Courtenay & District Museum

  • It's All There in Black and White
  • Heritage Week
  • Heritage Week Happenings
  • Watershed Moments
  • Your Membership and Donations Make A Difference
  • Valentine's Day
  • Photo of the Month
  • Royal BC Museum Exhibit: Wildlife Photographer of the Year
  • 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


    It's All There in Black and White

    An important anniversary to note - it has been 50 years since the first credit card was used at Comox Valley businesses. Check out this article from the February 4, 1970 edition of the Comox District Free Press to see merchant reactions.

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


    Welcome sign, 1950s. CDM 2009.23.151.

    Heritage Week
    February 17 to 23, 2020

    Bringing the Past into the Future

    It's as if the Argus newspaper anticipated the 2020 Heritage Week theme 70 years ago when it sponsored a high school writing contest "What will Courtenay by like in 1970?" The topic seems a perfect fit with "Bringing the Past into the Future."

    Click here to read some of the predictions


    Heritage Week Happenings

    The City of Courtenay Heritage Commission will have a display at the "Ideas Fair - Official Community Plan Update" held in the Conference Hall of the Florence Filberg Centre on Wednesday, February 19, 2020. The Heritage Commission display will then move to the Activity Room of the Courtenay Library for Thursday, February 20th.

    The Filberg Lodge & Gift Shop will be open all Heritage Week for shopping, historical tours and membership sales. Check online for more details.


    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: View from Comox Hill, 1890s. Photo: CDM Stubbs Collection. Page 39-40.

    Photo caption: "Though the land and water provided more than enough for food and shelter, the K'ómoks people had a long tradition of trade with other coastal groups. They also traded cedar root and eulachon oil for Saskatoon berries and dried grass and root fibres from the interior Salish people. This exchange continued with the settlers, who traded tobacco, guns, ammunition, blankets, fabric, buttons, beads, sugar and flour for furs." Page 30.

    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 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.

    Click here to Join

    Click Here to Make a Donation


    Valentine's Day

    Love is in the air... or maybe it's the scent of Tabu Cologne?

    This ad for Comox's Winsby Western Drugs in the Comox Shopping Centre appeared in the February 4, 1970 Comox District Free Press. The prices will make you weep!

    Click for the Full Ad


    Photo of the Month

    CDM #p255-357a
    Post office, Comox, 1912

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


    Royal BC Museum Exhibit: Wildlife Photographer of the Year

    February 14 to March 29, 2020

    Experience the wonders of nature through the lenses of award-winning photographers from around the world.

    Read More


    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