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.

  • New Exhibit: Inspired by Nature
  • Great Changes for Arrivals at YQQ
  • Summer Fossil Tours
  • 100th Anniversary of the Cumberland No. 4 Mine Explosion
  • Your Membership and Donations Make A Difference
  • Nothing on the Line
  • Gift Shop News
  • It's All There in Black and White
  • Photo of the Month
  • Upcoming Annual General Meeting
  • 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

    Comox Valley Exhibition

    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.


    New Exhibit: Inspired by Nature

    Opening August 2022

    Inspired by Nature features 11 beautiful textiles from the museum textile collection which reflects a diversity of locations, cultural backgrounds, techniques and designs. Staff chose the artifacts on display in the second-floor changing gallery for their diverse origins from donors and for nature-inspired designs and elements.


    Great Changes for Arrivals at YQQ

    The Courtenay and District Museum and the Comox Valley Airport, YQQ, go back a long way. The museum's Puntledge elasmosaur is featured in YQQ's arrivals area and, recently, airport staff have been making some changes to update the airport's introduction of local destinations to visitors through video, rather than display cases. Here's a look (produced by Daniel Kooman at Unveil Studios) at what people will see in arrivals. Thank you YQQ staff!

    Click Here to Watch


    Summer Fossil Tours

    As we near the end of August, bookings are nearly full for our public and private fossil tours. For more information and to book your tour, please call (250) 334 - 0686 ext. 2 or send an email to

    Click Here for Pricing and More Info


    100th Anniversary of the Cumberland No. 4 Mine Explosion

    CDM D-295

    "An unfortunate accident occurred in twenty East level, No. 2 slope, of the No. 4 Comox mine, of the Canadian Collieries (Dunsmuir) Limited. On Wednesday afternoon, by a slight explosion of gas."

    September 2, 1922 issue of The Cumberland Islander

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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.

    Click Here to Join

    Click Here to Make a Donation


    Nothing on the Line

    CDM Childs Collection

    Fishing party, ca. 1920s. Many lines are in the river but no fish were caught according to a note on the back of this photograph. Jennie Childs and Audrey Grieve are the two women in the image. A man identified as Mr. Gould stands slightly apart with his back to the camera.

    Click for a Larger Image


    Gift Shop News

    We're pleased to present these new editions to our Gift Shop from West Coast Karma. The vibrant Vancouver Island, Sasquatch, and Hummingbird t-shirts are as eye-catching as they are comfortable. The available sizes range from S-2XL while quantities last.


    It's All There in Black and White

    To celebrate 2022’s Year of the Garden, we’re taking a look back at this June 16, 1989 article of the Comox District Free Press featuring Ted and Mary Greig: local Royston rhododendron specialists. The couple moved to the Comox Valley in 1919, and over several decades amassed a wealth of knowledge about rhododendrons.

    Learn more about the Year of the Garden here

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


    Photo of the Month

    CDM #983.41.1 Meal break, Comox farm, c. 1900

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


    Upcoming Annual General Meeting

    The Annual General Meeting of the Courtenay & District Historical Society will take place at 5:00pm on September 14th, 2022 in the museum Rotary Gallery.


    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