Courtenay’s Centennial: Finished at Last!

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

Finished at Last!

Downtown Courtenay’s singular heritage building, the Native Sons Hall, opened on August 17, 1928 with a special dance and celebration. It opened, but was not completed for another two years.

“Native Sons’ Hall, Is Finished

The Native Sons’ Hall has been completed according to the original design and the improvement is most marked. Owing to lack of funds to finish the outside, scaffolding was long left up on Courtenay’s unique building. But it is now down. The ends of the nine 72 feet fir logs that support the roof are now exposed and they look very fine. Each of these logs weighs four and a half tons.

At the back a balcony has been built overlooking the Courtenay River and commanding a fine view of the vale. The railing is of fir posts and rustic finish and the balcony itself is of concrete. It is 96 feet long by 16 feet wide.

A concrete sidewalk has now been laid in front of the hall. The hall is said to be unique in its kind: There is no building made of such massive logs.”

Comox Argus, July 31, 1930

Gift Shop News: August 2015


It has been an amazing season for gift shop sales thanks to our constantly changing and unique inventory. The latest arrivals are Yo Sox for men and women. These socks come in fabulous colours and subjects and are lightweight for easy packing or mailing. We have everything from dinosaurs (including T-Rex) to planets, cupcakes and flower prints. At only $8.99 a pair, they are affordable and fun.

Also new in the shop are limited edition prints by Kirsty V Pedersen. Kirsty is a local artist whose business name is fogANDswell. She produces stunning bright and cheerful prints with mainly nautical themes such as whales, sea stars or jelly fish, but she also has distinctive prints of a whale ship and the view from a kayak.

Please be sure to bring your visitors by for an unusual shopping experience…

Scrumptious Fund Raiser


Hot Chocolates owner Jorden Marshall is modelling the latest in delicious treats!

A portion of sales from boxes of Hot Chocolates truffles featuring a historic Little River picnic photograph from our archives will help support museum programming.

This scrumptious fund raiser is a great way to help the museum and celebrate the city’s centennial so be sure to pick up a box or two soon.