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.

  • Join a Fossil Tour!
  • Summer Job Opportunity
  • Take Our New Survey
  • BC Day Closure
  • 5th Street Market Day
  • Rescue from the Glacier
  • It's All There in Black and White
  • Your Membership and Donations Make A Difference
  • Kids' Craft Saturdays
  • Feature Exhibit at the Nanaimo Museum
  • Check out our Instagram!!!
  • New Exhibit at the Cumberland Museum
  • 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.


    Join a Fossil Tour!

    Come join a world famous fossil tour this summer, available now through the fall season. These tour options are the perfect outing for all ages, newcomers and returning enthusiasts. Click for more details.

    For more information and to book your tour, please call (250) 334 - 0686 ext. 2 or send an email to


    Summer Job Opportunity

    Have you ever taken a fossil tour and wondered what it would be like to work at the museum? Don’t miss your chance! Thanks to Canada Summer Jobs 2023, the museum has one remaining position available for an Earth Sciences Assistant. If you or someone you know is interested, please send your resume to or drop off a hard copy at the front desk.

    Click for more details


    Take Our New Survey

    If you’ve been to the museum recently, we’re interested in your feedback. Fill out our short survey to explore what people enjoy and where they’re visiting from.

    Click here to take the survey


    BC Day Closure

    The museum will be closed on Sunday, August 6th and Monday, August 7th. Wishing everyone a safe and happy BC Day holiday!


    Downtown Courtenay Market Day

    CDM #998.219.24 5th Street, c. 1910

    This year's Downtown Courtenay Market Day will take place on Saturday, July 22nd from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Explore and experience what downtown Courtenay has to offer, and make sure you stop by the museum from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm for one of our weekly Saturday Kids' Craft events.

    Click Here for Details


    Rescue from the Glacier

    CDM 989.183.161 - S.B.W. (Dusty) d’Esterre photograph.

    In July of 1939, Alex Walker and his companion Dave Aitken set out prospecting in the vicinity of the Cliffe Glacier, amid steep slopes and jagged peaks. Walker fell ill and had to wait alone for four and a half days for rescue crews to arrive.

    In the meantime, a float plane was dispatched from Comox to drop supplies at the site. Walker was carried out to Comox Lake by six burly loggers who had to winch him up and over several steep cliffs and down a waterfall to safety.


    It's All There in Black and White

    As this year’s forest fires continue to make headlines, we take a look back 30 years to this front page story from the July 30th, 1993 edition of the Comox District Free Press.

    Read More

    We thank our local and provincial firefighters who continue to protect our natural and cultural landscapes across Vancouver Island and British Columbia. To report wildfires and stay up-to-date on current conditions, visit or download the BC Wildfire Service app.

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


    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


    Kids' Craft Saturdays

    Be sure to stop by before the end of the summer break. From now until August 26th, from 11am to 1pm, the Courtenay and District Museum will continue Kids' Craft Saturdays.

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

    Click for Dates and Times


    Feature Exhibit at the Nanaimo Museum

    stem ‘al’u ‘u’ ni xe’xe: What is Sacred? will be on display at the Nanaimo Museum from now until November 18th, 2023.

    Coast Salish art is a distinct style among the art of the Indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest. The exhibit explores the past, present and future of Coast Salish art, highlighting a selection of artists from Snuneymuxw and other nations of the mid-island region.

    Learn more about the exhibit on the Nanaimo Museum website


    Check out our Instagram!!!

    The museum is busy with weekly events this summer. 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!

    Visit our Instagram



    Explore A Seat at the Table at the Cumberland Museum

    If you haven't seen it yet, this is a reminder to visit the Cumberland Museum and view their new exhibit A Seat at the Table: Chinese Immigration and British Columbia.

    Learn more about the exhibit on the Cumberland Museum website.


    Photo of the Month

    CDM #985.89.13 Campbell Lake catch, 1918

    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