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Courtenay & District Museum

  • Lecture: Whelks to Whales in the Salish Sea
  • Capes Escape Roof Fundraiser
  • School Days
  • Photo of the Month
  • Your Membership Makes A Difference
  • Watershed Moments
  • Winter Hours
  • It's All There in Black and White
  • Museum Funding

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    Mailing Address:
    207 Fourth Street,
    Courtenay BC,
    V9N 1G7

    Tuesday to Saturday:
    10am - 5pm

    Sunday & Monday:

    John Wilson

    Vice President
    Daryl Wright

    Past President
    April Shopland

    Rick Ross
    Jim Haggart
    Ross Dingwall
    Mary Everson

    Elizabeth Braithwaite

    Member of...

    British Columbia Museums Association

    Canadian Museums

    Archives Association of
    British Columbia

    Heritage Society of British Columbia

    Comox Museum

    Cumberland Museum

    Comox Air Force Museum

    Filberg Heritage Lodge

    The Alberni Project


    Lecture: Whelks to Whales in the Salish Sea

    Time and Date: 2 pm, Saturday, October 1st, 2016
    Location: Rotary Gallery of the Courtenay and District Museum
    Speaker: Rick Harbo
    Tickets: $5 for adult Historical Society members; $6 for adult non-members and $2.50 for any child 4 and over. (GST not included.) Advance tickets are recommended.

    Don't miss this opportunity to learn more about marine life of the Strait of Georgia - past, present and future.

    Click Here for Details


    Raising the Capes Roof Crowdfunding

    Coming soon from Deb

    Click Here to Donate


    School Days

    Did you know that the Courtenay Museum offers a range of education programmes for groups of children?

    Check out the possibilities


    Photo of the Month

    CDM #989.22.1
    Comox School class, 1892

    You can view more photos like this on our website. Click here to visit our holdings.


    Your Membership Makes A Difference

    Purchasing a membership to the Courtenay and District Museum, now in its 55th year, supports heritage preservation in the Comox Valley through special events, lectures, education programmes, research and exhibitions. Your membership benefits these award winning programmes on a year round basis and we appreciate it!

    Becoming a member provides you with discounts in the gift shop and on lectures and an opportunity to support one of the most active regional museums in British Columbia. Thank you for your support.

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    Watershed Moments

    Here now is an image and quote from the museum's award-winning book Watershed Moments - A Pictorial History of Courtenay and District. Enjoy!

    Photo credit: CDM 979.3.2 Page 45.

    Photo caption: "In 1874, the government provided a grant to construct a wharf at Comox Landing on James Robb's land. The cost of the 12-foot-wide, 1,035-foot-long wharf was $3,337. The wharf head was fifty by sixty feet across, which made it possible for larger ships, like those operated by Canadian Pacific Navigation and Union Steamships, to deliver and offload passengers, cargo and mail." Page 44.

    Click Here for a Larger Version


    Winter Hours

    The museum is now operating on our winter hours schedule. Please note that we are open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm.


    It's All There in Black and White

    History buffs will want to take a few minutes to read through the reminiscences of Ellen McKay from this September 11, 1952 Comox District Free Press article - it includes some little known tidbits about our valley. BTW, Mrs. McKay lived to see her 99th year.

    Read this newspaper article from our archives

    With legacy support from the Bickle Family and the Comox Valley Echo.


    Museum Funding

    The Courtenay and District Historical Society was registered as a nonprofit society in 1961 to preserve and interpret cultural and natural heritage of the Comox Valley. It has functioned as an independent society since that time. Funds are derived from the generous support of the City of Courtenay, British Columbia Arts Council, Comox Valley Regional District, British Columbia Gaming Branch, and from museum generated revenues and donations.

    Proud sponsors of the Courtenay & District Museum:

    The City of Courtenay

    BC Arts Councils

    Regional District Comox-Strathcona

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