Courtenay & District Museum

  • Elasmosaur Birthday & Christmas Party
  • Lecture: Tofino and Clayoquot Sound
  • Members Only Gift Shop Sale
  • Tales of Kona the Guide Dog
  • Your Membership Makes A Difference
  • Photo of the Month
  • Curious Kids Club
  • It's All There in Black and White
  • 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


    Elasmosaur Birthday & Christmas Party
    Two celebrations equals twice the fun!

    On Saturday, November 22nd from 11 am - 4 pm, the museum is inviting the community to drop by for a visit and share some cheer.

    Elasmosaur and fossil related activities will include dinosaur movies, fossil exhibits and a chance to talk to paleo experts for fossil identification.

    For those in a more Christmas frame of mind there will be a chance to make children's Christmas crafts and enjoy a reading of "The Dinosaurs' Night Before Christmas".

    Or maybe you'd just like to come by for some cake or Christmas goodies and enter your name for a chance to win a door prize!

    Gillian from Detailed Face Painting will also be on hand to add some colour to the day. There is a $5 charge per face.

    Admission to this event is free to any family that brings in either a new or gently used unwrapped toy for Santa's Workshop or a food donation for a local food bank.


    Lecture: Tofino and Clayoquot Sound

    Time and Date: 7 pm, Tuesday, November 25, 2014
    Location: Rotary Gallery of the Courtenay & District Museum
    Speakers: Margaret Horsfield and Ian Kennedy
    Tickets: $5 for Historical Society members; $6 for general public (plus GST). Advance tickets recommended. Tickets can be purchased over the phone by calling 250-334-0686 ext 5.

    Clayoquot Sound, on the West Coast of Vancouver Island, is not only a place of extraordinary raw beauty, but also a region with a rich heritage and fascinating past.

    Click Here to Read More


    Members Only Gift Shop Sale
    Members Receive 25% off for "25 days of Christmas"

    The Museum gift shop is well stocked and ready for the Christmas Season!

    Our members usually receive a 15% discount but during our Christmas Special we are giving a whopping 25% discount for 25 days - running Saturday, November 22nd through to Wednesday, December 17th.

    If you are looking for gifts that are little unusual we have a wonderful variety of reasonably priced items to choose from.

    Click here for 25 gift suggestions for your 25% discount


    Tales of Kona the Guide Dog

    On Saturday, December 13, from 12:00-3:00, Paul Horgen, Retired Professor Emeritus at the University of Toronto and active community contributor will share his new children's book, Tales of Kona the Guide Dog. Kona will accompany Paul. This is a great opportunity to meet Paul and Kona, to learn more about guide dogs and to find a perfect gift for children. A portion of the proceeds from Paul's book sales will go to BC & Alberta Guide Dog Services and to Project Watershed Society.

    Here's a review from William Thornton, Founder & CEO, BC Guide Dogs

    "I am quite certain, the Tales of Kona will captivate young readers as well as parents, teachers and others that will be reading the book together at home and in school."

    Please join us!


    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 #988.203.9
    Early St. Joseph's Hospital, Comox, 1920s

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


    Curious Kids Club

    The Courtenay and District Museum is creating a Curious Kids Club on Saturdays for children between the ages of 5 and 12 years.

    Starting November 29th children will meet at the Museum from 10:00 am -12:00 noon (a perfect time for mom and dad to scout out the Farmers' Market across the street at the Native Sons Hall).

    The first three sessions will uncover some of the mysteries behind Christmas.

    • November 29th- Old School Entertainment: Making Pioneer Toys
    • December 6th - Christmas Crafts: Decorations Then and Now
    • December 13th- Lighting Up the Past: Tin Can Lanterns

    These are drop-in classes on a first come, first served basis. Cost is $2 per child or FREE with a Museum family membership. Maximum of 12 kids per class.


    It's All There in Black and White

    There was no calling those Comox Logging and Railway men "wet blankets" back in the '40s!

    Have a read through this article from the Comox District Free Press of November 10, 1949 to discover a clever example of "reduce, reuse, recycle".

    Read this newspaper article from our archives

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


    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