Courtenay, British Columbia, V9N, Canada
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Statement of Significance
Description of Historic Place
The Courtenay Riverway is a prominent community walking trail that begins behind the Courtenay City Hall building on 6th Street, and extends through the heart of the City before running directly adjacent to the Courtenay River. The trail circles the Courtenay Municipal Airpark before ending at 31st Street.
The Courtenay Riverway is significant for its historic, aesthetic and social value, particularly for its association with the local logging industry, facilitation of prominent views and containment of several historical interpretive signs and its ongoing use as a community trail by the community.
The heritage value of the Courtenay Riverway lies in its historical association with the Comox Logging and Railway Company, which at one time was the largest logging company in the British Empire. The current Riverway is situated on the former logging railway right-of-way and serves as a valuable reminder of when the logging industry was a central force in the economic and social development of Courtenay.
The Courtenay Riverway’s aesthetic value is expressed in its facilitation of prominent views from several vantage points on the trail and features several recently-added historical interpretive signs symbolizing the community’s commitment to promoting Courtenay’s heritage.
The Courtenay Riverway is socially valued for its appropriate conversion to a highly accessible community trail and features a paved surface and slight bends and grades reminiscent of the railway.
Source: City of Courtenay Planning Department
Key elements which define the heritage character of the Courtenay Riverway include its:
- prominent location through the heart of the City
- picturesque views from various points on the trail
- historical interpretive signs
- paved surface, with slight bends and gentle slopes
- ongoing use as a recreational trail by the community
Local Governments (BC)
Local Government Act, s.954
Community Heritage Register
Theme - Category and Type
- Developing Economies
- Extraction and Production
- Expressing Intellectual and Cultural Life
- Sports and Leisure
Function - Category and Type
- Wood and/or Paper Manufacturing Facility
- Station or Other Rail Facility
Architect / Designer
Location of Supporting Documentation
City of Courtenay Planning Department
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