McPhee Meadows



Last Updated: January 18, 2022

Project Description:

Plans are underway to develop a conceptual design and eventually open of a 4.6 hectare (11-acre) green space along the Puntledge River to the public, while preserving and restoring its riparian and wildlife habitat features. 

McPhee Meadows is located on the south bank of the Puntledge River in West Courtenay around 4.1 km upstream of the Courtenay River estuary. The land was donated to the City of Courtenay and Nature Trust BC by the late Robert George McPhee following his passing in 2010. The donation was part of the Federal Ecological Gift program, and as a requirement of this program must maintain biodiversity and environmental heritage features such as rivers, riparian areas, trees, and eagle nests.


The City of Courtenay and the Island Corridor Foundation (ICF) have a Memorandum of Understanding for ICF-owned land along Menzies Avenue between 5th and 1st Streets which connects to McPhee Meadows.  These ICF-owned lands will be explored as part of this project pending confirmation of lease agreements.

Mr. McPhee’s vision was to maintain the property as a public wetland park in a natural state, and preserve an existing apple orchard and several other trees with heritage values.


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Project Status:

Conceptual Design