Festival Weekend In Comox
August 1, 2 & 3

BC Day Long Weekend

Comox Nautical Days Festival

Filberg Festival

I-Hos Night Market

Comox by the Sea

Event Descriptions

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Comox Nautical Days Festival Pancake Breakfasts

August 1 – 3, 8:00 am

Get 'em while they're hot! Each morning of the festival we're serving up fluffy, syrupy, buttery pancakes beginning at 8 am.

Compass Adventure Gauntlet

Saturday, August 1, 6:00 pm

Entry per team - $400
Teams of 6 people
Team name / costumes
Helmet and PFD must be worn

This is a head to head knockout challenge. Racers will have a running start down the boat ramp to there awaiting boards. They will then need to jump onto their board and paddle a 150m coarse that will have a gigantic turn buoy. Once completing the turn mark, 4 of the 6 team members will jump from their boards to the Gauntlet! Leaving their paddles behind on the boards. These racers will then attempt to complete a 30ft runway ending in a huge inflatable splashdown slide. The Gauntlet will be extra slippery and there is no swimming allowed which means, if you fall off you must get back on where you came off. You must have all 4 team members finish the Gauntlet by hitting the water at the bottom of the slide. Meanwhile the remaining 2 team members on the boards must paddle the length of the Gauntlet to a designated buoy, grab onto this and wait for your team to arrive. Once all team members and paddles are accounted for you may then sprint to the finish, which will be on water.

Teams will only be scored if you finish with 6 people and 6 paddles! Winners move onto the next round in this tournament style event. For more information or to register go to: contact@compassadventure.ca

Bullhead Derby

Saturday, August 1, 8:30 am

For the young and the young at heart the Comox Nautical Days Bullhead Derby is fun for the whole family. Hundreds of participants’ fish for top honours in categories ranging from biggest fish to weirdest catch. Fishers supply their own fishing pole, barbless hooks and bait. Bullhead derby is sponsored by: Comox Valley Record, First Insurance, Canadian Tire and Gone Fishin'.

Public Tours of ORCA Class Canadian Navel Vessels

August 1 - 2, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Tours include a water taxi ride to HMCS Quadra on Goose Spit. Register for your tour at the Comox Nautical Days Information Booth. Tour departures from the main dock, Comox Bay Marina office.

Interdenominational Church Service

Sunday, August 2 @ 10:30 am

The Comox Valley Ministerial leads the service.

Comox Nautical Days Kids Activities and Entertainment

Saturday, August 1, 2:00 pm

There’s plenty of fun in store with mascots, clowns, face painting fun and lots of games for the kids this year.

Comox Nautical Days Pet Parade

Saturday, August 1, 10:00 am

Whether they're fluffy, or curly - with two legs or four or none - all the pets are welcome to take part in the annual Comox Nautical Days Pet Parade. Costumes on the pets and the owners are encouraged but not necessary. Comox Nautical Days Pet Parade is sponsored by: Woofy's Pet Foods. 3nd

Annual Simon's Cycles and Salish Sea Foods Fish Toss

Saturday, August 1, 4:00 pm

One team member (2 per team) will toss a fish to the other team member over increasing distances. If you drop it - you're out... if you don't drop it you move on to the next round. Limit of 20 - 2 person teams for this event. You must be 10 years of age or older. Parental waiver required for anyone under the age of 19. Register on site at the Comox Nautical Days Information booth in Marina Park, Saturday, August 1st no later then 3:30 pm. proudly sponsored by Simon's Cycle and Salish Sea Foods.

Victor Simonson Dragon Boat Races

Sunday, August 2, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

This great event draws teams from all over Vancouver Island. Paddling traditional long boats teams of racers compete head to head throughout the day. Catch all the action from the public wharf and cheer for your favourite team. The Comox Recreation Centre sponsors Victor Simonson Dragon Boat Races.

Royal Canadian Air Force Search & Rescue Demonstration

Sunday, August 2, 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

442 Search and Rescue Squadron 19 Wing Comox, Comox Harbour

Comox Harbour Authority – Hole in One Competition

Sunday, August 2, 6:00 pm

Take your best shot and you could win at the first ever Comox Nautical Days Festival "Comox Harbour Hole in One" competition Sunday, August 2 at 6 pm. Here's how it works: The "T Box" will be located in the Comox Harbour parking lot with the "Floating Hole" approximately 100 yards away.  You step up and give it your best shot - if you get a "Hole In One" - you win!  If you don't, well let's just say "Arrrrgh shucks". Donations of $1 per ball are being accepted and will be donated to a local charity. Register for the event Saturday and Sunday until 5 p.m. at the Comox Nautical Days Information Booth in Marina Park next to the Main Stage.  Space is limited. You must be 12 years of age or older to participate, minors must have a parent or guardian signed permission.

Central Builders Home Hardware Annual Build Bail and Sail

Monday, August 3, building begins at 9:00 am, Races begin at 1:00 pm

It's wild and wet and you never know whether these "ships" will sink or sail. Each team has 3 ½ hours to hand build a "boat" that will stay afloat long enough to navigate the watercourse. Some do - and some don't. It's great fun and lots of laughs for participants and the thousands of fans that come to watch each year. Build Bail and Sail is sponsored by: Central Builders and Home Hardware.

Comox Nautical Days Arts & Crafts Fair

August 1 – 3, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

With more then 100 Arts and Crafts booths at this year’s Festival patrons will find a wonderful array of unique offerings. Enjoy the Comox Nautical Days Arts & Crafts Fair through out the weekend from 10 am to 6 pm daily.

46th Annual Comox Valley Nautical Days Footrace

Monday, August 3, 9:00 am

Come and join in the longest continuously held footrace in British Columbia! Comox Valley Road Runners will once again hold the Comox Nautical Days Festival 4 Mile Road Race on the streets of Comox on Monday August 3rd, 2015, starting at 9 a.m. Registration will be available on-the-day between 8.00 am & 8.45 am in front of the Town Hall on Beaufort Avenue, Comox. The entry fee is $10 for everyone.

29th Annual Comox Nautical Days Car Show

Monday, August 3, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

The current categories we use are, Stock up to 1948, Stock from 1949 to 1959, and stock from 1960 to 1988. In the Street Rod class we have up to 1949 and 1950 to 1988. We also have a class for the Foreign Original vehicles. The voting is done by "People's Choice" balloting. Everyone can have a ballot. They can vote for one car in each category or, if they want to, only vote for their favourite in its category. The show has always been popular and is well attended from its opening at 10:00 to its 3:00 wrap up.

Ceremony of the Flags

Monday, August 3, 8:00 pm

H.M.C.S. Quadra staff and cadets perform the Sunset Ceremony of the Flags. The Canadian Naval Sunset Ceremony is a composite of customs whose history and traditions began in the 1600s. The parade begins with the fanfare and march, and is followed by the Commander's inspection of the ship's division.

Comox Nautical Days Festival Parade

Monday, August 3, 10:30 am

Everyone loves a parade - especially this one! Winding its way down Comox Avenue, the parade is full of floats, classic cars, mascots and more.

BC Day Ceremony

Monday, August 3, 12:00 pm

Comox Mayor, Paul Ives hosts the official BC Day Ceremony on the main stage following the Comox Nautical Days parade.

Quality Foods FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS Fireworks Extravaganza

Monday, August 3, 10:30 pm

There will be fire in the sky again this year during the dazzling annual fireworks display on Monday, August 3rd at 10:30 pm approximately.