Planes in the fields around Courtenay, Vancouver Island
A Bird Swimming in the Waters of Courtenay River, Vancouver Island
Sunset View in Courtenay, Vancouver Island
Air park Lagoon breach in Courtenay, Vancouver Island
Air park Lagoon breach in Courtenay, Vancouver Island
Air park Lagoon breach info board in Courtenay, Vancouver Island
Nature wide view around Courtenay, Vancouver Island
Nature view around Courtenay, Vancouver Island
Nature view Through the bars of the arbour - Courtenay, Vancouver Island
Nature view around Courtenay, Vancouver Island
Nature wide view around Courtenay, Vancouver Island
Nature wide view around Courtenay, Vancouver Island
Nature wide view around Courtenay, Vancouver Island
Nature view around Courtenay, Vancouver Island
View of People Standing Under The Arbour - Courtenay, Vancouver Island
Nature wide view around Courtenay, Vancouver Island
People Walking Along The Road In Courtenay, Vancouver Island
View of The Arbour, Nature & Mountains in the distance - Courtenay, Vancouver Island
Air park Lagoon breach in Courtenay, Vancouver Island
Air park Lagoon breach in Courtenay, Vancouver Island
Wide View of A tree full of blossoms around Courtenay, Vancouver Island
View of A tree full of blossoms around Courtenay, Vancouver Island
A road ends with an arbour in Courtenay, Vancouver Island
Wide View of the Courtenay Beach-side, Vancouver Island
View of the Courtenay Beach-side, Vancouver Island
View of A tree full of blossoms around Courtenay, Vancouver Island
Benches View around the park in Courtenay, Vancouver Island
Nature view around Courtenay, Vancouver Island
Nature wide view around Courtenay, Vancouver Island

Courtenay

Courtenay is a single city in the Comox Valley on the east coast of Vancouver Island. Courtenay is the biggest community in the area and the seat of the Comox Valley Regional District, previously known as the Comox-Strathcona Regional District. Courtenay is the residence of The Canadian Scottish Regiment (Princess Mary's), an infantry regiment of the Canadian Armed Forces. Based on archaeological evidence, a Coast Salish fishing settlement has been living on the shores of the Courtenay River Estuary for at least 4,000 years. The Coast Salish residents called the area kw'umuxws (Li'kwala for plentiful) due to the gentle climate, fertile soil, and plentiful sea life. The word was anglicized to Komoux and later on to Comox. Courtenay's economy depended on natural resources like coal, logging, fishing, and agriculture. Now it is focused on providing services to the large retiree community and the military families at CFB Comox; of course, tourism is also a vital part of Courtenay's economy.

Average Weather in Courtenay

Courtenay has a Mediterranean climate with dry summer and cool and wet spring and fall. The average temperature is between 0°C (32°F) in February and 23° (73.4°F) in August.

The Best Time to Courtenay

The best time to visit Courtenay is from mid-July to mid-August when the warm-weather activities are available.

How to Get to Courtenay?

Courtenay Airport Transfers

The Comox Valley Airport (YQQ) has daily direct flights from Vancouver, Calgary, and Edmonton.


Seaplane to Courtenay

Harbour Air Seaplanes have flights from Vancouver Harbour to Comox Harbour terminal, which is only 5.8 km (3.6 miles) away, and you can take a taxi to Courtney.


Ferry to Courtenay

Regular ferry service would take you to Comox Valley from Powell River and Washington State to Victoria. You can go by bus or rent a car at Comox Valley Airport.

Top 15 Attractions in Courtenay

  • Mallard Nature Park
  • The Alberni Project - HMCS Alberni Museum and Memorial
  • Spirits of the West Coast Native Art Gallery
  • Kitty Coleman Woodland Gardens
  • Puntledge River Hatchery
  • Blue Moon Winery
  • I-Hos Gallery
  • Courtenay & District Museum & Paleontology Centre
  • Wayward Distillery
  • Air Park
  • Nymph Falls Nature Park
  • Seal Bay Nature Park
  • Miracle Beach Provincial Park
  • Sid Williams Theatre
  • Paradise Plants Garden Centre
Visiting Courtenay

Discovering Beauty and Entertainment in Courtenay

Courtenay is a beautiful, vibrant city with scenic beaches, rivers, lakes, and tourist activities such as skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, snowboarding, and world-class golfing. Comox Valley is famous for year-round recreation and sports. The Courtenay Riverway is one of the most popular and scenic attractions of the town. The waterfront walkway gives you great views of the Courtenay Estuary, and it's close to the downtown core; bird watching and photography are the most popular activities there. The city comes off real strong regarding the entertainments. They include Landmark Cinemas Courtenay, CHALK Spirits ~ Tapas ~ Billiards, Courtenay Little Theatre Society, Comox Valley Leisure Club, Chances Casino Courtenay, Crypt-Tic scape room, Sid Williams Theatre, and Stan Hagen Theatre.


Courtenay gardens

Gardens, Parks, and Natural Green Attractions in Courtenay

  • Park Plateau
  • Sandwick Park
  • Monarch Park
  • Sunrise park
  • Northeast Woods
  • Cape Lazo RV & Campground
  • Blue Jay Park
  • Lancaster Park
  • MacDonald Wood Park
  • Skeena Park
  • Condor Park
  • Village Park
  • Park Drive Park
  • Pioneer Memorial Park
  • Port Augusta Park
  • Marina Park
  • Lewis Park
  • One Spot Trail
  • Malcolm Morrison Sr. Park
  • First Street Park
  • Simms Millenuim Park
  • Courtenay Marina Park
  • Cousins Park
  • Anderton Nursery
  • Gardens on Anderton

Beaches, Lakes, Rivers, Water-based Activities and Winter adventurers in Courtenay

Museums and Art Galleries in Courtenay

  • Courtenay & District Museum
  • Comox Archives & Museum Society
  • The Alberni Project - HMCS Alberni Museum and Memorial
  • Cumberland Museum & Archives
  • Comox Air Force Museum
  • Courtenay Airpark Lagoon Salt Marsh
  • Railway Station Parking
  • Comox Valley Art Gallery
  • Spirits of the West Coast Art Gallery
  • Cedar Roots Native Art Gallery
  • Artwrx Studio (formerly Art Alchemy)
  • Artful : The Gallery
  • I-Hos Gallery
  • Pearl Ellis Gallery
  • Backdoor Gallery & Studio
  • Potter's Place

Festivals and Events in Courtenay

  • Life Drawing
  • The Masonic Hall, Cumberland
  • Earth Week Festival
  • Creativity And Innovation Day
  • World Immunization Week
  • Full Moon, Supermoon
  • The Cumby
  • Cumberland Forest
  • May Day / Beltane
  • Globally And Northern Hemisphere
  • Victoria Day Long Weekend
  • Across Canada
  • World Biodiversity Day
  • Total Lunar Eclipse
  • Cv Arts Virtual Central Island Studio Tour
  • Central Vancouver Island
  • World Bicycle Day 
  • Sustainable Gastronomy Day
  • Miners Memorial Weekend
  • Cumberland Wild Music Festival
  • National Indigenous Peoples Day
Entertainment in Courtenay

Nightlife and Entertainment in Courtenay

  • Rewind Coffee Bar
  • Mex Pub
  • High Tide, pub
  • The Timber Room pub
  • Cornerstone Taphouse pub and restaurant
  • Avalanche Bar and Grill
  • Flying Canoe West Coast Pub
  • Whistle Stop Neighbourhood Pub
  • Chalk pub
  • Browns Socialhouse Courtenay
  • Ocean7 Restaurant AQUA Bistro & Wine Bar

Free Attractions in Courtenay

Services in Courtenay

Public Transportation in Courtenay

Courtenay Public transportation includes bus, ferry, airplane, and taxi.


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Where to Stay in Courtenay

Courtenay offers a wide range of accommodations that vary in price and services. The best area to stay in Courtenay is downtown, where you can be close to transportation services and entertainment. However, you can find comfortable lodgings further away from downtown.

Hotels:
Crown Isle Resort & Golf Community
Best Western The Westerly Hotel
Old House Hotel & Spa
Bay View Hotel

Self-Catered Accommodations:
 Ginger Giraffe B&B
Serenity lodge bed and breakfast
Stafford House Bed & Breakfast
Arbour Cottage Bed & Breakfast
Royston House Bed & Breakfast on Royston
Salsbury House B&B
Little Bear Garden View B&B

Hostels:
Port Augusta Inn
River Heights Motel
Super 8 by Wyndham Courtenay
Comox Valley Inn & Suites
Travelodge by Wyndham Courtenay
The Riding Fool Hostel
Kingfisher Oceanside Resort and Spa

Guesthouses:
Kye Bay Guest Lodge & Cottages
Lake Trail Guesthouse


Shopping in Courtenay

Most of the shops are located downtown; however, there are great shops all over the city. Crown Isle Plaza, Comox Centre Mall, Driftwood Mall, SmartCentres Courtenay, Everything Wet Store The, La Cache, Joe Fresh and Lake Trail Thrift Store are some of the best.

Food and Beverage Services in Courtenay

Restaurant and Café in Courtenay

Most of Courtenay's restaurants are around 5th street and N Island Highway. Here are the names of the best of them:
Taco Bandido, Plates Eatery & Catering Co., George's Food Bar Ltd, Pizzeria Guerilla, Nikkei Ramen-ya, Black Market Food Truck, OFF MAIN, Union Street Grill and Grotto, The Yellaow Deli, Il Falcone Restaurant, Bisque Restaurant, Yiamas Greek Taverna, Seh-mi Japanese Restaurant Courtenay, Javier's Latin Cuisine Restaurant, Locals Restaurant, Mudsharks Coffee Bar, Atlas Café, Cappuccino Grande Café, Bigfoot Donuts, Rhodos Coffee and Bistro, The Hen and Hog Café, Park Café, Courtenay Grind Espresso & Smoothie Bar, The Bayside Café, Tin Town Cafe

Courtenay Restaurants and Cafes

Wineries, Breweries, Distilleries, Pubs, and Bars in Courtenay

Beaufort Vineyard & Estate Winery, 40 Knots Winery, Wine Cottage The, Signature Wine Cellars, Corks and Caps by VanIsle Wine, Beer Makers, Ace Brewing Company Limited, Gladstone Brewing Co., New Tradition Brewing Company, Land & Sea Brewing Company Ltd.

Health and Wellness in Courtenay

Sport and Wellness Centers and Spas Courtenay

Sport and Wellness Centers, Spas, and Recreational Therapy in Courtenay

  • Studio IPF: Inner Pursuit Fitness
  • CrossFit Constant Conditioning
  • Impulse Studio
  • Titanium Athletics
  • BodyNetix Professional Fitness Training
  • Imagine Laserworks North Island
  • The House of Now
  • Cloud 9 Health & Wellness
  • Finding North
  • White Cedar Integrated Wellness Clinic & Studio
  • Sam Shields Transformations
  • Dayspring Massage Therapy Clin
  • Gigi Spa Boutique
  • Sudhana's Healing Solutions for Women
  • Danni's At-Home-Spa Mobile Esthetics
  • Out of Business
  • The Lost Faucet Sauna House
  • Recreational Therapy
  • Bodyworx Physiotherapy
  • Body Craft Therapeutics
  • Range of Motion Exercise and Massage Therapy
  • BodyWell Remedial Exercise & Registered Massage Therapy
  • Affirmations Massage Therapy

What you Can Expect to Do Near Courtenay

The Hike to Trent Falls

The Hike to Trent Falls

The Hike to Century Sam Lake

The Hike to Century Sam Lake

Lake Helen Mackenzie and Battleship Lake Loop Hike

Lake Helen Mackenzie and Battleship Lake Loop Hike

Hiking on the Courtenay Riverway Heritage Walk

Hiking on the Courtenay Riverway Heritage Walk

Mount Washington Snowmobiling

Mount Washington Snowmobiling

Mount Washington Snowboarding

Mount Washington Snowboarding

Mount Washington Snowshoeing

Mount Washington Snowshoeing

Mount Washington Skiing

Mount Washington Skiing

Camping in Circlet Lake Campground

Camping in Circlet Lake Campground

Camping in Kwai Lake Campground

Camping in Kwai Lake Campground

Camping in Helen Mackenzie Lake Campground

Camping in Helen Mackenzie Lake Campground

Campbell River Whale Watching

Campbell River Whale Watching

Camping in Fillongley Provincial Park Campground

Camping in Fillongley Provincial Park Campground

Camping in Deep Bay RV Park

Camping in Deep Bay RV Park

Camping in Ford's Cove Marina

Camping in Ford's Cove Marina

What you Can Expect to See Near Courtenay

Comox

Comox

Courtenay

Courtenay

Mount McBride

Mount McBride

Goose Spit Park

Goose Spit Park

Kitty Coleman Woodland Gardens

Kitty Coleman Woodland Gardens

Tribune Bay Provincial Park

Tribune Bay Provincial Park

Rosewall Creek Falls

Rosewall Creek Falls

Brown's River Falls

Brown's River Falls

Beaufort Range

Beaufort Range

Myra Falls (Lower Myra Falls)

Myra Falls (Lower Myra Falls)

Elk Falls

Elk Falls

Trent River

Trent River

Elk Falls Provincial Park

Elk Falls Provincial Park

Trent River Falls

Trent River Falls

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