New Book: Watershed Moments


Please save the date of Saturday, October 24th for the launch of the CDM’s 2015 book project, Watershed Moments-A Pictorial History of Courtenay and District published with Harbour Publishing.

Watershed Moments features over 140 images from the museum’s vast collection of historical photographs, glass plate negatives and other ephemera scanned and improved by Ernst Vegt of Coast Imaging Arts.

Spanning the mid-1800s to the 1950s, Watershed Moments invites you into a world of portraits, boating parties, family celebrations, agricultural events and economic activities. Local authors Christine Dickinson, Deborah Griffiths, Judy Hagen and Catherine Siba invite you to join them at the launch from 1-3 pm in the Rotary Gallery of the Courtenay Museum!

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Courtenay’s Centennial: Give a Hoot! Don’t Pollute!


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

Give a Hoot! Don’t Pollute!

A call out to property owners to keep things neat and tidy in pre-incorporated Courtenay:

“It does not give newcomers a favourable impression to see beside the main street and in the very heart of the town vacant lots which consist of half-burned logs, empty oil cans and every conceivable kind of rubbish.

If individual owners have not sufficient enterprise to clean up their own lots, then whatever public body has most influence in Courtenay should see to it that the stranger walking up the main street should be offended by no such eyesores as these rubbish heaps wedged in between up-to-date and prosperous looking stores.”

From: How Courtenay Strikes a Newcomer, The Courtenay Review newspaper, March 27, 1913.