Courtenay & District Museum

  • Exhibit: Fabulous Fossils-A Walk Through Time
  • 2018 BC Paleontological Symposium
  • Watershed Moments
  • Capes Escape
  • It's All There in Black and White
  • Gift Shop News
  • Your Membership and Donations Make A Difference
  • Periodical Wisdom
  • Summer Fossil Tours
  • Photo of the Month
  • BC Day Closure
  • 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


    Photo by Ernst Vegt

    Exhibit: Fabulous Fossils-A Walk Through Time

    Have you ever wondered how the jaw of an eighty-million year old mosasaur ended up at the Courtenay and District Museum? Did you know that Canada has the most famous fossil site in the world? Hey-what about marmots? How long have they been around? And why was a 12,400 year old juvenile sea lion skeleton found near the top of Ryan Road?

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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: July 1st parade at the corner of 5th Street and Cliffe Avenue, 1948. George Apps photograph. Photo: CDM 997.505.15. Page 184.

    Photo caption: "For a generation that had lived through the aftermath of the Great War, the Great Depression and World War II, the war's end signalled an era of promise like none before. The high number of weddings in Courtenay at this time indicated that people had a cautious optimism about their lives ahead." Page 185.

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    Capes Escape

    Have you run out of space for visiting guests? Or maybe you're looking for a weekend getaway. Why not consider the Capes Escape vacation rental?

    Located just minutes from downtown Courtenay, the Capes Escape is a beautiful and affordable rental alternative.

    Fees for your stay at Capes Escape go directly to improving this important site and to ongoing Courtenay and District Museum programmes.

    For further info please click here


    It's All There in Black and White

    It has been 30 years since the Florence Filberg Centre opened. Click the link to learn more about the background financials and dignitaries of the day in this July 13, 1988 article from the Comox District Free Press.

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


    Gift Shop News

    The gift shop is now decked out for summer with plenty of "beach-themed" items to enjoy.

    There are two fabulous new books in store. The Beachcomber's Guide to Seashore Life in the Pacific Northwest by J. Duane Sept provides an amazing photographic guide to local tidal pool creatures. And there is The Beachcomber's Companion by Anna Marlis Burgard with beautiful illustrations by Jillian Ditner. Both books are worth looking into.

    The most popular field guides are Seashells and Shellfish of the Pacific Northwest by Rick Harbo and the Identification of Pebbles by Eileen Van der Flier-Keller. These handy take-alongs are covered in plastic to stay dry at the seashore.

    Continuing with the beach-theme, the shop also carries small containers of "Shells from the Sea" and a good assortment of abalone shells.

    Maybe you're looking for a gift to send home with visitors? If so, check out the 2019 Vancouver Island Calendar - it's a gift that will give all year long.


    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


    Periodical Wisdom

    We've scoured the archives for women's magazines and periodicals to share some advice from the good old days.

    This month's write-up is particularly timely as the McCall's of July 1931 offers some tips on how to make your houseguests feel comfortable.

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    Summer Fossil Tours

    Discoveries Happen Here

    No time like the present to be part of the summer fun here at the museum with one of our public fossil tours. Join in and learn about the ancient marine world that existed right beneath your feet!

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    Photo of the Month

    CDM #p315-131
    Prize baseball team, Comox Valley, 1912

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


    BC Day Closure

    The museum will be closed on Monday, August 6th. Wishing everyone a safe and happy BC Day holiday.


    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