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 Home > Travel BC > BC Cities and Towns > The Islands  > Courtenay

Courtenay is located 57 km (35 miles) north of Qualicum Beach and 40 km (25 miles) south of Campbell River off Hwy 19. Courtenay is situated on the east coast of Vancouver Island and borders the communities of Comox and Cumberland with all three included in the Comox Valley Regional District.

5th Street
The most activity in Courtenay where the businesses and services are located is called 5th Street. This is the older section of Courtenay, where you can find most coffee shops, banks, small stores with people walking and talking with each other all within walking distance.

Puntledge and Tsolum Rivers
Courtenay is beautifully located just downstream from where the Puntledge and Tsolum Rivers both meet to form the slow-moving Courtenay River. The Puntledge River is dammed farther upstream high above the community and supplies power to the BC Hydro electrical grid plus proving a wilderness area at Nymph Falls Nature Park. The Tsolum is a major salmon-producing river with the Tsolum Hatchery situated upstream on Headquarters Creek.

Courtenay District Museum & Paleontology Centre
When visiting Courtenay, try and get a chance to visit the Courtenay District Museum & Paleontology Centre located downtown. The centre, which is housed in a very historic Courtenay building, features local historical artifacts with emphasis on local First Nations and the relationship between Europeans in the Comox Valley.

Courtenay Riverway
The Courtenay Riverway is a 3.5 km (2.2 miles) multi-use paved trail containing various wooden boardwalk and bridges that span a large area full of vast wildlife. Starting at Marina Park near the Info Centre, the Courtenay Riverway takes you along the remarkable Courtenay River Estuary to Comox Bay. For birdwatching, the estuary is a wintering site for endangered trumpeter swans and other migratory birds.

Sid Williams Theatre
For ongoing entertainment, you'll have to book a visit to the Sid Williams Theatre to see a live show performed in this beautiful venue. Located near the Courtenay River Bridge on 5th Street, the theatre is conveniently situated across from Lewis Park and very close to the shops in downtown Courtenay.

Mount Washington Alpine Resort
Courtenay is home to Vancouver Island's most popular ski and snowboard resort called Mount Washington Alpine Resort. Consistently having some of British Columbia's highest snow-pack levels, Mount Washington has numerous chairlifts and a large area of cross-country skiing plus a local village and store containing mountain-top accommodation and entertainment.

Strathcona Provincial Park
In the summer, Mount Washington Alpine Resort serves as a staging ground for hiking into nearby Strathcona Provincial Park, the oldest provincial park in British Columbia. Forbidden Plateau, a large mountain that overlooks Courtenay, is in Strathcona Provincial Park and can easily be reached by hiking in from the Paradise Meadows Trailhead which starts near the Raven Lodge part of the Mount Washington Alpine Resort.

Crown Isle Resort & Community Golf
Courtenay has a number of golf courses in the nearby vicinity. One favourite you'll enjoy is situated at Crown Isle Resort & Community Golf. Crown Isle, rated in the top-end category with world-class hospitality, is situated in the Comox Valley and contains stunning views of the Comox Glacier and the Beaufort Mountain Range.

Kitty Coleman Woodland Gardens
To view a serene garden featuring over 3000 varieties of rhododendrons - Western Canada's largest collection - you have to come to the Kitty Coleman Woodland Gardens. The facility is located in the Comox Valley Regional District just north-west of the Courtenay border with Comox. This woodland garden displays many natural and resident plants of the Comox Valley and features the Art& Bloom Festival taking place annually on the May long weekend.

Kingfisher Oceanside Resort & Spa
For those who love to pamper themselves, there is no better spa to do it in than the Kingfisher Oceanside Resort & Spa. Full of proven spa techniques, the Kingfisher takes you through various stages of relaxation therapies featuring the patented Pacific Mist Hydropath. The Kingfisher is set in a beautiful building style in a very traditional West Coast setting.

Atlas Café
Courtenay has a number of good restaurants, coffee shops and cafés available. One favourite is the Atlas Café located at 250 6th Street. At the Atlas, you can find a reasonably priced meal with a serving of generous proportions. Also included in good eateries are the Union Street Grill, Billy D's Public House and the Old House. There are also a number of good coffee shops including Starbucks.

Comox Valley Exhibition Grounds
Courtenay has a number of events throughout the year including - The Vancouver Island Music Festival and Comox Valley Fall Fair, both taking place at the Comox Valley Exhibition Grounds.

For a celebration of food, music, fun, arts and crafts you have to visit nearby Comox and the Filberg Festival which occurs annually on the BC Day long-weekend in August. For whitewater rafters, there is also the Puntledge River Paddle Festival.

Puntledge RV Campground
Situated near the Puntledge River on Condensory Road, and located within a 5-minute walking distance to downtown Courtenay, is the Puntledge RV Campground. The full-service RV campground is operated by the Gila'kasla First Nations and features the Nim Nim Interpretive Centre with a First Nation gift shop. The Puntledge RV campground is close to a good swimming hole found at the nearby bridge and connects up with trails that lead downstream towards the meeting of the Tsolum River.

Information on Courtenay: Includes; Travel, Recreation, Accommodation, Places to Eat and First Nations



Map of the Comox Valley
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Courtenay Map - Google

Courtenay River
Courtenay River


Courtenay District Museum & Paleontology Centre
Courtenay District Museum


Sid Williams Theatre
Sid Williams Theatre


Mount Washington Resort
Mount Washington Resort


View From Mount Washington
View From Mount Washington


Kitty Coleman Woodland Gardens
Kitty Coleman Woodland Gardens


Comox Glacier
Comox Glacier


5th Street in Courtenay
5th Street in Courtenay

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