Courtenay & District Museum

  • Spring Break Fun
  • All Aboard!
  • Anniversary Give Away
  • It's All There in Black and White
  • A Word to the Wise
  • Capes Escape
  • Museum Sponsors
  • Photo of the Month
  • Museum Funding

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    Mailing Address:
    207 Fourth Street,
    Courtenay BC,
    V9N 1G7

    Tuesday to Saturday
    10am to 5pm

    Sunday & Monday

    John Wilson

    Vice President
    Daryl Wright

    Past President
    April Shopland

    Rick Ross
    Jim Haggart
    Ross Dingwall
    Harry Squire

    Elizabeth Braithwaite

    Member of...

    British Columbia Museums Association

    Canadian Museums

    Archives Association of
    British Columbia

    Heritage Society of British Columbia


    Spring Break Fun

    Kids enjoying static electricity experiments

    Museum programmers have planned an exciting week of activities for spring break. A variety of different classes are offered Tuesday, March 22nd to Friday, March 25th for children aged 5 to 12 years old. Cost for each class is $17 plus HST. Advance registration is required.

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    All Aboard!

    Don't miss the Courtenay Rotary's "On-Line Rotary Auction for Trail Along the Rails" running from March 1-31. This is a great project that will create a walkway from Cumberland Road and the E & N Station to Fifth Street. Get behind this great project which will include the first section of a new paved trail for walkers and cyclists alongside the rail tracks through Courtenay. The museum got on board with a donation of a weekend at the Capes Escape and a catered dinner from Toto's restaurant. The live Rotary Auction will be on April 16 at the Filberg Centre. Here's more information:

    Click here for Details


    Anniversary Give Away

    The January winner of The Comox Valley was Joan Mitchell.

    One of the ways we are commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Courtenay and District Historical Society is with a monthly prize draw. All current, paid-up members are automatically entered to win a complimentary copy of the coffee table book The Comox Valley by Paula Wild. Winner will be notified.


    It's All There in Black and White

    Have you ever wondered what the "Locals" were up to in the year 1903? For an insight into their concerns and humour check out what you would have found in our district newspaper The Enterprise.

    Read this newspaper article from our archives


    A Word to the Wise

    In our continuing quest to increase our word power, we present another Island K'ómoks word in this month's newsletter...

    "Xwémkwu 'fast water' – Seymour Narrows has always been known for its strong tidal flows, hence the name Xwémkwu."

    This Island K'ómoks word is courtesy of Sliammon Life, Sliammon Lands by Dorothy Kennedy and Randy Bouchard, 1983.


    Booking Online

    The Capes Escape house is listed on a website for rentals called Vacation Rentals by Owner (VRBO). On the website there is a place where guests can make comments about their stay.

    Here is a review from one of our guests: "Thanks for the wonderful stay we had in this luxurious period property. We loved the attention to detail and its ‘home' feel. It actually is a lot like our own house in Holland. It's a real gem, placed in a wonderful tranquil garden and yet close to everything. What a treat."

    If you need a place for your company or family to stay while visiting, try the Capes Escape!

    Click here for photos and availability


    Museum Sponsors

    Judy and Stan Hagen
    Comox Valley Community Foundation
    Daryl and Evelyn Wright-Francis Jeweller's Ltd.
    The Rotary Club of Courtenay Foundation
    The Robert Hunt Family
    Don and Marie Gordon
    M. Jean McMullan Estate

    Comox Valley Echo
    Marjorie Thorpe
    The Bickle Family
    Lorna Gunn
    John Wilson and Family
    Judy Gurr
    Sue and Ian Leakey
    Ed LaFleur

    Elizabeth Braithwaite
    Jean Hawthorne

    Dove and Mike Hendren
    Ruth Masters
    John and Joan Wilson
    George E. Sprogis
    Gordon Schnare
    Mary Mobley


    Photo of the Month

    CDM #998.219.134
    Dominion Day Parade, Courtenay, 1940s

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


    Museum Funding

    The Courtenay and District Historical Society was registered as a nonprofit society in 1961 to preserve and interpret cultural and natural heritage of the Comox Valley. It has functioned as an independent society since that time. Funds are derived from the generous support of the City of Courtenay, British Columbia Arts Council, Comox Valley Regional District, Valley Charitable Bingo Society, and from museum generated revenues and donations.

    Proud sponsors of the Courtenay & District Museum:


    The City of Courtenay


    BC Arts Councils

    BC Hydro

    Regional District Comox-Strathcona