Courtenay & District Museum

  • Fall Museum Discovery Days
  • Heritage Conferences
  • The Great Outdoors
  • Your Membership Makes the Difference
  • Shop at CDM
  • It's All There in Black and White
  • Photo of the Month
  • Winter Hours
  • 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


    Fall Museum Discovery Days

    The Courtenay and District Museum is now actively presenting Fall Museum Discovery Days for children 6-12 while schools are closed. Attendance has been great and students and parents are providing good feedback. Discovery Days include learning about the cultural and natural history of the Comox Valley through activities. The classes are popular, so please book in advance.

    Instructor and guide: Pat Trask
    Topic: Learn about the cultural, pioneer and natural history of the Comox Valley through activities and tours.
    Activities: Crafts, fossil casting, dinosaur movies, a behind the scenes look at collection areas and interactive games.
    Daily: Monday to Friday 9am - 3pm
    Fee: $30.00 per day
    Spaces: Up to 15 spaces - on a first-come, first-serve basis
    Ages: 6 to 12
    Food: Children need to bring a snack for the morning and afternoon plus lunch
    Start date: Immediately
    Register: Call the Museum to register 250-334-0686 ext. 5

    Fall Museum Discovery Days are on a drop-in basis. Payment for each day will be taken the morning of the camp. Doors open at 8:45am and camp will finish at 3pm sharp. To guarantee your placement, pre-registration and payment is required.


    Heritage Conferences Around the Province

    British Columbia Museums Association Conference in Penticton
    October 22-25
    Click Here

    Heritage BC Conference in Cloverdale
    September 26 & 27
    Click Here


    The Great Outdoors

    A Short Drive to Paradise Meadows

    The Courtenay and District Museum has a mandate of cultural and natural history. Because of that, the society has always had a large number of outdoor enthusiasts in its membership. The fall months are a beautiful time of year to enjoy Strathcona Park.

    Check out these great hikes with the Strathcona Wilderness Institute by clicking here. For those happy to stroll the accessible pathways and day hikes here's more information.


    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


    Shop at CDM

    Getting Ready for Christmas!
    Step right up and get ready for those Christmas lists with gifts and items from the CDM Museum Shop which, with great new items, has doubled its popularity and revenues over the past year. Maps, children's stuffies, baskets, and elasmosaur coffee from Royston Roasting are just a few of the new items.

    A Good Turn from Talented People
    If you're looking for s special gift this year that will do a whole lot of good, pick up your copy of the 2015 Comox Valley Calendar created to benefit the Comox Valley Food Bank. The brain child of Frieda Home with the fine eye of Ernst Vegt from Coast Imaging Arts, the calendars include images from Comox Valley photographers and every penny goes to the food bank.

    So pick up a few items, buy a fabulous Janet Basket and wrap it all up for your favorite people. Don't forget that our wonderful members have 15% off year round. See you there!


    It's All There in Black and White

    The Seale & Thomson building has seen a lot of changes since it opened in March of 1948. Have a look at one of its incarnations from the September 8, 1971 Comox District Free Press.

    More changes are afoot. Mudsharks Coffee Bar just completed a patio resurfacing courtesy of a grant from the Downtown Business Improvement Association façade improvement program and the Gladstone Brewing company hopes to open there later this year.

    Read this newspaper article from our archives

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


    Photo of the Month

    CDM #998.219.198
    Loaded flat car, 1930

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


    Winter Hours

    The museum is now operating on our winter hours schedule. Please note that we are open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm.


    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