Spring Fling and Easter Things coming up in March, as well as our next Lecture, The Queen of the North Disaster, The Captain's Story

Courtenay & District Museum

  • Spring Fling and Easter Things
  • Lecture: The Queen of the North Disaster, The Captain's Story
  • 2018 BC Paleontological Symposium
  • Watershed Moments
  • Your Membership and Donations Make A Difference
  • Photo of the Month
  • It's All There in Black and White
  • Wildlife Photographer of the Year
  • Comox Valley Genealogy
  • 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

    I-Hos Gallery

    HMCS ALBERNI Museum and Memorial

    Nim Nim Interpretive Centre


    Spring Fling and Easter Things

    We're all set for this year's exciting and fun-packed Spring Fling and Easter Things event scheduled for Saturday, March 24 from 11am to 2pm here at the museum.

    Please join us for a petting zoo courtesy of the Shamrock Gumboots 4-H Club as well as games, crafts, and mascot visits.

    Event Details

    Lecture: The Queen of the North Disaster, The Captain's Story

    Time and Date: 7 pm, Thursday, March 15, 2018
    Location: Rotary Gallery of the Courtenay and District Museum
    Speaker: Colin Henthorne
    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.

    Back by popular demand, Colin Henthorne will repeat his sold-out presentation about one of British Columbia's most serious marine tragedies.

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    2018 BC Paleontological Symposium

    Don't miss the 2018 BC Paleontological Symposium in Courtenay from August 17-20. Keynote Speaker, Dr. Richard Hebda and Special Guest Speaker, Artist, Ray Troll, will lead off the 2018 12th BC Paleontological Association Symposium in Courtenay. Everyone is invited.

    Supported by the Vancouver Island Paleontological Society and the Courtenay and District Museum, the symposium will feature 15 formal presentations, field trips and a fossil prep workshop. Historically, the BCPA symposiums feature an art exhibit of varied media and paleo-imagination and this tradition will continue. In tandem with the symposium, the museum will be hosting an exhibit of in-house and private fossil collections from May to December.

    Symposium registration fees are $150 + GST for professional paleontologists and non-BCPA members; $120 + GST for BCPA members and $100 for students. This includes all activities except field trips and workshops.

    Here's more information on the symposium outline and guest speakers

    Click here to Download the Registration Form


    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: Girl Guides depart from Royston train station, 1928. Left to right: Gladys Idiens, Joyce Edwards, Margaret Dunn, Dot Waterfield, Mrs. Mary Greig, Ritsuko Uchiyama, Lynn Hilton. Photo: CDM 990.16.26. Page 158-159.

    Photo caption: "The first E & N passenger train arrived in Courtenay on August 6, 1914. The August 13 Courtenay Review noted that the train "consisted of baggage and express cars and four coaches." The trip from Victoria covered 139.7 miles, with the train averaging a speed of roughly twenty miles an hour.

    This arrival of the E & N, combined with major expansion of industrial rail lines, strengthened camps and communities such as Union Bay, Royston, Miracle Beach, Cumberland and Headquarters over the next fifty years." Page 128.

    Click Here for a Larger Version


    Your Membership and Donations Make A Difference

    Purchasing a membership to the Courtenay and District Museum, now in its 57th 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

    Click Here to Make a Donation


    Photo of the Month

    CDM #979.3.10
    Coal wharf at Union Bay, 1906

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


    It's All There in Black and White

    This article from the March 7, 1986 Comox District Free Press provides details on the North Island's first crematorium located right here in the Comox Valley.

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


    Wildlife Photographer of the Year

    Royal British Columbia Museum until April 2, 2018

    A visitor favourite every year, Wildlife Photographer of the Year returns with a brand new selection of 100 of the most stunning images from around the world.

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    Comox Valley Genealogy

    The Comox Valley Genealogy Group meets on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 1:00 pm in the Courtenay Library. Meetings feature guest speakers and a chance for members to share their discoveries. All are welcome!

    FMI: info@cvgenealogygroup.org


    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

    British Columbia Gaming Commision