Arts & Culture

Explore the art, culture and history that make Downtown Courtenay a unique and vibrant place.



Discover the arts and culture of the Comox Valley! Stop in at one of our artist’s studios or visit the Comox Valley Art Gallery, located right in Downtown Courtenay. The Comox Valley Art Gallery is a public art gallery featuring contemporary, experimental and applied art by regional, national and international artists presenting contemporary art issues and practices. There is so much to see!

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The Sid Williams Theatre is an important part of the Comox Valley and our arts and culture scene. You can take in a live event, come watch a documentary or stop by to show your support for a community group.

“The Sid”, originally “The Bickle” movie theatre, built in 1935, has been bringing entertainment to downtown Courtenay for almost a century. The theatre is now a 500-seat state-of-the-art performing arts facility, and continues to host both headline international performers and local talent for the Comox Valley and region. Come and See us soon at the Sid!

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Public Art

Public art has the ability to energize and enhance our public spaces, it can be on the side of a building or displayed on the ground beneath our feet.

Public art is accessible by everyone and can make us think, spark conversation and change the places we live, work, and play.

Downtown Courtenay hosts a growing number of unique murals. Can you find them throughout 6th, 5th and 4th Streets?



Downtown Courtenay boasts two unique and interesting museums at it’s core. You can visit the Courtenay & District Museum & Paleontology Centre where you can learn about the history of the Comox Valley, see an Elasmosaur and book a fossil tour. Or check out The Alberni Project – HMCS Alberni Museum and Memorial filled with real artifacts, interesting stories, pictures, and interactive displays from World War I and II. If you have time stop at both!

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