Gift Shop News: Christmas 2015

With Christmas being just around the corner, now is the ideal time for gift hunting. Children are fun to shop for but sometimes it is difficult to find the perfect stocking stuffers. In our gift shop we have a ton of fun and reasonably priced gifts. Museum members receive a 15% discount on all non-consignment items year round.

Here are the top ten best sellers for $10 or under:


1. Beaded Bracelets

Available in twelve different colours – $0.50


2. Dinosaur Snap Band

In red, blue or black – $1.50


3. Dinosaur fossil or skeleton excavation kit



4. Dinosaur Water Game



5. Xtreme Dinosaur Transport Truck



6. Work of Art

Painting your own dinosaur model – $5.75


7. Colour-Dough

Pack of eight colours – $5.95


8. Rock, Mineral, Crystal Mystic Excavation Digging Kit



9. “52 fun things to do” Cards

A variety of card sets available – $9.95


10. Stuffed Ammonites

In a wide variety of colours – $10.00

Courtenay’s Centennial: Light for Fire Alarm Bell


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

An interesting note in the October 19, 1922 Comox Argus sheds some light on the City’s early firefighting efforts. Once a fire was reported, the bell at St. George’s Church was rung to alert the members of the brigade to the emergency.

Light for Fire Alarm Bell

“The City Clerk is to write to the Board of Managers of St. George’s Presbyterian Church asking permission to put a light near the Fire Alarm bell rope so that the bell can be rung without delay. It was at first suggested that this should be a red light, but it was decided that this might have a significance not intended.”

We Remember

On Remembrance Day we remember the men and women who have served, and continue to serve our country during times of war, conflict and peace.

This month we also remember with great respect, Margaret Sarah (Maudy) Hobson (November 9, 1922- October 21, 2015) For more information, click here.

The Courtenay and District Museum lost a long-time friend and board member this month with the passing of Harry Squire on October 31. More information, click here.

Writers and Books Launch


The public is invited to a book launch for Writers and Books, Comox Valley 1865-2015. This volume from the Comox Valley Writers Society celebrates 180 Comox Valley writers whose work has appeared over the past 150 years.

Everyone is welcome to attend this free event at the Courtenay and District Museum on Thursday, December 3 at 7pm. The doors will open at 6:30 pm.

12 Days of Christmas Special

For Museum Members Only

The museum offers a 25% discount in our gift shop for all members starting Tuesday, December 1 through to Saturday, December 12. The sale does not apply to merchandise that is already marked down or on consignment.

The museum shop has many fabulous gifts to choose from so come in and take advantage of this membership bonus.

Off to a Flying Start


The Comox Valley’s newest history book, Watershed Moments, got off to a flying start at its launch last month.

The hard cover coffee table book that features more than 150 photographs from the collection of the Courtenay and District Museum is garnering terrific reviews.

Sales have been brisk so make sure you pick up your book soon. Copies are available at the museum gift shop, Laughing Oyster Bookshop and Blue Heron Books.

Click here for more details

Lecture: Soul of Wilderness


Time and Date: 7 pm, Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Location: Rotary Gallery of the Courtenay and District Museum
Speakers: John Baldwin and Linda Bily
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.

Partners, co-authors and photographers Baldwin and Bily have ventured into the magical landscapes of the Coast Mountains. Travelling by foot and ski, their goal was simply to experience and document as much of these remote places as possible – to wander across the high meadows, ski from mountain tops and revel in the artful patterns of new-fallen snow.

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