Courtenay is by far one of the most lively small cities our province has to offer, operating as the urban centre for the scenic Comox Valley.

Situated two hours from Victoria and one from Nanaimo on the traditional territory of the K’omoks First Nation, Courtenay is a vibrant community with tons of pubs, breweries, and ‘slow food’ restaurants to check out. Supported by produce from over 500 local farms, you’re in for a fresh, delicious meal where you choose to dine!

Visitors can also visit the Courtenay & District Museum & Paleontology Centre and a plethora of art galleries.

Enchanting waterfall

As for the great outdoors, the magical Nymph Falls is a must-visit, doubling as excellent picnicking and swimming spot!

According to the Regional District of Comox Valley, Nymph Falls protects over 60 hectares of second-growth forest on the north end of the Puntledge River, which flows into the falls that cascade over the exposed bedrock.

Steps to the river can be accessed 40 metres downstream of the falls, which are a half-kilometre stroll from the parking lot. The trail is wheelchair-accessible and leads to one of the most scenic views in the Valley, according to the District.

Note that the popular swimming hole Stotan Falls is still closed to the public until further notice.

Saratoga Beach

Another beautiful spot to visit is Saratoga Beach, situated halfway between Courtenay and Campbell River.

The scenic beach has a sandy shoreline that glistens under the sun, as well as a beach resort with individual cabins available to rent nightly.

Visitors can enjoy the changing tides and calm, clear waters.

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Photo via Saratoga Beach

If you’re looking for even more water fun – there’s a family waterpark and outdoor pool in town that’s completely free to use!

Looking to extend your trip? The oldest park in the province is just a hop, skip, and a jump away!

Happy exploring, BC.


Where: Courtenay, BC