Courtenay & District Museum

  • Step Into Wilderness
  • Exhibit: Dreamland
  • Members Only Christmas Special
  • Your Membership and Donations Make A Difference
  • Poppy Season
  • Remembrance Day Closure
  • Watershed Moments
  • It's All There in Black and White
  • Elasmosaur Birthday
  • Photo of the Month
  • Museum Funding

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

    Tuesday – Saturday
    10:00 am to 4:00 pm

    John Wilson

    Vice President
    Daryl Wright

    Past President
    April Shopland

    Rick Ross
    Jim Haggart
    Ross Dingwall
    Mary Everson
    Julie Fortin

    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

    Strathcona Wilderness Institute

    Project Watershed

    Sid Williams Theatre

    Comox Valley Art Gallery

    Comox Valley Arts

    We respectfully acknowledge that we and our members live, work and play within the traditional territory of the K’ómoks First Nation.​


    Step Into Wilderness

    All royalties from the sale of Step into Wilderness go to the Courtenay and District Museum.

    By purchasing the book, you’ll be supporting a non-profit society that’s been going strong for almost 60 years.

    The hard cover coffee table book features more than 150 photographs from our collection and is available for $39.95 plus GST.

    More than just a volume of beautiful photos, these images illustrate a community’s evolving relationship with the natural wonders surrounding it, as well as the emergence of outdoor exploration on Vancouver Island.

    Make sure to pick up your copy soon.

    Click here to find out more about Step into Wilderness


    Exhibit: Dreamland

    November 4, 2020 to February 27, 2021

    The cooler weather has arrived. It’s time to cozy up and plan a visit to Dreamland.

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    Members Only Christmas Special

    Museum members are in for a treat with gift shop purchases from December 1 to December 24 as they will receive a 25% discount on most items.

    The museum shop has many fabulous things to choose from so be sure to take advantage of this membership bonus.

    This offer does not apply to items already marked down or on consignment. Your valid membership card must be shown at the time of purchase.

    Not a member? No worries! Purchase a membership and you immediately qualify for the special holiday period discount.


    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


    Poppy Season

    This Remembrance Day, we are proud supporters of all our veterans and first-responders who have given their lives for the Canada we enjoy today. This poppy season will look different but you can still find a poppy: Click Here  #GetYourPoppy


    Remembrance Day Closure

    The museum will be closed on Wednesday, November 11 in observance of Remembrance Day.


    Watershed Moments

    Here is the latest newsletter installment of an image from the museum’s award-winning book Watershed Moments – A Pictorial History of Courtenay and District.

    Photo credit: Sandwick War Memorial Cairn, ca. 1922. After the Great War, the community needed a symbol to mark the loss of their sons and a loss of innocence. In 1921, the newly formed Great War Veterans Association (GWVA) suggested a Celtic Cairn of rocks from the farms that each man had left behind. The work united the whole community in the common homage to all who had served. Photo: P90-99. Page 138.

    Click Here for a Larger Version


    It's All There in Black and White

    Thoughts often turn to the holiday season come November. This article from the Comox District Free Press November 15, 1945 edition proves that year was no exception. But 75 years ago holiday menu planning also had to contend with rationing.

    Food rationing on the home front allowed for equitable distribution of scarce products like sugar and meat. In Canada, food rations started in 1942 and ended in 1947.

    Read More

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


    Elasmosaur Birthday

    The Elasmosaur turns 80,000,032 this year. No party is planned because we’re doing our part to limit gatherings and keep people safe. But raise a glass and give a toast to BC’s official fossil. Cheers!


    Photo of the Month

    CDM #989.69.74 Strand Café, Courtenay, late 1920’s

    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, 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