Courtenay and District Museum and Palaeontology Centre

In 2012, the Courtenay Museum asked “what if we could expand our services to drive increased demand to our exhibits?” Community Futures thought why not?

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The Courtenay and District Museum was established in 1961 as a non-profit organization with the mandate to collect, preserve and interpret natural and cultural heritage of the Comox Valley region. Throughout the year, the museum offers on-site and outdoor programming suitable for all age groups. Program subjects include fossils, geology, First Nations history, pioneer settlement history, social history of the Comox Valley, logging and lumber history, river way study, as well as, a series of changing exhibitions.

Community Futures Strathcona has provided multi-level expertise and support to the Courtenay and District Museum and Palaeontological Centre in navigating government funding, financing, fundraising and encouraging over three million dollars of capital and exhibitions projects which have made the museum a popular international destination. The community and visitors enjoy the results of Community Futures Strathcona’s efforts year round. Deborah Griffiths – Executive Director


Fascinating artifacts have put Courtenay and the Comox Valley on the national and international map. The Courtenay Museum has been featured in numerous television documentaries, including shows on the Discovery Channel and Knowledge Network. It is a fascinating operation created through the time, energy and risks that museum staff and volunteers are willing to invest. These efforts ultimately strengthen the local economy by adding cultural opportunities that would otherwise not be available. And it all started with what if? Congratulations Courtenay Museum, our respect for you is immense.

Please visit the museums website or stop by the shop to check-out all of the wonderful things available. It is a wonderful organization operated by wonderful people. Prepare to be impressed!

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entrepreneurial activity in the Strathcona
& Comox Valley region.

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$ 32092138

Disbursed funds since 1985.