Union Bay

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The seaside community of Union Bay is located on the east coast of Vancouver Island just 15 kilometres south of Courtenay. Union Bay was home to the Pentlatch First Nations for thousands of years and presently home to 1,200 permanent residents. 

Union Bay was first settled in 1862. It was developed as a port for the thriving coal mines in Cumberland. Union Bay was originally called Union Wharf after the 200 metre wharf that extended out in to the ocean with rail tracks for the trains that filled the freight ships with coal. For many years Union Bay was a thriving deep sea shipping port, the busiest on the West Coast of North America. The population of Union Bay at the time was 10,000 including a large Chinese community. After WWII demand for coal dwindled and the last ship left port in 1946. The coal ovens and the wharf were dismantled in the 1960’s. There remains in Union Bay the original church, school, and post office. 

Union Bay might look like a sleepy town but there is plenty to do in the surrounding area for the outdoor enthusiast. There is hiking, biking, golfing, skiing, snowboarding, diving, fishing, kayaking, whale watching, and wildlife viewing. There is a market in the summer months. 

Services in Union Bay are very limited. There is a church, museum, library, general store, credit union, and liquor store. There is a restaurant, coffee shop, and pub to choose from. All the services one would require can be obtained in nearby Courtenay or Cumberland. 

If you are considering calling Union Bay home, BC Island Homes.com has detailed listings of homes and properties for sale in Union Bay.

Your West Coast.com has an Accommodations Directory with a complete list of the bed & breakfasts, cabins & cottages, condos & suites, farm stays, hotels, inns & motels, lodges, resorts & retreats, and vacation homes available to welcome you to Union Bay. Alternatively, a complete list of campgrounds and rv parks can be found in the Your West Coast.com Recreation & Leisure Directory.

While staying in Union Bay, what better way to learn about the community than to seize the opportunity for some fun, food, and education! Your West Coast.com has a complete range of directories for you to enjoy everything Union Bay has to offer. Plan out your day, your weekend, or your week in Union Bay using Your West Coast directories that include Arts Culture & HeritageFarms Farmers & FoodFestivals & EventsRecreation & Leisure, and Business & Services.

Community Events:

Check the Union Bay community calendar on Your West Coast.com every day for upcoming annual events, arts, meetings, recreation, music, and education in your community.