Courtenay is a city of more than 25,000 that is right next door to Comox. In fact, Courtenay East buts right up against Comox at McDonald Road. The city is a bustling metropolis with galleries, theatres, shops and restaurants. In additional to unique shops, services and eateries, Courtenay is also home to an incredible cultural district.
This commercial and residential centre spans the Courtenay River and offers many urban amenities but without the stress, congestion and rushed feeling associated with a larger city like Vancouver. Tempt your palate at about 80 local eating and drinking establishments. Recreation opportunities are endless in the Comox Valley, where you can enjoy world class skiing at Mount Washington, golfing on seven different courses including the renowned Crown Isle Resort and Golf Community, or sail the famed waters of Desolation Sound. As well, there are numerous parks, hiking and mountain bike trails, rock-climbing, kayaking, fishing and much more.
Enjoy a diversity of entertainment venues at local bars and pubs, and live performances at the Sid Williams Theatre. Shop at the big box stores, many different shopping plazas and several malls or head out and enjoy a myriad of outdoor activities that range from farmers markets to wine tasting as well as a diverse number of recreational, social, and sporting events.
This century old city is currently the fourth largest city on Vancouver Island. Courtenay is located in the geographic centre of the Comox Valley. Its residents are able to enjoy the natural beauty of the area on a daily basis. Many of the homes for sale offer spectacular, captivating, and calming views of the Comox Glacier.
This natural wonder is known to the K’omoks First Nation people as Queneesh, the White Whale. This name was applied to the glacier when it appeared to rise from receding flood waters many thousands of years ago. Other scenic views include those of the Beaufort Mountain range to the West and the Coastal Mountain range to the East. While driving around, it is hard to miss the great views of the ocean water filling the Comox Bay and the connected Puntledge River. Courtenay is home to the annual Vancouver Island Music Festival, the annual Comox Valley Exhibition (agricultural fair), and the Comox Valley Classic Cruisers Car Club.
Courtenay’s original main street is 5th street but Cliffe Avenue has become, for all practical purposes, the new main street. Here you will find a number of quaint family owned shops as well as the big box store chains and just about everything in between. Most amenities in the local area can be accessed in 10-15 minutes or less from the downtown core. Courtenay is all about choice. Go for a swim in the aquatic centre or work out is a local gym.
Take, for example, the fact that we have more than 100 eating and drinking establishments and businesses within or close to the city. Add the social and cultural options, the recreational opportunities, the clubs, specialty businesses and the volunteer organizations and you can be kept busy for most of the year if you want to. Or, simply take in the fabulous scenic beauty of the surrounding mountains, ocean, and nearby rainforest and parks and enjoy the slower pace of island life.