Courtenay & District Museum

  • Gift Shop Sale Week
  • Family Fossil Fun
  • A Home for the Holidays
  • Sponsoring the Museum
  • Museum Sponsors
  • Season Greetings
  • Watercolours Workshop
  • Marilyn Timms Prints
  • Photo of the Month
  • Museum Funding

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

    Tuesday to Saturday
    10 am - 5 pm

    Monday and Sunday

    John Wilson

    Vice President
    Daryl Wright

    Past President
    April Shopland

    Elizabeth Braithwaite

    Ruth Masters
    Rick Ross
    Jim Haggart
    Ross Dingwall

    Member of...

    British Columbia Museums Association

    Canadian Museums

    Archives Association of
    British Columbia

    Heritage Society of British Columbia


    Gift Shop Sale Week

    Just a reminder: the museum members only gift shop sale week is coming up fast from December 1st to December 5th.

    As well as the regular 15% discount, museum members are invited to enjoy an additional 5% discount from non-consignment items in the shop.

    New inventory continues to arrive regularly. All sorts of items are available, with a wide variety of stocking stuffers, dinosaur toys, First Nations art, giftware, blankets, children's and adult's books and art prints.

    This year, gift certificates are available in dollar amounts to be used for tours, kid’s camps, memberships or anything in the gift shop.

    To sweeten the pot even further, any member who purchases over $20 in merchandise will receive a complimentary copy of the award winning Comox Valley Memories, written by well known historian and author Judy Hagen.


    Family Fossil Fun

    Is your family looking for something fun, adventurous and educational to do through the winter months? Saturday, January 16, 2010 will mark the launch of a new and exciting programme at the Courtenay & District Museum!

    The Courtenay Museum Family Fossil Club will be open to all ages and will be geared towards novice fossil collectors and enthusiasts. The club will run in eight-week sessions, consisting of three meetings and one guided field trip per month. Meetings will be every Saturday from 10:30am to 12:30pm.

    As a member of the Fossil Club, you will be entitled to the following: monthly agenda of Fossil Club events, weekly club meetings (lectures, discussions, crafts, demonstrations, games and fossil identification), monthly guided field trip (hammers, chisels, goggles and packaging supplies provided), a "Puntledge River Elasmosaur" ball cap, the book Heather's Amazing Discovery and a complimentary museum membership. Museum membership includes: free admission to the museum, monthly on-line newsletter, 15% off gift shop purchases (excluding consignment items and gift certificates), an additional 5% gift shop discount during members-only Christmas shopping week, 10% off Children’s Programmes, discounts on lectures and invitations to exhibit openings.

    Cost for the Fossil Club membership per eight-week session is $175.00/family, $75.00/adult, $50/youth (5-16). Gift certificates for the club are available and would make the perfect Christmas gift for any dinosaur or fossil enthusiast!


    A Home for the Holidays

    The Capes Escape vacation rental has been kept busy with bookings this season. But not to worry – there is a window of availability from now until December 27th for those looking for a cozy spot to host family and friends.
    To find out more visit


    Sponsoring the Museum

    It is with great pleasure that we continue our sponsorship initiative to support museum programming and extension. The Courtenay & District Museum is an exciting destination that interprets cultural and natural heritage of the Comox Valley through exhibitions, lectures, special events and programmes. The CDM hosts over 35,000 local, national and international visitors a year.

    Many of the museum's programmes would not be possible without strong sponsorship from our donors and funders. We respectfully request your one-year sponsorship in order to continue to carry out these worthwhile programmes.  

    The levels of sponsorship are:

    • $1,500 Dogwood
    • $1,000 Garry Oak
    • $750 Arbutus
    • $500 Fir
    • Up to $500 Seedling

    Sponsors at the Dogwood level will have their logo or name featured on the museum's newsletter, website and on any publications the museum produces. Additionally, the Courtenay & District Museum is a charitable organization, so contributions are tax deductible.

    Your contributions can also be made on a monthly basis. All sponsors above the $500 level will receive a CDM membership and a complimentary copy of the coffee table book The Comox Valley by Paula Wild.

    We hope you will consider being a part of this worthwhile initiative as we promote and interpret the exciting natural and cultural heritage of the Comox Valley. Please feel free to contact us at 250-334-0686 if you have any questions or desire further information.


    Museum Sponsors

    Judy and Stan Hagen
    Daryl and Evelyn Wright-Francis Jeweller's Ltd.
    The Rotary Club of Courtenay Foundation
    The Robert Hunt Family

    Comox Valley Echo
    Marjorie Thorpe
    The Bickle Family
    Lorna Gunn
    John Wilson and Family
    Judy Gurr

    Elizabeth Braithwaite
    Jean Hawthorne

    Dove and Mike Hendren
    Ruth Masters
    John and Joan Wilson
    Ed LaFleur
    George E. Sprogis
    Gordon Schnare


    Season Greetings

    As the festive season approaches, the Courtenay and District Museum board and staff would like to extend wishes to all for a wonderful and safe holiday.

    Seasons Greetings and Happy New Year to you and yours!


    Watercolours - Just DO it!
    with Marilyn Timms SFCA SCA

    "Trellis at the Old House" by Marilyn Timms

    Friday, and Saturday, January 8th and 9th, 2010 from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm (with ½ hour lunch break).

    Sometimes, we need to just jump right in when we want to learn new things.

    This two day watercolour workshop with painter Marilyn Timms will get you going in high style.

    Intimidated? Don't be! Using clear explanations and eye-opening mini-demos, your knowledge about this graceful medium will grow in leaps and bounds.

    Marilyn is friendly, funny and a very good teacher so, if this is your first try at watercolours - pluck up your courage, or, if you feel a little rusty - dust off those paints and get going again.

    The fee is $125 per participant. Supplies are not included.

    Class size is limited, so contact the Museum by email or phone (250) 334-0686 to reserve your place.


    Marilyn Timms Limited Edition Prints Available before Christmas

    "West Coast Retreat" by Marilyn Timms

    The Marilyn Timms exhibit "A Snapshot in Paint", which runs until January 16th, has been a resounding success. A portion of sales money from this exhibit has gone towards the museum's purchase of one of the pieces entitled “West Coast Retreat”.

    Marilyn created this beautiful painting at the Capes Escape, the property and home donated to the Courtenay Museum by the late Katherine Capes which the museum now runs as a popular vacation rental.

    The museum has embarked on a limited edition run of 200 prints of this painting. Scanned by a fine arts shop that specializes in limited edition prints and printed by one of the top printers in the province; they will be top quality.

    All sales from the painting will go towards the museum's endowment fund. The cost of each 18 x 24 inch limited edition print will be $100 plus applicable taxes.

    The prints will be available by the 5th of December. For people who would like to purchase a print and have it signed by Marilyn Timms, we will host a session with her on Saturday, December 5th from 10:30 am to 12:00 noon. Purchase one of these beautiful prints for your collection or as a gift. Thank you, Marilyn Timms!


    Photo of the Month

    CDM #998.219.24
    5th Street, Duncan to England Ave., 1911

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


    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, Comox Valley Charitable Bingo Foundation, and from museum generated revenues and donations.

    Proud sponsors of the Courtenay & District Museum:


    The City of Courtenay


    BC Arts Councils

    BC Hydro

    Regional District Comox-Strathcona