[11] In both cases, due to the lack of a water system, the citizens were only able to fight the fires with a bucket brigade. [4], In 1853 Sir James Douglas, governor of Vancouver Island, took a journey up the coast of Vancouver Island aboard SS Beaver, and recognized the area's agricultural potential.

In 1975, the construction of Driftwood Mall and the opening of a second river crossing, the 17th Street lift bridge, refocused the business district from 5th Street to Cliffe Avenue. About Courtenay. The centre highlights the achievements of the First Nations people of the area. [8] In 1848, the river flowing through the Koumax valley was informally named the Courtenay River by the sailors of HMS Constance after their captain. [68], Courtenay is home to the largest North Island College Campus with approximately 1,669 students enrolled in credit classes and an additional 1,393 enrolled in short term or vocational courses. Local recreation departments are seeking your thoughts on recreation guide distribution through a survey available until November 27, 2020. The city has a total of 9,748 private dwellings. Many of the stores and businesses centred on what was originally called Union Street (now 5th Street), which ascended from McPhee's bridge. 1 adjacent to the village of Comox, and Pentledge Indian Reserve No.

An Alternative Approval Process (AAP) is underway in Courtenay to measure public support for borrowing $3.4 million to rehabilitate the Fifth Street Bridge.

It explores the history of Port Augusta and a century of military presence on Goose Spit, and houses the archives from early settlers and the famous wharf in Comox where the 102nd Battalion headed off to World War I. The average household size was 2.2. [33] Millions of years ago Vancouver Island was submerged under a warm salt-water sea, this habitat provided an excellent home to pre-historic marine life. / They won the 1993-94 VIJHL League Season Championship and the 1994-95 VIJHL Playoffs. There are four airports in the Courtenay area: Via Rail used to operate the Victoria – Courtenay train on track owned by the Island Corridor Foundation and operated by the Southern Railway of Vancouver Island (Esquimalt & Nanaimo Railway).

This access to the ancient sea bed has provided the opportunity for many great marine dinosaur discoveries, like the Elasmosaur and the Mosasaur. It has one of the mildest winters in Canada along with several other locations on the island such as Victoria. Washington Ski and Alpine Resort; and world class golfing, the Comox Valley is known for year-round recreation and sports opportunities. The City of Courtenay does not make any assurance that translated text is accurate or a reliable expression of the original English text.

In Courtenay, 60% of the income sources is employment, 19% from pensions, and 6% from investments. /
[12], On 14 June 1946, a 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck just west of Courtenay, with the epicentre located at Forbidden Plateau. [10]:34, The Comox Co-operative Creamery opened in 1901, encouraging the development of dairy farms in the fertile valley. [56] BC Transit also operates a handyDART transportation service, for people who have a disability or require extra assistance. The average household income is $59,136, which is 16% less than the BC average and 18% lower than the Canadian average. Courtenay City Hall, 830 Cliffe Avenue, Courtenay, B.C. [52], Community parks include the Simms Millennium Park and Lewis Park.

This activity and glacial erosion along the Puntledge and Trent rivers have revealed some of that 80-million-year-old sea floor. When he arrived in the area, he confirmed the name of the river as the Courtenay. Bryan Zimmerman spent more than two years clearing the brush on his 24-acre (9.7 ha) lot and using a wheelbarrow to make the paths. … V9N 2J7 Office hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m, Monday to Friday The City of Courtenay respectfully acknowledges that we are within the unceded traditional territory of the K’òmoks First Nation. The Comox Air Force Museum and Heritage Airpark is located at the main gate of CFB Comox and has exhibitions from the First World War onwards and is open year-round.
[10]:18, In 1888 Robert Dunsmuir established a mine in nearby Union, later renamed Cumberland, which brought an influx of settlers, and Chinese and Japanese immigrants.

However, a majority of the alderman elected to council were allies of McPhee, and in December 1916, the new town purchased Courtenay Electric Light Heat and Power, making it a public utility. This is one of few places in the world where you may go ocean kayaking in the morning, cycle at lunch, downhill ski in the afternoon... and then end your day dining at a five-star restaurant or simply enjoying a bag lunch on the beach. Courtenay is 4 km (2.5 mi) west of the town of Comox, 7 km (4.3 mi) northeast of the village of Cumberland, 5 km (3.1 mi) northwest of the unincorporated settlement of Royston, and 108 km (67 mi) northwest of Nanaimo.

The museum, which is open year-round, depicts the history of coal mining in the area.

As of the Canada 2006 Census, there were 21,940 people, 9,750 private households, and 6,335 families residing in the city. [6], In 1791, a Spanish expedition led by Dionisio Alcalá Galiano and Cayetano Valdés y Flores produced a crude chart of the Strait of Georgia and possibly visited Comox Bay.

As of 2018 the mayor is Bob Wells.

Courtenay is an innovative, vibrant and growing city.

[4], In 1579, Francis Drake, on his circumnavigation of the globe in the Golden Hind, found a good port somewhere along the northwest coast of North America and stayed for several months while restocking supplies and trading with the inhabitants of the area.

The translation feature on this website is provided as a courtesy via Google’s automated translation technology. Performers and audience members gather for three days of camping and an eclectic mix of music.

Future rehabilition work on the Fifth Street Bridge will extend its useful life. The townsite on the much drier west side of the river, called for a time "New Courtenay",[12] quickly developed. Of this income, earnings were 64.7%, government transfers were 16.5%, and other income was 18.8%. But in 1905, Joseph McPhee brought telephone service to his store, providing the isolated community with immediate contact to the outside world.

V9N 2J7 Office hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m, Monday to FridayThe City of Courtenay respectfully acknowledges that we are within the unceded traditional territory of the K’òmoks First Nation. [23][24][25][26], The city is home to the Comox Valley Youth Music Centre, originally the Courtenay Youth Music Camp, a two-week-long annual summer school, which has increased to a six-week program. The Comox Valley Glacier Kings play junior hockey in the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League in the Comox Valley Sports Centre. Accessible by land, sea or air, Courtenay is a culturally diverse community that offers supernatural beauty at its doorstep.

A census of First Nations in the Comox Valley taken in 1876 revealed that the local First Nations population had dwindled to only 88 K'ómoks and 21 Pentlatch. Courtenay (/ˈkɔːrtni/ KORT-nee)[1] is a city on the east coast of Vancouver Island, in the Canadian province of British Columbia. They hired a surveyor, George Drabble, to survey and subdivide their land into town lots, which they quickly sold to businessmen and homeowners. [citation needed].

The town's population experienced steady growth in the years between the First and Second World Wars, increasing from 600 people in 1914 to 1700 in 1941.

At the time of first contact with Europeans, the Pentlatch Nation, who spoke the Island Comox dialect of the Comox Coast Salish language, occupied the shores of present-day Comox Bay. [9] The majority of the settlers staked out farm lots on the flat and fertile "prairies" on the east side of the river, and a small village sprung up on the east bank of the river to supply their needs. In 1960, the 5th Street bridge built in 1923 was replaced with the current steel structure. It is the largest community and only city in the area commonly known as the Comox Valley, and the seat of the Comox Valley Regional District, which replaced the Comox-Strathcona Regional District.

They decided to build a hall, and a large log structure was completed in 1928, the largest freespan log building in Canada.[10]:22.

[15][17], From its inception, Courtenay's economy relied heavily on the extraction of natural resources, like coal, logging, fishing, and agriculture. The Canadian Scottish Regiment (Princess Mary's), Courtenay & District Museum and Paleontology Center, Comox Air Force Museum and Heritage Airpark, "Comox Bay Marine History with pictures and notes about old sailing ships", The M7.3 Vancouver Island Earthquake of 1946, 2006 Community Profiles (Census agglomeration), "Community Profiles from the 2016 Census, Statistics Canada - Census Subdivision", "North Island Festival of Performing Arts", The Courtenay and District Museum and Palaeontology Centre, List of Designated Heritage Railway Stations in British Columbia, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Courtenay,_British_Columbia&oldid=985482293, Populated places on the British Columbia Coast, All Wikipedia articles written in Canadian English, Pages using infobox settlement with possible area code list, Articles with unsourced statements from January 2019, Official website different in Wikidata and Wikipedia, Wikipedia articles with MusicBrainz area identifiers, Wikipedia articles with WORLDCATID identifiers, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 26 October 2020, at 05:54.

[40], Located in Cumberland is the Cumberland Museum & Archives.