Courtenay & District Museum

  • Lecture: Scoundrels, Dreamers & Second Sons
  • Watershed Moments
  • Photo of the Month
  • Book Launch: Peace Dancer
  • Your Membership Makes A Difference
  • 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
    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

    Nim Nim Interpretive Centre


    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.

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    Watershed Moments

    Here now is an image and quote from the museum's award-nominated book Watershed Moments - A Pictorial History of Courtenay and District.

    Photo credit: CDM 2004.49.20
    Photo caption: The lavish Comox Co-operative Creamery float passes by in the 1923 Courtenay May Day parade, while dairy producer Alex Urquhart watches from the sidelines. Page 90.

    "In 1901, a group of Comox Valley dairy farmers, who lacked the equipment they needed for processing, set up the Comox Co-operative Creamery Association to provide a central processing co-op for their milk. "The Creamery," as folks came to know it, became one of the most successful enterprises in the Comox Valley and met farmers' needs for processing milk into premium butter, cheese and, eventually, ice cream, for the next sixty-seven years." Page 86.

    Psst! Don't forget to pick up your copy of the book at the museum gift shop, too.


    Photo of the Month

    CDM #986.73.3
    Comox Creamery Assoc., Courtenay, 1927

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


    Book Launch: Peace Dancer

    Time and Date: 7pm, Thursday, June 9, 2016
    Location: Rotary Gallery of the Courtenay and District Museum
    Speakers: Roy Henry Vickers and Robert "Lucky" Budd
    Tickets: Free event; suitable for all ages.

    Join us to celebrate the launch of Peace Dancer: the fourth and final book in the Northwest Coast Legends series, with a reading and slideshow from the award-winning artist and author duo of Roy Henry Vickers and Robert "Lucky" Budd.

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    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


    It's All There in Black and White

    When you're stuck for a conversation starter you can always talk about the weather! A storm of note from the Comox District Free Press May 28, 1936 edition.

    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