Courtenay & District Museum

The Courtenay and District Museum welcomes and invites all visitors to enjoy memorable experiences and to discover the Comox Valley’s natural and cultural history.

  • National Indigenous Peoples Day in K'ómoks
  • June is National Indigenous History Month
  • We Are Open Canada Day!
  • Summer Fossil Tours
  • Celebrate this Summer
  • It's All There in Black and White
  • Pride Month in the Comox Valley
  • We’re Hiring
  • Your Membership and Donations Make A Difference
  • Collection Selections
  • Photo of the Month
  • Vaux’s Swift Highlights
  • 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.


    National Indigenous Peoples Day in K'ómoks

    A day to celebrate rich unique heritage and diverse culture of Indigenous people. Celebrating First Nation, Inuit and Métis - Honouring and learning about the land we stand on.

    We live, work and play on traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the Pentlatch, E’ikᵚsan and K’ómoks First Nation.

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    June is National Indigenous History Month

    June is National Indigenous History Month and it honours the history, heritage, and diversity of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples across Canada.

    As the Government of Canada states, “This history stretches long into the past before the arrival of the European newcomers with diverse interactions among different peoples, flourishing trade and fierce conflict, and competition for lands and resources. The history of First Nations, Inuit and Métis is essentially the very history of Canada as they have played and continue to play important roles in its development and its future.”

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    We Are Open Canada Day!

    The museum will be open from 11:00 to 4:00 on Canada day and everyone is welcome to enjoy the day with music from Alan Jossul (11:00-3:00) and activities for the whole family.

    Jossul is a local, nationally known, solo and ensemble guitarist. As an educator, he specializes in teaching students of all ages and levels to play and enjoy string fretted instruments.


    Summer Fossil Tours

    We’re excited to announce that the popular fossil tours are now available seven days a week for the summer season.

    These tour options are perfect for all ages, newcomers and returning enthusiasts. For more information and to book your tour, please call (250) 334 - 0686 ext. 2 or send an email to

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    Celebrate this Summer

    Along with improved weather, June warms us all up with a month full of recognition and celebration for diverse communities across Canada. Here are a few connections to what’s happening across Canada to honour Canada’s diversity.


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    July 1


    It's All There in Black and White

    With Father’s Day coming up on June 19, this Woodland’s Drug Store ad provides ideas for dads in this June 8, 1960 page of the Comox District Free Press.

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


    Pride Month in the Comox Valley

    We're celebrating Pride Month by looking back on a landmark victory for the LGBTQ2 community that has a Comox Valley connection. Jim Egan and Jack Nesbit, long time residents of the Comox Valley, challenged the Government of Canada to receive spousal benefits, a case that made it all the way to the Supreme Court of Canada. Jim and Jack, who both passed away in 2000 are featured in this first Heritage Minute on an LGBTQ2 theme, released in 2018.

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    We’re Hiring

    Thanks to Canada Summer Jobs 2022, the museum has three opportunities for summer students this year. One position is filled, and the two remaining positions are: Collections Assistant and Natural History Assistant. If you, or someone you know is interested, please send your resume to


    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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    Collection Selections

    CDM 2013.107.2

    For this edition of Collection Selections, we’re celebrating The Queen’s platinum jubilee by taking a look at this Queen Coronation doll made by Betsy Howard in the 1950s.

    Betsy lived in Merville with her husband John (the namesakes of Howard Road), then Comox and finally Nanoose. Betsy became known internationally for her hand-crafted dolls before her untimely death in 1956. This doll was donated with a collection of 7 others, all made by Betsy Howard, in 2013.


    Photo of the Month

    CDM #989.219.221 Forbidden Plateau, 1947

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


    Vaux’s Swift Highlights

    Photo: Salem KATU TV Channel 2 news Sept 30, 2010

    The Vaux’s Swifts made their appearance again this year, the fifth year in a row. We're excited that this year there was a record number with one evening in late May of 8,500 birds. The museum installed a live camera on the roof and ran the live stream of visits on YouTube. Courtenay is the most northern recorded stop in civilization as they move north.


    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