Curious Kids Club

The Courtenay and District Museum is creating a Curious Kids Club on Saturdays for children between the ages of 5 and 12 years.

Starting November 29th children will meet at the Museum from 10:00 am -12:00 noon (a perfect time for mom and dad to scout out the Farmers’ Market across the street at the Native Sons Hall).

The first three sessions will uncover some of the mysteries behind Christmas.

  • November 29th- Old School Entertainment: Making Pioneer Toys
  • December 6th – Christmas Crafts: Decorations Then and Now
  • December 13th- Lighting Up the Past: Tin Can Lanterns

These are drop-in classes on a first come, first served basis. Cost is $2 per child or FREE with a Museum family membership. Maximum of 12 kids per class.

Tales of Kona the Guide Dog

photo_dog On Saturday, December 13, from 12:00-3:00, Paul Horgen, Retired Professor Emeritus at the University of Toronto and active community contributor will share his new children’s book, Tales of Kona the Guide Dog. Kona will accompany Paul. This is a great opportunity to meet Paul and Kona, to learn more about guide dogs and to find a perfect gift for children. A portion of the proceeds from Paul’s book sales will go to BC & Alberta Guide Dog Services and to Project Watershed Society.

Here’s a review from William Thornton, Founder & CEO, BC Guide Dogs

“I am quite certain, the Tales of Kona will captivate young readers as well as parents, teachers and others that will be reading the book together at home and in school.”

Please join us!

Members Only Gift Shop Sale

Members Receive 25% off for “25 days of Christmas”


The Museum gift shop is well stocked and ready for the Christmas Season!

Our members usually receive a 15% discount but during our Christmas Special we are giving a whopping 25% discount for 25 days – running Saturday, November 22nd through to Wednesday, December 17th.

If you are looking for gifts that are little unusual we have a wonderful variety of reasonably priced items to choose from.

Janet Baskets

Small $23.00, large $30.00, lids $8.00

Vancouver Island Maps

$16.00 – $21.00

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Elasmosaur Coffee from Royston Roasting

½ pound $7.50, 1 pound $13.00

Kanata Blanket

$45.00 – $105.00

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Plush Hats

Dinosaur or Animal Hat or plush Bear
or Wolf – $10.00 – $16.50

Silver Plated Bracelet

$34.00 – $44.00

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Elasmosaur Stuffed Toy


Decorative Tins with Candy Treats


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Ceramic Coffee Mug with Lid


Royston Soap Works soap or soy candle

$5.75 – $10.00

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Dinosaur Slippers


Rain Goose T-towel, Tea Cozy, Pot Holder

$8.50 – $25.00

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Stephanie Gould Glass Earrings, Necklace, Bracelet

$17.50 – $19.50

Andy Everson Perpetual Calendar


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Velvet Burnout Shawl




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Ammonite Stuffie

$6.50 – $10.00

Silver Plated Serving Set

$90.00 – $110.00

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Book: A Dinosaurs’ Night Before Christmas


Brightly Coloured Scarves


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Dinosaur Fossil or Skeleton Dig Out Kits


Ceramic Star Fish

$9.00 – $17.00



Silver Plated Hummingbird Necklace, Earrings

$19.00 – $21.00

Glow in the Dark Dinosaurs, Stars or Planets

$1.75 – $2.00



Stainless Steel Hot or Cold Water Bottle



Discount does not apply to consignment items or items already marked down in price.

Lecture: Tofino and Clayoquot Sound

Book cover webpage


Time and Date: 7 pm, Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Location: Rotary Gallery of the Courtenay & District Museum
Speakers: Margaret Horsfield and Ian Kennedy
Tickets: $5 for Historical Society members; $6 for general public (plus GST). Advance tickets recommended. Tickets can be purchased over the phone by calling 250-334-0686 ext 5.

Clayoquot Sound, on the West Coast of Vancouver Island, is not only a place of extraordinary raw beauty, but also a region with a rich heritage and fascinating past.

Click Here to Read More

Elasmosaur Birthday & Christmas Party



Two celebrations equals twice the fun!


On Saturday, November 22nd from 11 am – 4 pm, the museum is inviting the community to drop by for a visit and share some cheer.

Elasmosaur and fossil related activities will include dinosaur movies, fossil exhibits and a chance to talk to paleo experts for fossil identification.

For those in a more Christmas frame of mind there will be a chance to make children’s Christmas crafts and enjoy a reading of “The Dinosaurs’ Night Before Christmas”.

Or maybe you’d just like to come by for some cake or Christmas goodies and enter your name for a chance to win a door prize!

Gillian from Detailed Face Painting will also be on hand to add some colour to the day. There is a $5 charge per face.

Admission to this event is free to any family that brings in either a new or gently used unwrapped toy for Santa’s Workshop or a food donation for a local food bank.