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.

  • U’magalis Helen Mary Rowena Everson (nee Frank)
  • Join a Fossil Tour
  • Take Our New Survey
  • New Exhibit: BC’s Marvellous Mushrooms
  • Last Chance to See Dressed for the Occasion Exhibit
  • Comox Valley Exhibition
  • Kids' Craft Saturdays Finishing Up This Month
  • Check out our Instagram!
  • New Arrivals in the Gift Shop
  • qathet Museum and Archives Logo Contest
  • Photo of the Month
  • Your Membership and Donations Make A Difference
  • Upcoming Annual General Meeting
  • 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.


    Helen Mary Rowena Everson (nee Frank)

    January 1, 1946-July 13, 2023

    Margaret Frank, Mary Everson and Mary Clifton at the Courtenay Museum’s grand opening in the Native Sons Hall, 1973. CDM 978.2.4

    We will miss friend, advisor and Board member Mary Everson who provided friendship, research background, advice and wisdom to the Courtenay and District Museum staff for over thirty five years. Mary generously shared her family and cultural history and context and we are grateful for her knowledge. Mary was predeceased by her husband of 59 years, Wayne Everson (April 14, 1942-April 13, 2023)

    As it reads in her obituary "A service was held Monday July 17, 2023 in Kumugwe, the Bighouse in K’omoks at 11am. It followed traditional Kwakwaka'wakw protocol. The downpour immediately before the service followed by immediate sunlight was a testament to how special Mary was to our people and the Comox Valley as a whole. “

    At this time, we say, “We can’t thank you enough Mary Everson” and we extend our sincere condolences to Mary and Wayne Everson’s family.


    Join a Fossil Tour

    Before the end of the summer, don’t forget to book your spot on a world famous fossil tour guided by our Natural History Curator, Pat Trask. Our tours will continue in the fall, with school programming available for classes and youth groups. These tour options are the perfect outing for all ages, newcomers and returning enthusiasts.

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


    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


    New Exhibit: BC’s Marvellous Mushrooms
    September 8 – December 9, 2023

    A new travelling exhibition, BC’s Marvellous Mushrooms, created by the Royal BC Museum, explores the science and practical uses of mushrooms today, highlighting some of the most fascinating of the 3,400 known species in the province.

    The fungi exhibit will be on display in the museum’s second floor gallery from September 8th until December 9th, 2023.

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    Last Chance to See Dressed for the Occasion Exhibit

    Don't miss the chance to see the exhibit Dressed for the Occasion, a collection of bridal dresses, accessories, gifts, and ephemera dating back to the 1800s. It comes down on August 26th.

    Each piece demonstrates impressive sewing, and holds a special story of the makers and wearers of its time. This exhibit represents over a hundred years of wedding fashion in the Comox Valley and abroad.


    Comox Valley Exhibition

    Comox Valley Exhibition will be hosting their CVEX event from August 25th to 27th. Cups for Cancer will be celebrating their 10th anniversary of raising money at CVEX for Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock.

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    Kids' Craft Saturdays

    Be sure to stop by for Kids’ Craft Saturdays on August 19th and August 26th.

    From 11:00 am to 1:00 pm, summer student Kyra will guide youth and parents through the steps to make new weekly creations you can take home. The museum will provide all materials and tools needed for the event. We look forward to continuing Kids' Craft Saturdays in the fall.

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    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!

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    New Arrivals in the Gift Shop

    The gift shop has plenty of new arrivals this summer, including beautiful mugs with hummingbird designs by Bill Helin, a world-renowned Tsimshian artist from Prince Rupert. He has a varied skill set, expressing his work through painting, carving, jewellery, illustration, and storytelling.

    If mugs aren’t your style, there are a wide variety of toys, books and kits to indulge your inner palaeontologist. Beat the heat and enjoy the air conditioning and check out the Courtenay and District Museum gift shop.


    Around the Salish Sea
    qathet Museum and Archives Logo Contest

    If you’re thinking of places to visit not far from home this summer, consider visiting the qathet Museum and Archives in downtown Powell River, only a ferry ride away! They have just changed their name and are looking for artists to help them create a new logo

    The qathet Museum & Archives Society in Powell River announced its intent to change the Museum’s logo from the current design, to one that will better reflect the values demonstrated by the Society’s name change in 2022.

    The Museum is accepting submissions for the logo design between September 6th. 2023 and November 8th, 2023.

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    Photo of the Month

    CDM #p55-301 First Agricultural Exhibition in Comox Valley, 1893

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


    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.

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    Click Here to Make a Donation


    Upcoming Annual General Meeting

    The Annual General Meeting of the Courtenay & District Historical Society will take place on September 20th at 5:00pm in the museum’s Rotary Gallery.


    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