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.

  • National Indigenous Peoples Day
  • We’re Hiring Summer Students!
  • Summer Fossil Tours
  • St. Andrew’s 150th Anniversary
  • Canada Day Open House
  • It's All There in Black and White
  • Love Is in the Air
  • New Exhibit at the Cumberland Museum
  • Kids' Craft Saturdays
  • Celebrate this Summer
  • Your Membership and Donations Make A Difference
  • Gift Shop News
  • 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.


    National Indigenous Peoples Day

    On June 21st, the public is welcome to join the K'ómoks First Nation in celebrating National Indigenous Peoples Day at the Puntledge RV Campground. It is a day for all Canadians to recognize, celebrate and honour Indigenous peoples, cultures and communities.

    The K'ómoks Festival 2023 event agenda will run from 9:00 am until 5:30 pm, and will be filled with speakers, educators, dancing, food, activities and performances. Learn more at the K'ómoks Festival website.


    We’re Hiring Summer Students!

    Is someone you know looking for work experience this summer? Thanks to Canada Summer Jobs 2023, the museum has two positions available for summer students: Collections Assistant and Natural History Assistant. If you, or someone you know is interested, please send your resume to or drop off a hard copy at the front desk.


    Summer Fossil Tours

    Come join a world famous fossil tour this summer, available now for the remainder of the summer and fall 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

    Click for More Details


    St. Andrew’s 150th Anniversary

    CDM 972.235.15

    In celebration of the 150th anniversary of St. Andrew’s Anglican Church, the museum has collaborated to create a display featuring Rev. Willemar’s stole, a procession banner, and a model of the church. The exhibit is located in our second floor gallery, and will be up until September 2023.

    St. Andrew’s will be hosting the anniversary event at the church on Saturday, June 17th starting at 10:00 am. Click here for more details on the event page.


    Canada Day Open House

    Explore our country’s rich history this Canada Day by stopping by the museum’s open house from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. People of all ages are invited to celebrate the day with music from Alan Jossul and kids crafts provided by museum staff.

    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.


    It's All There in Black and White

    What began as outdoor tennis courts on the Royston waterfront 100 years ago became a covered structure that hosted dances, concerts, political rallies, and sporting events.

    The building, which would come to be known as the Royston Imperial Pavilion, hosted its opening dance on June 27th as seen in this article and advertisement from the Cumberland Islander of 1923.

    Read More (including a bonus image of the pavillion)

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


    Love Is in the Air

    Did you know that the month of June is named after the Roman goddess Juno? Juno was the Roman counterpart to the Greek goddess Hera, who was believed to be connected with women, marriage, and family. Because of this connection, in ancient times, it was believed that getting married in June was lucky, and it would increase the likelihood of a long and happy union.

    And if you’re looking for some inspiration, our exhibit Dressed for the Occasion, on display in our upstairs gallery, will guide you through wedding dress styles throughout the late-19th to the 20th century.


    New Exhibit at the Cumberland Museum

    A Seat at the Table: Chinese Immigration and British Columbia is an opportunity to consider the contributions that Chinese migrants and their descendants have made to British Columbia, a province built from the interaction of successive and concurrent waves of migration and uninterrupted occupation by Indigenous peoples.

    Learn more about the exhibit on the Cumberland Museum website.


    Kids' Craft Saturdays

    Due to the community's interest and the popularity of Kids' Crafts, the Courtenay and District Museum will continue the Kids' Craft Saturdays for the rest of the spring season.

    Join Kids Craft Coordinator, Hannah, as she guides youth and parents through the steps to make creations you can take home. The museum provides all materials and tools needed for the event.

    Click for Dates and Times


    Along with improved weather, June warms us all up with a month full of recognition and connections to diverse communities across Canada. Here is a selection of what people are doing to honour Canada’s diversity.


    June 21st

    June 24th

    June 27th

    July 1st


    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


    Gift Shop News

    There are lots of new and exciting products coming to the museum gift shop this month, so be sure to check out the new arrivals before they’re sold out!


    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 #989.69.67 Float from Gaiety Theatre, Courtenay, 1923

    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