Gift Shop News With a Roar!


If you’ve visited the Courtenay and District Museum gift shop recently you’ll know what we’re talking about when we say—“It looks great!”

With the help of Visitor Services Manager, Gillian Miller, we’ve sourced more one-of-a-kind items that are making the gift shop a unique place to shop in the valley.

From maps, to great history and children’s books, to hand-made stuffies of elasmosaurs and ammonites, to children’s bear and wolf hats for the fall, sales have increased. Grrrrr! And it all helps support museum programming. Bonus if you buy a membership because it’s 15% off for most items.

Try it, you’ll like it!

Would Our Mothers Have Called Them Heritage Crafts?

Coming Fall 2014!

There’s a new spin on knitting, crocheting, weaving and many other domestic crafts. In some circles, they’re now called heritage crafts. Works for us. Because heritage is the business we love. That’s why we’re going to be presenting knitting, fiber days and general craft days throughout the fall. Stay tuned to our
September newsletter for more information on these activities.

Fall School Programmes


Keeping it Current—and Historic!

With the help of Aleta Salmon, Summer Programme Coordinator, the museum is rolling out a whole new line-up of programming for students for the 2014-2015 school year.

Currently, the museum is strong on presenting programmes in the earth sciences. Added to this, museum staff are working on revamping and creating new programming in settlement history, First Nations and general natural history to match education curriculum for varied grade levels.

We’re looking forward to a busy fall and winter season! More information will be available on this programming by the end of August and we’ll be sending out a special email with full descriptions.

Annual General Meeting: 53 Years and Counting

The Courtenay and District Historical Society will host its Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, September 10th beginning at 6:30 pm in the museum’s Rotary Gallery.  

Fifty three years ago, in 1961, founders of the Courtenay and District Historical Society began the organization with a regional mandate to create the Courtenay and District Museum (CDM) in order to collect, preserve and interpret cultural and natural heritage of the Comox Valley. Core values of the museum encompass integrity, inclusiveness, community service, rigorous research, objective interpretation and public outreach.

Up to 1987, a diverse group of volunteers managed the governance and everyday operation of the museum. Archaeologist Katherine Capes was a founder, along with Ben Hughes, Editor of the Comox Argus, and First Nations leaders Chief Andy Frank and Robert Clifton, and many others from the community. The Board has always included an elected member of the K’ómoks First Nation.

Today, the museum has a full and part time staff of seven. Each summer the museum hires students from Young Canada Works, Service Canada and K’ómoks First Nation. Participation from high school work experience students is also an important part of the museum’s focus on education and mentoring. Volunteers continue to play a vital role and several volunteers work in specific curatorial areas on a weekly basis.

Congratulations and thank you to the board members, society members, staff, volunteers and visitors who continue to make the museum a vital heritage resource.   

Upscale! Our New Elasmosaur


Have you met the new guy in town? He’s tall, green and handsome.

If you haven’t seen him in person yet you soon will as he’s often out partying at community events.

How’d he come to be here? Well, he sprang from the fertile imagination and nimble fingers of volunteer Coral Dunn. A job well done, Coral. The museum and marine reptile fans everywhere thank you.