Courtenay & District Museum

  • Andy Everson Design Adds New Dimension to Galleries
  • Lecture: Step Into Wilderness
  • After 33 Years, the Elasmosaur Still Inspires
  • It's All There in Black and White
  • Masters' Memorial Book
  • Photo of the Month
  • Members Only Christmas Sale
  • Comox Valley Santa's Workshop
  • Your Membership and Donations Make A Difference
  • Stepping into Wilderness
  • 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.


    Andy Everson Design Adds New Dimension to Galleries

    Thank you to Northwest Coast Artist, Andy Everson as Courtenay and District Museum visitors are now enjoying seeing his killer whale creation, “Perspective”, large-scale on an 11x19 ft wall directly below the second floor house front design he created in 2000.

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    Lecture: Step Into Wilderness

    Event type: Virtual

    Time and Date: 7 pm, Tuesday, November 23

    Speakers: Christine Dickinson and Deborah Griffiths

    Free Event

    Local authors Dickinson and Griffiths return, once again bringing Comox Valley history to life through stories and photographs from the Courtenay Museum book Step Into Wilderness-A Pictorial History of Outdoor Exploration In and Around the Comox Valley.

    Click here for more details and the Zoom Link


    After 33 Years, the Elasmosaur Still Inspires

    In 2018, the British Columbia Paleontological Alliance proposed the adoption of a provincial fossil to celebrate BC's ancient ecosystems. After much discussion, they recommended a short-list of seven candidates, ranging in scope from crabs and ammonites to ichthyosaurs and giant elasmosaur marine reptiles.

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    It's All There in Black and White

    You'd never guess by looking at the area today, but a quirkily shaped “triangle” of land bordered by the Old Island Highway, Back Road and Ryan Road was once part of a WW II Veterans Land Act housing development. This area, intersected by Braidwood Road, was eventually divided into 11 parcels for purchase by returned veterans.

    Known locally as the Duncan and Dingwall Veterans' Subdivision at Sandwick, the plan was announced in December of 1945 with houses allotted one full year later as seen in this article from the December 12, 1946 Comox District Free Press.

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


    Masters' Memorial Book

    Ruth Masters’ “Lest We Forget” handmade book dedicated to those of the Comox Valley who lost their lives in World Wars I and II has been off exhibit and out of the building for a much-needed spruce up and repair.

    Vancouver Island Art Conservation, a local business specializing in the conservation, repair, and housing of works of art on paper and archival documents, is nearing completion on restoration work to the original album as well as creating a new hands-on copy for the public.


    Photo of the Month

    CDM #985.74.10 Hockey Players, Texada Island, 1930's

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


    Members Only Christmas Sale

    It’s almost time for our annual Members Only Christmas Sale. From December 1st through to the 24th members will receive a 25% discount on most items in our gift shop. This offer does not apply to items already marked down or on consignment. Your valid membership card must be show at the time of purchase.

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

    The museum shop has just received a ton of fabulous new stock. Come and check us out so you can start making your shopping list.


    Comox Valley Santa's Workshop

    The dedicated volunteers of Santa’s Workshop are back for Christmas 2021!

    The Courtenay Museum will once again be a drop-off location for new or "gently-used" toys, books and games to help brighten the Christmas season for local kids and families.


    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


    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: Lee Vanstone (left) and unidentified friend oyster picking in Comox, 1948. S.B.W. (Dusty) d'Esterre photograph. Photo: 998.219.223. Page 150.

    Photo caption: '… the Comox Argus reported on April 28, 1948, that "a letter was read from the Superintendent of Lands, Victoria, advising that the application of the British Columbia Packers Ltd. to lease certain foreshore in Comox Harbour for oyster culture purposes had been approved, and that it had been decided that a lease should be granted, subject to the right of the public to use the foreshore for bathing swimming, etc."' Page 154.

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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