Drive up-Island to Courtenay, turn right toward Comox, keep going straight through downtown Comox and you’ll hit Goose Spit Regional Park. No, the geese don’t spit there. Or maybe they do. It’s a sand spit great for swimming, strolling, boating and sunset photography. Just up the coast from there is Kin Beach Provincial Park, boasting a rocky beach great for picnics and exploring. Just up from there is Kye Bay, with a sweeping tidal sandy beach that’s great for swimming, boating and exploring. Less busy than some of the better-known beaches but no less spectacular. Still heading up-Island, you’ll find the Seal Bay Nature Park and Kitty Coleman Provincial Park, both with rocky beaches great for exploring.