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.

  • Return of the Vaux's Swifts
  • Asian Heritage Month
  • Mother’s Day Card Screenprinting with Wachiay Studio
  • Dressed for the Occasion Exhibit
  • Canadian Jewish Heritage Month
  • It's All There in Black and White
  • Every Weekend: Spring Kids’ Crafts
  • Scouts and Guides
  • Your Membership and Donations Make A Difference
  • Check out our Instagram!!!
  • 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

    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.


    Return of the Vaux's Swifts

    We’re excited to announce that we’re ready to broadcast the Vaux’s Swifts return to the Courtenay Museum’s brick chimney this month. With help from Mayor Bob Wells, City of Courtenay staff and ACS Computer Solutions, the museum will be placing not one but two live cameras on the roof this year to view the swift traffic inside and outside the chimney.

    The 24-hour livestream will be available through our website and YouTube channel, so be sure to tune in and catch them before they continue their migration from Central America to Northern BC and Alaska.


    Asian Heritage Month

    A spectrum of diverse Asian heritage communities helped shape the Comox Valley and British Columbia throughout our history.

    In Canada, to honour these past and ongoing contributions, May is Asian Heritage Month. As Canadian Heritage states, “The people of this diverse, vibrant and growing community have contributed to every aspect of life in Canada - from the arts and science to sport, business, and government. Asian Heritage Month offers all Canadians an opportunity to learn more about the history of Canadians of Asian heritage and to celebrate their contributions to the growth and prosperity of Canada.”

    Read more here


    Saturday, May 13th @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
    Mother’s Day Card Screenprinting with Wachiay Studio

    On Saturday, May 13th, kids and adults are welcome to stop by the museum to make their very own screen-printed mother duckling card to take home. Just in time for Mother’s Day!

    Comox Valley’s Wachiay Studio will have a free drop-in demo station in the Rotary Gallery from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm.

    Read more about Wachiay Studio


    May 20th - August 26th, 2023
    Dressed for the Occasion Exhibit

    Save the date! This luxurious, silk-laden exhibit will debut this month, featuring a large selection of bridal dresses, accessories, wedding gifts and ephemera dating from the mid-1800s to the present day. Each dress uniquely reflects the style and culture at the time and the connections to those who wore them.


    Canadian Jewish Heritage Month

    The month of May is Canadian Jewish Heritage Month. Jewish Canadians have made and continue to make important contributions to the Comox Valley and across Canada, including medicine, theatre, engineering, music, architecture, academia, politics, law, the arts, and more.

    During this month, we also recognize the courage, determination, and resilience that members of Jewish communities have shown throughout the past and how it has shaped our culture.

    Read more here


    It's All There in Black and White

    It’s been 40 years this month since the great Comox bank robbery of May long weekend 1983.

    Once the dust had settled and the valuables from the safety deposit boxes were taken into account, the theft tallied up to about $370,000 (that’s $1,001,062 in today’s money). Quite a haul!

    Read more in Debra Martin’s article from the May 25, 1983 front page of the Comox District Free Press.

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


    Every Weekend: Spring Kids’ Crafts
    Saturdays throughout May @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

    Due to the community's overwhelming support and the popularity of this weekend event, the Courtenay and District Museum will continue the Kids’ Crafts Saturdays throughout the rest of spring, until June 17th.

    Join Kids’ Crafts Coordinator, Hannah, as she guides youth and parents through the steps to make creations they can take home. The museum will provide all materials and tools needed.


    Scouts and Guides

    The winning First Aid Team at a Vancouver Island Mine Safety Association event, 1928. Left to right: Gladys Idiens, Lynn Hilton (captain), Ritsuko Uchiyama, Margaret Dunn and Dot Waterfield. Photo: 990.16.40

    Camping and hiking have always been central activities for the Boy Scout and Girl Guide movements. Both originated in Great Britain and became popular locally during World War I. Early Guide groups camped at Comox Lake, Hornby Island and Rathtrevor Beach.

    Read More


    Your Membership and Donations Make A Difference

    Purchasing a membership to the Courtenay and District Museum, now in its 62nd 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


    Check out our Instagram!!!

    The museum is busy with weekly events in May. 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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    Photo of the Month

    CDM #990.24.209 Sam Piercy farm, Sandwick, c. 1905

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


    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