COMOX, town, pop 12,136 (2006), overlooks GEORGIA STRAIT on the east side of VANCOUVER ISLAND, 4 km east along Comox Harbour from COURTENAY. The name derives from a Kwakwala (see KWAKWAKA'WAKW) word meaning "plenty." The site was used by the Royal Navy as a training location from the 1850s. Farm settlement began in 1862; the construction of a wharf in 1874 brought steamer traffic and the development of a small community. It grew as...

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