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.

  • Upcoming Lecture: Fascinating Fungi
  • Join a Fossil Tour
  • Women’s History Month
  • Halloween Candy Jar Contest
  • Upcoming Remembrance Day Exhibit
  • Keeping Up the Facade
  • Enlighten Nights
  • Live Music: Alan Jossul
  • Live Music: Blaine Dunaway
  • Check out our Instagram!
  • Take Our New Survey
  • Your Membership and Donations Make A Difference
  • 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.


    Upcoming Lecture:
    Fascinating Fungi

    October 17th, 2023

    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 biologist Rick Ross.

    Rick will be your guide to explore the intriguing world of BC mushrooms. He has years of experience to provide valuable insight for mushroom hunting season, and attendees are welcome to bring mushrooms for help with identification.

    Rick Ross earned a Bachelor of Science degree specializing in Botany with Environmental Studies from the University of Victoria. His education led to a stint with the Pacific Forest Research Centre before joining Western Evergreens Ltd, a Non-Timber Forest Products company for over two decades.

    This lecture coincides with the travelling exhibition “BC’s Marvellous Mushrooms,” created by the Royal BC Museum and on exhibit here at the Courtenay Museum until December 9th.


    Join a Fossil Tour

    Before the end of the fall season, make sure to 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


    Women’s History Month

    In recognition of Women’s History Month this October, we thank and celebrate women and girls, past and present, who continue to shape the Comox Valley, the coast and beyond. For this year’s national theme, Through Her Lens: Celebrating the Diversity of Women, here are three examples of community effort and long-lasting leadership.

    Image Above: On October 17, 1929 delegates from the North Island Women’s Institutes met at the Native Sons Hall for a District Conference. Photo: CDM Sillence Collection

    Image Above: Staff of the Comox Valley Cannery, September 1934. Charles Sillence photograph. Photo: 2004.42.133

    In Knowledge’s, British Columbia An Untold Story, “THE NATIVE SISTERHOOD: Brenda Campbell and other Indigenous women establish ground-breaking advocacy group.” (1933) Explore Brenda Campbell’s many contributions and her role in the creation of the Native Sisterhood of British Columbia (NBBC) in 1933.


    Halloween Candy Jar Contest

    Get a head start on your candy haul on Tuesday, October 31st with the museum’s candy jar guessing game. If your estimate is the closest to the actual number, you’ll win the entire jar of candy!

    The contest is limited to one guess per person, and the winner will be contacted on November 1st. The museum will be open its regular hours on October 31st, from 10:00am until 4:00pm.


    Upcoming Remembrance Day Exhibit
    October 21st to November 10th

    In commemoration of the family, friends, and loved ones lost in the line of duty, the museum will have a temporary Remembrance Day exhibit in the second floor gallery from October 21st until November 10th. The museum will be closed on Saturday, November 11th.

    St. Andrew's Anglican Church will host their fall cemetery cleanup on Saturday, November 4th from 9:00am until 12:00pm in preparation for Remembrance Day. The cemetery is located behind the church at the corner of N. Island Highway and Dingwall Road. Click here for more details.


    Keeping Up the Facade

    You may have noticed that the museum’s front entrance is getting a facelift! Ravenstone Masonry & Conservation Inc.’s Shawn Thibault has been working on the much-needed restoration of the sandstone features from the original historic post office building.

    A big thank you to Shawn, and to the City of Courtenay for providing the necessary funding to keep this heritage building a thriving destination for natural and cultural history.


    Enlighten Nights

    Visit the Courtenay Museum on fall evenings, and experience the warmth and comfort of the season with the museum's Enlighten Nights series of captivating lectures, where we delve into intriguing topics and great discussions.

    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.

    Rick Ross
    October 17 @ 7:00 PM

    Discover the fascinating world of fungi with Biologist, Rick Ross, who will be your guide in exploring the intriguing world of BC mushrooms. Rick's experience will provide valuable insight for mushroom hunting season. Attendees are welcome to bring mushrooms for identification.

    Jeanette Taylor
    November 21st @ 7:00 PM

    A treasure trove of intriguing photos and stories emerged when Historian, Jeanette Taylor, set to work on her latest book, Sheltering in the Backrush, A History of Twin Islands. Some of the stories are so bizarre, says Jeanette Taylor, they prove the old adage that truth is stranger than fiction.

    Pat Trask
    November 28th @ 7:00 PM

    The summer of 2020 was a time of discovery for the Courtenay and District Museum when, Curator, Pat Trask, discovered the bones of a juvenile elasmosaur in the bank of the Trent River. Rescued from certain loss due to erosion, this important specimen took two months to excavate and several months of cleaning and preparation.


    Live Music: Alan Jossul
    Saturday, October 14th @ 11:00am - 1:00pm

    Elevate your museum visit with the soothing sounds of Alan Jossul's ambient music as you explore the exhibits and immerse yourself in the atmosphere.

    Alan 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.


    Live Music: Blaine Dunaway
    Saturday, October 28th @ 11:00am - 1:00pm

    Enhance your museum experience through the improvisational melodies crafted by Blaine Dunaway as you navigate through the exhibits to the sounds of his violin.

    Blaine Dunaway is a local composer, music teacher, violinist, and trumpet player. Known Canada-wide, his experience composing music spans many styles, ranging from 15-piece bands to meditation tracks. He teaches cello, violin, flugelhorn, trumpet, and beginner guitar to students of all ages.

    Blaine's Website


    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.

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    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