This is a special announcement from the Courtenay and District Museum and Palaeontology Centre regarding COVID-19. In tandem with the City of Courtenay cultural and recreational facilities, the museum will close to the public until further notice.

Alternate Programming

For people at home, you might want to view the museum’s YouTube Channel to learn more about the museum, about fossil collections and explore with some of the scientists who have been involved with discoveries and exhibits at the Courtenay and District Museum.

We will be providing more information regarding opportunities to connect through virtual tours and education sessions as soon as possible.

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The City of Courtenay’s Statement

Here is the March 16, 2020 notice from the City which you can also find on the city’s webpage.

City of Courtenay Closing Recreation Facilities Until Further Notice

March 16, 2020

As a result of the global Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the City of Courtenay is closing all City recreation and cultural facilities at 3 pm today.

  • All programs are cancelled (Spring Break Daycamps today will end at their regularly scheduled time of 4 pm.) All facility rentals are also cancelled until further notice. The City of Courtenay will contact those with upcoming rental agreements.
  • This closure includes:
    • Lewis Centre
    • Florence Filberg Centre
    • Native Sons Hall
    • The LINC Youth Centre
    • Sid Williams Theatre
    • Courtenay and District Museum and Palaeontology Centre
    • Comox Valley Art Gallery
    • All City Outbuildings: Lewis Park (Tsolum and Salish), Bill Moore Park including Lawn Bowling Building, and Valley View Park
    • Sports field bookings – avoid crowds as per current provincial directions
    • All park washrooms and outdoor washroom at Sid Williams Theatre Plaza

“We are of course deeply concerned by the impact of COVID-19 and aware of the critical role our community will play in slowing the spread of this virus during this unprecedented crisis,” said Courtenay Mayor Bob Wells.

We ask each and every one of you to do your part. Stay home. Save lives. Help reduce the strain on our health care system, and protect our first responders, our seniors and other vulnerable populations. Flatten the curve, and only go out for essential trips.”

The City of Courtenay is taking these measures in support of the Public Health Agency of Canada and the BC Ministry of Health and their efforts to contain the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

More information will be provided as updates are available. Visit or City of Courtenay social media channels Facebook and Twitter.