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Royston, Vancouver Island, BC
Rusted hulks in Royston breakwater.
Located across the harbour from Comox, the small
community of Royston is known locally as the location of the
"Royston Wrecks". The sunken hulks of old decommissioned
warships, sailing ships, tug boats and freighters were used as a
breakwater to protect logging booms.
In 1890, the area that was soon to become Royston had been
settled by William Roy and his family. Collaborating
with a real estate promoter named Frederick Warren, a
townsite was laid out that they named Royston.
In the early 1900s, Royston was the main location for log-booming
operations for the logging industry in the Comox Valley. Logs were shipped
to Royston by rail, boomed in
the harbour, then towed across Georgia Strait to the lumber mills on
the B.C. Mainland. For a time the port was also used for transportation of coal mined in Cumberland.
Royston, and the Comox Valley in general have short, mild winters and warm,
The Old Island Highway, also known as the "Oceanside
Route" ( BC Highway #19A ) passes through Royston about 10
minutes south of the central Comox Valley city of Courtenay.
The BC Ferries terminal at Little River on the Comox Peninsula connects
Vancouver Island to Powell River on the BC Mainland.
The Comox Valley Regional Airport (YQQ) is the arrival point for direct flights
from Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton.
BC Transit operates a local bus service connecting Royston with
the rest of the Comox Valley.
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.
Unincorporated ( local improvement district of Comox-Strathcona
Regional District )
Time zone: Pacific: UTC -8