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Courtenay & District Museum

  • Family Fun!
  • Stuffed Stuff: Elasmo Stuffies
  • Kids Discover!
  • Photo of the Month
  • Before Television
  • Your Membership Makes A Difference
  • It's All There in Black and White
  • Anniversary Celebration at The Old Church
  • Gift Shop News
  • Museum Sponsors
  • Museum Funding

  • Phone:



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

    Monday to Saturday
    10 am – 5 pm

    12 noon – 4 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


    Family Fun!

    This summer's Fossil Tours are as popular as ever attracting visitors from far and wide.

    Don't miss out on this opportunity to learn and have fun in the great outdoors.

    Click Here for More Details


    Stuffed Stuff: Elasmo Stuffies

    The Courtenay and District Museum is well known for many things: terrific science camps, fossil tours, eye opening exhibits, and a great archival collection. But there is one feature in particular that tends to take centre stage: the Elasmosaur.

    So it probably comes as no surprise that there would be some sort of squishy and huggable replica sold at the gift shop. Hand crafted with love, museum staff have collaborated to create completely unique plush Elasmosaurs for you to buy and enjoy. Just $16 each (plus taxes) and you’ve got your very own souvenir!


    Kids Discover!

    Only a couple more chances left to partake in the Kids Discover! programme here at the museum.

    There are still a few spaces left for kids aged 5 to 7 in the August 20 to 22 slot and kids aged 8 to12 in the August 27 to 29 group.

    Click here for Details


    Photo of the Month

    CDM #986.1.20
    Spectators at Courtenay Fair, c. 1913

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


    CDM 985.4.1

    Before Television
    What Happens When We Turn off the Remote

    Unique cigarette holders? Medieval tools of torture?

    No, just an example of a woman’s beauty supplies from the mid-20th Century – metal hair curlers.

    These curlers are in the wire clasp style and would be used when doing a "wet set". Although not pictured here, the curlers came in every size from "midget" known for grabbing onto those pesky short hairs at the neck nape, to "giant" which would have been used for fashionable rolls and puffs.


    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


    It's All There in Black and White

    Pedestrian bridge across the Courtenay River? Been there; done that 90 years ago.

    Check out these newspaper snippets from the Cumberland Islander of August 11, 1923.

    Read this newspaper article from our archives

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


    Anniversary Celebration at The Old Church

    The Old Church Theatre Society cordially invites you to:

    • Celebrate 75 years of the building formerly known as the Church of the Canadian Martyrs
    • View the unveiling of signage documenting the story of the Canadian Martyrs Church
    • Visit the "Old Church Theatre"
    • Enjoy a short programme, refreshments and a sneak preview of the upcoming production of “Les Miserables”, presented by the resident repertoire company the Co-Val Choristers.

    Please attend Saturday, September 28 at 2:00pm at 755 Harmston Avenue, Courtenay, BC.
    Please RSVP by September 1, 2013
    Email: karenfm@hotmail.ca
    Phone: 250-923-2108


    Gift Shop News

    These just in… fun items just for kids! "Eggs" that crack open and a toy baby dinosaur pops out, stretchy dinosaurs, T-Rex wrist pets and glow in the dark dinosaurs that stick to ceilings and walls. New stuffies have also arrived and they include hummingbirds, moose, otters, orcas and our favourite dinosaurs.

    We carry a variety of items that are made in Canada, such as t-towels, oven mitts, pot holders, aprons and mugs. There are some wonderful First Nations bear, salmon and moose themed items in stock.

    Remember if you have a museum membership you will receive 15% off on all non-consignment items.


    Museum Sponsors

    Judy 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