Courtenay & District Museum

  • AGM Coming Up
  • Lecture: The Nootka Sound Crisis
  • "Winter" Hours
  • Gift Shop News
  • It's All There in Black and White
  • Your Membership Makes A Difference
  • Photo of the Month
  • Watershed Moments
  • 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


    AGM Coming Up

    The Annual General Meeting of the Courtenay and District Historical Society will take place at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, September 20th in the museum Rotary Gallery.


    Lecture: The Nootka Sound Crisis

    Time and Date: 7 pm, Tuesday, October 17, 2017
    Location: Rotary Gallery of the Courtenay and District Museum
    Speaker: Catherine Gilbert
    Tickets: $5 for Historical Society members; $6 for general public (plus GST). Advance tickets recommended. Tickets can be purchased over the phone by calling 250-334-0686 ext 5.

    Don't miss out! Get your tickets early for Catherine Gilbert's repeat performance of her sold out lecture about this fascinating aspect of early Vancouver Island history.

    Click for Details


    "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.


    Gift Shop News

    WOW - it has been quite the summer in the gift shop. The store expansion and accompanying increase in stock have made it the best season ever revenue-wise.

    A top seller from a new line of merchandise we are carrying are the Rolly Pets. They are the cutest stuffed toys - each has a sweet smile and lovely rosy cheeks. We carry owls, rabbits, bees, ladybirds and seals. Children are drawn to the owls and seals while the adults seem to especially like bees and bunnies. All are reasonably priced at just $9.95 plus tax.

    Children's sock sales have gone wild this summer! Hatley Little Blue House brand are known for their fabulous quality and fair price with designs that include dinosaurs, dogs, cats, rabbits, wolves and owls. The socks are available in two sizes: 2-4 years and 5-7 years and retail for $4.50 a pair.


    It's All There in Black and White

    "Turn on, tune in, drop out" the local pet shop? Well, it was the 1970s! Find out more in this article from the September 2, 1977 edition of the Comox District Free Press.

    Read More

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


    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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    Photo of the Month

    CDM #974.72.13
    Agricultural Fair display, Courtenay, c. 1915

    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 Elementary School class brandishing sports equipment, ca.1906. Walter Gage photograph. CDM 983.55.1

    Photo caption: "T.J. Barron, a graduate of McGill University, taught at the Courtenay school from 1905 to 1915. Previous teachers had mostly been young, with little experience, but Mr. Barron was a seasoned and accomplished educator who had high expectations for decorum, academic results and physical activity. Club swinging and wand drills were popular forms of athletic training in the early 1900s." Page 115.

    Click Here for a Larger Version


    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