The city of Courtenay is home to approximately 24,099 people (according to the 2011 census) and is situated in the heart of the Comox Valley.
Courtenay was officially incorporated back on New Years day in 1915, named after the Courtenay River (which starts where the Puntledge and Tsolumn rivers merge). After about 30 years Courtenay was upgraded to city status.
While the entire Comox Valley offers an incredible selection of recreational opportunities, Courtenay acts as a hub as it is home to the majority of hotels, and infrastructure. The bulk of retail and big box stores, industrial & commercial can be found in Courtenay. Comox and Cumberland, while they both have their specialty shops and downtown core, consist primarily of residential.
Courtenay is home to an excellent selection of shopping and restaurants. Its downtown core (5th St) has many specialty shops to serve tastes of all kinds, and is a short walk to Lewis Park and the Puntledge River.
Courtenay is about a 2 and half hour drive North of Victoria BC (approximately 220 kms). Heading to the west you will find Comox and to the east Cumberland – both of which are less than 10 km’s away.