Lewis Park, Courtenay – Everything You Need To Know (photos)

Intro
I love Lewis Park.

It’s my personal  #1 place in the Comox Valley for play and recreation.
I often ride my bike from home down the Courtenay Riverway to Lewis park to play tennis.
I would conservatively estimate I’ve played tennis well over 1000 times in the last decade, at least 3 or 4 times a week.
I regularly use many other facilities in Lewis Park too!

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Location of Lewis Park

Lewis Park is a 17.39 acre municipally-owned park located just east of the 5th Street Bridge that crosses the Courtenay River.

The park is located beside the Courtenay, Puntledge and TsolumRivers.

Address: Courtenay, BC V9N 3P5

The History of Lewis Park in Courtenay BC

The land was first inhabited by the K’ómoks Nation who used it for hunting and fishing.

I believe it’s important to remember that Lewis Park and many other places are the traditional lands and waters of the K’ómoks Nation.

We believe the K’ómoks people remain the rightful guardians of these places.

Lewis Park’s more recent history is closely tied to the development of Courtenay, British Columbia over the last century.

In the late 1800s homesteads were established as settlers began to move into the area.

Owned by the Lewis family, the site was acquired by Courtenay City Council in 1928 as part of a program that gave awards for successful logging operations.

The fall fair took place on the park’s grounds from 1893 to 1957.

The site was used for temporary barracks and training during the Second World War.

Totem Poles At The Entrance of Lewis Park

There are two large totem poles at the front entrance of the park that serves as a bold reminder of the native history and culture of the valley to everyone who drives across the 5th Street Bridge.

Totem poles at the entrance of Lewis Park, Photo by Jim Van Wyck

Calvin Hunt made the ones that are standing now. They were placed in 2002.

Totem poles were created by the First Nations of the Pacific Northwest to represent their cultures and histories.

Totem poles have traditionally been constructed from red cedar, a flexible and readily available wood that grows in the Pacific Northwest, and would be erected to be visible within a village. They are traditionally created with many figures representing animals or people of importance to the community, their stories, and their history.

Swimming Hole and Change rooms

Swimming and rafting in the Courtenay River is tremendously popular in the summer.

If you look closely at the photo of the change room building, you can even see a couple of young women sunning on the roof.

Change rooms in Lewis Park near the swimming hole. Photo by Jim Van Wyck


There are steel and concrete steps down to a small sandy beach and swimming hole.

Steps down to the swimming hole in the Courtenay River. Photo by Jim Van Wyck


On a hot summer day there might be fifty people or more swimming in Lewis Park
In the winter, there is a smaller group of brave swimmers who are there for the crystal clear water that serves as a cold plunge.

Sports Fields

The sports fields in Lewis Park are immaculately maintained by the municipal workers and are very busy in the spring and summer.

Kids Soccer Camps

In the photo below you can see a children’s soccer camp getting ready to train.

Children getting ready for a soccer camp. Photo by Jim Van Wyck

Slowpitch and Softball fields

There are two busy slowpitch/softball fields in Lewis Park.
Both have nice dugout areas and small stands for spectators.

Slow pitch and softball fields at Lewis Park. Photo by Jim Van Wyck

Memorial to Chris Godfrey

Below is a photo of the memorial to Chris Godfrey.
He tragically died in 2017 after he was struck in the back of the head by a ball during a play at first base at the ball field in the photo above.

Chris Godfrey memorial Photo by Jim Van Wyck.

Meeting Rooms

There are 2 meeting rooms for small events in Lewis Park, the Tsolum Building and the Salish Building.  You can book them in the Lewis Center.

Tsolum event building in Lewis Park. Photo by Jim Van Wyck
Salish meeting building in Lewis Park. Photo by Jim Van Wyck

Horseshoe club

The horseshoe club meets every Tuesday afternoon.
They are very friendly and welcoming, so if you’ve ever wanted to see what throwing horseshoes is like, just drop by any Tuesday afternoon.  You will be warmly welcomed.

The horseshoe club meets on Thursday afternoons. Photo by Jim Van Wyck

Tennis courts

There are 4 very well-maintained tennis courts in Lewis Park.
Even in a busy park like Lewis, you can often just walk on a court and start playing.
Over the years, the Comox Valley Tennis Club facilities crew has donated significant amounts of equipment (including new nets) and volunteer court maintenance at Lewis Park tennis courts.


Below is a photo of the author practicing his tennis serve on the Lewis Park tennis courts.

The author practices tennis at Lewis Park. Photo by HelenMarie Lineham

Pickleball & Tennis Practice Wall

There are 2 fenced-in Pickleball courts and a practice wall for tennis.
In the photo below, you can see it’s also used for toddler play sessions.

Toddlers playing with balloons in the pickleball area. Photo by Jim Van Wyck

Bandstand

The bandstand in Lewis Park is home to many free concerts in the park.
You can also often see drumming circles, yoga, or tai-chi sessions there.
I have danced (very poorly!) on the bandstand during dancing lessons.

Lewis Park Bandstand. Photo by Jim Van Wyck

Swimming Pool

The Lewis Park swimming pool is small, just 30 meters long.
It’s often busy on hot summer days. There are some wonderful shaded seats along the south side of the pool.
The cost is very reasonable.

Lewis Park swimming pool. Photo by Jim Van Wyck

Costs For Lewis Pool

Ages 2-17: $3.00. 

Adult 18+: $4.00.

Water park and wading Pool

One of the most popular free things you can do in Courtenay is taking small children to the Lewis water park.  Kids love running through the fountains and playing in the water.
There is also an unsupervised wading pool for toddlers who are too young for the swimming pool.

Water park. Photo by Jim Van Wyck

Kiddie Playground

It’s a pretty standard small playground, with baby swings, regular swings, a climbing structure, teeter-totter other safe apparatus for kids to play on. It has well cared for sand in the play area.

Kids playground. Photo by Jim Van Wyck

Lewis Center

Features and services The Lewis Center

The Lewis Centre has a wide range of recreation services.

Lewis Center main entrance. Photo by Jim Van Wyck

Indoor:

  • The professional staff is very friendly and helpful
  • There are two gymnasiums.
  • A lovely wellness center
  • Activity rooms are available
  • Preschool programs and activities
  • Various craft rooms for the creative
  • 4 squash courts
  • Facilities are all accessible!
Lewis Center squash courts. Photo by Jim Van Wyck
Lewis Center gym and wellness center. Photo by Jim Van Wyck

How Much Does The Lewis Center Cost?

Drop-in is $6.50

A punch card is available for $65.00

Is There Parking At The Lewis Center?

Yes, there is a free parking lot right in front of the center.

It’s busy, but you can usually find a spot.

Where is the Lewis Center located?

Address: 489 Old Island Hwy, Courtenay, BC V9N 3P5

Phone: (250) 338-5371

Hours

Thursday 8a.m.–8:45p.m.

Friday 8 a.m.–8:45p.m.

Saturday 8:30a.m.–4p.m.

Sunday 8:30a.m.–4p.m.

Monday 8a.m.–8:45p.m.

Tuesday 8a.m.–8:45p.m.

Wednesday 8a.m.–8:45p.m.

How Much Does It Cost To Shower?

You must have a least a session pass for $6.50

Skate Park

There is a small skatepark at Lewis Center.
It has seen better days.
It’s not as well used now as in previous years, as other newer skateparks are available nearby.

Lewis Park Skatepark. Photo by Jim Van Wyck

 

Jewel of a park in the heart of Courtenay
  • Swimming Pool
    (4.5)
  • Swimming hole in Courtenay River
    (4.5)
  • Sports Fields for slowpitch and soccer
    (4.5)
  • Horseshoe pitch
    (3.5)
  • Tennis Courts
    (4.5)
  • Bandstand
    (5)
  • Indoor sports and rec facility
    (4.5)
  • Skatepark
    (2)
  • Kids Playground
    (3)
  • Wading pool and waterpark
    (4.5)
4.1

Summary Of Lewis Park Facilities

Just outside the center of downtown Courtenay is one of the finest small city parks you will ever find.
There are activities and facilities for the whole family, from 2 to 92.

Pros

Lots of things to do and see

Lovely walking paths by the Courtenay River 

Swimming in both a pool and the river

Multiple play areas for small children

Play tennis, pickleball, slowpitch, soccer, or horseshoes.

Lots of free parking

Cons

The skatepark is the ONLY poorly maintained facility in the entire park

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