Courtenay & District Museum

  • Season's Greetings
  • Gift Shop Sale
  • Thank You
  • Watershed Moments
  • Exhibit: Pacific Connections
  • Photo of the Month
  • Christmas Recipes
  • Holiday Hours
  • CV Arts Survey
  • It's All There in Black and White
  • Museum Sponsors
  • 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
    Julie Fortin

    Elizabeth Braithwaite

    Member of...

    British Columbia Museums Association

    Canadian Museums

    Archives Association of
    British Columbia

    British Columbia Historical Federation

    Comox Museum

    Cumberland Museum

    Comox Air Force Museum

    Filberg Heritage Lodge


    Season's Greetings

    As the festive season approaches, the Courtenay and District Museum board and staff would like to extend wishes to all for a wonderful and safe holiday.

    Season's Greetings and Happy New Year to you and yours!


    Members Only Sale

    The gift shop sale continues! Museum members will receive a 25% discount on most items until December 24th.

    Be sure to come in and take advantage of this membership bonus.

    Click for Details


    Thank You

    Did you know that your donations and memberships help build the museum's programs, exhibits and year round regional services?

    A fast fact about generosity - the Courtenay and District Historical Society, which began in 1961, was one of the founding contributors to the Comox Valley Community Foundation in the late 1990s. How did this happen? A generous gift to the museum from Jane Claire Inkster (1940-1996) made it possible. Today, this fund, continues to gather donations and interest for the society. And there are other stories like this from generous people like you.

    So to everyone, whether you're attending lectures and programs, volunteering, contributing to the museum's foundation fund or buying a membership, you're participating in keeping a 55 year-old organization healthy and strong. Thank you to everyone.


    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: Jimmy Walker and his orchestra at the Native Sons Hall, 1939. CDM Sillence Collection, Page 141.

    Photo caption: "Over the years, the [Native Sons] hall served as a community centre for the arts, sports, conventions and car shows, and it played a central role until the early 1970s as gymnasium, dance hall, temporary post office, roller-skating rink and all things combined." Page 140.

    Click Here for a Larger Version


    Exhibit: Pacific Connections

    This display in our second floor gallery focuses on the Pacific coast during pre and post Confederation in recognition of Canada's 150th anniversary.

    It includes a travelling exhibit from the Osoyoos and District Museum and Archives entitled "The War of 1812 in the West-The Oregon Country Legacy" as well as images and artifacts from our own collection.

    More Details


    Photo of the Month

    CDM #989.183.187
    Castle Mountain, 1947

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


    Christmas Recipes

    Step away from the Pillsbury slice and bake dough and try your hand at a couple of festive recipes compiled by the Friendship Unit of St. George's United Church in 1966.

    You and yours might enjoy Lois Shopland's mincemeat cookies or maybe Jeanine Veitch's Dad's cookies. No doubt both are tried and true and delicious.

    Click Here for the Recipes


    Holiday Hours

    The museum will be closed over the holidays. Last day open: Friday, December 23, 2016. First day back: Tuesday, January 3, 2017.


    CV Arts Survey

    Join in and be counted!

    Comox Valley Arts is conducting an investigation into who, where and what is currently mobilizing the robust and enlivened arts sector in our community. This important work will allow local governments and local arts organizations to leverage the particular needs to support ongoing growth in our arts sector. The purpose of this survey is to understand exactly how many people are creating and working in the arts, and how many resources & facilities exist and are being used in the valley, and to note what is missing. This will help in managing our industry's overwhelming growth and the needs that arise from that as well as providing proof that our sector is a vital economic driver. The data will be used by the City of Courtenay in creation of their Recreation and Culture Master Plan.

    We invite all makers, creators, administrators, presenters, promoters and facilities to participate. Stand up and be counted!

    To participate, click here.

    Thank you so much for supporting this effort!

    Deadline: December 14, 2016.


    It's All There in Black and White

    Here is a Valley hijinks re-cap from 60 years ago as a Christmas treat. From the formation of the United Appeal, to the naming of the best actor on Vancouver Island, to the Condensory Bridge in flames. It's all here for your reading pleasure courtesy of the Comox District Free Press of January 2, 1957.

    Read this newspaper article from our archives

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


    Museum Sponsors

    Comox Valley Community Foundation
    Judy Hagen
    The Robert Hunt Family
    Bruce McPhee
    Vancouver Island Exploration Group
    Daryl and Evelyn Wright - Francis Jewellers Ltd.

    The Bickle Family
    Comox Valley Echo
    Comox Valley Monarch Lions Club
    Ed LaFleur
    John Wilson and Family

    Elizabeth Braithwaite
    Des Kennedy


    Christine Dickinson
    Coral Dunn
    Dove and Mike Hendren
    Peggy Hildebrandt
    Ted Lovegrove
    Ruth Masters

    D. Mobley
    Jim Peacock
    April Shopland
    Jean & Ian Sibbald
    Roberts & Adela Smith
    Comox Valley Family History Research Group

    If you're considering donating to a charity, please consider the Courtenay and District Museum. Your support goes towards education programmes, lectures and collection management. We provide a tax receipt to donors.

    Please click here to donate


    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