Courtenay & District Museum

  • Holiday Wishes
  • Gifts that Bring a Smile
  • Courtenay's 100th Birthday Bash
  • Your Membership Makes A Difference
  • Christmas Décor
  • Photo of the Month
  • Holiday Hours
  • 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


    Holiday Wishes

    This cute little card (only 3 ½ by 4 ½ inches) from 1926 made the perfect keepsake for a child.

    The inside inscription reads: "This Christmas card is small, but here's to you, A world of cheery wishes warm and true. With Hearty Greetings for Christmas and may the New Year bring you every happiness."

    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.

    Seasons Greetings and Happy New Year to you and yours!


    Gifts that Bring a Smile

    Say Happy Holidays by taking a bite out of history with the museum's new milk and dark chocolate "Elasmobars" made by our good friends at Hot Chocolates. You can find our Elasmobars in the gift shop, along with Royston Roasting Company, Elasmosaur Coffee. Put these in one of our Janet baskets, along with other specialty gifts and you'll have everyone smiling on your reindeer team. Proceeds from gift shop sales go to museum programmes and operations.

    To thank all of our members for their support throughout the year, we are offering 25% off through Christmas Eve. Happy Holidays!


    Courtenay's 100th Birthday Bash

    2015 is a huge year in the City of Courtenay's history as it marks the 100th anniversary of incorporation. Events are scheduled throughout the year with the first set to begin on New Year's Eve.

    To Find Out More Click Here


    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


    Christmas Décor

    Here's one for all of the crafters out there...

    From the 1950s booklet "Glamour and the Hostess, a Guide to Canadian Table Setting" by Marie Holmes, comes these easy to follow directions for a Christmas Yule - Log table decoration.

    Best of luck in sourcing those foam reindeer!

    Read More


    Photo of the Month

    CDM #985.74.10
    Hockey Players, Texada Island, 1930's

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


    Holiday Hours

    The museum will be open regular winter hours, Tuesday to Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm except for the following holiday closures:

    • December 24th closed at 1:00 pm
    • Closed December 25th and 26th
    • December 31st closed at 1:00 pm
    • Closed January 1st


    Curious Kids Club

    The Curious Kids Club will be running on Saturdays in January from 10 am-12 noon. Kids will get a behind the scenes look at the museum and do some hands on activities. Come and join in the fun!

    Who: Kids ages 5-12
    When: Saturdays, 10 am-12 noon
    Cost: $2 drop-in or free with a family membership to the museum


    It's All There in Black and White

    Party towns. There's no getting around it - the Comox Valley really knew how to enjoy the holiday season in the 1940s. Dancing until the wee hours in Union Bay, Courtenay AND Cumberland on Christmas DAY. Check out the details from this Comox District Free Press ad of December 19, 1946.

    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