DescriptionCourtenay was established in the late 1860s when settlers began a major farming community near the Comox Valley. Known for a garden called the Mile of Flowers, the town is now a year-round recreation area with good skiing and sailing nearby.
The 1989 Puntledge River discovery of the fossilized intact skull of a 14-metre-long (46-ft.) elasmosaur, a long-necked Cretaceous marine reptile 80 million years old, brought Courtenay to the attention of the world of paleontology.
Courtenay is the terminus of the Powell River Ferry, which makes round-trip excursions to the mainland.
InfoOfficeVancouver Island Visitor Centre 101-3607 Small Rd. Courtenay, BC V9N 3Z8. Phone:(250)400-2882 or (855)400-2882
Attraction PlaceHoldersCourtenay and District Museum and Paleontology Centre
SkiingMt. Washington Alpine Resort