Royal BC Museum Exhibit: Wildlife Photographer of the Year

February 14 to March 29, 2020

Experience the wonders of nature through the lenses of award-winning photographers from around the world.

Now in its 55th year, the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition showcases a global selection of outstanding nature photography. Each photo is presented in a huge backlit display with a caption exploring the image’s compelling story. Travelling from London’s Natural History Museum, this exhibition takes viewers on a visual journey around the world, bringing the talent and vision of each photographer closer to all who visit. The images evoke a wide range of emotions but are always visually stunning and thought-provoking. A family favourite.

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Heritage Week, February 17 to 23, 2020

Welcome sign, 1950s. CDM 2009.23.151.

Bringing the Past into the Future


It’s as if the Argus newspaper anticipated the 2020 Heritage Week theme 70 years ago when it sponsored a high school writing contest “What will Courtenay by like in 1970?” The topic seems a perfect fit with “Bringing the Past into the Future.”

Essays from four winners were reprinted in the March and April 1950 Argus editions. The winners were Betty Ann Carstens, Chere Malcolm, Joan Tilbe (later Robertson) and Barbara Marriott (later Parker).

All the student essays mentioned resource industries in their predictions. For example, logging would decrease but spawn other industries in Courtenay like a furniture plant and a match factory producing thousands of boxes of matches per day.

Agriculture would increase. In fact one essay forecasted the Valley would become the “bread basket of Vancouver Island.” There would be a fruit cannery built in 1960 as well as a jam factory to utilize berries.

Dairying would become huge with the Comox Creamery shipping its superlative products to all corners of the globe.

Increased tourist trade would be a given with a new four lane highway and planes coming in to Comox airport. One student envisioned a new road surfacing material that would be absolutely non-skid no matter the weather.

Tourists would travel to Courtenay to enjoy the beauties of Forbidden Plateau. By 1970, Courtenay would boast two large hotels and more than ten auto resorts.

And of course, population would rise. Courtenay would become the “Vancouver” of the Valley after incorporating with Comox which would act as a residential district.

Potlatch 67-67: The Potlatch Ban – Then and Now

On now at Comox Valley Art Gallery

Potlatch 67-67: The Potlatch Ban – Then and Now examines the impact of the attempted cultural genocide through the potlatch ban and the resilience of Indigenous people in maintaining and reclaiming traditional cultural practices and in creating new forms of cultural expression. 2018 marks the 67th year since the Canadian government’s Potlatch Ban was lifted, after it was imposed on Indigenous people for 67 years.

Nagezdi, Rob Everson Hereditary Chief of the Gigalgam Walas Kwaguł, recognized that many Canadians do not understand the history of Indigenous peoples. He envisioned an Indigenous art exhibition and cultural program that would powerfully engage the local community and fellow Canadians, both Indigenous and settler, about this shared history and the impact. With organizers, community partners, artists, and a clear vision, the creators of Potlatch 67-67 present this convergent thematic program.

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Egypt: The Time of Pharaohs at the Royal British Columbia Museum

On now at the Royal BC Museum

Don’t forget to check out this new exhibit if you’re heading down to the capital.

Drawn from the collections of some of the world’s most prestigious museums, the exhibition makes its North American debut in Victoria and will be on view until December 31, 2018.

Artifacts have been carefully selected from four key ancient Egyptian collections: the Egyptian Museum in Berlin, Roemer- und Pelizaeus-Museum in Hildesheim, Gustav Lübcke Museum in Hamm and University Museum of Aberdeen.

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Life on the Spit: the Photographs of Elizabeth Quocksister

Museum at Campbell River until March 4, 2018

This exhibit showcases what life was like for the families living on the Campbell River Spit Reserve during the period from the early 1940s up until the late 1960s. The photographs were taken by local woman Elizabeth Quocksister and feature many people whose descendants are still living on the Reserve today.

Psst! While technically open until March 4, it would be best to visit before February 19 because after that date the space will be shared with book sale tables.

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RBCM Exhibit on Family

If you’re heading to our provincial capital, don’t forget to take in the new exhibit at the Royal British Columbia Museum “Family: Bonds and Belonging, It’s NOT All Relative” on display until October 31st.

The exhibit was created in-house by RBCM staff and displays some seldom seen artifacts.

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