Welcome to the Courtenay and District Museum and Palaeontology Centre Courtenay, Vancouver Island.

Open Hours

Tuesday – Saturday
10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Summer Closures

July 1st for Canada Day
August 2nd for British Columbia Day

Please be aware, we are limiting how many people are in the museum at the same time.

For over 50 years we’ve been keen about the natural and cultural heritage of the breathtaking Comox Valley, located on the shores of the Strait of Georgia – and we like to show it off. Are we serious about what we do? You bet – award winning natural and cultural history, academic research, interpretation, preservation – and having fun!

Be our guest to find out why the Comox Valley – past and present, is one of the most plentiful places on earth. Take a fossil tour and travel 80 million years back in time; browse our galleries to delve into the stories that make our history come alive.

Our New Book!

Step into Wilderness

A Pictorial History of Outdoor Exploration in and around the Comox Valley

by Deborah Griffiths, Christine Dickinson, Judy Hagen, Catherine Siba

From shores to peaks, Step into Wilderness recounts moments of ingenuity and hardship as well as fun and enjoyment in and around the Comox Valley.

The spectacular landscapes in and surrounding the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island have long shaped the lives of the valley’s diverse inhabitants. From expansive shorelines to snowy mountain peaks, the region’s wide variety of attractions – including such landmarks as Forbidden Plateau, Comox Glacier and Mount Washington – have lured people over their thresholds for sustenance, recreation and survival.

More Information
Buy Online
View our Safety Plan
Book a Fossil Tour

Welcome Back!

The Courtenay and District Museum team have re-opened the museum doors with public and museum team safety in mind. First things first, we created a safety plan based upon provincial requirements. Working with this information and with information from our colleagues and associations, the museum team created safety protocols for distancing, occupancy limits and sanitizing and implemented these protocols in gallery areas. We also cleaned spaces, moved exhibits and collections, overhauled the gift shop and worked with contractors and city staff to redo floors and surfaces.

This is what’s new at our museum:

  • An occupancy limit of ten at a time.
  • Hand sanitizing stations are available on entrance and throughout the building.
  • Masks are suggested and available.
  • Archival services are limited at this time but inquiries by phone are welcome.

Our thanks go out to the City of Courtenay and all funders and donors for continuing to support the museum through this transition and into this re-opening phase.

Current Exhibit


November 4, 2020 to June 26, 2021

This temporary exhibit is a mix of textiles and artifacts from the museum’s social history collection centered on the theme of bedrooms and sleeping.

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Featured Video

Learning with Finley: Episode 1, Finley Discovers the Elasmosaur

Explore the exhibits and collections of the Courtenay and District Museum and Palaeontology Centre with Finley the Fish a curious fish who wants to learn all about the Courtenay and District Museum’s exhibits and collections. Finley invites children to learn with him as he explores the museum’s natural history galleries and delves into the elasmosaur discovery, how ammonites got their shape and name, mysteries of the rat fish, how mosasaurs roamed the sea and more.

Online Exhibits

Discover aspects of the Comox Valley you might not have known with full color online exhibits.

Sid Williams

Out of the Ordinary


Open to the Public

History of the Comox Valley


An Enjoyable Region

Recreation in the Valley



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