This Space for Rent

Did you know that the museum has two spaces available to rent for public gatherings?

The spacious first floor Rotary Gallery has seen many a lecture, presentation and party.

There is also a space on the second floor known as the Dogwood Gallery. This area can accommodate approximately 25 people in theatre style seating or comfortably seat 10 around the board room table. Wifi is available.

Rental of the Dogwood or Rotary Galleries is on a first come/first served basis.

For more information on rental fees and requirements please give us a call at 250-334-0686 ext 5.

Courtenay’s Centennial: Bumpy sidewalks


Throughout this year, the museum newsletter will be providing glimpses into the back story on the City’s Incorporation, history and development.

Bumpy sidewalks

When did Courtenay first adopt its “cobblestone” sidewalks?

According to the Comox District Free Press of March 12, 1980, the first section went in along the east side of Cliffe Avenue near the 5th Street intersection that spring. (Psst. For long-timers that’s in front of the demolished Bank of Commerce building).

City works chief Stan Janzen went on to say that “similar sidewalks are being planned for Fifth St. as part of a proposed downtown refurbishment scheme. Installing the blocks at the corner, he said, gave merchants and residents a chance to see what they look like. So far, he said, there haven’t been any negative comments.

The new sidewalks also gave city works staff the chance to experiment with the technique involved before having to tackle the major project of replacing the Fifth St. sidewalks.”

2016 Calendar Here


The 2016 Comox Valley calendar is now available.

Members of the Comox Valley Photographic Society have donated time and talent to create this work and 100% of the profits from its sale go to the Comox Valley Food Bank to assist individuals and families who need a helping hand.

Be sure to drop in to our gift shop and purchase your copy of the 2016 calendar – it’s a beautiful way to support a worthy cause.

Laughing Oyster Bookshop Book Club Night


6:30 pm, Thursday, November 5

Submitted by the Laughing Oyster Bookshop

Laughing Oyster’s autumn Book Club Night has become a tradition for staff, for members of book clubs and for book lovers at large. This year we are pleased to be partnering with the Courtenay and District Museum – hosting the evening in their Rotary Gallery.

Each year “The Pearls” (our knowledgeable and helpful staff members) select a few favourites from the new books arriving daily. Book lovers seeking some new ideas for reading or clubs wanting to expand their lists will enjoy a stimulating evening over coffee and dessert.

Tickets are $15 and are available at the Laughing Oyster Bookshop, 286 Fifth Street, 250 334 2511. Book reviews begin at 7 pm, dessert offered at 6:30. We look forward to welcoming you at the Courtenay and District Museum.

Elasmosaur Birthday & Christmas Party


Kick off the season with a celebration combo!

On Saturday, November 14th from 11 am – 4 pm, the museum is inviting the community to drop by for a visit and have some fun.

Elasmosaur and fossil related activities will include dinosaur movies, fossil exhibits and a chance to talk to paleo experts for fossil identification.

For those in a more Christmas frame of mind there will be a chance to make children’s Christmas crafts and enjoy a reading of “The Dinosaurs’ Night Before Christmas”.

Or maybe you’d just like to come by for some cake or goodies and enter your name for a chance to win a door prize!

Admission to this event is free to any family that brings in either a new or gently used unwrapped toy for Santa’s Workshop or a food donation for a local food bank.