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.

  • ‘Tis the Season
  • Members-Only Gift Shop Sale
  • Live Music: Tranquil Harp
  • New Arrivals in the Gift Shop
  • Christmas Recipe
  • New Exhibit - Our Living Languages: First Peoples’ Voices in British Columbia
  • Holiday Closure
  • Check out our Instagram!
  • Your Membership and Donations Make A Difference
  • Take Our New Survey
  • 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
    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

    K'ómoks First Nation

    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.


    ‘Tis the Season

    This Christmas wrap to the Comox District Free Press would be the first thing you saw on your doorstep in December of 1933.

    The Courtenay and District Museum board and staff would like to extend wishes to all for a wonderful and safe holiday!


    Members-Only Gift Shop Sale
    December 1st to 23rd

    From December 1st through to the 23rd, members of the Courtenay & District Historical Society will receive a 25% discount on most items in our gift shop. This offer does not apply to items already marked down or on consignment. Your valid membership card must be shown at the time of purchase.

    Not a member? No worries! Purchase a membership and you immediately qualify for the special holiday discount.

    Come in to take a look around and start checking things off your shopping list!


    Live Music: Tranquil Harp
    December 16th @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

    Patt Scrivener makes her home in Parksville, BC and performs for celebrations of all kinds and teaches music in her home studio.

    Tranquil Harp's Website


    New Arrivals in the Gift Shop

    The gift shop has some brand new additions courtesy of Rex London, ranging from retro to modern toys and games. These include jacks, spinning tops, juggling balls, train sets, slimy slugs, stitching sets, tiddlywinks and more.

    In celebration of the elasmosaur’s provincial fossil emblem designation, the museum has added brand new elasmosaur postcards, stickers, and children’s t-shirts to the gift shop as well. Get them while they last!


    Christmas Recipe

    “Give Me Some of Those Cherry Snowballs!”

    This recipe was published in the Rotary Anns Tasting Tea booklet from 1970. At that time, the Tasting Tea was a popular annual event and fundraiser for the Anns. The booklet contains recipes by many of its members including Kath Kirk, Rachel Corfield, Jeanie Harder, Laura Gordon and Helen Laver.

    Click Here for Full Recipe


    New Exhibit - Our Living Languages: First Peoples’ Voices in British Columbia
    December 16th, 2023 - April 6th, 2024

    You might find yourself expanding your vocabulary—and appreciation for the state of Indigenous languages spoken in BC—after visiting the Courtenay and District Museum to view the Our Living Languages: First Peoples’ Voices in BC travelling exhibition.

    Read More


    Holiday Closure

    The museum will be closed from 4:00 pm on Saturday, December 23rd through Monday, January 1st, 2024. The museum will reopen again Tuesday, January 2nd from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, and resume regular hours. We wish everyone a Happy New Year, and we’ll see you in 2024!


    Check out our Instagram!

    The museum is scheduling lectures and events throughout the year, 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!

    Visit our Instagram



    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


    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


    Photo of the Month

    CDM #974.136.14 Hemm’s Garage of Courtenay, 1935?

    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