Courtenay & District Museum

  • Lecture: Against the Current, The Remarkable Life of Agnes Deans Cameron
  • Canada Day Open House
  • Capes Escape
  • 2018 BC Paleontological Symposium
  • It's All There in Black and White
  • Gift Shop News
  • Your Membership and Donations Make A Difference
  • Summer Fossil Tours
  • Watershed Moments
  • Summer Hours
  • Photo of the Month
  • Periodical Wisdom
  • Museum Funding

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

    Monday to Saturday
    10am to 5pm

    12pm to 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

    I-Hos Gallery

    HMCS ALBERNI Museum and Memorial

    Nim Nim Interpretive Centre


    Lecture: Against the Current, The Remarkable Life of Agnes Deans Cameron

    Time and Date: 7 pm, Thursday, June 14, 2018

    Location: Rotary Gallery of the Courtenay and District Museum

    Speaker: Cathy Converse

    Tickets: $5 for Historical Society members; $6 for general public (plus GST). Advance tickets strongly recommended as lectures frequently sell out. Tickets can be purchased over the phone by calling 250-334-0686 ext 5.

    Join author Cathy Converse to learn more about Agnes Deans Cameron - a woman named one of the top most significant individuals in the history of the province of BC.

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    Canada Day Open House

    The Courtenay and District Museum will celebrate Canada's 151st birthday with an open house event from 12 noon to 4 pm on Sunday, July 1st.

    There will be free admission, balloons, prize draws, live music, kid's crafts and a new exhibit to see!

    Canada Day is a great chance to explore history at the museum.


    Capes Escape

    Capes Escape, the museum's vacation rental property, continues to do great business.

    The 1700 sq. ft., 1930s heritage home is part of the Courtenay and District Museum visitor services.

    The home, situated on seven acres of forested land on Cumberland Road, was donated to the museum by the late Katherine Capes. Located approximately 4 km from Highway 19, Capes Escape is only minutes from downtown Courtenay and Cumberland.

    If you've got company coming for a visit and are looking for a comfortable and convenient rental space, consider Capes Escape.

    For further information and availability please click here


    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


    It's All There in Black and White

    Big changes at the Comox Mall in 1977. The June 3rd edition of the Comox District Free Press reports its' conversion from a shopping centre into a closed mall. Hmmm...

    Read More

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


    Gift Shop News

    Loads of new summer stock has hit the shelves!

    The shop is now carrying a line of t-shirts designed by West Coast Karma, a company based in Comox. Designs include the very popular "Vancouver Island" pattern which is available in adult and children sizes in multiple colours. Or how about the ladies tee of an octopus or jellyfish in a turquoise soft cotton?

    Kid's toy selection has been bumped up too with T-Rex snap band watches, dinosaur skeleton replicas and "hug-ems" in the shape of T-Rex, triceratops, orca whales and wolves. These are a lot of fun for all ages.


    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


    Summer Fossil Tours

    Discoveries Happen Here

    Have you ever wanted to make a prehistoric discovery? You have the chance with Courtenay and District Museum summer public fossil tours! Vancouver Island and surrounding area is rich in ancient marine fossils which give palaeontologists and history enthusiasts an excellent opportunity to study prehistoric life (not to mention go digging for fossils)!

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    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: Mrs. Margaret Frank and Chief Andy Frank in the 1967 Courtenay parade. Ruth Masters photograph. Photo: CDM 2007.251.18. Page 188.

    Photo caption: "In 1906, Mary and Billie Frank, Andy's mother and father, decided to canoe to Tree Island (now Sandy Island Marine Park) to harvest clams. They pitched their tents on the island, and Andy was born there, the youngest of the family...In the 1920s, Andy went into an Alert Bay store for fishing supplies. He was so smitten by one of the clerks that he needed to make several trips into the store to choose the right flashlight. The clerk, Margaret Wilson from T'sakis (Fort Rupert), of high status and with strong convictions about promoting awareness of indigenous heritage, married Andy first by tradition and later in a church." Page 119.

    Click Here for a Larger Version


    Summer Hours

    Open Seven Days a Week

    The Courtenay and District Museum is now on its summer operating schedule and is open Monday to Saturday from 10:00 to 5:00 and Sundays from 12:00 to 4:00 until Labour Day. As always, members visit free.


    Photo of the Month

    CDM #989.183.94
    Pole Vaulting at Lewis Park, Courtenay, 1930s

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


    Periodical Wisdom

    Women's magazines and periodicals from the past can offer some great advice.

    For this month, it's truly a case of "having one's ducks in a row" as Comfort magazine from July of 1903 spells out how easy it is to raise a "quack family." Who knew!

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    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