Countdown to June 8

June 8 - 17, 2018

BC SEAFOOD FESTIVAL

After 12 years in the making, the next generation of the BC Seafood Festival, proudly held in the Comox Valley, Vancouver Island, is from June 8 to 17, establishing itself as the ‘must attend’ and largest seafood festival in western Canada!

Tickets are on sale now and new event details are being announced weekly.

Please note – the Festival has been advised that area accommodation providers are already booking up during the Festival, so don’t delay in booking your accommodation early to avoid disappointment. To find out how your business can participate – click here.

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BC SEAFOOD FESTIVAL SIGNATURE WEEKEND
TICKETS ON SALE NOW!

 June 15 – 17, 2018
Filberg Heritage Lodge & Park, Comox, BC

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Don’t miss the largest seafood and ocean celebration on the West Coast of Canada!
The Signature Weekend will feature Day Events (June 16 & 17) showcasing the biggest line-up of renowned guest Chefs and Chef Demonstrations, new and enhanced competitions, incredible seafood & beverage tasting stations, live entertainment and interactive sea-life touch tanks. Other weekend events include celebrating seafood at Baked n’ Boiled Kitchen Party (June 16) and Bounty! A Brunch Seafood Cookout (June 17).

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20+ BC seafood & beer/wine/spirit tasting stations, PLUS celebrity Chef demos, competitions, live entertainment and incredible Interactive Kids Zone!

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Seafood Kitchen Party

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A Brunch Seafood Cookout

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Enter the Haggis

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Canada’s Largest Oyster Bar Happy Hour

SOLD OUT!


The premier Festival dinner event with renowned international & domestic Chefs, presented by the BC Shellfish Growers Assn.

SOLD OUT!

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

New 2018 events and additional details are being added daily! Check back often to help plan your Festival experience here.

  • June 8
    • 10:00 am – 1:30 pmDeep Water Oyster Farm Tour with Chef

      Learn about growing, preparing and eating oysters on a 3.5 hour boat trip. We will cruise down Baynes Sound to an oyster farm. They will give a 20-minute presentation on oyster farming. Holliewood Oysters will also supply us with their product for the Chef on board to prepare for tasting.

      3.5 hours

      $88 per person.

      Buy tickets!

       288 Gladstone St, Comox
    • 5:00 pmChef’s Shellfish Showdown

      Indulge in an evening of culinary adventure as four renowned chef’s battle to prepare your favourite dish. Enjoy a gala of 8 courses while listening to the sweet sounds of Easy Street and sipping 40 Knots clean crisp wines.

      This year’s chefs include:

      • Chef Alain Chabot
      • Chef Jonathan Frazier
      • Chef Ian Bloom
      • Chef Laura Agnew

       

      $150 per person.

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       40 Knots Winery
  • June 9
    • 9:30 am – 1:00 pmBC Salmon Farm Association Tour

      Come and learn more about our fish, our farms and sustainable salmon farming through our public tour program. Learn about how we are helping to meet the world’s growing demand for salmon, while protecting our natural environment.

      Departure Location & Time: Unless otherwise noted, we leave from Way West Water Taxi, 1348 Island Highway (located on the docks between F & G at Discovery Harbour Mall (Superstore mall) Tours depart at 9:30 am and return around 1:00 pm.

      How to Dress & What to Bring: Guests are required to use footbaths so a sturdy shoe is recommended (e.g. running shoes or rubber boots). No open-toe shoes please. We’ll spend most of our time outside so a jacket, hat, sunglasses and suntan lotion are good ideas for the trip.

      Cost: $60/person with lunch featuring farm-raised salmon and a comfortable water taxi ride through the scenic Discovery Islands.

      Buy tickets!

    • 10:00 amDock Days

      Join Rob Clarke, President of the Harbour Authority Association of BC and Wharfinger at the Comox Valley Harbour Authority (CVHA) and enjoy a guided walk of the Fisherman’s Wharf learning about the commercial fishing industry, stopping at different fishing vessels along the way. Different gear types and fishing methods will be discussed as well as costs associated with being a commercial fisherman and benefits the industry has to the coastal communities. Learn how the fishermen target their species associated with their license and how bycatch is dealt with.

      FishSafe BC and the BC Young Fishermen’s Network will also be participating in the tour.

      Free, but have to register

      Register here

    • 2:00 pm – 11:00 pmComox Valley Rocks for Kids 2018

      The Comox Valley comes together to Rock for Kids with an all day music festival in support of the Comox Valley Child Development Association.

      Live bands include: Pure Petty, OC/DC, Ken & Deb, Brian Howes & Young Gun, Eagle Eyes, Heart, Bad Company, Pat Benatar

      Early Bird General Admission: $20;
      Youth (between ages of 11-18): $15

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      In support of the Comox Valley Child Development Association.

       Marina Park, Comox
    • 2:00 pmDock Days with CV Harbour Authority & FishSafe BC

      Join Rob Clarke, President of the Harbour Authority Association of BC and Wharfinger at the Comox Valley Harbour Authority (CVHA) and enjoy a guided walk of the Fisherman’s Wharf learning about the commercial fishing industry, stopping at different fishing vessels along the way. Different gear types and fishing methods will be discussed as well as costs associated with being a commercial fisherman and benefits the industry has to the coastal communities. Learn how the fishermen target their species associated with their license and how bycatch is dealt with.

      Tour the seine vessel Pacific Discovery with FishSafe BC, a unique safety organization that has been serving the needs of workers in the BC commercial fishing industry for nearly 15 years. Meet the skipper and crew of this commercial fishing operation!

      Free, but have to register

      Register here

  • June 10
  • June 11
    • 9:00 amBC Seafood Expo
       Filberg Centre, Native Sons Hall, Sid Williams Theatre
    • 11:00 amManatee Holdings Hatchery Tour

      This public tour will feature an overview of industry best sustainable aquaculture practices with a tour of Manatee’s Royston Hatchery operation including Geoduck, Sea Cucumbers, Scallops and Oysters.

      $15 per person

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       Manatee's Royston Hatchery
    • 1:00 pm – 2:00 pmBC Seafood Expo Keynote Presentation - Calvin Helin

      Attend the Keynote Presentation the first day of the BC Seafood Expo.

      SpeakerCalvin Helin, entrepreneur, lawyer, and best-selling author

      $25 per person

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      Calvin Helin, a member of the Tsimshian Nation, comes from the community of Lax Kw’alaams on the Northwest coast of British Columbia, Canada. The son of a hereditary chief, Helin is an entrepreneur, lawyer, and best-selling author.

      For 2015 and 2016 Helin was named one of Canada’s most powerful business people by Canadian Business Magazine and in 2017 was named by Vancouver Magazine in top fifty most powerful people in the city. His commercial endeavours include the Eagle Group of Companies, he is involved in major real estate developments, and is associate counsel with the law firm Stewart, Aulinger & Company. He is Chairman and President of Eagle Spirit Energy Holdings, Ltd., a First Nations-led company looking to build an energy corridor through northern B.C. and Alberta. He is former President of the Native Investment and Trade Association and held directorships on the Vancouver Board of Trade (where he chaired the newly formed Aboriginal Opportunities Committee), GeoScience BC, and the Canada–China Resource Development Foundation. In addition to numerous national and regional distinctions, he has received top “40 Under 40” awards for British Columbia and for Canada nationally. He has served as chairman for several past Aboriginal trade delegations to China and New Zealand, introducing an innovative business model to promote long-term benefits for indigenous people from natural resource development. He is also active in social media with over 1.7 million Twitter followers on his verified account.

      Mr. Helin has written several publications on law, Aboriginal business, and associated issues. He has developed an international reputation through his now seven times best-selling book, Dances with Dependency: Out of Poverty through Self-Reliance. His second book The Economic Dependency Trap: Breaking Free to Self-Reliance was recognized as a finalist in the 2011 U.S.A. Best Books awards and won the Gold Medal at the IPPY Awards (America’s 2012 Independent Publisher Book Awards). His third book The Empowerment Mindset: Success through Self-Knowledge was released in 2012 and also received several awards. His title Dances with Spirits: Ancient Wisdom for a Modern World was released worldwide in May 2014 and has already won the Living Now Book Award silver medal in the area of social activism/charity. His new book Dances with Development: Making Good Money from Natural Resources will be released in 2018. As the result of his writing, Mr. Helin has an expanding international role as a popular public speaker and thought leader. His common sense message of self-reliance and self-responsibility are now being promoted on a global platform.

       Sid Williams Theatre
  • June 12
    • 9:00 amBC Seafood Expo
       Filberg Centre, Native Sons Hall, Sid Williams Theatre, Courtenay
    • 10:00 am – 11:00 amFanny Bay Oysters Plant Visit

      Fanny Bay is home to the world famous Fanny Bay Oysters; growers, processors, and exporters of farm-raised Pacific oysters and Manila clams. Head down to this tiny oceanside community and take a tour of the Fanny Bay Oyster processing plant.

      Please wear footwear suitable for possibly wet outdoor conditions, and stairs. We recommend walking shoes.

      Possible tasting.

      1 hr

      $15 per person. Tickets Coming Soon!

      Buy tickets now!

       Fanny Bay Oysters — 8260 Island Hwy S, Fanny Bay
    • 11:00 amManatee Holdings Hatchery Tour

      This public tour will feature an overview of industry best sustainable aquaculture practices with a tour of Manatee’s Royston Hatchery operation including Geoduck, Sea Cucumbers, Scallops and Oysters.

      $15 per person

      Buy tickets!

    • 1:00 pm – 2:00 pmBC Seafood Expo Keynote Presentation - Linda Cornish

      Attend the Keynote Presentation the second day of the BC Seafood Expo.

      Speaker: Linda Cornish, President of the Seafood Nutrition Partnership

      $25 per person

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      Linda Cornish is President of the Seafood Nutrition Partnership, an organization focused on inspiring a healthier America through partnerships that raise awareness about the essential nutritional benefits of eating seafood.

      She was instrumental in the formation of the organization and led the launch of a 3 year public health campaign in October 2015 during National Seafood Month to help Americans find a path to wellness through healthy eating and seafood nutrition. Linda has presented at many conferences including Aquarium of the Pacific, Bay of Fundy Seafood Forum, Canadian Aquaculture Industry Alliance, Global Aquaculture Alliance – GOAL Conference, Groundfish Forum, National Fisheries Institute – Global Seafood Marketing Conference, Seafood Expo North America, Sustainable Seafood Week NYC, World Seafood Congress, and Women of Seafood.

      Linda has held leadership and management positions with Arthur Andersen, Hitachi Business Consulting, Harrah’s Entertainment, Greater Memphis Chamber of Commerce, and Bill of Rights Institute. She is co-founder and past chairman for the Memphis Farmers Market, has served on the board of Greening Greater Memphis, and taught as an Adjunct Professor at the University of the District of Columbia’s School of Business and Public Administration. Linda is a graduate of the University of California at Riverside with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of California at Los Angeles.

       Sid Williams Theatre
    • 2:00 pm – 3:00 pmFanny Bay Oysters Plant Visit

      Fanny Bay is home to the world famous Fanny Bay Oysters; growers, processors, and exporters of farm-raised Pacific oysters and Manila clams. Head down to this tiny oceanside community and take a tour of the Fanny Bay Oyster processing plant.

      Please wear footwear suitable for possibly wet outdoor conditions, and stairs. We recommend walking shoes.

      Possible tasting.

      1 hr

      $15 per person. Tickets Coming Soon!

      Buy tickets now!

       Fanny Bay Oysters — 8260 Island Hwy S, Fanny Bay
    • 6:00 pm – 7:00 pmSeafood & Wine Pairing

      Toscano’s Mediterranean Grill, 40 Knots Estate Winery and Cascadia Liquor Store are partnering up to bring you a delicious seafood and wine pairing event, part of the 12th annual BC Seafood Festival!

      Enjoy seafood tastings from Toscano’s paired with locally made wine from 40 Knots Estate Winery. Learn first hand from these local food and beverage champions as you taste your way through this informative and flavourful hour.

      1 hr

      $15 per person, BONUS! All Pre-registered guests that attend will be provided a BC Seafood Festival Signature Weekend day pass ($15 value).

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       Cascadia Liquor Store
  • June 13
    • 11:00 amManatee Holdings Hatchery Tour

      This public tour will feature an overview of industry best sustainable aquaculture practices with a tour of Manatee’s Royston Hatchery operation including Geoduck, Sea Cucumbers, Scallops and Oysters.

      $15 per person

      Buy tickets!

       Manatee's Royston Hatchery
    • 3:00 pm – 5:00 pmUnruly Gin & Oyster Happy Hour

      Buy tickets now!

      Meet the makers of your favourite local oysters and spirits!

      Complimentary cocktail, and oyster bar.

      Taste the Islands: Sip the woodsy flavours of Unruly Gin right from your fresh shucked local oyster shell, a true Island experience!

      One lucky guest will walk away with a bag full of boozy goodies!

      2 hours

      $22.50 tickets

       Wayward Distillation House
  • June 14
    • 10:00 am – 1:30 pmDeep Water Oyster Farm Tour with Chef

      Learn about growing, preparing and eating oysters on a 3.5 hour boat trip. We will cruise down Baynes Sound to an oyster farm. They will give a 20-minute presentation on oyster farming. Holliewood Oysters will also supply us with their product for the Chef on board to prepare for tasting.

      3.5 hours

      $88 per person.

      Buy tickets!

    • 10:00 am – 11:00 amFanny Bay Oysters Plant Visit

      Fanny Bay is home to the world famous Fanny Bay Oysters; growers, processors, and exporters of farm-raised Pacific oysters and Manila clams. Head down to this tiny oceanside community and take a tour of the Fanny Bay Oyster processing plant.

      Please wear footwear suitable for possibly wet outdoor conditions, and stairs. We recommend walking shoes.

      Possible tasting.

      1 hr

      $15 per person. Tickets Coming Soon!

      Buy tickets now!

       Fanny Bay Oysters — 8260 Island Hwy S, Fanny Bay
    • 11:00 amManatee Holdings Hatchery Tour

      This public tour will feature an overview of industry best sustainable aquaculture practices with a tour of Manatee’s Royston Hatchery operation including Geoduck, Sea Cucumbers, Scallops and Oysters.

      $15 per person

      Buy tickets!

       Manatee's Royston Hatchery
    • 2:00 pm – 3:00 pmFanny Bay Oysters Plant Visit

      Fanny Bay is home to the world famous Fanny Bay Oysters; growers, processors, and exporters of farm-raised Pacific oysters and Manila clams. Head down to this tiny oceanside community and take a tour of the Fanny Bay Oyster processing plant.

      Please wear footwear suitable for possibly wet outdoor conditions, and stairs. We recommend walking shoes.

      Possible tasting.

      1 hr

      $15 per person. Tickets Coming Soon!

      Buy tickets now!

       Fanny Bay Oysters — 8260 Island Hwy S, Fanny Bay
  • June 15
    • 9:30 am – 1:00 pmBC Salmon Farm Association Tour

      Come and learn more about our fish, our farms and sustainable salmon farming through our public tour program. Learn about how we are helping to meet the world’s growing demand for salmon, while protecting our natural environment.

      Departure Location & Time: Unless otherwise noted, we leave from Way West Water Taxi, 1348 Island Highway (located on the docks between F & G at Discovery Harbour Mall (Superstore mall) Tours depart at 9:30 am and return around 1:00 pm.

      How to Dress & What to Bring: Guests are required to use footbaths so a sturdy shoe is recommended (e.g. running shoes or rubber boots). No open-toe shoes please. We’ll spend most of our time outside so a jacket, hat, sunglasses and suntan lotion are good ideas for the trip.

      Cost: $60/person with lunch featuring farm-raised salmon and a comfortable water taxi ride through the scenic Discovery Islands.

      Buy tickets!

    • 10:00 amComox Valley Harbour Authority Fisherman’s Wharf Tour

      Enjoy a guided walk of the CVHA Fisherman’s Wharf learning about the commercial fishing industry, stopping at different fishing vessels along the way. Different gear types and fishing methods will be discussed as well as costs associated with being a commercial fisherman and benefits the industry has to the coastal communities. Learn how the fishermen target their species associated with their license and how bycatch is dealt with.

      Free, but have to register

      Register here

    • 11:00 amManatee Holdings Hatchery Tour

      This public tour will feature an overview of industry best sustainable aquaculture practices with a tour of Manatee’s Royston Hatchery operation including Geoduck, Sea Cucumbers, Scallops and Oysters.

      $15 per person

      Buy tickets!

       Manatee's Royston Hatchery
    • 2:00 pmComox Valley Harbour Authority Fisherman’s Wharf Tour

      Enjoy a guided walk of the CVHA Fisherman’s Wharf learning about the commercial fishing industry, stopping at different fishing vessels along the way. Different gear types and fishing methods will be discussed as well as costs associated with being a commercial fisherman and benefits the industry has to the coastal communities. Learn how the fishermen target their species associated with their license and how bycatch is dealt with.

      Free, but have to register

      Register here

    • 3:00 pm – 6:00 pmSOLD OUT! - Shucked! Canada's Largest Oyster Bar Happy Hour

      The ultimate bivalve celebration, in Canada’s largest producing oyster region!

      • All you can eat oysters presented by west coast oyster producing families and businesses
      • Learn how to shuck oysters from Shucker Paddy, the Guinness Book of World Record oyster shucker
      • Taste the subtle differences in the flavours and types of sustainable BC oysters

      Buy tickets for other great events!

      Friday, June 15
      3:00 – 6:00 pm
      Filberg Heritage Lodge and Park
      Comox

       Filberg Heritage Lodge and Park — 61 Filberg Road, Comox, British Columbia
    • 5:30 pm – 10:00 pmSOLD OUT - Gala Dinner by the Sea - Presented by the BC Shellfish Growers Association

      The signature event of the BC Seafood Festival features top international and domestic chefs who will dazzle with array of seafood tasting stations, set amongst the stunning grounds of the Filberg Heritage Lodge and Park. The smooth sounds of Easy Street will fill the air as guests mingle and talk with the Chefs, seafood producers and enjoy exquisitely prepared seafood. Ticket holders receive complimentary access to the Oyster Bar Happy Hour held in advance of the dinner, PLUS receive a bonus General Admission Day Pass to the BC Seafood Festival Signature Weekend ($20 value).

      SOLD OUT!

      BUY TICKETS to other great festival events!

       Filberg Heritage Lodge and Park — 61 Filberg Road, Comox, BC
  • June 16
  • June 17
    • 9:30 am – 11:00 amBounty! A Brunch Seafood Cookout

      Learn the tricks-of-the-trade on preparing a BC seafood brunch-to-remember at this hands-on cook-along class with celebrity Chef Nathan Fong, and renowned International and Domestic Executive Chefs, plus an award-winning Mixologist. Guests will be grouped into four at their own cooking station, with all the BC seafood and ingredients to prepare and then enjoy this special seafood brunch. A welcome drink and cocktail are included with ticket purchase, PLUS a General Admission Day Pass to the BC Seafood Festival Signature Weekend that Sunday. Stay-tuned Chefs and ticket sales to be announced soon!

      $95 per person

      Buy Tickets!

       Filberg Heritage Lodge and Park — 61 Filberg Road, Comox, BC
    • 11:00 am – 5:00 pmBC Seafood Festival Signature Weekend

      1-day & 2-day passes available now!

      View signature weekend day events schedule

       

      Buy tickets!

       Filberg Heritage Lodge and Park
    • 3:00 pm – 4:00 pmExposed & Protected Beaches Tour

      Shoreline Attack: How waves and wind shape our beaches and coastlines. Goose Spit Park interpreters explain the forces at work along the Lazo Bluffs and the spit. See how both exposed and protected beaches are constantly changing. Learn how the spit was created and how it may look 20 years from now.
      Free!

       Meet at bottom of Goose Spit stairs (parking lot #1)

* Events subject to change.

Events & Tours

Half Day Wildlife Tour

June 8 - 18

Full Day Wildlife Tour

June 8 - 18

Snorkeling with Seals Tour

June 8 - 18

Deep Water Oyster Farm Tour & Cruise

June 8 & 14

Chef’s Shellfish Showdown

June 8

BC Salmon Farm Tour

June 9 & 15

Dock Days Tour

June 9

Comox Valley Rocks for Kids 2018

June 9

Manatee Holdings Tour

June 11 - 15

BC Seafood Expo – Calvin Helin Keynote Session

June 11

Fanny Bay Oysters Tour

June 12 & 14

BC Seafood Expo – Linda Cornish Keynote Session

June 12

Seafood & Wine Pairing

June 12

Unruly Gin & Oyster Happy Hour

June 13

SOLD OUT! – Shucked! Canada’s Largest Oyster Bar Happy Hour

June 15

Comox Valley & Glacier Tour

June 16

BC Seafood Festival Signature Weekend

June 16 & 17

Baked n’ Boiled! Kitchen Party

June 16

Enter The Haggis LIVE! In Filberg Park

June 16

Bounty! A Brunch Seafood Cookout

June 17

Exposed & Protected Beaches Tour

June 17

ACCOMMODATIONS

GET FESTIVAL TICKETS FOR FREE with the BC SEAFOOD FESTIVAL SIGNATURE WEEKEND PACKAGE!

Stay for one or two nights on the weekend of June 15 – 17, 2018 at participating hotels, resorts & motels, and receive a Day Pass Ticket for the BC Seafood Festival Signature Weekend! A range of excellent accommodation options are available to festival attendees, however, as the festival has grown, so too has the demand for overnight accommodations – don’t delay in booking your stay!

All Festival rates are based on double occupancy, taxes extra, subject to availability. Remember to mention the BC Seafood Festival when inquiring about rates!

Learn more about getting to the Comox Valley here.

Best Western

BEST WESTERN, WESTERLY HOTEL & CONVENTION CENTRE

Call now to book: 1-800-668-7797. Mention the BC Seafood Festival and get 10% off rack rate at time of booking.
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Travelodge Courtenay

TRAVELODGE COURTENAY

Call now to book: 1-800-795-9486. Starting from $55 per person, based on double occupancy
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Holiday Inn

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS & SUITES

Call now to book: 1-778-225-0010. Starting from $74.97 per person, based on double occupancy
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OLD HOUSE HOTEL & SPA

Call now to book: 1-888-703-0202. Starting from $107.50 per person, based on double occupancy
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Crown Isle Resort

CROWN ISLE RESORT

Call now to book: 1-888-338-8439
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Anco Inn

ANCO INN

Call now to book: 1-877-393-2200. Starting from $79 for one guest, $10 additional per extra person
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Comox Valley Inn

COMOX VALLEY INN & SUITES

Call now to book: 1-800-811-5955
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river heights

RIVER HEIGHTS MOTEL

Call now to book: 1-888-873-7022
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Cona Hostel

CONA HOSTEL

Call now to book: 1-877-490-2662
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GALLERY

2018 Partners and Sponsors

Contact Us

For information on events, accommodation specials, and how to get to the Festival, contact the Vancouver Island Visitor Centre:
phone: 1-250-400-2882
tollfree: 1-855-400-2882
email: visitorcentre@discovercomoxvalley.com

       

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