British Columbia Travel Guide
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Photo: Carla Funk
Downtown Courtenay is considered one of the most vibrant and charming downtowns on Vancouver Island. In addition to unique shops, services and eateries, Courtenay is also home to an incredible cultural district that includes the Sid Williams Civic Theatre, Comox Valley Art Gallery and the Courtenay and District Museum and Paleontology Centre.

Courtenay is positioned for outdoor and public activities that range from the performing arts to the closest neighboring town to the very popular Mount Washington Ski Area. The community houses hatcheries (salmon, fish), rivers, camp grounds, village shops and amenities, lush forest surroundings, parks, an airpark, and a wildlife estuary.

Population: 21,000+

Sid Williams Civic Theatre
Comox Valley Art Gallery
The Courtenay and District Museum and Paleontology Centre
Puntledge Fish Hatchery
Kitty Coleman Woodland Gardens
Comox Lake trout fishing
Trumpeter Swan Festival (February)
Saltwater Charters
Kayaking or Canoeing

For centuries following the ice age the Kwakwala tribe of the Salish First Nations resided in this middle region of Vancouver Island (as it is known today). Their history and artifacts are preserved at the local museums and their totems remain apart of the community on display year round.

The local river, Courtney River, happened to be named after Captain George William Courtenay of HMS Constance stationed to the Pacific in 1846.

Summer average 18 degrees Celsius
Winter average 2 degrees Celsius

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