Courtenay & District Museum

  • Watershed Moments
  • Back to School
  • Winter Hours
  • Your Membership Makes A Difference
  • Courtenay's Centennial
  • A Courtenay Keepsake
  • Photo of the Month
  • 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

    Comox Museum

    Cumberland Museum

    Comox Air Force Museum

    Filberg Heritage Lodge


    Watershed Moments

    Please save the date of Saturday, October 24th for the launch of the CDM's 2015 book project, Watershed Moments-A Pictorial History of Courtenay and District published with Harbour Publishing.

    Watershed Moments features over 140 images from the museum's vast collection of historical photographs, glass plate negatives and other ephemera scanned and improved by Ernst Vegt of Coast Imaging Arts.

    Spanning the mid-1800s to the 1950s, Watershed Moments invites you into a world of portraits, boating parties, family celebrations, agricultural events and economic activities. Local authors Christine Dickinson, Deborah Griffiths, Judy Hagen and Catherine Siba invite you to join them at the launch from 1-3 pm in the Rotary Gallery of the Courtenay Museum!

    Click Here for More Info


    Back to School

    Did you know that the Courtenay Museum offers a range of education programmes for groups of children? Check out the possibilities.

    Click here for our Education Programmes


    Winter Hours

    The museum is now operating on our winter hours schedule. Please note that we are open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm.


    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.

    Give a Hoot! Don't Pollute!
    A call out to property owners to keep things neat and tidy in pre-incorporated Courtenay:

    "It does not give newcomers a favourable impression to see beside the main street and in the very heart of the town vacant lots which consist of half-burned logs, empty oil cans and every conceivable kind of rubbish.

    If individual owners have not sufficient enterprise to clean up their own lots, then whatever public body has most influence in Courtenay should see to it that the stranger walking up the main street should be offended by no such eyesores as these rubbish heaps wedged in between up-to-date and prosperous looking stores."

    From: How Courtenay Strikes a Newcomer, The Courtenay Review newspaper, March 27, 1913.


    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.


    Photo of the Month

    CDM #990.24.197
    Haying at Sam Piercy farm, Sandwick, c. 1905

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


    It's All There in Black and White

    The Driftwood Mall has gone through many changes since it was built in 1976. A major reno ten years later was documented in the Comox District Free Press of September 26, 1986.

    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