Courtenay & District Museum

  • Discoveries Happen with You
  • Untamed Horsepower
  • Chuckle
  • Queen of the Fair
  • Stepping into Wilderness
  • St. Peter's Celebration
  • Your Membership and Donations Make A Difference
  • It's All There in Black and White
  • 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
    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.


    Discoveries Happen with You

    A Team Effort for Discovery of Juvenile Elasmosaur

    Fossil discoveries in the Comox Valley usually occur with help from river erosion and from observation by amateur palaeontologists and people who take fossil tours to find out more about the Comox Valley’s natural history and ancient life on Vancouver Island. The discovery of “Baby E” the museum’s juvenile elasmosaur, required some time to explore further, and then, “all hands on deck”.

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    Join in on the discoveries. The Courtenay and District Museum and Palaeontology Centre is again offering group and family fossil tours. Tours are currently available 5 days a week (Tuesday – Saturday).

    Call 250 334 0686 ext.2 to reserve your spot. Hammers, chisels and goggles are supplied. Check out the details here.


    Untamed Horsepower

    Crown Isle August 14-15

    If you’re interested in cars, especially those of a certain historical age with VROOM, you might enjoy the Crown Isle Car Show August 14-15 with proceeds going to the Comox Valley Child Development Association.

    The participating car owners will be displaying and driving, "Hot American muscle cars and traditional hot rods and customs up to the 1960s."

    Check here for more information regarding the car show and drive.



    August 16 marks Canada’s national “tell a joke day”. This one is courtesy of Museum staffer Erik Duncan.

    Two fossils, after 100 million years of silence, spark up a conversation.

    The fossilized tree asks, "Aren't you excited to be unearthed and put on display?"

    "Of course not!" the ammonite snaps back, "I never had a chance to clean my chambers before I fossilized. I don't want the public to see this mess."

    The tree ponders this.

    "What about you?" asks the ammonite, "Aren't you worried?"

    "Worried? I'm petrified!"


    Queen of the Fair

    Jemima Isbister and Lena Cairns in historical dress, c. 1970. CDM 998.219.51.

    Since the 1890s, the Comox Valley Fall Fair has showcased the gardens, livestock and crafts of local farmers and agriculturists, celebrating the bounty of the harvest. Over the years, women competed in homemaking skills such as knitting, canning, pickling, bread making, quilting, handwriting, and floral arranging. (Some years there was even a category for 'Best Baby'!) They nurtured friendly rivalries as they exhibited their work, but one woman in particular made a name for herself with the remarkably high quality of her entries: Lena Cairns.

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    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: Community organizations would often organize picnics at which sports were a feature. At this 1926 board of trade picnic, Dorothy Hames, Nora Lloyd, Daisy Kerton and Gwen Fairbairn race on the sand.

    Photo: CDM Stubbs Collection. Inside cover.

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    St. Peter’s Celebration

    Save the date! September 11-12, 2021

    Postmark indicates mailing August 27, 1915 from Point Grey. CDM 989.96.8.

    There is a site that reaches back to the earliest days of European settlement in the Comox Valley. St. Peter’s Church on Church Street in Comox, built in 1891, celebrates its 130th anniversary this September 11th and 12th. Hundreds of families across the Valley over those decades have worshipped, socialized, sung, danced, eaten and been baptized, married or buried within its walls. All the activities of the weekend at 218 Church Street are open to the whole Comox Valley community.

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    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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    It's All There in Black and White

    Can you believe it? Thirty years since the town of Comox adopted this "snazzy" street sign design! Photo from the August 14, 1991 Comox District Free Press.

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


    Photo of the Month

    DM #994.2.1 McKean & Biscoe General Store, Courtenay, c. 1905

    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