Courtenay & District Museum

  • Walking With Our Sisters
  • A Courtenay Keepsake
  • It's All There in Black and White
  • Summer Day Camps
  • Slugzilla and Friends
  • BC Day Closure
  • Gift Shop News
  • Capes Escape
  • Photo of the Month
  • Your Membership Makes A Difference
  • Courtenay's Centennial
  • Museum Sponsors
  • Museum Funding

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    Mailing Address:
    207 Fourth Street,
    Courtenay BC,
    V9N 1G7

    Monday to Saturday:
    10am - 5pm

    Noon - 4pm

    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

    Comox Museum

    Cumberland Museum

    Comox Air Force Museum

    Filberg Heritage Lodge


    Walking With Our Sisters

    K'ómoks Band Hall July 31 to August 15, 2015

    Walking With Our Sisters is a memorial installation that honours the more than 1,181 missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls in Canada and the United States. Comprised of over 1,763 pairs of moccasin tops plus 108 pairs of children's tops, it was created by over 1,400 caring and concerned people to draw attention to this injustice. The Walking With Our Sisters K'ómoks Organizing Committee is honoured to bring this memorial to the K'ómoks Band Hall, 3320 Comox Road, Courtenay, BC. It is the first and only British Columbia venue for this international touring event. Open to the public, the event is free. Please see the Walking With Our Sisters Comox Valley facebook page, for more information.

    On Thursday, July 23, at the Sid Williams Theatre, the Walking With Our Sisters K'ómoks Organizing Committee and the Sid Williams Theatre Society will present, "Beyond The Ceremonial Welcome".

    Click Here for More Info


    A Courtenay Keepsake

    The Comox Valley Echo and the Courtenay Museum have teamed up to produce a Courtenay Centennial souvenir magazine featuring museum and community images and historic stories by local authors. Courtenay 100 Years of History, 1915-2015 is 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.

    This affordable, 50 page full- colour magazine is available at the museum and the Comox Valley Echo office.


    It's All There in Black and White

    Known as the Sayward Fire, the Bloedel Fire or the Great Fire of 1938, it was a blaze that went down in history.

    This article from the Comox District Free Press of July 28, 1938 provides a day-by-day account of the event that would end with approximately 30,000 hectares of forest destroyed.

    Read this newspaper article from our archives

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


    Summer Day Camps

    The children's Summer Day Camps are well underway. Days are packed with games, arts and crafts, and making a new friend or two along the way! The kids have really enjoyed making dinosaur eggs and stegosaurus, but most of all they've enjoyed learning about dinosaurs and reptiles.

    Two different camps are offered this year:

    1.) Sea, Sky and Land - Life in the Dinosaur Age
    2.) Where'd You Go Dinosaur?

    For more information or to sign up click here


    Slugzilla and Friends

    The next time you visit the museum, meet our new African lungfish, Slugzilla, and his friends, Darth the algae eater, and Doodah the goldfish. We, students and the public, all missed Pam so much, we searched for a new African lungfish. Slug and his two friends were kindly donated to the museum by James Stanley from Calgary. All three of them were sent here on WestJet and have settled very well into their new home.


    BC Day Closure

    The museum will be closed on Monday, August 3rd. Wishing everyone a safe and happy BC Day holiday.


    Gift Shop News

    Summer traffic is busy in the gift shop and gifts are going all over the world. People visiting from other parts of Canada, Europe and the Pacific stop in and pick up gifts to take home. Local residents visit to find items for family and friends.

    We have new shipments of beautiful hoodies for late summer with great hummingbird and salmon designs. We're also carrying a new line of cards and note pads from Yellow Bird, designed and distributed from North Vancouver. To add to our stuffed animal zoo, we've gone local with a huge ammonite and giant hippo made by Ding Ding Dillio Crafts from Courtenay. Another local company, Giggling Gertie and Co from Royston, has created bunting perfect for celebrations and decoration and has produced rustic beach-hut bird houses and one of a kind gifts.


    Summer Update

    Capes Escape, the museum's vacation rental property, continues to do great business.

    The 1700 sq. ft., 1930s heritage home is part of the Courtenay and District Museum visitor services.

    The Capes home, situated on seven acres of forested land on Cumberland Road, was donated to the museum by the late Katherine Capes. Located approximately 4 km from Highway 19, Capes Escape is only minutes from downtown Courtenay and Cumberland.

    Summer bookings are in full swing but there are still some openings in August and the first week of September if you are looking for a "home away from home" for yourself or visiting guests.

    Click here for more information


    Photo of the Month

    CDM #p55-301
    First Agricultural Exhibition in Comox Valley, 1893

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


    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


    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.

    Bathing Barbers
    Early barber shops in Courtenay also served as bath houses. In the 1914 Courtenay Review newspaper, the "Comox Barber Shop" listed itself as the oldest shop in Courtenay and provided bathing facilities. Bill Sutliff's "Courtenay Barber Shop" located on 5th Street between Duncan and Cliffe Avenues also offered use of a tub right up into the 1920s.


    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