Courtenay & District Museum

  • AGM Coming Up
  • Lecture: A Journey Back to Nature
  • 2021 Hot August Nights
  • It's All There in Black and White
  • World Rivers Day
  • Photo of the Month
  • Exhibit: An Enjoyable...Walk Through Time
  • "Civic Centre" turns the big 5-0
  • Stepping into Wilderness
  • Your Membership and Donations Make A Difference
  • 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.


    AGM Coming Up

    The Annual General Meeting of the Courtenay and District Historical Society will take place in-person at 4:00 pm on Wednesday, September 15, 2021 in the museum Rotary Gallery. New members welcome!


    Lecture: A Journey Back to Nature, A History of Strathcona Provincial Park

    Event type: In-person

    Time and Date: 7 pm, Tuesday, October 5, 2021

    Location: Rotary Gallery of the Courtenay and District Museum

    Speaker: Catherine Marie Gilbert

    Tickets: $5 per Historical Society member; $6 non-members (plus GST). Advance tickets recommended. Tickets can be purchased over the phone by calling 250-334-0686 ext 2.

    Public health measures in effect and reduced seating capacity in place.

    The fascinating story of the century-long effort to define, access, preserve, develop, and exploit the uniquely beautiful Strathcona area of rugged wilderness in the centre of Vancouver Island.

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    Car Rally Wrap Up

    Car Show & Cruise A Big Success!

    The Crown Isle 2021 Hot August Nights Car Show August 14-15 was a big success with proceeds going to the Comox Valley Child Development Association. For those who want a bird’s eye view of this event, here is drone footage provided courtesy of BlueForce UAV Consulting.

    And here's a link to the cars rolling out for the two-hour Sunday Cruise. People throughout Courtenay, Comox, Cumberland, Royston, Union Bay and everywhere in-between, set out folding chairs and umbrellas in front of their homes to enjoy the cars driven by local enthusiasts as well as by people from all points on the island and lower mainland.


    It's All There in Black and White

    Back to school in 1947 had a new look for some grade one and two students.

    Courtenay Elementary School, located on England Avenue between 6th and 8th Streets, had more students than space. Army hut to the rescue as seen in this August 7, 1947 Comox District Free Press article.

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


    World Rivers Day
    September 26, 2021

    On the fourth Sunday of every September, World Rivers Day celebrates waterways around the world and close to home. Waterways face a number of threats such as pollution and urban development, but through active involvement, our community can help boost their health for the future. Through public awareness and volunteer action, World Rivers Day encourages people to take an active role in river stewardship.

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    Photo of the Month

    CDM #986.1.22 Upper Falls of Courtenay River, 1912

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


    Exhibit: An Enjoyable...Walk Through Time

    August 13, 2021 to January 29, 2022

    If you find yourself with some spare time, feel free to stop by our new display on the second floor.

    We’ve paired two popular exhibits and added artifacts you may not have seen before.

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    "Civic Centre" turns
    the big 5-0

    Several hundred citizens were on hand to watch ceremonies marking the official opening of Courtenay’s Civic Centre complex by Premier W.A.C. Bennett. Bill Smith photo. Comox District Free Press Collection, September 15, 1971.

    Around 1889-1890, the Riverside Hotel was constructed at the corner of 5th Street and Cliffe Avenue. Right next to it on Cliffe, entrepreneur E.W. Bickle designed the Bickle Theatre which opened on June 20, 1935 with the movie Babes in Toyland. The Riverside Hotel continued as a well-known landmark in the area, but after Bickle's death in 1961, the theatre struggled and eventually fell vacant for several years.

    On January 2, 1968, a devastating fire consumed the hotel. Luckily, there was no loss of life and the flames didn't spread to the theatre building, but this central corner in downtown Courtenay now sat empty.

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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: Katherine Capes, Ruth Masters and Peggy Sillence en route to Comox Glacier in September 1938.

    Photo: CDM Masters Collection. Page 102.

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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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    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