MCTS COMOX

Aerial view of the Comox station near the edge of a cliff on Vancouver Island

The original station opened in 1908 on a high sandstone bluff know as Cape Lazo. The initial call sign for this station was SKD but was changed to VAC in 1913. The original name of Lazo, or Cape Lazo Radio was later changed to Comox Radio and eventually Comox Coast Guard Radio. Contrary to most east coast and Great Lakes stations, the west coast service was not run by the Marconi Company but by Government employees from what was then called the Department of Marine and Fisheries. Initially, the station had a range of 150 miles. Not unlike most stations in the west coast network, the power supply for Cape Lazo was generated by a 5 horsepower gas engine.

For nearly six decades the Cape Lazo Station provided mainly safety and weather broadcast service from its site on top of the bluff. In 1962 a new station was built in the civil air terminal building and operations continued from the airport until 1993, when a new facility was completed on the original site at Cape Lazo.

In 1994, with the closure of Alert Bay CG Radio, Comox CG Radio's area of responsibility (AOR) and staff doubled, now encompassing all of Johnstone Strait, Queen Charlotte Strait and southern Queen Charlotte Sound.

The integration of the Coast Guard Radio and Vessel Traffic Services functions offered the alignment of the radio and traffic functions to be covered; this simplified the operation for the Centre and its clients. Comox MCTS Centre became a fully integrated MCTS Centre on April 1, 1996.

 

Site Details

Staffing:

  • 1 Officer in Charge
  • 11 Marine Communications & Traffic Services Officers
  • 6 Supervisors

Area of Responsibility:

MCTS Comox area of responsibility

MCTS Comox area of Responsibility includes all Canadian waters bounded on the south by a line from Reception Point light, 49°28’15.9”N 123°53’12”W; to Merry Island light 49°28’03.5”N 123°54’40”W; to Ballenas Island light 49°21’02”N 124°09’32”W; to Cottam Point 49°18’57”N 124°12’45”W; and bounded on the north by a line from Cape Sutil 50° 52'34.23"N 128° 3' 7.24"W to Mexicana Point 50° 54' 51.96"N 127° 59' 58.04"W then to Cape Caution 51°09'50"N 127°47'06"W.

Communication Sites Located at:

  • Alert Bay 50 35 12 N / 126 55 28 W
  • Port Hardy 50 41 35 N / 127 41 57 W
  • Discovery Mountain 50 19 27 N / 125 22 16 W
  • Cape Lazo 49 42 24 N / 124 51 41 W
  • Texada Island 49 41 47 N / 124 26 07 W

For Radio Services call Comox Coast Guard Radio.

For Vessel Traffic Services call Comox Traffic.

Contact Information:

Mailing address:

Canadian Coast Guard
Officer-in-Charge - MCTS Operations
Comox MCTS Centre
P.O. Box 220
Lazo, BC V0R 2K0

Telephone Numbers:

  • 250-339-3613 MCTS Operations/Supervisor
  • 250-339-2523 Officer-in-Charge
  • 250-339-0748 CMB - South area
  • 250-974-5305 CMB - North area

Facsimile:

250-339-2372

Email:

mctscomox@pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca

Call Sign:

VAC

Maritime Mobile Service Identity Number:

00 316 0014 MCTS

Comox/VAC - Ship/shore Communications:

Radio Aids to Marine Navigation (RAMN): Pacific and Western Arctic

Continuous broadcast information available by telephone:

  • Comox Area 250-339-0748
  • Alert Bay 250-974-5305 (Alert Bay area)