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Courtenay is the largest city in the lush, forest-flecked Comox Valley, on the east coast of Vancouver Island, in Canada’s British Columbia. This relaxed and charming city boasts a dramatic backdrop of snow-crowned mountain ranges, creating the perfect setting for culture-fiends to explore the museums and art galleries. Outdoorsy-types will find plenty to love in Courtenay too, from peaceful bird-watching areas and woodland gardens to nearby provincial parks flush with hiking trails.

Things to see

Start your fresh Courtenay morning by immersing yourself in the area’s heritage at the Courtenay and District Museum. This small but far-reaching museum spans both cultural history and paleontology, showcasing old-world spiritual artifacts - like spooky masks and totem poles - and locally-unearthed dinosaur skeletons. Check the events calendar, as there are sometimes fossil tours of nearby rivers. Afterwards, lovers of local, independent art should check out the I-Hos Gallery, which displays unique contemporary and traditional works from featured First Nation artists. Intrepid adventurers, meanwhile, will want to explore nearby Strathcona Provincial Park, where deep forests, rushing rivers, and silvery lakes provide utter tranquility. There’s many activities here, including rock-climbing and canoeing - you can even waterski on Buttle Lake. For a more relaxed day out in Vancouver Island’s natural scenery, head to the nearby Seal Bay Nature Park.

Hotels in Courtenay

There’s a wide range of hotels in Courtenay, suited to all types of travelers. If you’re visiting Courtenay on a budget, and prefer no-frills comfort and handy amenities, stay in a 2-star Courtenay hotel. Here you’ll enjoy spacious air-conditioned rooms with convenient kitchenettes, and free WiFi. For more upscale accommodation, stay in one of the 3-star hotels in Courtenay, which provide in-house restaurants and stylish bar lounges, as well as outdoor pools - ideal in Courtenay’s summer heat. Couples seeking lavish luxury, on the other hand, should stay in a 4-star Courtenay hotel.

Where to stay

Stay in central Courtenay and immerse yourself in this city’s easy-going atmosphere and local charm. Foodies will find an eclectic range of tempting restaurants to try in the city center, while appreciators of fine, sophisticated nightlife will enjoy the many traditional pubs. The center also boasts 2 pristine riverside parks, perfect for a romantic stroll. If you’re looking for a more natural setting away from the city streets, but still want easy access to the center, stay northeast of central Courtenay. For families and outdoor enthusiasts who want to sleep beneath the stars, there are plenty of campgrounds speckled throughout the surrounding area.

How to get to Courtenay

Courtenay is well-served by the adjacent Comox Valley Airport, a small hub of domestic travel that serves daily flights to and from Vancouver International Airport - your international gateway to British Columbia. Fly in to Vancouver from destinations across the US, Europe, and Asia, and catch a quick 50 minute connecting flight over to Comox. At Comox, you’ll find a public bus which runs throughout the Valley area, and taxicabs ready to whizz you to Courtenay. But it may be best to rent your own car onsite - driving through Vancouver Island’s well maintained highway system is the easiest way to explore and experience the region’s magic.