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.

  • Season’s Greetings
  • Currently on Exhibit
  • Your Membership and Donations Make A Difference
  • Comox Valley Christmas Recipes
  • Online Gift Shop
  • Upcoming Events
  • Holiday Closure
  • 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.


    Season’s Greetings

    This Christmas postcard is coming up on 100 years since it was mailed. Check out the Fanny Bay stamp in the top right corner!


    Currently on Exhibit
    Winter Play / Presents Unwrapped

    If you were a child in the mid-20th century, what might you expect to see when you unwrapped your gifts over the holidays? For this seasonal exhibit, we explore that question through beautiful pieces that span several decades, including tin toys, dolls, and sleds.

    We will also have a Comox Valley Santa’s Workshop drop-off box in the exhibit next to the tree, where you can give your gently used toys to children across the Comox Valley. The last date for the collection of boxes will be Wednesday December 14th, 2022.

    Check it out this winter in our Dogwood Gallery on the museum’s second floor!


    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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    Comox Valley Christmas Recipes

    We hope you enjoy testing these recipes from this mid-century fundraising cookbook. It was assembled locally from dozens of Comox Valley residents who shared their favourite homemade treats with the community.

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    Online Gift Shop

    The holiday season is here, and what’s better than giving one-of-a-kind gifts? The Courtenay and District Museum online shop is now open!

    From history books, to fancy new swag, the online gift shop has great choices for gifts or to find a cool conversation piece for yourself. With more items added every week, visit the Courtenay & District Museum Online Giftshop and see for yourself.

    All proceeds go to museum programs. And don’t forget to visit the in-museum store. Thank you for your contributions!


    Upcoming Events

    Tuesday, December 6th to December 24th
    Gift Shop Holiday Discount-Annual Members Only Christmas Sale Begins

    From December 6th through to the 24th, members will receive a 25% discount on most items in our gift shop. This offer does not apply to items already marked down or on consignment. Your valid membership card must be shown at the time of purchase.

    Not a member? No worries! Purchase a membership and you immediately qualify for the special holiday discount. The museum shop has a ton of fabulous new stock.

    Come and check us out to start making your shopping list.

    Saturday, December 10th @ 11:00am - 1:00pm
    Wachiay Studio Screenprinting Demo

    Wachiay Studio is a Comox Valley business that specializes in water-based screen-printing. Their mission is to elevate screen printed goods through education, print services, and an online marketplace for artists.

    Wachiay will set up a free screen-printing demo where visitors can try screen-printing out for themselves with a vintage card design. The public is invited to bring in their own clothing and textiles, preferably light-coloured, to adorn with the design. While the event is free, visitors are welcome to make a donation to support the museum’s hosting of this event.

    Saturday, December 17th @ 1:00pm-3:00pm
    Live Music: Alan Jossul - music, guitar

    Alan 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. If you’ve been to the museum on Canada Day, you’ll be familiar with his beautiful original compositions as well as cover songs.

    Saturday, December 17th @ 10:30am-12:00pm
    Kids Crafts: Christmas Creations

    Celebrate the holiday season with us at our free Christmas Kids Craft event on Saturday, December 17th from 10:30am - 12:30pm at the Courtenay Museum! Kids Craft Coordinator Hannah will provide the materials and instruction for your very own festive creation, which you’re welcome to take home with you.


    Holiday Closure

    The museum will be closed from 1:00pm on Saturday, December 24th until Tuesday, January 3rd. We wish everyone a Happy Holidays, and we’ll see you in 2023!


    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

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