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perto de Courtenay, British Columbia (Canada)
This is a short, easy paddle at the mouth of Courtenay’s urban, but wild and green, river. Kayaks, canoes, or SUPs can be rented at the start point. This is best done at a higher tide to smooth out the current and provide more water depth, but it’s always a nice paddle.
Heading out of the public boat launch, turn left and you will immediately see the first of two bridges you will need to paddle beneath.
Beyond the 17th Street Bridge, the Puntledge River is already calm and quiet, even though downtown Courtenay is just blocks away.
So, here we approach downtown Courtenay. It's almost all trees on the river's edge. A large, treed park is on the right bank, Simms Millennium Park.
it just keeps getting greener and more remote!
There is fun around every corner. Pull over and grab a rope swing on a hot day.
It gets shallow on the west side of the Puntledge as you approach the confluence with the Tsolum River entering from the north. There is a nice beach here that is somewhat accessible by land as well.
With a 12-foot tide (with a usual range of 3-15 feet), this is as far as a decent paddler can go. The river current is now truly challenging.
Turning downstream, the paddling is much easier now with the roughly 2-3 kmph, 1-2 knot current behind you. Notice how green the banks are. Downtown Courtenay is barely a kilometer away.
To the east of the river and on the north side of the bridge is Lewis Park. There is access from this park to the river's edge.
At 20th Street and Cliff Avenue, the public Boat Launch has parking for about 20 cars (no fee) and a great boat rental outfit called Comox Valley Kayaks and Canoes (comoxvalleykayaks.com) and there is a nice little cafe, Park Cafe, right at the marina (open summers only).