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Courtenay

Courtenay forms part of the area known as the Comox Valley, along with the communities of Comox and Cumberland. Vibrant, fun and unique, the downtown area has a classic charm that is not often found, and one that is well worth the trip. From cozy bookshops to cutting edge fashion, fresh flowers to hand-made chocolates, antique treasures to fossil discovery tours at the Courtenay Museum & Paleontology Centre. A member of The Great Canadian Fossil Trail, fascinating artifacts have put this community and the Comox Valley on the national and international map. For a pause from a busy life visit the Kitty Coleman Woodland Gardens set amid the tranquil beauty of 24 forested acres. Experience the splendour of over 3,500 rhododendrons, plants, and water features thriving in a beautiful, natural setting. See fish hatching at the Puntledge Fish Hatchery which has an underwater viewing area to observe the salmon in the pond. Fishing, paddling, bird watching, scuba diving, hiking are all here amid this stunning setting.

A river near Maple Pool Campground & RV Resort in Courtenay.

Location

Courtenay is located on the east coast of North Central Vancouver Island, 4 km (2.5 mi) west of Comox and 108 km (67 mi) north of Nanaimo on Highway 19. It is the largest city in the Comox Valley.

An outdoor banquet at the Maple Pool Campground & RV Park in Courtenay.

A Step Back in Time

Courtenay was officially incorporated as a town on January 1, 1915. 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 became a city in 1953.

Today, the region is home to more than 40 parks making it a great base for a vacation. A series of walkways link the forest, rivers and the ocean.

Sunset at the Bates Beach Oceanfront Resort in Courtenay.

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Courtenay & Nearby Accommodations

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Seal Bay RV Park Ltd.

Seal Bay RV Park Ltd.

Courtenay

Spacious treed sites in peaceful setting. Sites all fully serviced with hydro, water, sewer and cable. WiFi is also available. A trail leads directly into Seal Bay Nature Park. Boat launch, fishing, golf, biking and hiking all close by. 40 minutes to Mt. Washington. ... More Details
Bates Beach Oceanfront Resort

Bates Beach Oceanfront Resort

Courtenay

Enjoy the spectacular view of the Inside Passage to Alaska at Bate Beach Oceanfront Resort. Located just north of Courtenay, adjacent to Seal Bay Nature Park on Georgia Strait, there are excellent hiking and cycling trails, canoeing, beach-combing and more. We offer different styles of accommodation ... More Details
Cumberland Lake Park Campground

Cumberland Lake Park Campground

Cumberland

Located on beautiful glacier-fed Comox Lake, Cumberland Lake Park offers sandy beaches, swimming float, concessions, campground with serviced and unserviced sites, group campsite, boat launch, dock and hiking trails. The park is operated by the Cumberland Lake Wilderness Society (CLWS) a non-profit ... More Details
TeePee Park Campground

TeePee Park Campground

Comox

Beautiful ocean front camping with sandy beach. Family oriented military campground. Easy access to all the recreational opportunities in the Comox Valley. Special rates for military. General public welcome. Leashed dogs only. 28 sites available for winter camping November - February. ... More Details
Kye Bay Guest Lodge & Cottages

Kye Bay Guest Lodge & Cottages

Comox

Enjoy a week of fun and relaxing like no other! Explore the reef, build sand castles, collect oysters and clams, swim in the warm ocean water or just relax on the lawn while the kids explore the tidal pools. Miles of sand and no one else there except you and your friends, having the time of your lif ... More Details
Pacific Playgrounds Resort & Marina

Pacific Playgrounds Resort & Marina

Black Creek

Our beautiful, full-service ocean side destination resort is located halfway between Courtenay and Campbell River. Pacific Playgrounds International is situated in a tranquil location surrounded by lush trees along the bank of Oyster River with stunning coastal views. Just steps away from Saratoga B ... More Details
Salmon Point Resort RV Park & Marina

Salmon Point Resort RV Park & Marina

Campbell River

Salmon Point Resort is an oceanside vacation destination for the entire family or a base camp while you enjoy the many activities the area has to offer. Only minutes from Campbell River and Courtenay, our resort is the gateway to Vancouver Island and all its beauty. Our RV Park has various type of s ... More Details
Bradsdadsland Campsite

Bradsdadsland Campsite

Hornby Island

We offer spacious unique and private campsites. Each site has it's own unique qualities and charm. Come and visit this beautiful island located off of Vancouver Island easily accessible by ferry. Early reservations a must from late June to early September. Great seniors discount in the off-season. P ... More Details
Tribune Bay Campsite

Tribune Bay Campsite

Hornby Island

Family camping in a treed setting, adjacent to Provincial Park Reserve at beautiful Tribune Bay. Sheltered, safe, sandy beach. June 15-Sept 15. Unserviced $32.00, serviced $38.00, max. 6 people per site and max 2 vehicles per site. Price includes 4 people. Additional person $3.00. ... More Details
Tsa-Kwa-Luten Lodge

Tsa-Kwa-Luten Lodge

Quathiaski Cove

A scenic 10 minute ferry crossing from Campbell River brings you to Quadra Island, the home of our Laichwiltach First Nation and Tsa-Kwa-Luten's Lodge and Oceanside RV Park. The RV park is situated at water's edge of an 1100 acre forest where bald eagles soar and killer whales pass by. 13 fully ser ... More Details
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