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 Day for Truth and Reconciliation
  • Exhibit Now Open: BC’s Marvellous Mushrooms
  • Cumberland Fungus Fest
  • Join a Fossil Tour
  • Gender Equality Week
  • Upcoming Lecture: Fascinating Fungi
  • Check out our Instagram!
  • Take Our New Survey
  • Your Membership and Donations Make A Difference
  • World Rivers Day
  • Back to School
  • 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
    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 Day for Truth and Reconciliation
    September 30th, 2023

    Each year on September 30th, Canadians commemorate the tragic and painful history and ongoing impacts of residential schools throughout our country. The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation honours the children who never returned home and survivors of residential schools, as well as their families and communities.

    Click here for more information from Canadian Heritage, and click here to find out more about Truth and Reconciliation Week 2023.


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

    A new travelling exhibition, BC’s Marvellous Mushrooms, created by the Royal BC Museum, explore the scientific 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. Click here for more details.


    Cumberland Fungus Fest
    September 28th – 30th, 2023

    It’s almost mushroom season, so it’s time to get your baskets ready! From Thursday, September 28th to Friday, September 30th, the Cumberland Community Forest Society will be hosting their 4th annual Fungus Festival.

    Newcomers and returning mycologists are welcome to join book readings, films, poetry, programs, fungus food, cultivation kits and workshops, indigenous connections, guided walks, informative talk, art events, kids programming and more…

    Click here for tickets and more information.


    Join a Fossil Tour

    Make the most of the fall season and book your spot on a world famous fossil tour guided by our Natural History Curator, Pat Trask. Our tours will continue throughout the fall, with school programming available for classes and youth groups. These tour options are the perfect outing for all ages of newcomers and returning enthusiasts. Click here for details.

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


    Gender Equality Week
    September 17 – 23, 2023

    The theme for Gender Week this year is United for Gender Equality: Stronger Together. Canada is full of diverse identities that shape every individual and represent the richness of our collective diversity. The theme encourages unity among individuals regardless of their gender, sexual orientation, racial background, or level of education.

    Click here for more info.


    Upcoming Lecture:
    Fascinating Fungi

    October 17th, 2023

    We're thrilled to announce the upcoming lecture, Fascinating Fungi to be presented on Tuesday, October 17th by Biologist, Fossil Discoverer and Courtenay Museum Board member, Rick Ross. More information about this exciting event will be in our October newsletter and Facebook updates.

    Event type: In-person
    Time and Date: 7 pm, Tuesday, October 17th
    Location: Rotary Gallery of the Courtenay and District Museum
    Speaker: Rick Ross
    Tickets: $5 for Historical Society members; $6 for the general public. Advance tickets are recommended. Tickets can be purchased over the phone by calling 250-334-0686 ext 2.

    Discover the fascinating world of fungi with our esteemed CDM Board Member, Rick Ross. This is a unique opportunity to gain valuable insight and knowledge for mushroom hunting season, and we encourage everyone to attend. Additionally, Rick welcomes guests to bring in mushroom specimens for him to identify.

    This lecture coincides with our new travelling exhibition, BC’s Marvellous Mushrooms, on display in the museum’s second-floor gallery from September 8th until December 9th, 2023.


    Check out our Instagram!

    The museum is scheduling lectures and events into the fall, so 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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    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


    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


    World Rivers Day
    September 24, 2023

    Taking place on the fourth Sunday of September, World Rivers Day is the global extension of BC Rivers Day, which was founded in the early eighties by BC resident Marc Angelo. What originally began as a way to highlight the importance of the rivers of Western Canada has since expanded into a large event spanning continents.

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    Back to School

    CDM 2012.78.17

    Back to school, indeed! This photo shows a casual study session in 1943 outside of Courtenay High School on Harmston Avenue. Looks like skirts were the height of academic fashion 80 years ago. Photographer: Rod McIntyre.


    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