Courtenay & District Museum

  • Online Gift Shop
  • Stepping into Wilderness
  • Learn via Zoom
  • Women's History Month 2021: Agnes Deans Cameron
  • Photo of the Month
  • It's All There in Black and White
  • Your Membership and Donations Make A Difference
  • Just for Fun
  • 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 the museum provides services within the traditional territory of K'ómoks First Nation.

    We respect the diversity of cultures, stories and experiences that form the richness of our regional heritage.


    Online Gift Shop

    Now You Can Shop Portions of the Museum Gift Shop Online

    Great news! The museum team has added a virtual extension to the Courtenay Museum Gift Shop on Shopify. Members and visitors will now be able to buy some of their favourite gift shop finds online.

    The items range from books to children’s toys and home accessories. The online shop includes handcrafted items created by talented local artists. Support them, and us, by buying local.

    Online purchases can be picked up quickly at the museum. Inventory will be increased over time to include locally made t-shirts and other articles that can now be found in the museum's brick-and-mortar store.

    Come in and take a look around!


    Stepping into Wilderness

    Here now is an image from the museum's newest book Step into Wilderness – A Pictorial History of Outdoor Exploration in and around the Comox Valley.

    Photo credit: Jane and Jimmie Paterson with Bob Sutherland at Kye Bay 1920s.

    Photo: CDM Sutherland Collection. Page 140.

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    Learn via Zoom

    Two of our popular natural history programmes are now available via Zoom. The format can be adjusted to suit any age level – from elementary to seniors.

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    Women's History Month 2021: Agnes Deans Cameron

    by Christine Dickinson

    The first school in the Comox Valley opened on Mission Hill in 1871. The first teacher was S. F. Crawford, who divided his time between farming and being a schoolmaster. After 10 years, Crawford moved on to open the school on Denman Island.

    Crawford's successor in 1882 was Agnes Deans Cameron, a young woman, who came with good recommendations, high ideals and strong opinions. She had been the first girl to graduate from Victoria High School, and was a fully qualified teacher at 16. At just 18 years old, Aggie Cameron already had two years of teaching behind her at the Angela College for girls, a private school in Victoria, run by the Church of England. Her new home was with the Robb family who lived at Comox Landing, and that meant each morning and afternoon she was faced with a 4 mile walk along the Estuary and over the rickety and wind swept Long Bridge which spanned the water before the Dyke Road was built. Tall and slender, her vigorous stride and uncommonly short hair caused some amusement for the K'ómoks people from the vantage of their village. She shared the joke as they greeted her each day.

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    Photo of the Month

    CDM #980.41.5 First Brooklyn Bridge, Comox, c. 1900

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


    It's All There in Black and White

    Spring is here! What a great time to connect with the outdoors and wildlife like that found at Lazo marsh. This 40 year old article from the Comox District Free Press March 25, 1981 edition provides some of the back story to the area locals know as Radford's swamp.

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


    Your Membership and Donations Make A Difference

    Purchasing a membership to the Courtenay and District Museum, now in its 60th 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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    Just for Fun

    An item from the museum collection you don't see much anymore… a wall hanging with a match striking surface on a genial fellow's shoe. CDM 990.17.88

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    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