Courtenay is the largest and fastest growing city in the Comox Valley. It spans both sides of the Courtenay river and extends out into the north, south, east and west regional areas. The original main street is 5th street where you will still find an active shopping area along with a number of eating and drinking establishments. The new main street is now recognized as Cliffe Avenue where you can find a number of strip malls and larger shopping mall complexes. This business-friendly town has a Walmart, Superstore, Canadian Tire, Best Buy, Costco, Home Depot and many other big box stores as well as a wide variety of smaller businesses. Eating, drinking, social, entertainment and recreational choices are numerous.
Over the past few years new construction in the city has continued at a fairly brisk pace. Courtenay offers a number of established neighbourhoods to families such as Valley View Estates and Aberdeen Heights in East Courtenay. The downtown core offers both historic turn of the century homes and newly constructed options. Many split-level homes and similar homes built in the 1960s are located throughout the main city area while many other styles of homes can be found in the western, northern and southern areas of the city. There are some great condominiums located downtown near the boardwalk by the Courtenay river and a variety of patio homes, town homes, and half-duplexes within and near the downtown areas. Farmland and acreages border the city to the west, east, north and south.
Housing options within the City of Courtenay are extensive. The 2019 average price for single family homes in the central part of the city sits around $500,000 while East Courtenay approaches $600,000. The north, south and west are quite varied in the type and style of homes offered for sale. There is not much you cannot find in and near this city. Oceanview, mountain view, and farmland properties dot the landscape as do most styles of homes. Some are located in well established large neighbourhoods whiles others occupy space in smaller areas.
Most people who are aware of the City of Courtenay are also familiar with some of the local events such as the annual Vancouver Island Music Festival. This music festival brings in a variety of well-known performers in the July time frame. In 2019, the festival takes places at the local fairgrounds from July 12-14.
Courtenay is located about mid way up Vancouver Island about an hour and 15 minutes north of Nanaimo. It is also located about 5-10minutes drive away from the Comox Valley airport where flights are regularly scheduled to Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton.
Courtenay offers a variety of eating and drinking options that range from fast food establishments to upscale restaurants. Recreational opportunities are extensive and include almost everything that you can think of. Social clubs are active and they cater to a variety of different age groups. If you are looking for urban living without the stresses of a large city this location may be a great option for you. Just about everything is located within 15 minutes of the city except for the Mount Washington Alpine Resort and ski hill which is about 35 minutes from downtown. Why not drop by and explore what this area has to offer.