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MOVING TO / FROM COURTENAY

Courtenay - Community Overview

In the nearby Forbidden Plateau a legend of large, hairy giants existed, sending fear through early First Nations tribes. However, the large abundance of berries, fish, and game brought a community of First Nations from the Comox area. The first European explorers were Spanish navigators (1791).

 

In 1846-49 Rear-Adm. George William Courtenay surveyed the area. With the establishment of an HBC store in the 1850’s, settlement began in the 1860’s. Reginald Pidcock, who owned the site and built a mill, and Joseph McPhee, who began the first store and later bought most of Pidcock’s land, helped to develop the community. In 1910 a road from Victoria was completed and 4 years later the arrival of the Esquimalt and Nanaimo Railroads ignited Courtenay’s growth. Adding to Courtenay’s development, immigration from England, Scotland and the Maritimes followed World War I.

 

Today, Courtenay is the commercial and service centre for the area. The local economy is based primarily on the forestry, fishing, mining, and agriculture industries. One of the prominent industries for this region is tourism with recreation facilities open year-round.

 

The City of Courtenay is located on Highway #19, with Comox only 6 km to the southeast. Courtenay is situated in the Comox Valley, in the Regional District of Comox - Strathcona.

 

The Comox Valley is located midway up the East Coast of Vancouver Island. The area consists of the City of Courtenay, the Town of Comox, the Village of Cumberland, CFB Comox Airbase and the Hamlet of Merville. The west it is bordered by the Vancouver Island Mountain Range with its beautiful Comox Glacier and Strathcona Park, and the east by the Strait of Georgia, Baynes Sound, and Comox Harbour. The waters of three major rivers, the Tsolum, the Puntledge, and the Browns, combine to form the Courtenay River, which flows across the broad alluvial lowland into the head of Comox Harbour.

 

The population of Courtenay numbers approximately 21,940.

 

For more information about Courtenay:

City of Courtenay
830 Cliffe Ave.
Courtenay, BC
V9N 2J7
250-334-4441
https://www.courtenay.ca/

WEATHER

Courtenay has an average July temperature of 17.3°C and an average January temperature of 3.3°C. The average annual precipitation is 1449 mm.

 

For daily or historical weather conditions, visit:https://www.theweathernetwork.com/ca

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MEDIA

One of the best ways to learn about your new community is to subscribe to the local newspaper:

 

Comox Valley Echo
250-334-4722
https://o.canada.com/

 

Comox Valley Record
250-338-5811
https://www.bclocalnews.com/

EDUCATION

For information regarding curriculum and enrolment procedures, please contact:

  • Cable TV
    Shaw Cablesystems Ltd. 250-748-9113 https://www.shaw.ca/
  • Gas
    Fortis BC 1-888-224-2710 https://www.fortisbc.com/
  • Hydro
    B.C. Hydro 1-800-224-9376 https://www.bchydro.com/index.html
  • Water
    Utility Services 250-746-2530 https://www.cvrd.ca/
  • Garbage/Recycling
    Collection Inquiries 250-746-2530 https://www.cvrd.ca/
  • Telephone
    Telus Outside BC 1-888-811-2323 Within BC 310-2255 https://www.telus.com/en/ The telephone area code for Cobble Hill is 250.

Additional educational institutes:

North Island College
250-334-5000
http://www.nic.bc.ca/

MEDICAL INFORMATION

PUBLIC SERVICES

  • Cable TV
    Shaw Cablesystems Ltd. 250-748-9113 https://www.shaw.ca/
  • Gas
    Fortis BC 1-888-224-2710 https://www.fortisbc.com/
  • Hydro
    B.C. Hydro 1-800-224-9376 https://www.bchydro.com/index.html
  • Water
    Utility Services 250-746-2530 https://www.cvrd.ca/
  • Garbage/Recycling
    Collection Inquiries 250-746-2530 https://www.cvrd.ca/
  • Telephone
    Telus Outside BC 1-888-811-2323 Within BC 310-2255 https://www.telus.com/en/ The telephone area code for Cobble Hill is 250.

TRANSPORTATION

Motor Vehicle & Driver Licencing
Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC)
1-800-950-1498
https://www.icbc.com/Pages/default.aspx

 

Public Transit
Comox Valley Transit Information
250-339-5453
https://www.bctransit.com/comox-valley/home

 

BC Ferries
1-888-223-3779
https://www.bcferries.com/

 

For more information about transportation in Courtenay, visit: https://www.bctransit.com/comox-valley/home

COMMUNITY

Community Services
250-334-4441
https://www.courtenay.ca/EN/main/community.html

 

Courtenay Branch Library
250-334-3369

https://virl.bc.ca/

 

Lewis Recreation Centre
250-338-5371
https://www.courtenay.ca/EN/main/community/recreation/facilities/lewis-centre.html

 

For information about upcoming events in Courtenay, visit: https://downtowncourtenay.com/

SPORTS AND LEISURE

SPECIAL ATTRACTIONS

Courtenay and District Museum
The museum includes interactive displays and exhibits tracing the history of the Comox Valley.

 

Courtenay Riverway & Puntledge Greenway
Both these trail ways offer paved pathways that follow the Puntledge and Courtenay Rivers. Ideal for walking, jogging and biking.

 

Lewis Park
A sports park that includes a recreation centre along with a water park and tennis courts.

 

Simms Millennium Park
A popular community park, with walking trails and live music during the summer months.

GROCERY STORES

To find a grocery store in the Courtenay area, visit:

 

Safeway
https://www.safeway.ca/

 

Thrifty Foods
https://www.thriftyfoods.com/

ENTERTAINMENT

Movie Theatres
To find a movie theatre near you, visit:https://www.tribute.ca/

 

Restaurants
To find local restaurants, visit:https://www.restaurantica.com/

 

Live Theatre
For production information, visit:https://www.sidwilliamstheatre.com/

 

Nightlife
For information on bars and nightclubs, visit:https://www.clubplanet.com/

MOVING TIPS BROCHURES

Call at 1-888-708-7700 to order the following brochures:

Protecting your goods in transit

Handling dangerous goods

Do-it-yourself packing guide

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