Courtenay & District Museum

  • Very Long in the Tooth
  • The Optimists
  • Collection Selections
  • Photo of the Month
  • Gift Shop News
  • Your Membership and Donations Make A Difference
  • Stepping into Wilderness
  • It's All There in Black and White
  • Enemy Aliens: Internment in Canada, 1914-1920
  • 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.


    Very Long in the Tooth

    Our results are in from the BC Megafauna Project at SFU.

    A mammoth’s molar in the CDM’s collection which was discovered on the Brown’s River in 1928 was radiocarbon dated to (drum roll please) roughly 29,000 years ago.

    This molar is unique in being the most northerly tooth found on Vancouver Island so far. The tooth is on exhibit in our main floor gallery so drop in and check it out.


    The Optimists

    CDM Stubbs Collection

    To mark UN International Happiness Day on March 20, we present a photo flashback of “The Optimists” from 1941.

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    Collection Selections

    To celebrate our ongoing organization of the Courtenay and District Museum collection, please join us for the first in a Collection Selections series of re-discovered items, including those that became a vital part of life and business in the 20th century and went on to shape the future.

    CDM 972.152.1

    This is the Oliver No. 5, a peculiar typewriter manufactured by The Oliver Typewriter Co. in 1913. Thomas Oliver, a Methodist minister from Woodstock, Ontario, founded his typewriter company in 1895 while on a business trip to Chicago, Illinois. The batwing-like typing bars are the most striking feature of this machine, but this form serves a function. Oliver was frustrated with what he considered a design flaw of typewriters in the early 1890s, and set out to make a machine where he could see the text on the same line as it was typed. According to Oliver, the final piece to solve his mechanical marvel came to him in a dream in which he pictured the unmistakable vertical typing bars.

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    Photo of the Month

    CDM #989.69.42 Riverside Hotel, Courtenay, c. 1912

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


    Gift Shop News

    Easter and spring are just around the corner and the gift shop has items for perfect presents.

    There are adorable stuffed toys like lop eared bunnies, lambs, hares, chicks, and squirrels.

    If you are looking for eggs, we’ve got plenty that are dinosaur related! Everything from hatching to slime to coloured eggs that fizz in water to reveal the dinosaur inside.

    And don’t forget our mug and card selections which feature sweet Easter creatures.


    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.

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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: A stylishly dressed group gathered at the Comox wharf, 1910s-1920s. Note the elaborate fur accessories sported by three of the women. Jennie Lockhart is second from right. Photo: CDM Childs collection. Page 186.

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    It's All There in Black and White

    This fire caused quite a stir locally with “hundreds of spectators and the road ...lined with automobiles”. Something out of the ordinary to see on a Wednesday afternoon as described in this Comox District Free Press article from March 20, 1947.

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


    Enemy Aliens: Internment in Canada, 1914-1920
    Nanaimo Museum until May 21, 2022

    Enemy Aliens is a travelling exhibition produced by the Canadian War Museum in partnership with the Ukrainian Canadian Civil Liberties Foundation. The exhibit includes artifacts and images of the internment camp located in Nanaimo.

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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