Wednesday 16 January 2013

Town of Comox - CFB, Comox, YQQ, Little River Ferry, Lest We Forget

Post #5e - CFB Base - Town of Comox

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   A Pictorial View of the Comox Valley 

Canadian Forces Base, Comox 
Comox Air Port (YQQ), Little River Ferry.
Lest We Forget

Canadian Forces Base, Comox

The strategic defense location of Canadian Forces Base Comox was opened in 1942. Except for a brief closure after WW II this only Canadian air base on the West Coast has been the heart of Comox ever since. To learn more about aviation history visit the CFB Comox Air Force Museum. The past is fondly remembered in the Comox Valley and by visiting one of the museums or galleries in the area you may take home a small piece of it.

Entrance to 19 Wing CFB Comox
Hawk One on Display
Royal Canadian Air Force Museum, Comox, BC
Comox Air Force MuseumOpen to the Public Year Round, Tuesday to Sunday, 10 am – 4 pm daily.
Admission is by Donation. Find Us
 Comox Air Force Museum
MUSEUM: The Comox Air Force Museum displays the heritage of 19 Wing Comox and West Coast Canadian Military Aviation. Located at the historic and operational 19 Wing Comox, our Museum records the history and heritage of all of Canada’s Air Forces, from the short-lived Royal Flying Corps of Canada (1917-1918) and Canadian Air Force (1918-1924) through the glory years of the Royal Canadian Air Force (1924-1968), unification of the forces in 1968 and on into the present day. All of this is seen as through a local lens, as our Museum chronicles the history of West Coast military aviation, the history of Comox in particular.
 The Comox Air Force Museum (CAFM), was founded in 1982 to reflect the role and history of 19 Wing (CFB/RCAF/RAF) Comox, the role and history of the Squadrons stationed here and significant Canadian Military Aviation of Western Canada. Originally started as a part of the Air Force Indoctrination School, the Museum was accredited as a stand-alone Canadian Forces Museum in 1987 and opened its doors to the public in its current location, 12 September 1987.
Heritage Air Park: Open May to September, Tuesday to Sunday, 10 am – 4 pm. Located 500 meters from the Museum) Admission Free.
LIBRARY: Our Museum is proud to host one of the finest aviation libraries in Canada. This large collection spans the breadth of aviation; from personal accounts and biographies to technical manuals in the books section, and from Canadian Forces issue service magazines to historical newsletters to specialist aircraft magazines in our periodicals section. At present, the library includes:
- over 7000 books
- fifteen thousand periodicals
- twenty thousand photos
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Situated north-east of Comox is home to the 19 Wing air force detachment at CFB Comox. This base has been instrumental in the development of Comox history with many servicemen eventually returning to the Comox Valley to retire. Also located next door to CFB Comox are the Comox Air Force Museum and the Comox Valley Airport.                                                    

Some of the many planes on display at the 
Heritage Air Park 
CFB Comox, 19 Wing 

 Glacier Gardens Arena near air base in Comox
Used mostly by the CFB Comox personal

                                                                                 Snow Birds

 Snow Birds in formation over Air Force Beach, Comox, BC

Over the course of the 2011 show season from May to October, the Snowbirds will perform in 35 different cities across Canada and in the United States. The Snoowbirds train at Comox Air Force Base in late March or early April

 Display by Snowbirds

                                        Comox Valley Air Port - YQQ
                                 1250 Knight Road, Comox, BC, V9M 4H2, 250-890-0829

Terminal Building at Comox Valley Air Port


Little River Ferry Terminal 

Little River Ferry Terminal is a short drive from the
CFB Base and the Comox Valley Air Port
There is also municipal bus service from Comox & Courtenay


History of the Little River Ferry Terminal (Powell River)

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I was interested in getting this info for my own reasons but thought I would share for those interested. I got this info through a very helpful rep at BCFerries:

The terminal at Comox was built in approximately 1964. Service between Comox and Powell River began in 1964 under the provincial Ministry of Highways. The Comox Queen renamed the Tenaka was built for the Comox--Powell River route. The Queen of the Islands would replace her in the winter months. In 1976 the Sechelt Queen became the primary vessel. In the early 1980's she would be replaced by the Princess of Vancouver, also known as Vancouver Island Princess. BC Ferries began operating the route in 1985 with the Queen of Sidney. Since 2000, the route has been operated by the Queen of Burnaby.

Id love to see some photos from the 60s if anybody knows where some are posted. :)     


 Lest We Forget

War Memorial on Comox Ave

 War Memorial on Comox Ave
 Close up of War Memorial
 Plaques at War Memorial on Comox Ave
 Plaque at War Memorial on Comox Ave
  Wording on Plaque

       Plaque at the entrance to the Comox Marina 
Battle of the Atlantic Monument at entrance to Comox Marina

Plaque on battle monument at Comox Marina
In Memory of those who served in the
Battle of the Atlantic
September 3, 1939 - May 8, 1945

As we stand here safe and free
We wonder why t'was meant to be
That men should die for you and me
On all the oceans white caps flow
We do not have crosses row on row
But we who sleep beneath the sea
Rest in Peace because our country is free

We will remember them
Comox Valley Branch
Royal Canadian Navel Association


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  1. contact information - my new e-mail is