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Courtenay & District Museum

  • A Fish Tale
  • It's All There in Black and White
  • Photo of the Month
  • Before Television
  • Your Membership Makes A Difference
  • Animals Among Us
  • 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


    A Fish Tale

    Visitors to the museum have likely met our ever-growing African Lungfish "Pam" (that's short for Pamela Lungerson). Pam became a popular part of museum programming 12 years ago. An air breather with fins like limbs, she provides opportunities for students to learn about fossils and evolution.

    We're currently raising funds for a larger tank for Pam and have a sign on display requesting donations.

    One of our youngest visitors took that sign to heart. A local three-year-old boy named Aiden saved up his allowance to give to the tank fund. Last week, he very proudly brought in his donation of $15.60. Thank you Aiden!

    Aiden's donation brings money raised close to $350. Since we are looking to double the size of Pam's tank to 150 gallon size, we've still got a way to go.

    If you are interested in making a donation, big or small, please drop it by the front desk of the museum. We can also provide a tax receipt.

    Pam thanks you.


    It's All There in Black and White

    Was there a watershed moment in design 80 years ago? You be the judge with this advertisement from the Comox District Free Press of February 1, 1934.

    Read this newspaper article from our archives

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


    Photo of the Month

    CDM #974.136.14
    Hemm's Garage of Courtenay, 1935?

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


    CDM 2003.68.2

    Before Television
    What Happens When We Turn off the Remote

    The theme for BC's 2014 Heritage Week (February 17-23) is "Heritage Afloat". In that spirit we present a Union Steamship Estates creamer from our collection.

    The Union Steamship Company was founded in Vancouver in 1889. Its passenger and cargo ships were well known along the BC coast. The company expanded into excursion ships carrying holiday makers from Vancouver to Bowen Island. In the 1920s passengers might choose to take such an excursion as a moonlight cruise on Wednesday or Saturday nights where they could dance on board the Lady Alexandra's deck.

    When a hotel and other resort properties were built on Bowen Island in the 1920s a subsidiary company, Union Steamship Estates Ltd., was set up. Thus the logo on the creamer. By the early 1960s the company's foray into the resort business was ending and buildings were being torn down.


    Your Membership Makes A Difference

    Purchasing a membership to the Courtenay and District Museum, now in its 53rd 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


    Animals Among Us
    At the Museum at Campbell River now to March 31, 2014

    Pet lovers, animal lovers and anyone who appreciates historic photos will enjoy this unique exhibit composed of images taken from the Campbell River Museum's archival collection and the stories that go with them.

    Click Here for More Info


    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, 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