Courtenay & District Museum

  • Exhibit: Aliens Among Us
  • Your Membership and Donations Make A Difference
  • Creative Writing Primer
  • Watershed Moments
  • Photo of the Month
  • It's All There in Black and White
  • Museum Funding

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

    Tuesday through Saturday
    10am to 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


    Exhibit: Aliens Among Us

    Now to March 7, 2020

    Be sure to visit our second floor gallery to take in this travelling exhibit from the Royal British Columbia Museum about BC's recent plant and animal arrivals.

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    Your Membership and Donations Make A Difference

    Purchasing a membership to the Courtenay and District Museum, now in its 59th 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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    Click Here to Make a Donation


    Creative Writing Primer

    Workshops hosted by McLoughlin Gardens Society

    The winter season is a wonderful time to explore creative endeavours. Why not dive into that writing project you've been mulling over? With the support of a skilled instructor and fellow writers you will see it take shape. Quadra Island author and historian Jeanette Taylor will be leading a series of six linked workshops at the Courtenay and District Museum, beginning Saturday, January 18 and running every two weeks until March 28. Hosted by the McLoughlin Gardens Society, the series is titled "Creative Writing Primer," and is designed for both beginning writers and those with more experience.

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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: Bill Ardley's Garage, 1932, was located on Anderton Avenue near Central Builders Supply Ltd. and backed onto the Courtenay River. Charles Sillence photograph. Photo: CDM Sillence Collection. Page 152.

    Photo caption: "British Columbians adjusted to driving on the right-hand side of the road when it became the law on January 1, 1922. And due to the economic boom in the mid- to late 1920s automobile sales increased, which meant there were more drivers on the road. Businesses developed to service four-wheeled travellers and holiday makers." Page 151.

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    Photo of the Month

    CDM #990.24.267
    Swan's horse-logging crew, c. 1905

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


    It's All There in Black and White

    Bit of a surprise to find late night shopping in 1947 but that's what was happening on 5th Street according to this ad from the January 30 Comox District Free Press.

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


    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