i'm not going to disagree with the comparisons you note or with their validity but i don't think the apply to comparison they made here. each and every one of those comparisons is made hoping people will come and see for themselves and confident that if they do they won't be disappointed. courtenay's boardwalks can hold their own with campbell river's. the same can be said for surrey's downtown and burnaby's, vancouver's skyline vs hong kong, ucluelet's beach vs tofino's. that's why they make the comparison. anyone visiting danzer's folly expecting it to rival or hold its own compared to english bay is going to say wtf were they thinking? that's the silly part. danzer's folly is a wonderful example of what it is and responding to some of it's shortcomings will make it a better one. that's what we need to learn how to brag about. what was done here was like saying stony plain's glen hall arena block is just like edmonton's ice district and rogers place or scotiabank arena in the south core area of toronto. it's just not. it might be a great little arena and a stalwart part of the fabric of stony plain and that's what should be bragged about.That’s a fair and sound perspective.
I just see it differently. I’ve lived in 22-24 different communities across the country in the past 6 years and one thing I have recognized is that it’s almost natural for communities to compare themselves against one another. Courtenay builds boardwalks that it compares to Campbell River’s. Surrey develops a downtown that it compares to Burnaby. Vancouver compares its skyline as being another Hong Kong. Ucluelet claims it has its own beaches that are like “Ukies Long Beach” (a Tofino beach).
Edmonton tosses comparables of its features out kinda all over the place trying to market itself too.
I see it as less of a pissing match, and just a way of saying “go look at this place, it’s pretty sweet”. And it’s definitely a common thread seen AT LEAST across different Western Canadian communities.