Courtenay & District Museum

  • Our Heart’s in the Right Place
  • Gift Shop News
  • Your Membership and Donations Make A Difference
  • Heritage Week February 21 to 27
  • Hunt for Heritage - Comox Valley #huntforheritageCV
  • Heritage Week Display: Re-visiting Neighbourhoods
  • Stepping into Wilderness
  • Photo of the Month
  • It's All There in Black and White
  • Museum Funding

  • Phone:



    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.


    Our Heart’s in the Right Place

    George Law photo. July 1, 1958. CDM 2008.79.65.

    A flashback photo in honour of Valentine’s Day featuring Miss Comox Valley 1957 Jeanette Cottini on the Jaycee float.

    The Jaycees (Junior Chamber of Commerce) held the Miss Comox Valley Contest and the winner went on to represent the district in the Miss PNE beauty contest.


    Gift Shop News

    The museum shop has a good variety of greeting cards in stock including those by four local artists: Sue Pyper, Andy Everson, Debbie Bowles and Daniel Lehman. Each artist’s cards are unique.

    Sue Pyper’s cards depict nature scenes such as birds, bears, and trees. Andy Everson’s ingenious cards are well known and feature neighbouring landscapes, whales, salmon, and eagles in amazing bright colours. Debbie Bowles from Winking Owl Design creates singular cards that are whimsical and popular. Daniel Lehman’s cards are all individually hand painted; design themes include ladybugs, bullrushes, and the ocean.

    The shop carries other popular brands like the sweet and funny animal cards by Wrendale. Also, cards printed on plantable seed paper and cards with drawings of animals performing very non-animal activities like talking on the phone or riding bikes. There’s lots to choose from!


    Your Membership and Donations Make A Difference

    Purchasing a membership to the Courtenay and District Museum, now in its 61st 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.

    Click Here to Join

    Click Here to Make a Donation


    Heritage Week
    February 21 to 27

    Theme: Altogether Inclusive

    A message from Heritage BC:

    "The theme in 2022 explores the many ways that heritage engagement requires creativity, as well as unique solutions and actions to encourage broad participation.

    Heritage can and must foster best practices in diversity and accessibility. By reducing the many different types of barriers that keep people from enjoying heritage and feeling safe, then lives will be enriched.

    When heritage responds to diversity and accessibility challenges, it becomes inclusive. This is possible for even the smallest of heritage organizations and is reason to celebrate."

    What we do:

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

    In a physical sense, we are accessible for the disabled and have a courtesy wheelchair available upon request. We are also designated as a Safe Place for LGBTQ2s+ victims of crime, harassment, and bullying.


    Hunt for Heritage – Comox Valley #huntforheritageCV

     What is it?

    To celebrate BC Family Day and BC Heritage Week, Filberg Lodge and Park is inviting the Comox Valley to take part in an interactive and COVID-19 friendly event designed to get us all outside and exploring the Valley’s history.

    Read More


    Heritage Week Display:
    Re-visiting Neighbourhoods

    CDM #990.24.75 Dr. H.P. Millard family home, c. 1905

    The Courtenay Heritage Advisory Commission’s photo and info panels highlighting neighbourhoods will be on exhibit in the museum’s Rotary Gallery from February 22 – 26 in commemoration of BC’s Heritage Week.

    Drop in to learn more about the historic Terminal, Old Orchard and 40 Houses neighbourhoods.

    The panels were created for 2013 Heritage Week and are being re-displayed this year as COVID-19 restrictions have hampered the Commission’s regular activities.


    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: Three young men at the Goose Spit beacon, from left to right: unidentified, Gordon McLean and Jim Midwinter. S.B.W. (Dusty) d’Esterre photograph. Photo: CDM d’Esterre Collection. Page 120.

    Click for Larger Image


    Photo of the Month

    CDM #985.89.7 Team pulling wooden “boat”, 1917

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


    It's All There in Black and White

    Seventy years since the death of King George VI and the ascension of Queen Elizabeth II to the throne. There’s often a bit of drama around the Royal Family and the King’s funeral was no exception as seen in this article from the Comox District Free Press of February 14, 1952.

    Read More

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


    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