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.

  • Happy New Year
  • Exhibit - Our Living Languages: First Peoples’ Voices in British Columbia
  • New Gift Shop Items
  • Courtenay Streets
  • Photo of the Month
  • Your Membership and Donations Make A Difference
  • Check out our Instagram!
  • Take Our New Survey
  • 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.


    Happy New Year

    CDM 2018.30.8

    This c.1890s card has a timeless sentiment that the museum wishes to echo as we enter the new year: “May kind words and good deeds make this a Happy Year.”


    Exhibit - Our Living Languages: First Peoples’ Voices in British Columbia
    From now until 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


    New Gift Shop Items

    The museum is happy to announce a few new plush additions to the gift shop. These include ravenous mosasaurs, realistic nautiluses, and (the stars of the show) x-ray elasmosaurs!

    If you would like to support the museum, check out these and other new items now in stock.


    Courtenay Streets

    Local historian Dorothy Isabelle Stubbs (1905-2003) wrote several different columns for newspapers over the years including “Spotlight on Courtenay Streets” for the Comox District Free Press in 1970.

    For readers looking to enjoy a reprint of some of these articles, they will be featured in the newsletter over the coming months. Each article provides the backstory to the families behind the street names in the downtown core. And for longtime residents, this is a fun way to test your memory to picture bygone landmarks and streetscapes.

    This month, learn about the Beckensells from the January 28, 1970 edition.

    Continue Reading

    Click Here for Bonus Photograph


    Photo of the Month

    CDM #990.24.311 Nelson House bar in Union Bay, c. 1905

    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 63rd 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


    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!

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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


    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

    United Way British Columbia

    Vancouver Foundation