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Union Bay, BC
View of Union Bay.
Located in the Comox Valley 15 km south of Courtenay via highway 19A, Union
Bay is a small seaside community on the shores of Baynes Sound.
First known as "Union Wharf", Union Bay's settlement dates back to 1887.
The community began as a port for the shipment of coal from the mines of the
Union Coal Company at Cumberland. A 600 ft long wharf was constructed in
1887 - 1888 connecting to the coal mines by rail. The community of Union Bay
developed to support the busy coal port. At its height, Union Bay had a population
of about 10,000, nearly 10 times its current size. With the closure of the
coal mines at Cumberland in the 1950s, many structures, including the coal
wharf, were torn down. The small community that remains still retains some
of it's historical structures, including the old post office and provincial
Like the Comox Valley in
general, Union Bay enjoys short, mild winters and warm, dry summers.
The Old Island Highway, also known as the "Oceanside Route" ( BC Highway
#19A ) passes through Union Bay about 15 minutes south of Courtenay, in the
Access from the Inland Island Highway ( BC Highway
19 ) is from the Buckley Bay exit (exit #101) about 5 minutes south of Union
Bay along Highway 19A.
BC Transit operates a local bus service connecting Union
Bay with the rest of the Comox Valley.
Union Bay and 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 area within Comox-Strathcona
Population: under 1000
Time zone: Pacific: UTC -8
Longitude: 124° 884' W