Courtenay & District Museum

  • Courtenay's Centennial Activities
  • Curious Kids Club
  • Your Membership Makes A Difference
  • Gift Shop News
  • It's All There in Black and White
  • Photo of the Month
  • Red Lights & Roulette
  • 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


    Courtenay's Centennial Activities

    2015 is Courtenay's 100th Centennial and if any of you missed the New Year kickoff celebrations, don't worry, there's plenty more to come. To see what you can look forward to in this special year, click here for the City of Courtenay's Centennial information.

    Throughout this year, the museum will be providing glimpses into the back story on the City's Incorporation in 1915. Just as today, in 1914, residents had varying opinions about the city's future. In this article, it seems that not everyone was convinced that incorporation was a good idea.

    Click here for an excerpt from the Daily Colonist on May 1, 1914


    Curious Kids Club

    The Curious Kids Club will continue to explore and investigate the treasures held at the museum. Saturdays from 10 am-12 noon (while the Farmers' Market is going on at the Native Sons Hall) kids will inspect different aspects of the museum and do some hands-on activities.

    Who: Children ages 5-12 years old
    Where: Courtenay and District Museum
    When: January 17, 24, February 14, 21 and 28 from 10am-12 noon
    Cost: $2 for a drop-in or FREE with Family Museum Membership


    Your Membership Makes A Difference

    Purchasing a membership to the Courtenay and District Museum, now in its 54th 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


    Gift Shop News

    We are looking forward to another fun and exciting year at the Museum Gift Shop. 2014 was a record year in sales so thank you to everyone for helping us achieve this success!

    For 2015 we're concentrating on unique local, BC and Canada made products. One new supplier is Lunar Reflections who are located between Union Bay and Buckley Bay. These talented folk create fabulous handmade items from a variety of woods. The gift shop is offering a couple of things from them: the amazing hand crafted triceratops rocker (pictured above) and fun dino themed wall mounted coat racks. Both children and adults love them! And the items are so well made they could be handed down from generation to generation. Perfect for anyone who loves dinosaurs.


    It's All There in Black and White

    An interesting 50 year old bit of trivia about something we all have to deal with - taxes. Check out the details from this Comox District Free Press article of January 6, 1965.

    Read this newspaper article from our archives

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


    Photo of the Month

    CDM #p90-114b
    Looking east from Duncan Ave and Fifth St., pre 1910

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


    Red Lights & Roulette

    Nanaimo Museum Feature Exhibit, February 2 - May 1

    Get a glimpse into the history of prostitution and gambling in Nanaimo. For decades Nanaimo's Red Light district operated with little interference on Fraser Street. The exhibit features stories from the 1890s-1920s including prostitutes and madams, law enforcement officials and the community's reaction to prostitution. The history of gambling is highlighted using jail records from the 1870s and follows the story to the present day at Casino Nanaimo. Rare archival photos and stories so outlandish that they are almost unbelievable make this exhibit appealing to both regular and new museum visitors.

    Check out the Nanaimo Museum website for more


    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