The City of Courtenay does not make any assurance that translated text is accurate or a reliable expression of the original English text. Prior MLAs include Stan Hagen and Evelyn Gillespie. In 2009-10 they were the North Division Playoff Champions. The population density was 822.3/km2 (2,130/sq mi). 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. [2] Due to its gentle climate, fertile soil and abundant sea life, the Coast Salish residents called the area kw'umuxws (Li'kwala for plentiful), which was eventually anglicized to Komoux and then to Comox. [58], Within the Comox Valley BC Ferries has two terminals, one in Little River, Comox, and the other south of Courtenay in Buckley Bay. Highway 19A, the Island Highway, runs through Courtenay[64]. The City of Courtenay has recently adopted the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), pledging to use it as the framework for indigenous reconciliation. Provincially, Ronna Leonard of the BC NDP is the Member of the Legislative Assembly for the Courtenay-Comox Riding electoral district. Periodic guest exhibits are featured such as "War Brides: One Way Passage", "Anne Frank: A History For Today" and "One War; Two Victories" (an exhibit honouring the Chinese Canadian veterans of World War II, many of whom were born and raised in nearby Cumberland. 1 adjacent to the village of Comox, and Pentledge Indian Reserve No. Courtenay is served by the Comox Valley Transit System, which is managed and run by the BC Transit Authority. The average household size was 2.2. 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 City of Courtenay is governed by a mayor and six-member council. Courtenay (/ˈkɔːrtni/ KORT-nee)[1] is a city on the east coast of Vancouver Island, in the Canadian province of British Columbia. Courtenay City Hall, 830 Cliffe Avenue, Courtenay, B.C. [12] A connecting road to Nanaimo and Victoria was finally built in 1910, and the E&N Railway arrived in 1914, bringing an end to the packet steamer era. You are here: HAMM is a founding member of CVMA (Comox Valley Museum Association). Community ServicesPhone: 250-334-4441Email: [email protected], The content on this page was last updated October 30 2020 at 9:18AM. The museum, which is open year-round, depicts the history of coal mining in the area. 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. In Courtenay, 60% of the income sources is employment, 19% from pensions, and 6% from investments. Performing theatre groups include the Rainbow Youth Theatre and the Courtenay Little Theatre. The original bones and a replica model are on display at the Courtenay & District Museum and Paleontology Center.[35]. In 1923, a steel bridge at the 5th Street river crossing replaced McPhee's fifty-year-old wooden structure. After these two large discoveries, there are still many species of animals being discovered, such as desmatochelys (sea turtles), Nanaimoteuthis jeletzkyi (vampire squids), and multiple species of octopods.[36]. After much of the street was rebuilt, another fire hit the south side of 5th Street, again destroying many of the stores. Courtenay has quite mild winters, maintaining the cool and damp characteristics, but temperatures can drop below freezing levels and snow may happen throughout the season due to Arctic air movements. / In 2009 the World U-17 Hockey Challenge played several games at the Comox Valley Sports Centre. Prior to that the city was in the electoral districts of Comox–Alberni and then Vancouver Island North. 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. An Alternative Approval Process (AAP) is underway in Courtenay to measure public support for borrowing $3.4 million to rehabilitate the Fifth Street Bridge. [15], There were 9,750 households, out of which 19.08% were couples with children, 31.74% were couples without children, 31.54% were single person and 17.64% were other. 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. It has one of the mildest winters in Canada along with several other locations on the island such as Victoria. Courtenay City Hall, 830 Cliffe Avenue, Courtenay, B.C. The skull and other key bones for identifying the species were in poor condition, and it is still unknown as to what species or genus this Elasmosaur belonged.