Courtenay & District Museum

  • Valentine's Day
  • Heritage Week
  • Watershed Moments
  • Party Time!
  • Photo of the Month
  • 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


    CDM 983.24.1

    Valentine's Day

    Love was in the air in 1949 when popular recording artist Bing Crosby released his album St. Valentine's Day. The sentimental album cover made this item from the museum's collection a shoe-in for the February newsletter.

    Mr. Crosby was also known for his fishing expeditions along the BC coast including trips to Campbell River and Comox Bay.

    In fact, the October 18, 1951 edition of the Comox District Free Press featured an article entitled: "Salmon Fishing at Comox Boosted on Crosby Show."

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    Heritage Week

    British Columbia celebrates heritage week February 13 - 19 with this year's theme "My Canada! My BC!"

    Be sure to check out the festivities planned by the Cumberland Museum and Archives including the Heritage Faire on Saturday, February 18.

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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: View of original 5th Street bridge in Courtenay, ca. 1895. CDM 972.69.4. Page 46.

    Photo caption: "Settlement on the west side of the Courtenay River can trace its roots back to Pidcock's mill and to Joseph McPhee, who in 1888 hired George Drabble to survey and divide ten acres of land he held with Pidcock. Businessmen, speculators and settler families soon began to buy the lots. In 1894, McPhee opened his general store just west of the Courtenay River Bridge." Page 56.

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    Party Time!

    Did you know that the Courtenay and District Museum offers children's birthday party packages? Two different options are available and both include a 15% discount for museum members.

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    Photo of the Month

    CDM #p255-357a
    Post office, Comox, 1912

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


    It's All There in Black and White

    What television programs would you have been watching in 1971? With a whopping seven channels to choose from you could go with The Pig and Whistle on Monday night and Marcus Welby, M.D. on Tuesday. This schedule from the Comox District Free Press of February 10 provides a real entertainment flashback for those who recall TV before the advent of remotes.

    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