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Air Force Beach

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Activity:
Beach, Picnic
Difficulty:
Easy
Location:
Courtenay/Comox
Time:
15 min - Full Day
Distance:
1-4 km (.6-2.5 mi)

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Air Force Beach. A Beautiful Sand Beach in Comox

Where to this weekend, Vancouver Island: Air Force Beach

Located north of Comox, Kye Bay is situated between the Salish Sea and the Comox Valley Airport. Within Kye Bay, you will find Air Force Beach to the north and Kye Beach at the bay’s south end. A 2km shallow sandy beach is between the two that offers warm water tidal pools with beach access points at each end. Air Force Beach is a private paid beach, and Kye Beach is a public beach. Below you will find information to help you decide which one is best for you.

Sand beach Airforce Beach ComoxHidden behind the Comox Valley Airport is one of the nicest beaches on Vancouver Island, a 2km stretch of white sand worth visiting. Air Force Beach is a private beach at the end of Kilmorley Road in Comox. Once the road ends, the sign reads, “Passes only at this time.” Continue through the gate to the office, where you can purchase your daily or yearly parking pass.

Directions – Google Maps

Kilometres of white sand beach await you. Operated by the Canadian Military, this privately run beach and campground is home to the best beach in the Comox Valley and arguably Vancouver Island.

The primary function of Air Force Beach and TEE PEE Park Campground is to provide camping and beach areas for authorized military personnel, family members, and guests. Luckily for us, with the purchase of a parking pass, civilians can enjoy crystal clear water and a stunning sandy beach. As you pull up to the entrance, it’s evident that the military owns and operates this area. You will quickly notice the fencing and signage you might expect a military operation to have.

The entrance into Air Force Beach can be intimidating.

The gates are open all year round, and although it doesn’t look very welcoming, drive through until you reach the main camp office. Here, you can purchase a day parking pass or a yearly pass. Two parking lots are available. The lower lot is closer to the beach but is smaller. The upper, larger parking lot is big enough to park a trailer or motorhome.

Entrance to Air Force Beach featuring a curved asphalt road leading to a gated area, with a backdrop of lush trees and a glimpse of the sea and mountains in the distance.

Beach Access:
6:00 am – 10:00 pm April 1st – Sept 30th
8:00 am – 6:00 pm Oct 1st – March 31st

Throughout the summer, the food kiosk next to the camp office offers hotdogs, chicken fingers, ice cream, and drinks at a reasonable price. The office building also houses well-maintained and very clean restrooms. They have running water and showers. During the winter months, portapotties are located at the pavilion.

Fires are allowed on the beach with a proper permit and following the park guidelines. Burning of beach driftwood is prohibited.

The beach is unsupervised – swim at your own risk.

Tips and Suggestions

  • Dogs are allowed on the beach but must be kept on a leash under 2 meters at all times.
  • Sand showers are available at the Tee Pee Park Office facility.
  • All other facilities are for registered campers only.
  • The consumption of alcohol is not permitted anywhere on Air Force Beach.
  • Since you are already in the area, visit the Comox Air Force Museum.

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Frequently Asked Questions

WHAT DOES IT COST?
Kye Beach is FREE.
Air Force Beach requires either a Yearly Beach Parking Pass or a Daily Beach Parking Pass that may be purchased at the TeePee Park Office.

ARE FIRES ALLOWED AT AIR FORCE BEACH?
Yes, there are fire rings available, and fires are allowed on Air Force Beach with the proper permit.

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Walking along the Airforce Beach, you will notice large driftwood structures that look like Westcoast cabanas thrown together along the edge of the beach, offering protection from the wind and elements.

Airforce Beach gets its name from the airport and the Canadian Airforce operates out of the military base on the property. It is an operating airport but not overly busy. You might have the opportunity to spot fighter jets, the Snowbirds or other military craft.

 

Hands down the nicest swimming beach in the Comox Valley. Crystal clear water, stunning sandy beaches and you can wander for miles. Must see if you’re in the area!

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Kye Beach – Elks and Royal Purple Park

Elks and Royal Purple Park are at the southeast end of the beach, home to a small parking lot, picnic tables, a kids’ park, and washrooms. During the busy season, it’s common to see a food and icecream truck parked there feeding all of the visitors.

Directions To Kye Beach – Google Maps

You will find a rockery shore that isn’t as pretty, but in just a short walk along the bay, you’ll get to the same white sand you find at Airforce Beach.

Kye Bay Beach’s biggest benefit over Airforce Bech is it’s FREE. Although the access point is only 2km away, it’s located on the other side of the airport. To reach the other side of Kye Bay is an 11km drive around the Comox Valley Airport.

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Which Beach is Best in Courtenay Comox Area

If you are planning to stay the day and wonder what beach is best for you. If you look at the affordable $5 cost for parking at Airforce Beach, you get better washrooms, more space and an all-around better experience.

Whether you decide to visit Airforce or Kye Beach, you won’t be disappointed as Kye Cove is known for being close to the top of the list of Vancouver Island Beaches. It’s recommended to head out during low tide to get the full ‘beach life’ payoff.

 

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FAQ:

WHAT DOES IT COST?
Kye Beach is FREE.
Air Force Beach requires either a Yearly Beach Parking Pass or a Daily Beach Parking Pass that may be purchased at the TeePee Park Office.

ARE FIRES ALLOWED AT AIR FORCE BEACH?
Yes, there are fire rings available, and fires are allowed on Air Force Beach with the proper permit.

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