Comox Valley Ground Search and Rescue has played a vital role in the Comox Valley for over 40 years and we look forward to many more years of service.

We are a volunteer organization providing a wide range of search and rescue services, including rope and swift water rescue, avalanche rescue, and first aid. Our coverage area ranges from Oyster River in the north to Cook Creek in the south and from Buttle Lake in the west to the Georgia Strait in the east, including Denman and Hornby Islands. We also work closely with other Search and Rescue groups to provide mutual aid to communities across the province.

Our highly committed volunteers are on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In 2017, our 60+ members collectively contributed over 12,000 hours to search and rescue operations, educational programs, and community events.

Donate to CV GSAR

Comox Valley GSAR like other SAR groups in BC relies upon donations and grants in order to maintain our equipment, train our volunteers and keep the lights on.

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2 months ago
British Columbia Search and Rescue Association

Holiday Hours for the team

Schools are closed for winter break, so let the holidays begin! With that we want to remind everyone of the 80 recognized ground search and rescue groups’s hours over the holiday season, so please ... See more

2 months ago
Vancouver Island Avalanche Center Society

Lots of fresh snow in the mountains, but keep an eye on the avalanche bulletins if you're planning a back country trip. Tomorrow's forecast shows avalanche risk at High for Alpine and Treeline due ... See more

Avoid exposure to all avalanche terrain during the warm temperature spikes accompanied by rain events over this forecast period. The thin/shallow early season snowpack will quickly lose stability as ... See more

2 months ago
City of Courtenay

Please exercise caution near the Puntledge River over the next days. BC Hydro will be increasing flows to manage reservoir levels.

BC Hydro Update on Puntledge River Operations, Friday, December 14:

"Since the last operational update, the forecast has significantly worsened in potential inflows into the Comox Lake reservoir. ... See more

2 months ago
'Life threatening' avalanches possible through much of B.C.'s backcountry | CBC News

Is that snow up on them thar hills?

Everyone is eager to get out and play in the snow, but ensure you know before you go. Go into the backcountry prepared with the right gear and know how.
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Avalanche warnings have been issued for wide swaths of B.C.'s backcountry, after a major dump of snow in parts of the province.

2 months ago
Kamloops Search and Rescue

RIP Taz 🐾. Our thoughts are with his handler, SAR team and the search dog community.

We are saddened by the sudden passing of Taz.

As a puppy Taz contracted an infection that led to other illness. After a long period without any symptoms, his illness returned last week.

Taz came ... See more

2 months ago
British Columbia Search and Rescue Association

This holiday season we are offering a special price for our services: $0.00! Ok, it's not much of a special - we never charge for callouts!

Response & Prevention in BC is all FREE. If you get lost, in trouble or hurt and you need BC Search and Rescue, please call your local Police, we will never charge you.

2 months ago

As is tradition, our team received a callout last night in the middle of our xmas party 🥴🎅.

A person at a different party had gone missing after falling into Comox Lake, so the team responded ... See more

2 months ago
Strathcona Provincial Park

Planning a trip to The Forbidden Plateau this winter? Here's a few tips to remember when venturing around the area in the upcoming months. ❄️

-Mount Washington does an amazing job of clearing ... See more

3 months ago
Photos from Comox Valley Ground Search & Rescue's post

The team was tasked this afternoon to assist BC Ambulance Service with a medivac of a youthful hiker celebrating her 80th birthday with a family hike to Lake Helen McKenzie. The boardwalks are very ... See more

3 months ago
Photos from Comox Valley Ground Search & Rescue's post

The team responded tonight to a report of dog missing in the Browns River at the Medicine Bowls. Earlier in the afternoon 2 dogs ended up in the water at the bowls and while attempting to rescue ... See more

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