Courtenay and District Museum and Palaeontology Centre


History comes alive at the Courtenay and District Museum and Palaeontology Centre, in Courtenay, BC on north-eastern Vancouver Island.  During the year the Museum provides outdoor and indoor programs for all age groups covering First Nations history, history of the Comox Valley, amazing fossils, logging history and geology. The Museum is a member of the The Great Canadian Fossil Trail.

Courtenay Museum’s Prehistoric Displays

Although Courtenay is a small town the artifacts and fossil sites have garnered international interest. The Museum has been featured on television documentaries on the Knowledge Network and the Discovery Channel.

Courtenay’s surrounds were once teaming with undersea prehistoric life such as the elasmosaur, a fearsome looking marine reptile with a long neck and lot of teeth.

Courtenay Museum Photo Collections

A wonderful collection of photos to take you back in time.

  • Business and Industry – boots hop, cafe and others
  • Celebrations – fairs, weddings and picnics
  • Comox and Comox Valley – harbour, ships, docks and streets
  • Courtenay – main streets, houses and totem poles
  • Farming – early farms and farming equipment
  • Forbidden Plateau – black and white photos of this beautiful and rugged area
  • Hotels & Inns – Port Augusta and Elk hotels
  • Logging – early loggers and logging tools
  • Public Buildings – schools and government buildings
  • Recreation – women’s grass hockey, fishing and baseball

Courtenay Museum Artifacts

A unique collection of artifacts to bring history to life.

  • First Nations – some amazing masks on display
  • Military Gallery – from badges to helmets and more
  • Accessories Gallery – purses, shoes and jewelry
  • Hats Gallery – men’s hats, including a top hat, and women’s hats
  • Children’s Clothing Gallery – no blue jeans or tank tops here
  • Fan Gallery – exquisite fans

Capes Escape

Capes Escape is a 1930’s home connected to the 7 acre Capes Park and  just a few minutes from downtown Courtenay. The 1,700 sq ft home named after Katherine Capes, a Founder and Patron of the Museum, is available for rental.

Katherine Capes was an avid preservationist of both cultural and natural heritage as well as  one of the first female Canadian archaeologists.  She donated the Capes family home in 1997 to the Courtenay and District Historical Society.

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Publisher of Amazing Vancouver Island. Doug grew up in Kamloops and Vancouver. He is also the President of KIAI Angency, an Internet Marketing and Branding agency in Vancouver. He is an avid photographer and you can see his many pix of Vancouver Island on Flickr.

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