Courtenay & District Museum

  • Look Before You Leap
  • New Home-School Programme
  • Timms Workshop
  • "West Coast Retreat"
  • Sponsoring the Museum
  • Museum Sponsors
  • Photo of the Month
  • Museum Funding

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    Mailing Address:
    207 Fourth Street,
    Courtenay BC,
    V9N 1G7

    Tuesday to Saturday
    10 am - 5 pm

    Monday and Sunday

    John Wilson

    Vice President
    Daryl Wright

    Past President
    April Shopland

    Elizabeth Braithwaite

    Ruth Masters
    Rick Ross
    Jim Haggart
    Ross Dingwall

    Member of...

    British Columbia Museums Association

    Canadian Museums

    Archives Association of
    British Columbia

    Heritage Society of British Columbia


    Lecture Series
    "Look Before You Leap"
    with Boomer Jerritt

    Photo by Boomer Jerritt

    Join photographer Boomer Jerritt for "Look Before You Leap" at the Courtenay Museum on Tuesday, January 26th starting at 7 p.m.

    "Look Before You Leap" is an illustrated lecture that will examine the thought processes and creative decisions that can go unchecked before we click the camera shutter, leaving us disappointed with our results.

    This 1.5 hr presentation was rated the top lecture by the 500 attendees at the APAC camera club in Abbotsford last year.

    The lecture is suitable for photographers of all skill levels and those attending can expect a fun and informative evening.

    Continuing to expand his market audience, Boomer recently had one of his images of the Comox Valley grace the front cover of Harrowsmith's Country Living magazine. He has also had one image chosen by the Vancouver Olympic Committee to be placed on nine 10'x20' billboards throughout the lower mainland to help showcase British Columbia to the world.

    Admission to the lecture is $10 per person; $8 per Historical Society Member. Advance tickets are recommended as these lectures often sell-out.


    New Programme for Home-Schoolers

    Programme instructor Cynthia Lane.

    The Science and Nature Discovery Programme has been created by museum staff exclusively for home-schooled children.

    These classes are based on British Columbia’s prescribed learning outcomes and include a combination of interactive discussions, hands-on activities, games and projects. Seven different sessions of four classes each will be available throughout the year with the first session beginning January 20th.

    Due to an overwhelmingly positive response, the programme will now be offered on Fridays as well as Wednesdays! Classes are geared for children aged five to twelve and cost for a four-week session is $63.00.


    Watercolours - Just DO it!
    with Marilyn Timms SFCA SCA

    Marilyn Timms' January workshop for “Watercolours – Just DO it!” completely sold out so the course is being offered again in February.

    The two day workshop will take place Friday, February 12th and Saturday, February 13th from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm. Cost is $125 plus GST and supplies are not included.

    Marilyn is friendly, funny and a very good teacher so here’s another chance to try your hand at watercolours whether as a beginner or coming back from a hiatus.

    Pre-registration and payment are required and space is limited so call soon 250-334-0686.


    "West Coast Retreat"
    Timms Print Now Available

    "West Coast Retreat" by Marilyn Timms

    The Marilyn Timms exhibit "A Snapshot in Paint" was a resounding success and a portion of sales money from this exhibit went towards the museum's purchase of one of the pieces entitled “West Coast Retreat”.

    Marilyn created this beautiful painting at the Capes Escape, the property and home donated to the Courtenay Museum by the late Katherine Capes, which the museum now runs as a popular vacation rental.

    The museum has embarked on a limited edition run of 200 prints of “West Coast Retreat”. Scanned by a fine arts shop that specializes in limited edition prints and printed by one of the top printers in the province; they are top quality.

    All sales from the prints will go towards the museum's endowment fund. The cost of each 18 x 24 inch limited edition print will be $100 plus applicable taxes.

    Purchase one of these beautiful prints for your collection or as a gift.

    Thank you, Marilyn Timms!


    Sponsoring the Museum

    It is with great pleasure that we continue our sponsorship initiative to support museum programming and extension. The Courtenay & District Museum is an exciting destination that interprets cultural and natural heritage of the Comox Valley through exhibitions, lectures, special events and programmes. The CDM hosts over 35,000 local, national and international visitors a year.

    Many of the museum's programmes would not be possible without strong sponsorship from our donors and funders. We respectfully request your one-year sponsorship in order to continue to carry out these worthwhile programmes.  

    The levels of sponsorship are:

    • $1,500 Dogwood
    • $1,000 Garry Oak
    • $750 Arbutus
    • $500 Fir
    • Up to $500 Seedling

    Sponsors at the Dogwood level will have their logo or name featured on the museum's newsletter, website and on any publications the museum produces. Additionally, the Courtenay & District Museum is a charitable organization, so contributions are tax deductible.

    Your contributions can also be made on a monthly basis. All sponsors above the $500 level will receive a CDM membership and a complimentary copy of the coffee table book The Comox Valley by Paula Wild.

    We hope you will consider being a part of this worthwhile initiative as we promote and interpret the exciting natural and cultural heritage of the Comox Valley. Please feel free to contact us at 250-334-0686 if you have any questions or desire further information.


    Museum Sponsors

    Judy and Stan Hagen
    Daryl and Evelyn Wright-Francis Jeweller's Ltd.
    The Rotary Club of Courtenay Foundation
    The Robert Hunt Family

    Comox Valley Echo
    Marjorie Thorpe
    The Bickle Family
    Lorna Gunn
    John Wilson and Family
    Judy Gurr

    Elizabeth Braithwaite
    Jean Hawthorne

    Dove and Mike Hendren
    Ruth Masters
    John and Joan Wilson
    Ed LaFleur
    George E. Sprogis
    Gordon Schnare


    Photo of the Month

    CDM #985.89.12
    Oyster River boating, 1918

    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, Comox Valley Charitable Bingo Foundation, and from museum generated revenues and donations.

    Proud sponsors of the Courtenay & District Museum:


    The City of Courtenay


    BC Arts Councils

    BC Hydro

    Regional District Comox-Strathcona