COURTENAY  () , city, pop 21,940 (2006), the commercial centre of the Comox Valley, lies on a low plain on the east side of VANCOUVER ISLAND, 220 km north of VICTORIA. It is named for Capt George W. Courtenay of the British navy. Laid out as a townsite in 1891, it was incorporated on 1 Jan 1915. The site was used by Central Coast Salish people (see SALISHAN FIRST NATIONS) long...

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