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Family riding the chairlift during summer
(Mount Washington Alpine Resort photo)

Courtenay

Geography

Courtenay revels in its location on the east coast of Vancouver Island.

The Comox Valley unfurls around it, revealing golden beaches, rich farmland, rushing rivers, splendid parks, world-class bird habitat, magnificent forests and sculpted mountains. 

Mountains 

The Beaufort Mountains are part of the Vancouver Island Ranges that run almost the full length of the island. The alpine backdrop for Courtenay is the Golden Hinde group of peaks; at 2,195m/7,200ft in elevation, these are the highest on the island. The peaks were named for the celebrated ship under the command of Sir Frances Drake, the Elizabethan hero on a secret mission to find the Northwest Passage. 

Strathcona Provincial Park

The Comox Glacier forms the centerpiece of Strathcona Provincial Park, Vancouver Island's oldest and largest park, more than 250,000ha/617,763a of remote and rugged wilderness. The southern section of the park is home to Della Falls, nearly eight times the height of Niagara; it's the highest waterfall in Canada and one of the 10 highest in the world, with an overall drop of 440m/1,444ft. 

Pastoral Farmland

All green and rolling beauty, pastoral agricultural lands represent about 30% of the active farmland on Vancouver Island. The Puntledge River merges with the Tsolum River to become the Courtenay River. It meets its terminus at Comox Harbour, creating an estuary teeming with bald eagles, trumpeter swans, and many species of waterfowl. 

Climate & Weather

Year-round climate is temperate. December registers as the coldest month with average daytime temperatures hovering around 3°C/42°F, while July is warmest with daytime temperatures around 25°C/77°F. Rain falls largely in the winter months, averaging 180mm/7in in December and 30mm/1.2in in July.