Courtenay & District Museum

  • Comox Valley Intelligentsia
  • Photo of the Month
  • In Memory of Rolf Ludvigsen
  • Your Membership Makes A Difference
  • Watershed Moments
  • 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
    Julie Fortin

    Elizabeth Braithwaite

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    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


    Comox Valley Intelligentsia

    During the 1950s, on the third Friday of every month, a group of the thoughtful and politically oriented elite of the Comox Valley met to stretch their intellects and voice their opinions on the weightiest issues of their time. Membership was exclusively male, and by invitation only. They met in members' homes and the host was chair for the evening.

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    Photo of the Month

    CDM #974.136.14
    Hemm's Garage of Courtenay, 1935?

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


    In Memory of Rolf Ludvigsen

    By CDM Board Member Rick Ross

    It is with much sadness we note the passing of Dr. Rolf Ludvigsen on December 10, 2016.

    Rolf was an amazing person, a world renowned trilobite Paleontologist, a teacher, an author, and to many, a friend.

    I first met Rolf in the early 80's in the old Paleo Hut across from the current Courtenay Museum. He was sorting through fossils and holding court to many and all who came by. As avid amateurs, he patiently answered our questions and with dry wit pushed us to know more about fossils and their science.

    He will be remembered fondly by many volunteers who assisted him in excavating the Elasmosaur found by Mike and Heather Trask on the banks of the Puntledge River. He was a resource and mentor to many who attended the British Columbia Palaeontological Association (BCPA) symposia and edited the BCPA newsletter. Rolf was a founding member of the BCPA giving a voice to the province's fossil heritage.

    As an author, Rolf published numerous scientific papers on his favorite subject--trilobites. Rolf also produced a newsletter for various trilobite researchers around the world from his home on Denman Island. His popular book, West Coast Fossils, co-authored with Graham Beard, is still sought after by worldwide collectors. Rolf also wrote Life in Stone: A Natural History of British Columbia's Fossils.


    Your Membership Makes A Difference

    Purchasing a membership to the Courtenay and District Museum, now in its 56th 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: The wedding between adventurer, businessman and trader Adam Grant Horne and Elizabeth Bate took place on February 22, 1859. George Robinson photograph. CDM 978.36.1. Page 31.

    Photo caption: "Adam Grant Horne was an Orkney Islander recruited by the Hudson's Bay Company to work on Vancouver Island. He was a giant of a man, well suited to the challenges of trading...

    He opened the post in Comox in the summer of 1868, setting up the store close to the bottom of Comox Hill in several rundown buildings. The company rented the land from the K'ómoks people and paid in rolls of tobacco. The site the HBC chose was less than ideal. All freight arrived at Comox Landing (Robb's townsite), and K'ómoks paddlers then transferred it a mile and a half by canoe at high tide for a dollar per ton.' Page 31.

    Click Here for a Larger Version


    It's All There in Black and White

    Yeggmen were at it again! It was "one hit, two misses" as reported in this article from the Comox District Free Press of January 1, 1964.

    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