Capes Escape: All Spruced Up!


Workers have just completed a mini-reno/up-date on the Capes Escape vacation rental property and the place is looking great!

If you’ve got company coming for a visit and are looking for a comfortable and convenient rental space, consider Capes Escape.

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Summer Hours

Open Seven Days a Week

The Courtenay and District Museum is now on its summer operating schedule and is open Monday to Saturday from 10:00 to 5:00 and Sundays from 12:00 to 4:00 until Labour Day. As always, members visit free.

BC Paleo Alliance Presents Rene Savenye Award to Pat Trask


Pat Trask and Dr. Jim Haggart (Left to Right)

On May 10, 2014 the British Columbia Paleontological Alliance (BCPA) presented the Rene Savenye Award to Pat Trask, Curator, Earth Sciences at the Courtenay Museum during the BCPA annual conference at the University of Victoria.

The BCPA is a union of professional and amateur paleontological organizations working to advance the science of paleontology in the province by fostering public awareness, scientific collecting and education, and by promoting communication among all those interested in fossils.

The BCPA’s Rene Savenye Award was established in 2003 to periodically honour an amateur paleontologist who has demonstrated outstanding service to the science of paleontology or to paleontological education in British Columbia. The award was created in memory of the late Rene Savenye, noted British Columbia naturalist and amateur paleontologist. The two other recipients of the Rene Savenye Award are Graham Beard of Qualicum in 2005 and Dr. Charles Helm of Tumbler Ridge in 2011.

Congratulations Pat for over 20 years of promoting awareness of paleontology in the province and welcoming the public in discovering the wonderful science side of the Comox Valley.

Summer Programmes for Everyone

The museum is offering a variety of programmes for kids and adults this season. Read on to find out how you can be involved in the fun!

Dinosaur Story Time at the Museum – begins July 7th

Starting July 7 and re-occurring every Monday throughout the summer at 1pm, children of any age are invited to come and listen to a dinosaur story at the museum. Story Time is a free drop-in activity. (Note: the museum will be closed on Monday, August 4th).

Learn to Dye Wool – begins June 20th

Children will learn to dye wool using everyday kitchen supplies and the heat of the sun! Spices, flowers, fruits and vegetables make wonderful natural dyes.

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Learn to Knit – begins June 27th

A knitted square has the potential to become so many things: a hat, a bag, a pair of fingerless mitts … it’s up to your child’s imagination.

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Learn to Finger Knit – begins July 11th

Finger knitting is a great way to introduce children to the fibre arts and a wonderful way to learn the basics of knitting. Your child will start and finish a finger knit project in class.

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“Mystery in the Rocks” – begins July 8th

These children’s classes center around dinosaurs and fossils. Using museum specimens and hands-on, interactive activities, students will be given the unique opportunity to explore what life was like on Vancouver Island millions of years ago.

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The Nature Lab & Studio – begins July 8th

Environmental Sustainability & Art Workshops for Children. Developed and presented by Jennifer Margetish, these workshops provide inspiration through a hands-on exploration of patterns, colours, textures and forms found in nature that can be used in creating art.

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Public Fossil Tours – on now!

People of all ages love the fossil tours – complete with the chance to do a hands-on dig at a nearby river.

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Check the museum event calendar for all programmes that run throughout the summer.

July 1st Open House


On Canada Day, drop by the Courtenay and District Museum after the parade and help celebrate our country’s birthday.

There will be free admission, balloons and door prize draws between 12 noon and 4 pm.

Special activities will include cupcake walks for all ages and a hands-on craft for kids.

Musical entertainment will be provided by Alan Jossul.

Canada Day is a great chance to explore history at the museum. Discoveries happen here!

Kids Summer Discovery Camp Series


Ever wonder what rocks would say if
they could talk? At the Courtenay
museum this summer we will be
uncovering some of the stories from
fossils found in the Comox Valley. We
will unearth the mystery of the Cretaceous
Period and then jump foreword
in time to explore the different ways
dinosaurs and marine animals moved
and ate. Come and join us at the Courtenay
Museum as we explore the past
through fun, hands-on activities that
excite the mind and inspire curiosity.
The following is a description of the
programs we’re offering.

Tuesday-Thursday 9am-12pm Ages:6-8, 1pm-4pm Ages 9-12
Cost: $75 per student. Price includes 10% discount on Family Fossil Tour
*Museum members get a 15% discount