Gift Shop News January 2015


We are looking forward to another fun and exciting year at the Museum Gift Shop. 2014 was a record year in sales so thank you to everyone for helping us achieve this success!

For 2015 we’re concentrating on unique local, BC and Canada made products. One new supplier is Lunar Reflections who are located between Union Bay and Buckley Bay. These talented folk create fabulous handmade items from a variety of woods. The gift shop is offering a couple of things from them: the amazing hand crafted triceratops rocker (pictured above) and fun dino themed wall mounted coat racks. Both children and adults love them! And the items are so well made they could be handed down from generation to generation. Perfect for anyone who loves dinosaurs.

Curious Kids Club January and February 2015


The Curious Kids Club will continue to explore and investigate the treasures held at the museum. Saturdays from 10 am-12 noon (while the Farmers’ Market is going on at the Native Sons Hall) kids will inspect different aspects of the museum and do some hands-on activities.

Who: Children ages 5-12 years old
Where: Courtenay and District Museum
When: January 17, 24, February 14, 21 and 28 from 10am-12 noon
Cost: $2 for a drop-in or FREE with Family Museum Membership

Courtenay’s Centennial Activities


2015 is Courtenay’s 100th Centennial and if any of you missed the New Year kickoff celebrations, don’t worry, there’s plenty more to come. To see what you can look forward to in this special year, click here for the City of Courtenay’s Centennial information.

Throughout this year, the museum will be providing glimpses into the back story on the City’s Incorporation in 1915. Just as today, in 1914, residents had varying opinions about the city’s future. In this article, it seems that not everyone was convinced that incorporation was a good idea. Here’s an excerpt from the Daily Colonist on May 1, 1914.

The Daily Colonist May 1, 1914

“Seeks Incorporation—Courtenay, the thriving little town on Vancouver Island in the Comox District, is seeking incorporation, but residents in the locality are by no means unanimous on the subject. Yesterday, deputations presented both sides of the case at a meeting of the Provincial Executive and there was an imposing array of legal talent on hand to argue the matter. Those favorable to incorporation were represented by Mr. H.A. MacLean K.C. who contended that every condition warranted the application. He laid great stress upon the fact that very shortly Courtenay would have railway connection and become an important distributing and industrial centre. Messrs. Crease, Heisterman & Alkman made the legal argument against incorporation contending that the present population was too small and that the area proposed to be included, 600 acres, took in a district which was sparsely settled. Another point against the application was that, should it be granted, the municipality this created might have great difficulty in managing affairs in times of financial stringency.”