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Courtenay & District Museum

  • NIC Pro Photo Show
  • Ongoing Endowment
  • Your Membership Makes A Difference
  • Smoke But No Fire
  • Photo of the Month
  • Special Offer to Members
  • It's All There in Black and White
  • Museum Sponsors
  • Museum Funding

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

    Tuesday to Saturday
    10 am to 5 pm

    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


    NIC Pro Photo Show
    Exhibit Opening and Reception

    Photo: Juliana Paul

    On Friday, June 7th from 7 – 9 pm, join North Island College’s Professional Photography students at the Courtenay and District Museum for the opening of the programme’s 16th showing of student work. The event marks the fourth collaboration between the museum and the photography programme by utilizing the museum’s second floor gallery.

    Jennifer Aitken, Coralee Annibal, Tara Burnett, Chris Harder, Tish Hartling, Brett Morrison, Lisa Murphy-Quigley, Juliana Paul, Haley Sjostrom and Deanna Veerman will display personal favourites as well as images created for their final portfolio review. The secret to success of a group show is variety and talent and these enthusiastic students have clearly met that challenge.

    As diverse as the regions of Canada from which they come, the students’ reasons for choosing photography as a career vary widely. All, however, have been captivated by the visual expression and lure of a medium that continues to evolve and dominate our lives.

    The NIC Pro Photo Show will be on exhibit until the late afternoon of Saturday, June 15th.


    Ongoing Endowment
    Back by Popular Demand

    Heather’s Amazing Discovery, the story from a child’s point of view, of one of the most well-known fossil discoveries in BC made by Mike Trask and his daughter, Heather, in 1988 is now available on Amazon. This is the third edition of this popular children’s book, which was a finalist in the Children’s Literature Roundtables of Canada Information Book Awards. Through Amazon’s Create Space, the museum has been able to publish this to a wider audience for ongoing endowment with all proceeds going to the Courtenay and District Museum.   

    Click Here to Purchase


    Your Membership Makes A Difference

    Purchasing a membership to the Courtenay and District Museum, now in its 52nd 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


    Smoke But No Fire

    The museum was able to open as usual on Tuesday, April 30th after a rather "unscheduled visit" by the Courtenay Fire Department early the previous morning.

    The Fire Department responded to a smoke alarm triggered in the museum’s basement. A compressor air pump and wiring had essentially over heated and melted creating a quantity of smoke. No fire suppression sprinklers were activated by the incident.

    Executive Director Deborah Griffiths was “very happy and relieved” that there was no damage. Clean-up proceeded quickly and the museum went right back to business.


    Photo of the Month

    CDM #985.89.17
    Haying, Comox, 1918

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


    Special Offer to Members

    The Sid Williams Theatre is extending a special ticket price to members of the Courtenay and District Historical Society to see Janet Rogers on Sunday, June 9, 2013. Rogers is a Mohawk spoken word artist, poet and award-winning writer.

    Click here to visit the Sid William's website

    To get the discount, members simply need to mention their Courtenay and District Museum affiliation in person, by phone, or selecting "Member price" when purchasing online.


    It's All There in Black and White

    Such drama! Just for fun - an advertisement for a film at the Ilo-Ilo Theatre printed in the Courtenay Free Press April 21, 1931 edition.

    Read this newspaper article from our archives

    With legacy support from the Bickle Family and the Comox Valley Echo.


    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