Courtenay & District Museum

  • Volunteers Needed
  • Capes Escape Update
  • Gift Shop
  • Above the Cut
  • Fossil Tours
  • Travelling Map
  • Sponsoring the Museum
  • 2008-2009 Sponsors
  • Photo of the Month
  • Museum Funding

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

    Monday to Saturday
    10am - 5pm

    12 noon - 4pm

    John Wilson

    Vice President
    Daryl Wright

    Past President
    April Shopland

    Elizabeth Braithwaite

    Ruth Masters
    Rick Ross
    Jim Haggart
    Ross Dingwall

    Member of...

    British Columbia Museums Association

    Canadian Museums

    Archives Association of
    British Columbia

    Heritage Society of British Columbia


    Volunteers Needed

    The Courtenay & District Museum has been one of the producers of the Comox Valley Childrens Festival since day one.

    Helpers (15 years and older) are needed again for this year’s festival on Saturday, September 12th.

    Please consider volunteering for KIDSFEST a fun, affordable family event.  People are needed to help with set up and take down of equipment, face painting, supervising games, arts and crafts, ticket sales, parking and a whole lot more.   This exciting event is held at Lewis Park. 

    If you would like more information or would like to volunteer, please call Courtenay Recreation and speak to Louise at 250-338-5371.


    Guests continue to rave about their stay at the Capes Escape vacation rental property. Positive comments like the following from a European visitor generate that warm fuzzy feeling.

    "Thanks for the wonderful stay we had in this luxurious period property. We loved the attention to detail and it's "home" feel. It actually is a lot like our own house in Holland. It's a real gem, placed in a wonderful tranquil garden and yet close to everything. What a treat."

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    Gift Shop

    6 ¼" x 8 ¾" card of "The Hand Fallers" by Bus Griffiths, $4.00 each.

    The CDM gift shop offers a wide variety to shoppers at competitive prices.

    Included in its repertoire is a selection of prints, postcards, art cards and local photographs, as well as many books containing information about the Comox Valley and surrounding area.

    The store also stocks First Nations art, including carvings, prints, and metal workings.

    A large portion of the shop is geared specifically for children. Games, books, toys and stuffed animals are in abundance.

    Museum staff work hard to keep a wide and changing selection for customers.

    Please note that 100% of the proceeds from the shop go towards funding the CDM to help it flourish as part of the community.

    As always, members receive a 15% discount on non-consignment items.


    Above the Cut

    Congratulations are in order!

    There is a bouncing 500 lb bright green addition to the Capes Escape property. This baby is a deluxe Sears Craftsman ride on lawn mower that cuts a 42” swath – complete with bagging unit.

    Thanks go out to its donor John Wilson, President of the Board of Directors, for this generous gift.


    Fun Filled Fossil Finding Action

    Have you ever felt out of touch with the modern world? Do you often wish you were stalking the earth with other scaly beasts the size of houses? Have you ever hoped to encounter a creature with a neck the length of a car? If any or all of the answers to these questions are “yes”, then come visit the Courtenay and District Museum and Palaeontology Centre! A guided fossil tour with Curator of Science, Pat Trask, is in your future, but it will take you back eighty million years in the past.

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    Travelling Map

    The Comox Valley 3D Landform Watershed Map is currently on display at the museum.

    The table size map provides a birds-eye view of where our drinking water comes from as well as displaying major roads and primary land use features.

    The map was produced by the Comox Valley Project Watershed Society and will be on exhibit here until early October.


    Sponsoring the Museum

    It is with great pleasure that we continue our sponsorship initiative to support museum programming and extension. The Courtenay & District Museum is an exciting destination that interprets cultural and natural heritage of the Comox Valley through exhibitions, lectures, special events and programmes. The CDM hosts over 35,000 local, national and international visitors a year.

    Upcoming events in 2009 will include celebrations, tours, lectures and exhibits. As well, we will continue to provide ongoing programming and field trips to students in the Comox Valley.  

    Many of the museum's programmes would not be possible without strong sponsorship from our donors and funders. We respectfully request your one-year sponsorship in order to continue to carry out these worthwhile programmes.  

    The levels of sponsorship are:

    • $1,500 Dogwood
    • $1,000 Garry Oak
    • $750 Arbutus
    • $500 Fir
    • Up to $500 Seedling

    Sponsors at the Dogwood level will have their logo or name featured on the museum's newsletter, website and on any publications the museum produces. Additionally, the Courtenay & District Museum is a charitable organization, so contributions are tax deductible.

    Your contributions can also be made on a monthly basis. All sponsors above the $500 level will receive a CDM membership and a complimentary copy of the coffee table book The Comox Valley by Paula Wild.

    We hope you will consider being a part of this worthwhile initiative as we promote and interpret the exciting natural and cultural heritage of the Comox Valley. Please feel free to contact us at 250-334-0686 if you have any questions or desire further information.


    2008-2009 Sponsors

    Judy and Stan Hagen                 
    Daryl and Evelyn Wright-Francis Jeweller’s Ltd.  
    The Rotary Club of Courtenay Foundation
    The Robert Hunt Family

    Comox Valley Echo
    Marjorie Thorpe
    The Bickle Family
    Lorna Gunn
    John Wilson and Family

    Elizabeth Braithwaite

    Dove and Mike Hendren 
    Ruth Masters
    John and Joan Wilson
    Ed LaFleur
    George E. Sprogis


    Photo of the Month

    CDM #974.134.1
    Little River picnic, c. 1912

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


    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, Comox Valley Charitable Bingo Foundation, and from museum generated revenues and donations.

    Proud sponsors of the Courtenay & District Museum:


    The City of Courtenay


    BC Arts Councils

    BC Hydro

    Regional District Comox-Strathcona