Courtenay & District Museum

  • NIC Pro Photo Show and Reception
  • It's All There in Black and White
  • Your Membership Makes A Difference
  • Photo of the Month
  • Before Television
  • 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


    NIC Pro Photo Show and Reception
    Friday, June 6th from 7 - 9 pm

    Lia Sommer

    On Friday, June 6th 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 17th showing of student work. The event marks the fifth collaboration between the museum and the photography programme by utilizing the museum's second floor gallery.

    Amanda Dostie, Lorenz Jimenez, Megan Lawrence, Kendal McLellan, Milena Russell, Lia Sommer and Emily Walsh will display personal favourites as well as images created for their final portfolio review.

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

    The NIC Pro Photo Show will be on exhibit until late afternoon of June 14.


    It's All There in Black and White

    This Comox District Free Press article provides a 1932 perspective on a local measles outbreak in May of that year.

    Read this newspaper article from our archives

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


    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


    Photo of the Month

    CDM #985.89.12
    Oyster River boating, 1918

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


    CDM 992.360.1

    Before Television
    What Happens When We Turn off the Remote

    "Before Television" has been a newsletter feature that shares the Courtenay and District Museum collection with readers while at the same time highlighting the ingenuity and creativity of people as they added beauty and personal style to items from their home and work life.

    This month's installment is an old-school style chalk hem marker. The idea was for the home sewer to mark hems without needing an assistant. Put on the item of clothing to be cropped, adjust the marker height and a few squeezes of the bulb would send puffs of chalk powder out to signify the hemline.


    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
    Des Kennedy


    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
    Comox Valley Family History Research Group

    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