Courtenay & District Museum

  • A Keepsake for 2015
  • Photo of the Month
  • Courtenay's Centennial
  • The Unstoppable Gift Shop
  • Your Membership Makes A Difference
  • Many Thanks!
  • 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


    A Keepsake for 2015

    The Comox Valley Echo and the Courtenay Museum have teamed up to produce a Courtenay Centennial keepsake, a 50 page full colour magazine featuring museum and community images and historic stories. Local authors Ian J.M. Kennedy, Rick James, Judy Hagen and Christine Dickinson along with museum staffers Catherine Siba and Deb Griffiths have produced a keepsake magazine, Courtenay 100 Years of History 1915-2015 as a tribute to the Centennial Year.

    "We say thank you to the Echo who have given generously on this project and done a great job and to the many businesses who have advertised. The proceeds from Courtenay 100 Years of History will go to museum programming," said John Wilson, President of the Courtenay and District Museum society.

    With stories about Downtown Courtenay, Joseph McPhee, Sub-Chasers on the Courtenay River, community celebrations, early transportation and more, the five dollar magazine is something to take home from centennial celebrations that will be happening throughout the year. They are available at the museum and at the Echo, and will be available throughout the year-long celebrations. For more information contact the museum at 250-334-0686.


    Photo of the Month

    CDM #990.16.26
    Girl Guides, Royston Train Station, 1928

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


    Courtenay's Centennial

    Throughout this year, the museum newsletter will be providing glimpses into the back story on the City's Incorporation, history and development.

    The April 16, 1914 edition of the Courtenay Review reveals the origin of the name of the Condensory Bridge.

    Continue Reading


    The Unstoppable Gift Shop

    The gift shop has a new look courtesy of a gnarly, old apple tree.

    Come and check out this fun-for-spring centerpiece along with fresh items in stock including a beautiful variety of friendship glass balls and colourful fused glass lighthouse and sailboat wind chimes. Decorative sailboats, nautical photo frames and keepsake boxes make great summer gifts.

    Local artist, Stephanie Gould, just brought in a new collection of her colourful diffused glass jewelry. And, for the kids, new glow-in-the-dark dinosaur and fossil T-shirts take a gift's fun factor to the max.

    Don't miss the Cumberland Museum's new book, Cumberland Collieries Railway by Patrick O. Hind that we now have in the gift shop. This much-needed book that helps fill in the Comox Valley story is a great read.

    Museum members receive a 15% gift shop discount on most items and all museum sales go towards the museum's year round programming. Thank you for your support.


    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


    Many Thanks!

    Thank you to everyone who came to our "Spring Fling and Easter Things" event on March 28th. It was a huge success with over 650 visitors.

    Special thanks to the Shamrock Gumboots 4-H Club for bringing all their adorable and well-behaved animals, to the Hot Chocolates Easter bunny for sweet treats and to Gillian from Detailed Face Painting for creating some amazing works of art on delightful little faces. Proceeds from this day are shared between the museum and the Shamrock Gumboots 4-H Club. To the Shamrock Gumboots 4-H Club and staff and volunteers who arranged this special day-we say thank you!


    It's All There in Black and White

    In the Spring a young man's fancy lightly turns to thoughts (Apologies to Alfred, Lord Tennyson).

    A shake up in our local golfing world was making the news as evidenced in this April 12, 1934 edition of the Comox District Free Press.

    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