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.

  • Lunar New Year
  • Dressed for the Occasion
  • Photo of the Month
  • Black History Month in BC
  • Heritage Week 2023
  • The Museum Gift Shop
  • The Museum Online Shop
  • Upcoming Spring Events
  • Check out our Instagram!!!
  • Your Membership and Donations Make A Difference
  • 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.


    Lunar New Year

    January 22nd this year marked the start of the Lunar New Year, an important holiday in several Asian cultures across Canada and around the world. The Lunar New Year occurs after the first new moon of the Lunar calendar each year when communities set up decorations, make festive food and gather with loved ones to usher in the new year. 2023 is the Year of the Rabbit.

    Read More With Canadian Heritage


    Dressed for the Occasion
    Upcoming Exhibit

    Sea Captain, Tom Cliffe, brought his bride Annie Palmer, this silk wedding dress from China for their 1913 wedding.

    Why is June a popular month for weddings? Visit the museum’s upcoming May 20-August 26 exhibit Dressed for the Occasion and find out why.

    This gorgeous, silk-laden exhibit will feature over 20 bridal dresses, accessories, wedding gifts and ephemera dating from the mid 1800s to the 1970s. Each dress uniquely reflects the style at the time and the connections to those who wore them.

    Stay tuned for more updates leading up to the exhibit launch!


    Photo of the Month

    CDM #990.24.319 Interior of Leighton’s Livery Stable, Courtenay, c. 1905

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


    Black History Month in BC

    This collage was compiled by Beth Cruise, BC Black History Awareness Society.

    Want to learn more? Please see the BC Black History Awareness Society Digital Museum BC’s Black Pioneers: Their Industry and Character Influenced the Vision of Canada.

    Read More


    Heritage Week 2023
    February 20th to 26th

    Heritage Week, February 20-26, kicks off with the theme, Always in All Ways, a celebration of Canada’s natural and cultural heritage that explores our history, how it connects us and invites us to explore the community’s heritage in all the ways that we enjoy.

    In the Comox Valley, the Unceded Traditional Territory of K’ómoks First Nation, there are great museums to explore such as those listed in our sidebar. View the Comox Valley Regional District Map and have a choice of over 60 parks, trails and beach accesses to explore and enjoy in the Comox Valley. Or mark your calendars for Family Day on February 20th, and head over to the Lewis Centre and The LINC in Courtenay for some free family fun!


    The Museum Gift Shop

    What do local businesses/crafters Royston Roasting, Gypsy Chic, Grumpy Goats Soap, and Ding Ding Dillio Crafts all have in common? They all have fabulous items for sale in the museum gift shop!

    Here, you’ll also find cards by local artists Sue Pyper, Debbie Bowles, and Andy Everson. We have a variety of t-shirts, stickers and magnets from West Coast Karma. And if you are interested in local history, you might want to have a look at pictorial history books Watershed Moments or Step into Wilderness, published by Harbour Publishing and created by donors, staff and volunteers. All royalties go to the Courtenay Museum. What a great way to support local small businesses and artists.


    The Museum Online Shop

    Spring into the new year and come check out our online store. We have a wide selection of shirts for adults and youth, magnets, and mugs. All proceeds go to museum programs. Thank you for your contributions!

    Visit Our Online Store


    Saturday, February 11th @ 11:00am - 1:00pm
    Live Music: Alan Jossul

    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.

    Saturdays in February @ 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Spring Kids' Crafts

    Starting on February 11th, the museum will host a Spring Kids' Crafts every Saturday through April. Join museum Kids' Crafts Coordinator, Hannah, as she guides young museum-goers and parents through the steps to make a craft to take home. The museum provides all materials and tools needed for the event. Watch for upcoming dates for details of our spring Kids Craft mornings!

    Saturday, February 25th @ 11:00am - 1:00pm
    Live Music: Jordie and Franco, Cello and Guitar

    Jordie Robinson and Franco Noviello are a cello-guitarist duo who have worked together for several years. Jordan “Jordie” is a University of Victoria Graduate who has toured with poet Shane Koyczan and has taught cello for over 14 years. Franco is a songwriter who has performed over the years with a variety of bands and musical duos and is also a well-known videographer.

    Saturday, April 1st @ 11:00am - 2:00pm
    Spring Fling and Easter Things

    On Saturday, April 1st we’re celebrating Spring and Easter in the Comox Valley with tons of activities, prizes, and more at the museum from 11:00am to 2:00pm.

    We’re pleased to announce that the Barnyard Party Animals from Black Creek will be joining us, and bringing along a fun petting zoo consisting of ducklings, chicks, rabbits, hedgehogs, goats and even a tortoise. If you’re looking to spruce up your look, Cathy from Magical Faces will have a booth set up for face painting. There will also be kids crafts for your artistic side, a dinosaur egg hunt with a twist, guessing how many candies there are in jars, and door prizes.

    Admission to the event will be by donation, and there will be a small fee for face painting. Come stop by and celebrate with us!

    Saturday, May 20th
    Dressed for the Occasion Exhibit Opens

    Why is June a popular month for weddings? Visit the museum’s upcoming May 20-August 26 exhibit Dressed for the Occasion and find out why.


    Check out our Instagram!!!

    The museum is busy with weekly events in February. Follow us on Instagram and stay up to date on all events and news.

    Also, if you have experienced one of our weekly events or our fossil tours feel free to post a pic and tag us with #CourtenayandDistrictMuseum, we would love to see your posts!

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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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    Museum Funding

    In 1961, founders of the Courtenay and District Historical Society began with a regional mandate to create the Courtenay and District Museum (CDM) to collect, preserve and interpret natural and cultural heritage of the Comox Valley. Core values encompass integrity, inclusiveness, community service, rigorous research, objective interpretation and public outreach.

    Proud sponsors of the Courtenay & District Museum:

    The City of Courtenay

    BC Arts Councils

    Regional District Comox-Strathcona

    British Columbia Gaming Commision