Courtenay & District Museum

  • Virtually-Dinosaur-Age Discoveries!
  • Dinosaur – work in progress
  • Gift Shop News
  • Your Membership and Donations Make A Difference
  • A Look Back at the Renaissance Faire
  • It's All There in Black and White
  • Sad News
  • Stepping into Wilderness
  • Photo of the Month
  • Climbing Higher with the CDMC
  • Museum at Campbell River Exhibit
  • 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
    Christine Dickinson

    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.


    Virtually-Dinosaur-Age Discoveries!

    13th BC Paleontological Symposium July 9-12

    If you're interested in dinosaur-age discoveries and hearing from the people who deal with them on the daily, go no further than your living room to participate in the BC Paleontological Alliance’s 13th Symposium hosted by the Vancouver Paleontological Society July 9-12.

    Keynote Speakers are Victoria Arbour, Royal BC Museum and Karma Nanglu, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. A roster of speakers from Canada and the U.S. follows on July 9 and 10.

    Field trips happen on the 11th and 12th.

    Click here for more details


    Dinosaur – work in progress

    June 26 – September 4, 2021
    artist: Alfredo De Stefano, Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico

    MUDE 4 by Alfredo De Stefano

    "Dinosaur gives museological photography archives new readings, with interventions in the desert using real fossils or other materials from popular culture about dinosaurs."

    Photographs by Alfredo De Stefano appear as a slideshow installation on a monitor in the museum’s dinosaur skeleton display area.

    This offsite installation is a collaborative presentation between the Courtenay and District Museum and the Comox Valley Art Gallery as part of the convergent program Offsite_Onsite that included a research and production residency prior to the current exhibition: Under One Sky (26 June – 4 September 2021) onsite at the Comox Valley Art Gallery.

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    Gift Shop News

    The gift shop has a large array of eco friendly enamel mugs, bamboo travel cups and water bottles. All are great to take on a trip to the beach, camping or just hanging out in the yard.

    The very popular enamel mugs pictured above are made by Thornback and Peel, a company known for quality products. These unbreakable mugs feature fun designs and retail for $11.95 each.


    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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    Click Here to Make a Donation


    A Look Back at the Renaissance Faire

    Audience enjoying the Manfrog Circus' Bizarro Brothers. Photo from the Comox District Free Press Collection, July 2, 1980.

    From the mid-70s to the mid-80s, the Comox Valley's Renaissance Faire was a joyous celebration of West Coast folk arts and crafts, offering guests lively music, engaging workshops, international cuisine and children's entertainment.

    It provided an eclectic opportunity for local artists to showcase their work, for musicians and theatre folk to perform, and for guests to participate in a unique expression of unrestrained creativity.

    Over eleven years, the fair blossomed from a small, local craft show into a unique event that drew exhibitors from across Vancouver Island and all over BC.

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    It's All There in Black and White

    Some days it feels like there’s so much development going on it is hard to keep up with what's being torn down and what's going up in its stead.

    This article from the July 18, 1984 Comox District Free Press recounts a building demolition with ties to barge traffic on the Courtenay River.

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


    Sad News

    The African Lungfish, Slugzilla, passed away peacefully in June. He will be missed by all his friends who came by on a regular basis to say “hi”.


    Stepping into Wilderness

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

    Photo credit: This photo appeared in the Comox Argus on August 4, 1927 (Powell River edition) with the caption “String of fish taken at Comox Harbour, largest 58 lbs, smallest 27 lbs.” S.B.W. (Dusty) d’Esterre photograph. Photo: 998.219.282. Page 137.

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    Photo of the Month

    CDM #998.219.62 Stotan Falls, Comox Valley, c. 1910

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


    Climbing Higher with the CDMC

    Sunbathing in hiking boots, Marjorie Biscoe strikes a pose beside the Mount Becher Cabin still buried in snow in June 1948. Photo from Step into Wilderness page 101, CDM Capes Collection.

    If you live in the Comox Valley, then you're probably familiar with the beautiful mountain peaks that surround us. The Comox District Mountaineering Club (CDMC) provides over 150 members with opportunities to explore this wilderness. But how did this diverse club, ranging in age from young adults to 80+ years, come to be?

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    Museum at Campbell River Exhibit

    Heading up island this summer? Don't forget to visit our neighbours at the Museum at Campbell River to see the “Sacred Journeys” exhibition.

    This temporary exhibit is on now until November 2021.

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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