Denman Islanders are fortunate to have access to a large number of amenities, making the Island a desirable place to live part-time or year-round. The few needs that cannot be met here can be found in the nearby Comox Valley, and even delivered by post or courier.
Provisions can be found in the charming village of “Downtown Denman”, where the well-stocked General Store provides gas, groceries, propane, a post office and liquor sales. During the summer and early fall, one can also find fruit and vegetables at the local farmers’ markets.
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In the Village Square, the Hardware Store stocks most building and gardening supplies, while Abraxas Books & Gifts offers art supplies, local crafts and books in a broad range of genres. A craft co-operative, two bistros, a library a community hall and an activity centre with a gym also form part of the downtown centre.
Accommodation on Denman is provided at Bed and Breakfasts across the Island, ranging from the rustic to the luxurious.
Medical and Emergency Services on Denman Island include Paramedics, a volunteer Fire Department, and a Medical Clinic staffed by three excellent physicians. Counseling, home support, massage therapy, traditional Chinese medicine, homeopathy and dental services are also available.
Schooling is provided for the Island’s youngest residents at the Blackberry Lane Children’s Centre, which offers Waldorf-based preschool and after-school care programs.
The Denman Island Community School is a K-7 public school with an innovative 21st-century approach to learning. The Community School is also the centre of a variety of continuing education programs for learners of all ages.
Older children are transported to Courtenay by bus to one of two secondary schools: Vanier or Marcus Isfeld, which offers a french-immersion alternative.
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High-speed internet, cellular service and satellite TV are available throughout the Island, as are postal and courier services. A free public computer and internet access site is also located in downtown Denman.
Spiritual services can be found at either of our two churches: the United Church or the Denman Island Anglican Church. Earth-based and Eastern practices are also honoured in a variety of venues, including yoga and Tai-chi studios, and the Hermitage Buddhist Retreat Centre.
Employment opportunities, Economic Development Grants, and workshops for small businesses can be accessed through Denman Works! Their website also features current activity listings for the Island.