Courtenay & District Museum

  • Heritage Fair Displays
  • Capes Escape
  • Royston Wrecks
  • A Word to the Wise
  • It's All There in Black and White
  • Anniversary Give Away
  • Wilderness Writing Retreats
  • Donations
  • 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


    Heritage Fair Displays

    Come by the Courtenay Museum to view a sampling of entries from the Annual Heritage Fair. The Fair is an opportunity for students from School District #71 to demonstrate their ability to create projects from the research stage to final display.

    Projects will only be on exhibit until April 29th, so make plans to drop in soon.


    Snowbirds and Daffodils!

    Spring has arrived in the Comox Valley and so have the guests to Capes Escape! We hope they are enjoying the Snowbirds, the spring flowers and the blossoming fruit trees.

    The wedding season has begun and we wish our guests and their families all the best on their special days.

    We are also having a May special at Capes Escape vacation rental! For the month of May 2011 only, you can rent Capes for one week and pay only $800 plus a $100 housecleaning fee and HST. The grounds will be lovely and so will the weather! We would be happy to book you in - just give us a call!

    Click here for photos and availability


    Royston Wrecks

    In March, the Underwater Archaeological Society of BC and the Canadian members of the Institute of Nautical Archaeology gathered a team of eight divers to survey the "Royston Wrecks". Click on the link below to find out more about their expedition.

    Click to watch this video on YouTube


    A Word to the Wise

    This month’s installment of an Island K'ómoks word is...

    "Xwésam 'having fat or oil' - this name refers to Salmon River and to the former village at its mouth which is recognized as having been the most northerly Island Comox village, although it was abandoned by them a very long time ago...."

    Please note that this word and definition is courtesy of the book Sliammon Life, Sliammon Land, page 167, by Dorothy Kennedy and Randy Bouchard, published in 1983.


    It's All There in Black and White

    We are all feeling the pinch right now when it comes to purchasing food at the grocery store.

    Maybe a look back at food prices of 50 years ago (from the Comox District Free Press, February 1961) will provide us with some food for thought.

    Read this newspaper article from our archives


    Anniversary Give Away

    This month our congratulations go out to the March winners of The Comox Valley book – Judy Hagen and Vicky Ledoux!

    We continue our year long 50th anniversary celebration of the Courtenay and District Historical Society with a monthly prize draw to receive a complimentary copy of the coffee table book by Paula Wild.

    All current, paid-up members to the Society are automatically entered to win, and now we've increased your chances of winning by doing a separate draw for fans to our Facebook page.


    Wilderness Writing Retreats

    Do you have an idea for a book or maybe even a half finished manuscript stashed away in a desk drawer or stored on your hard drive? If you need a dose of inspiration to jump start your project to the next step, join Paula Wild on one of her Wilderness Writing Retreats.

    Manuscript to Book – Key Elements to Success includes stimulating group sessions, as well as a private meeting with Paula to discuss your work or book idea. Full manuscript evaluation is available by prior arrangement. The retreats also include time to write, hike, kayak or just relax.

    Workshops take place on a privately owned island off Vancouver Island’s West Coast this May, June and Sept. For more information visit or contact Paula at or 250-338-7740.



    Please consider supporting the Courtenay and District Museum through a charitable donation. Click on the link below to support donations to us directly or through the Comox Valley Community Foundation.

    Click here to Donate Now


    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
    Ron Moffat
    Paula Moffat

    Elizabeth Braithwaite
    Jean Hawthorne

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


    Photo of the Month

    CDM #974.136.1
    Courtenay 5th Street and bridge, 1919

    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

    Regional District Comox-Strathcona