History of Art Knapp – Courtenay:


Art Knapp Courtenay Begins…

Art Knapp Courtenay began in Prince George, British Columbia. Wil and his brother Jos immigrated to Canada in the mid-1970’s and opened their first location December 1976.


Art Knapp Grows…

Their business continued to grow and thrive and they opened a second Prince George location in 1985.

They both married and started their own families during this time and decided it was time to evolve.


Art Knapp Arrives in Courtenay…

Wil and family moved to Courtenay in November of 1990.

The first location of Art Knapp in Courtenay was on the corner of Grieve Rd and North Island Highway (the current location of eatmore sprouts).


Art Knapp Courtenay Grand Opening…

Eventually growing out of the property we were able to purchase land on Wentworth road (Art Knapp Courtenay’s current location) and start construction.

The grand opening of this location was April of 1992 and it has been an adventure ever since. What started as a traditional garden centre slowly grew into the lifestyle, gardening, home décor and fashion destination we are proud to provide now.

History of Art Knapp:

May 4, 1914 – February 22, 1991

Arthur William Knapp

Arthur William Knapp, better known as Art Knapp, was a Canadian businessman and entrepreneur. Art Knapp is best known as the founder of the Art Knapp’s chain of garden stores. Knapp was born in Cobble Hill, British Columbia and was the son of William Knapp and Zoe Saunders Knapp. The family had an extensive background in horticulture and operated green houses in Victoria.


Knapp’s Victoria Nurseries Founded…

Art Knapp founded the Knapp’s Victoria Nurseries at 716 Fort Street in the early 1940s. This store later relocated to Yates Street by 1945. He later started auctioning plants, trees and shrubs from the back of his truck in empty lots around British Columbia and Alberta in the early 1950s.

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2855 Wentworth Rd,
Courtenay, BC
V9N 6B7


Daily: 9:00am – 5:00pm

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