Courtenay & District Museum

  • Stamp It
  • Lecture: Scoundrels, Dreamers & Second Sons
  • Watershed Moments: In the Running for BCHF Lieutenant Governor's Medal
  • Your Membership Makes A Difference
  • Coming Up
  • Photo of the Month
  • It's All There in Black and White
  • Naturalists Celebrate
  • 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
    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

    The Alberni Project


    Stamp It

    The Comox Valley elasmosaur, discovered by Mike Trask in 1988 and housed in the Courtenay Museum, will be featured in the 2016 Dinos of Canada stamp series, which will be available in the last week of May. Canada Post sent out a press release the first week of April stating that they would also be placing a "cancel" on the Official First Day Cover (a collectors' item -- some 10,000 printed) with "Courtenay, BC" printed on them. The complete series includes: Cypretherium coarctatum (SK), Acrotholous (AB), Atrociraptor marshalli (AB), Bathygnathus borealis (PEI) and the Comox Valley elasmosaur.

    Canada Post worked with experts in the field from the Canadian Museum of Nature to select dinosaurs that have been discovered in Canada. Canada Post went on to say, "As with most stamp sets, we also try to select dinos that would make the most stunning and interesting images and represent as many different regions of Canada as possible."


    Lecture: Scoundrels, Dreamers & Second Sons

    Time and Date: 7 pm, Tuesday, May 17, 2016
    Location: Rotary Gallery of the Courtenay and District Museum
    Speaker: Mark Zuehlke
    Tickets: $5 for Historical Society members; $6 for general public (plus GST). Advance tickets recommended. Tickets can be purchased over the phone by calling 250-334-0686 ext 5.

    Mark Zuehlke is an award-winning author generally considered to be Canada's foremost popular military historian.

    In this presentation, Zuehlke returns to the topic of Western Canada's remittance men with the re-release of his 2001 book Scoundrels, Dreamers & Second Sons.

    More Details


    Watershed Moments: In the Running for BCHF Lieutenant Governor's Medal

    The museum has just received news from the British Columbia Historical Federation that Watershed Moments - A Pictorial History of Courtenay and District is one of seven books to be short-listed for the BC Lieutenant Governor's Medal for Historical Writing. Winners will be announced at the British Columbia Historical Federation Conference Book Awards Reception on Saturday, May 28, 2016 at the Revelstoke Mountain Resort.

    To celebrate, we're adding another feature to the e-news by presenting images and quotes from the book on a monthly basis. We hope you enjoy it.

    Photo credit: Stubbs Collection at CDM
    Photo caption: Central Builders' Wharf, ca. 1910-1920.

    "Over time, the success of Joseph McPhee's wharf set an example for his contemporaries, and wharves sprang up on both sides of the [Courtenay] river. Brackman-Ker Milling (B & K) had one on the east bank, while Central Builders and Vancouver Milling and Feed Store had theirs on the west bank."


    Your Membership Makes A Difference

    Purchasing a membership to the Courtenay and District Museum, now in its 55th 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


    Coming Up

    April 27:
    Fanny Bay Hall at 7:00 pm

    Stop in to the Fanny Bay Hall on April 27 to enjoy the popular Fat Oyster Reading Series and listen to authors Christine Dickinson, Deborah Griffiths and Catherine Siba read from the museum's Watershed Moments - A Pictorial History of Courtenay and District published in the fall with Harbour Publishing.


    Photo of the Month

    CDM #985.89.13
    Campbell Lake catch, 1918

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


    It's All There in Black and White

    Lucky Cumberland kids got a chance of a lifetime to visit the H.M.C.S. Aurora as reported in this April 30, 1921 edition of the Cumberland Islander.

    Read this newspaper article from our archives

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


    Naturalists Celebrate

    The Comox Valley Naturalist Society (CVN) will host this year's BC Nature 2016 AGM and CVN 50th anniversary at the Filberg Centre from May 12th to the 15th.

    The CVN will host an array of presentations and lectures, outings, field trips and social events for the expected 250 attendees.

    Want to find out more? Click Here


    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