British Columbia Travel Guide
The unofficial BC Travel & Tourism Guide
Sand meets, sky, sea and scenic inspiration. Quaint and remote, Union Bay can boast of its island-time type getaway experiences like many of Vancouver Island's smaller eastern shore towns and villages. The distinct ocean views over to Texada Island and the Sunshine Coast are blissful in mist or sunshine. Passing sea creatures; seals, porpoise, occasional whales, and salmon all lend to the first hand nature experience some guests get to enjoy. Even more so, by journeying on a vehicle ferry (out of Buckley Bay just eight kilometers south) to popular islands of Denman and Hornby, sailing, kayaking, or pleasure boating the shores, the water vantage point is an exciting way to see Vancouver Island, watch wildlife, and make many stops along the way. In the summer when temperatures are warm enough, an ocean swim is the perfect way to cool off!

The neighboring mountain top adventures of the Forbidden Plateau are mush less forbidden these days and is a host to terrific snowboarding and skiing terrain.

Local lakes are also popular if visitors are looking for fresh water sources rather than open or passage fishing charters. However, if visitors are sea food lovers they can indulge in the famous oysters found in Union Bay which are served at local venues - oysters are a big part of the lifestyle in Union Bay!

Population: 100

Heritage Row
Union Bay Market - local crafts
Forbidden Plateau
Strathcona Provincial Park
Union Bay Post Office - one of two wooden post offices in Canada
Comox Lake - fishing
Kayak rentals available

The First Nation Coastal Salish were the predominant inhabitants of many of the Gulf Islands and Vancouver Island (off the mainland of British Columbia) for thousands of years following the last ice age. Later multiple Spanish and British explorers brought fur trading and European settlers to build new lives in the distant land. Many new industries grew out of their explorations.

First incarnated as "Union Wharf" back in 1887, the community was developed as a port to handle the thriving coal mines that operated out of present day Cumberland (1887 to 1960) - the Union Coal Company mines.

Summer average 18 degrees Celsius
Winter average 2 degrees Celsius


Union Bay Accommodations

Union Bay Things to Do