Courtenay & District Museum

  • Flower Power
  • Fossil Tours
  • Your Membership Makes A Difference
  • It's All There in Black and White
  • Photo of the Month
  • Watershed Moments
  • RBCM Exhibit on Family
  • Museum Funding

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

    Monday to Saturday:
    10am - 5pm

    12pm - 4pm

    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


    Flower Power

    It's been a stellar year for flowers at the museum - the amazing show of zinnias in our front bed definitely justifies a shout out to the wonderful work done by the City of Courtenay Parks Department. Thank you!


    Fossil Tours

    There's still time to get in on the summer action with our public tours. Click here to find out more about how you can be part of this adventure.

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    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.

    Click here to Join


    It's All There in Black and White

    Love him or hate him, there's no denying it was a big day when Canada's 18th Prime Minister visited the town of Comox. Check out details of the "social call" in this August 3, 1988 edition of the Comox District Free Press.

    Read More

    Click here for a 1920s photograph of Comox Avenue.

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


    Photo of the Month

    CDM #985.89.17
    Haying, Comox, 1918

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


    Watershed Moments

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

    Photo credit: Courtenay's 5th Street lined with cars. CDM 989.69.34 Page 151

    Photo caption: "...due to an economic boom in the mid- to late 1920s, automobile sales increased, which meant there were more drivers on the road. Businesses developed to service four-wheeled travellers and holiday makers. By the late 1940s, Courtenay directories listed five auto courts (or auto camps), which clustered around the main routes. In Courtenay, that meant along Cliffe Avenue and near the 5th Street Bridge." Page 151.

    Click Here for a Larger Version


    RBCM Exhibit on Family

    If you're heading to our provincial capital, don't forget to take in the new exhibit at the Royal British Columbia Museum "Family: Bonds and Belonging, It's NOT All Relative" on display until October 31st.

    The exhibit was created in-house by RBCM staff and displays some seldom seen artifacts.

    Click Here for Details


    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