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.

  • Summer Fossil Tours
  • Collection Selections
  • Cooling Off at Williams Beach
  • Live Music at the Museum: Blaine Dunaway
  • Upcoming Event
  • Gift Shop News
  • 100th Anniversary of the Merville Fire
  • Your Membership and Donations Make A Difference
  • It's All There in Black and White
  • Vaux’s Swift Turnout
  • BC Day Closure
  • Photo of the Month
  • 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.


    Summer Fossil Tours

    Come join one of our world famous fossil tours this summer, now available 7 days a week for the remainder of the season. These tour options are the perfect outing 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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    Collection Selections

    CDM 977.6.4

    For this edition of Collection Selections, we’re taking a look at this early 1900s Pearson’s Nailer, a predecessor to the modern nail gun. To use it: simply fill the upper canister with nails, shake and tap it until they’ve fallen into their respective slots, and strike the punch rod to drive consecutive nails below.

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    Cooling Off at Williams Beach

    CDM Brown Collection

    Many logging families spent summers at the beach. After a series of fires that had threatened and sometimes destroyed homes, the Comox Logging and Railway Company purchased property at Williams Beach and built a row of cabins for the use of employees’ families. Photo: CDM Brown Collection

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    Upcoming Events

    Live Music at the Museum: Blaine Dunaway

    Blaine Dunaway will be providing live music at the museum on Saturday, July 23rd from 2:00pm-3:30pm.

    Dunaway is a local composer, music teacher, violinist, and trumpet player. His experience composing music spans many styles, ranging from 15-piece bands to meditation tracks. As an educator, Dunaway teaches cello, violin, flugelhorn, trumpet, and beginner guitar to students of all ages.

    More Info about Blaine Dunaway

    Screen Printing by Wachiay

    The Wachiay Studio team will be at the museum to screen print on Saturday August 6, from 11-12:30. Stay tuned on Events or on Facebook for more information.

    Around the Valley: Nautical Days
    July 30th to August 1st, 2022 - More Info

    Around the Valley: Hot August Nights
    August 20th, 2022 - More Info


    Gift Shop News

    As the summer heat approaches, stop by our gift shop and pick out a colourful, insulated water bottle from Wrendale Designs. They come in a variety of wildlife artwork, created by Hannah Dale herself, and two size options. These stainless steel bottles will keep your drinks cold or hot for up to 12 hours, and are BPA free.

    • 500 ml / 17 oz - $42.00
    • 260 ml / 9 oz - $34.00


    100th Anniversary of the Merville Fire

    Photo of Lewis Park tents that housed burnt out Merville settlers

    This month marks the 100th anniversary of the Merville fire. This unique photo illustrates the emergency shelter accommodations set up in Lewis Park. Ian Clapperton, the grandson of Merville settlers Oliver and Elsie Linton, came from the U.K. to share history and photos from his family collection with our archives.

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    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


    It's All There in Black and White

    To celebrate this past Canada Day, as we begin to reintroduce gatherings into our life, we’re taking a look back at how the Comox Valley celebrated the holiday in this July 4, 1935 article from the Comox District Free Press.

    Known then as Dominion Day, the event at Saratoga Beach featured several competitions and games, gathering well over 2000 people from the Comox Valley district.

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


    Vaux’s Swift Turnout

    Museum staff have put together a compilation of the staggering 8500+ Vaux’s Swifts that entered the chimney on the evening of May 18th, 2022.

    Watch them here!


    BC Day Closure

    The museum will be closed on Monday, August 1st. Wishing everyone a safe and happy BC Day holiday!


    Photo of the Month

    CDM #986.73.4 Comox Creamery truck in Parade, 1920s

    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, 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