Courtenay & District Museum

  • You're Invited!
  • July 1st Open House
  • Upstairs at Wah Lee's
  • New Dogwood Gallery
  • What's In A Membership?
  • Kids Summer Programmes
  • Photo of the Month
  • Summer Hours
  • It's All There in Black and White
  • Sid Williams Theatre Discount
  • Fossil Tours
  • Donations
  • Museum Sponsors
  • Museum Funding

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

    Monday to Saturday
    10:00am to 5:00pm

    12:00pm to 4:00pm

    John Wilson

    Vice President
    Daryl Wright

    Past President
    April Shopland

    Rick Ross
    Jim Haggart
    Ross Dingwall
    Harry Squire
    Mary Everson

    Elizabeth Braithwaite

    Member of...

    British Columbia Museums Association

    Canadian Museums

    Archives Association of
    British Columbia

    Heritage Society of British Columbia


    You're Invited!

    Everyone is invited to our Diamond Jubilee celebration. Help us celebrate the 60 year reign of Queen Elizabeth II with refreshments and a reception!

    Click here for Details


    July 1st Open House

    Join us Canada Day, July 1st from 12 noon to 4 pm for exciting and fun festivities! The museum will be hosting an open house welcoming people of all ages to help celebrate our magnificent country's birthday.

    Activities planned for the day include (but aren't limited to): an engaging kids' craft, a musical cupcake walk, and door prize draws.

    The museum provides an enriching historical exploration of natural and cultural history so if you are in the downtown Courtenay area on Sunday, July 1st, please come and see!

    Be enthralled by the elasmosaur, mingle with a mosasaur or pay a visit to our resident African lungfish, Pam. Check out the pioneer and First Nations exhibits and see the new temporary exhibit (article follows) and be sure to take part in the fun activities we have planned for everybody. You never know - you could walk away with a cupcake!


    Upstairs at Wah Lee's:
    Portraits from the C.S. Wing Studio

    July 1st to September 29th, 2012

    Constable Dave Anderson on left, in front of Wah Lee Store, c. 1910, Quesnel and District Museum and Archives.

    The Courtenay and District Museum plays host to the traveling exhibit Upstairs at Wah Lee's this summer.

    The exhibition consists of 30 photographs captured by Chinese Canadian photographer Chow Shong Wing circa 1910 in the town of Quesnel, BC.

    Chow Shong Wing was the first professional photographer in the town and, if the intimacy of the portraits is any indication, was well acquainted with the First Nations, Chinese and Caucasian people who sat before his lens.

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    New Dogwood Gallery

    Thanks to our recent renovations, another meeting/presentation space is now available for rent to the general public in addition to the spacious first floor Rotary Gallery.

    The second floor Dogwood Gallery can accommodate approximately 25 people in theatre style seating or comfortably seat 10 around the board room table. The room also features a large wall monitor and has wifi available.

    Rental of the Dogwood or Rotary Galleries is available on a first come/first served basis. For more information on rental fees and requirements please give us a call at 250-334-0686.


    What's In A Membership?

    Lots! News on lectures and events, fifteen percent discounts in the gift shop on non-consignment items, discounts on lectures and a chance to be involved with one of the most active regional museums in B.C.

    Buying a membership supports heritage, education and activities. If you're not a member already, please join us today!

    Click here to Join


    Kids Summer Programmes

    Courtenay and District Museum summer programmes for kids are back and better than ever!

    Offering everything from Fabulous Fossils to Exploring the Seashore, this summer promises to be jam packed with fun possibilities for the young ones!

    Click here for Details


    Photo of the Month

    CDM #979.3.10
    Coal wharf at Union Bay, 1906

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


    Summer Hours

    Open Seven Days a Week

    The Courtenay and District Museum is now on its summer operating schedule and is open Monday to Saturday from 10:00 to 5:00 and Sundays from 12:00 to 4:00 until Labour Day. As always, members visit free.


    It's All There in Black and White

    This year is the Diamond Jubilee marking 60 years of Queen Elizabeth II's ascension to the throne. What was on the minds of ordinary folks here in the Comox Valley at this time of change? To get a glimpse, read this newspaper article "Talk of the Town" from the June 19, 1952 Comox District Free Press. The article is written by Dick Ayres - a practitioner of the tongue-in-cheek humour style.

    Read this newspaper article from our archives


    Sid Williams Theatre Discount

    The Sid Williams Theatre Society is extending their special member pricing ($10 per ticket) to Courtenay and District Museum members for the June 30th presentation by Haida storyteller Kung Jaadee.

    CDM members who take advantage of this offer will need to identify themselves to the Sid Williams Theatre Ticket Centre staff as museum members by phone or in person when purchasing tickets.

    Click here to learn more about Kung Jaadee at the Sid Williams Theatre


    Discoveries Happen Here

    Have you ever wanted to make a prehistoric discovery? Now you have the chance with Courtenay and District Museum summer public fossil tours! Vancouver Island and surrounding area is rich in ancient marine fossils which give palaeontologists and history enthusiasts an excellent opportunity to study prehistoric life (not to mention go digging for fossils)!

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    Please consider supporting the Courtenay and District Museum through a charitable donation. Your donation helps support programming, museum activities and long term operating of the Courtenay and District Museum. This is a great time of year to donate and receive a tax receipt.

    You can donate online or by mail, details for both are available through the link below. Either way, we'll send acknowledgment and a receipt as soon as your donation is received.

    Click here to Donate Now


    Museum Sponsors

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

    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
    Comox Valley Monarch Lions Club

    Elizabeth Braithwaite
    Jean Hawthorne


    Lawrence Burns
    Sheila Carvalho
    Perlita Docuria
    Coral Dunn
    Bent Harder
    Dove and Mike Hendren
    Joanne Jacobson
    Inge Krahn
    Phyllis Long
    Ginny Lowrie
    Ruth Masters
    Mary McCaffrey
    Evelyn Martin
    M.E. McKerrow
    Mary Mobley

    D. Mobley
    Richard Monks
    Barb Page
    Bernie Poole
    Alice Potts
    Robin Potts
    Gordon Schnare
    April Shopland
    George E. Sprogis
    Jean & Ian Sibbald
    Chuck & Mary Slemin
    Roberts and Adela Smith
    Donald Taylor
    M & J Tevington


    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, British Columbia Gaming Branch, 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