Mile of Flowers Plant-In

Tuesday, May 29, 2018
5:00 - 7:30 pm

Mile of Flowers, the biggest planting event in Courtenay,  is marking 51 years of filling Cliffe Avenue with blooms on Tuesday, May 29.

The Plant-in starts at 5:00 pm and goes until around 7:30 pm. Volunteers from the community are invited to fill the garden beds on both sides of Cliffe Avenue with summer flowers. The City of Courtenay provides all the flowers.

As in previous years, Courtenay Rotary and the City of Courtenay will host an appreciation barbeque for planters in Standard Park.

The Mile of Flowers is a tradition dating back to 1967, when Kathleen Kirk set out to commemorate Canada’s centennial year. That year she planted 7,800 seedlings as a welcome to tourists. What began as the initiative of one woman now involves hundreds of volunteers and around 30,000 flowers.

Did you know that aside from looking great every year, the Mile of Flowers is also now designed to use less water?  City Park’s crews add compost, mulch and new soil to improve water retention. A number of flower beds have also been converted to water-efficient drip-irrigation. Some of the beds also are looking great year-round since changing over to water-efficient perennial blooms and shrubs.

The City of Courtenay sends heartfelt thanks to all the community volunteers who have helped for so many years.

For more information, please contact the City of Courtenay at 250-334-4441 or email