Travel and Tourism information for
Merville, Vancouver Island, BC
Map showing location of Merville in the Comox
Merville is an unincorporated community in the Comox
Valley situated between the City of Courtenay, and Black Creek near
the east coast of Vancouver Island.
In the 1890's, much of the Comox Valley was the site of extensive
logging operations, leaving the area around what was to become
Merville open for the establishment of farming.
Seeking sites to grant homesteads to soldiers returning from the
battlefields of France after World War I, the government opened the
area to settlement with land grants to war veterans.
Named by ex-soldiers after the location in France where Canadians
set up their field headquarters during World War I, Merville soon
became a centre of local agriculture. Today, the area remains
agricultural. Owing to BC's Agricultural Land Reserve, there has
been very little encroachment of residential or industrial
Merville, and the Comox Valley in general has short, mild winters and warm,
The Old Island Highway, also known as the "Oceanside
Route" ( BC Highway #19A ) passes through Merville about 10 minutes north of the central Comox Valley city of Courtenay, and
30 minutes south of Campbell River.
The Comox Valley has something for everyone: culture,
scenic beauty, numerous outdoor recreational opportunities, mild climate
and a relaxed lifestyle are all here to enjoy.