Courtenay’s Centennial: Still Standing

Throughout this year, the museum newsletter will be providing glimpses into the back story on the City’s Incorporation, history and development.

Still Standing

The spring of 1962 saw a bit of a building surge in downtown Courtenay.

The Anco Motel opened in late May of that year on Cliffe Avenue. There were a total of 28 units in its L-shaped design as well as a small coffee shop with seating for 16 guests. The $250,000 motel also boasted a heated swimming pool, first in the district, in its paved forecourt.

A brand new $400,000 supermarket opened in June 1962 on England Avenue. It was a Super-Valu store that, after several modernizations, is today’s Thrifty Foods. The original Super-Valu featured a hardware section, a customer lounge with vending machines and for the youngsters there was a “horse plus a new attraction in this area, a mechanical elephant for Johnnie and Jane to ride on.”

Gift Shop News: Summer 2015

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The gift shop has a new line of locally made products from “Giggling Gertie”. There is a range of old fashion bunting (cloth banners), with either dinosaurs, bright pink and yellow flowers or pastel coloured polka dots. There is also a variety of cushion covers with brightly coloured buttons. Other new items arriving shortly will be beach hut birdhouses which will be a fun addition to the gift shop.

Centennial Boxes at Hot Chocolates

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Yet another reason to buy chocolate…

For a limited time, Hot Chocolates on Fifth Street will be selling boxes of truffles to celebrate the centennial anniversary of Courtenay.

A portion of sales from boxes with the centennial logo and historic Little River picnic photograph from our archives will help to support museum programming.

Each box contains 12 truffles, half dark chocolate and half milk chocolate. At a price of $24 each, they cost the same as one of the regular boxes of 12 truffles.

They’re a great way to support the museum and celebrate the city’s anniversary (and enjoy some delicious chocolate!)

The Courtenay Museum thanks Jordan Marshall of Hot Chocolates for his continued, outstanding support.

Fossil Tours

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Can you dig it?

With summer here it’s a great time to go on one of Courtenay Museum’s fossil tours! The tours are a fantastic way to learn about fossils and even to get the chance to dig up one yourself.

Each tour includes a brief lecture about the numerous exhibits in the museum before heading off to one of the fossil sites. Hammers, chisels and other gear are supplied by the museum.

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Summer Programs

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To add to downtown Courtenay’s 2015 summertime fun, the Courtenay and District Museum and Palaeontology Centre is presenting two children’s summer camp programs in alternating weeks throughout July and August. These camps will provide fun and interactive opportunities for kids ages 5-9 to learn about dinosaurs, reptiles, and fossils through activities and crafts that encourage thinking, moving, and creatively exploring the museum’s palaeontology exhibits and collections.

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Summer Hours

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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.

 

Canada Day Celebrations

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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. Face Painting by Gillian Legendre of Detailed Face Painting.

Canada Day is a great chance to explore history at the museum!

Exhibit Opening: “A Walk Through Time”

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Join us on Saturday, June 27 from 1:00 – 3:00 pm for the opening of the museum’s City of Courtenay Centennial Exhibition which includes historic panels covering Courtenay’s last 100 years created by the City of Courtenay Heritage Commission.

This is a great chance to celebrate Homecoming Week, to meet and greet and to enjoy light refreshments. We look forward to seeing you!

Kids Summer Camp Program

To add to downtown Courtenay’s 2015 summertime fun, the Courtenay and District Museum and Palaeontology Centre is presenting two childrens’ summer camp programs in alternating weeks throughout July and August. These camps will provide fun and interactive opportunities for kids ages 5-9 to learn about dinosaurs, reptiles, and fossils through activities and crafts that encourage thinking, moving, and creatively exploring the museum’s palaeontology exhibits and collections.

In the first program, Sea, Sky and Land—Life in the Dinosaur Age, camp-goers will learn about the various reptiles and dinosaurs that existed in the dinosaur age, and about the habitats they adapted to. Each day will feature a different habitat; land, ocean, and sky, and explore how reptiles survived in these surroundings and competed with other animals alive at the time. Participants will also be able to see and learn about locally-found fossils from 80 million year old ocean environments.
For ages 5-9, running July 7-10, July 21-24, August 4-7 and August 18-21.

Where’d you go Dinosaur? is the second program and focuses on showing students how dinosaurs came to be millions of years ago. From the dawn of the dinosaurs, through their evolution and eventual extinction 65 million years ago, to discovering why fossils exist now, and what they reveal about these ancient creatures, day-campers experience miniature fossil digs, create volcanoes and make crafts to take home.
For ages 5-9, running July 14-17, July 28-31, August 11-14, and August 25-27.

Both camps $60, Tuesday to Thursday from 9:30 am to 12 pm. Fridays are optional. For an additional $20 a child and one guardian have the opportunity to go on a Fossil tour from 9am to 12pm. They will need their own transportation.

Note: Museum members receive a 15% discount on the programs.

For all of the details please visit our Summer Kids Program page or contact us at 250-334-0686 ext 5