf Lake during the summer you should bring bug repellent because there are a lot of mosquitoes and flies, especially during the evening. They will be after your dinner.
Luke warm sand, icy cool water, delicious food and beautiful scenery will fill your eyes when you first sight the lake. In case you don't know what I am talking about, I'll tell you.... Comox Lake!
One of the most popular places to go on a boiling, hot, summer day is Comox Lake. With it's ice cube-like waters, you will be refreshed in moments. Actually, to be more exact, if you stuck your finger in the water you would feel that cold, tingly sensation in seconds.
Also, beyond the wooden logs, you can take out your boats and go water skiing or tubing, or you could just sit back and enjoy the ride and scenery, if you have a boat of any kind.
Many children like Comox Lake because of the old wooden raft, that entices most of them towards the challenge of swimming there and back, to and from the raft. When you get to the raft, "Watch Out!" One second you could be sun tanning and the next you could find yourself being pushed into the icy waters.
There is also a campground where you and your family can enjoy your nights in your campers or trailers. What else could be better? Sun tanning, swimming, picnicking, bonfires and everything else you can enjoy in the outdoors with your friends and family.