Family Hiking near Courtenay

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Arts, Culture & History Tours


Aboriginal carver

The Comox Valley and Courtenay Visitor Centres give visitors the keys to the city with the free Courtenay Riverway Heritage Walk and Downtown Courtenay Heritage Walk brochures.

The self-guided, 16-stop Riverway walk spans a range of discovery including history, culture, urban charm and Courtenay's gracious, graceful lifestyle. Estimated time is one hour.

Courtenay History

The tour begins with historical footnotes. The First Nations have been here for thousands of years. The K'omox settled along the Courtenay and nearby Comox waterways. The Pentlatch lived up river, and fostered a fishery. European settlers arrived to embrace the valley's climate and agricultural potential in the 1860s. Blacksmith shops, stables, grocery stores and restaurants followed.

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