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Downtown Courtenay British Columbia
Courtenay is situated in the Comox Valley on the east coast
of Vancouver Island, the largest of the islands off British Columbia's Pacific
coast. Courtenay, along with the town of Comox, the Village of
Cumberland, and the unincorporated settlements of Royston, Union Bay, Fanny
Bay, Black Creek and Merville are collectively referred to as the Comox Valley.
The city was named after the Courtenay River, which in turn,
was named after George William Courtenay, captain of the British
ship HMS Constance, which was stationed in the area between 1846
and 1849. Courtenay and the Comox Valley was first settled by
the Komux people, the name Comox is derived from the Salish Indian word "Koumuckthay",
meaning "Land of Plenty".
Courtenay enjoys short, mild winters and warm, dry summers.
Weather systems that bring heavier rainfall and storms generally pass over
us en route to the British Columbia mainland. The Comox Valley is one of the
few places in Canada where, in the winter months, one can ski in the morning
and golf in the afternoon.
Courtenay is connected via the Inland Island Highway ( BC highway
#19 ) and via the older coastal route (highway #19A) to Nanaimo and
Victoria to the south, and to Campbell River to the north.
The BC Ferries terminal at Little River on the Comox Peninsula connects
Vancouver Island to Powell River on the BC Mainland.
Nearby Comox Airport (YQQ) is the arrival point for daily scheduled
flights daily from Vancouver and Calgary.
The Courtenay Airpark provides landing facilities
for small private aircraft.
BC Transit operates a local bus service within the Comox Valley.
Courtenay, and the surrounding Comox Valley is home to a thriving
artistic community. The Filberg
Festival, a four day showcase of arts, crafts and music, is held in
Comox every year on the first weekend in August.
Comox Nautical Days are also held on the first weekend in August in Marina
Park. This yearly three day celebration of Comox's marine heritage includes
a "Build, Bail & Sail" event, Ceremony of the Flags, Fireworks and Comox
CYMC, a three week summer music festival offers aspiring young musicians
opportunities to practice their chops at numerous workshops and performances.
The annual Island Music Fest in
July brings world renowned performers to the Comox Valley.
Courtenay and the Comox Valley has something
for everyone: culture, scenic beauty, numerous outdoor recreational opprortunities,
mild climate and a relaxed lifestyle are all here to enjoy.
City of Courtenay
Area: 17.02 km²
Population: 18,304 (2001)
Population density: 1,075.3/km²
Time zone: Pacific: UTC -8