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Overview of Courtenay, British Columbia, Canada

Courtenay is on Vancouver Island in the province of British Columbia. Today, Courtenay is one of Canada's fastest growing communities, with excellent shopping, accommodation and restaurants. Courtenay has of some of the most beautiful farming landscape on Vancouver Island.

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  • Population: 19 103 (2001)
  • Population Density: 1122.4/km²
  • Area: 17.02/km²
  • Latitude: 49°41?16?N
  • Longitude: 124°59?40?W
  • Weather: See Forecast
  • Time Zone: Pacific
  • Language: English
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History of Courtenay, British Columbia

Courtenay was officially incorporated in January 1915. The city was named after the Courtenay River, which was named after George William Courtenay, captain of the British ship HMS Constance, which was stationed in the area between 1846 and 1849.

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Courtenay's Demographics

The racial makeup of Courtenay is predominantly Caucasian (93.9%), other races in the area include those of Asian decent, Aboriginal and Black.

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Courtenay's Climate

Courtenay has a moderate climate, like much of Vancouver Island and rarely sees temperatures below 0°C .

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Education in Courtenay, British Columbia

Comox Valley School District serves Courtenay and has several elementary and secondary schools in the area. The main campus of North Island College is also located in Courtenay.

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Transportation around Courtenay, British Columbia

Comox Valley Transit System operates a local bus service in Courtenay which operates 7 days a week. BC Ferries operates a route between Comox and Powell River on the British Columbia mainland.

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Tourism and Attractions of Courtenay

There is much to do for everyone in Courtenay. For a panoramic view, take a walk along the Riverside Walkway, some of the best saltwater fishing on the island, particularly for salmon, can be found in the waters of the Strait of Georgia between Courtenay and Comox, there are also many hiking and mountain bike trails in the area as well as sight seeing tours, excellent diving areas, the Sid Williams CivicTheatre, Contemporary Art Gallery and much more!

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Surrounding Communities

  • Courtenay
  • Cumberland
  • Merville
  • Black Creek
  • Royston
  • Union Bay
  • Fany Eny Bay

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Geography of Courtenay, British Columbia

Courtenay is just 4 km west of the town of Comox, and 108 km northwest of Nanaimo on Vancouver Island.

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Courtenay's Government

The governing elected body for the City of Courtenay is comprised of a Mayor and six Councillors. The Mayor & Councillors are elected for a three year term, and each member of Council represents the City at large. The next general election will be held in November of 2008.

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Courtenay's Economy and Industry

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Courtenay's Culture and Significant Events

February' brings a weeklong Trumpeter Swan Festival in Courtenay, you'll discover why 2000 Trumpeter Swans spend their winter in the Comox Valley and experience an amazing festival at the same time.

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Sports in Courtenay, British Columbia

Courtenay has many ski hills and trails, golf courses and is home to the Comox Valley Minor Hockey Association.

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Media of Courtenay

The Comox Valley Record is a daily newspaper that keeps the residents of Courtenay informed on local and world news, sports, current events and classifieds. There are also several radio stations that broadcast out of Courtenay.

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