Courtenay & District Museum

  • Season's Greetings
  • Museum Holiday Hours
  • Christmas Recipe
  • It's All There in Black and White
  • Photo of the Month
  • 2013 Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibit
  • Museum Sponsors
  • Museum Funding

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

    Tuesday to Saturday:
    10am – 5pm

    Sunday & Monday:

    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


    Season's Greetings

    As the festive season approaches, the Courtenay and District Museum board and staff would like to extend wishes to all for a wonderful and safe holiday.

    Season's Greetings and Happy New Year to you and yours!


    Museum Holiday Hours

    December 22, 23 – Closed
    December 24 - Open 10 am to 1 pm
    December 25, 26 – Closed
    Regular business hours resume Friday, December 27.

    New Years:
    Closed December 29, 30
    December 31 – Open 10 am to 2 pm
    January 1 - Closed
    Regular business hours resume Thursday, January 2.


    Christmas Recipe

    There's nothing better than getting a recipe from a battered and tattered home cook book. This book shows definite signs of loving wear. The originator was Mrs. W.P. Ferguson of Nanaimo and it came to the museum as a donation via her granddaughter Mrs. Isabelle Halliday.

    As for the recipe, "The proof is in the pudding" (plum pudding, in this case).

    Click here for the Recipe


    It's All There in Black and White

    Look out! Aerials in Courtenay! This excerpt from the December 11, 1952 Comox District Free Press might lead us to believe that the new fangled idea of television could really catch on.

    Read this newspaper article from our archives

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


    Photo of the Month

    CDM #2002.136.32
    Cooper house, Sandwick, 1919

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


    2013 Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibit
    At the Royal BC Museum now to April 6, 2014

    The exhibition features 100 winning images, in huge, backlit displays, selected from a field of just under 43,000 international entries

    "We are delighted to present the world’s hundred best natural history photographs. This year’s winners offer a deeply aesthetic window into our natural world. I am thrilled that four Canadians are amongst the winners and the photo journalism in the show connects superbly with our own mission to better understand our world, nature and the threats it faces," said Prof. Jack Lohman, Royal BC Museum CEO.

    Click here for Details


    Museum Sponsors

    Comox Valley Community Foundation
    Judy Hagen
    The Robert Hunt Family
    Bruce McPhee
    Vancouver Island Exploration Group
    Daryl and Evelyn Wright – Francis Jewellers Ltd.

    The Bickle Family
    Comox Valley Echo
    Comox Valley Monarch Lions Club
    Ed LaFleur
    Marjorie Thorpe
    John Wilson and Family

    Elizabeth Braithwaite


    Christine Dickinson
    Coral Dunn
    Dove and Mike Hendren
    Peggy Hildebrandt
    Ted Lovegrove
    Ruth Masters

    D. Mobley
    Jim Peacock
    April Shopland
    Jean & Ian Sibbald
    Roberts & Adela Smith

    If you're considering donating to a charity before the end of the year, please consider the Courtenay and District Museum. Your support goes towards education programmes, lectures and collection management. We provide a tax receipt to donors.

    Please click here to donate


    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