Annual General Meeting: 53 Years and Counting

The Courtenay and District Historical Society will host its Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, September 10th beginning at 6:30 pm in the museum’s Rotary Gallery.  

Fifty three years ago, in 1961, founders of the Courtenay and District Historical Society began the organization with a regional mandate to create the Courtenay and District Museum (CDM) in order to collect, preserve and interpret cultural and natural heritage of the Comox Valley. Core values of the museum encompass integrity, inclusiveness, community service, rigorous research, objective interpretation and public outreach.

Up to 1987, a diverse group of volunteers managed the governance and everyday operation of the museum. Archaeologist Katherine Capes was a founder, along with Ben Hughes, Editor of the Comox Argus, and First Nations leaders Chief Andy Frank and Robert Clifton, and many others from the community. The Board has always included an elected member of the K’ómoks First Nation.

Today, the museum has a full and part time staff of seven. Each summer the museum hires students from Young Canada Works, Service Canada and K’ómoks First Nation. Participation from high school work experience students is also an important part of the museum’s focus on education and mentoring. Volunteers continue to play a vital role and several volunteers work in specific curatorial areas on a weekly basis.

Congratulations and thank you to the board members, society members, staff, volunteers and visitors who continue to make the museum a vital heritage resource.   

Especially for Members

From Saturday, November 30th through Saturday, December 14th museum members are entitled to a 25% discount in the gift shop. The shelves have been well stocked in anticipation!

The discount applies to all regularly priced, non-consignment items.

Make sure you check it out and take advantage of this membership privilege.

Discounts for Members at Sid Williams


The Sid Williams Theatre Society is offering museum members a special discount on two shows coming up in November.

Special pricing is available on tickets for Linda Tillery and the Cultural Heritage Choir on Nov. 15 and Dock Side Drive on Nov. 16, two shows that are part of the Sid’s Blue Circle Series. Both performances begin at 7:30 pm.

To get the discount members simply mention their Courtenay and District Museum affiliation in person, by phone, or selecting “Member price” and typing “Courtenay Museum member” in the Notes field when purchasing online.

The Sid Williams Theatre Society team continues to work on strengthening their community presence and partnerships with other non-profit organizations in the Comox Valley. One of the ways they hope to achieve this is by periodically offering special ticket deals to other member-based organizations like the museum.

Gift Shop News – August 2013

These just in… fun items just for kids! “Eggs” that crack open and a toy baby dinosaur pops out, stretchy dinosaurs, T-Rex wrist pets and glow in the dark dinosaurs that stick to ceilings and walls. New stuffies have also arrived and they include hummingbirds, moose, otters, orcas and our favourite dinosaurs.

We carry a variety of items that are made in Canada, such as t-towels, oven mitts, pot holders, aprons and mugs. There are some wonderful First Nations bear, salmon and moose themed items in stock.

Remember if you have a museum membership you will receive 15% off on all non-consignment items.

July Gift Shop News


We have a ton of new items in the museum gift shop!

Our newly designed T-shirts have been flying off the racks. We are one of the few stores in the Comox Valley that has T-shirts with “Courtenay” on them.

Another new addition to our stock are the fabulous wooden bangles with colourful First Nations’ designs. The 1 ½ inch bangles sell for $15 and the ¾ inch for $10 each.

We have also just received a shipment of the 35th Anniversary Edition of Now You’re Logging! by Bus Griffiths. This really amazing book is great for anyone interested in logging history or folk art.

If you have visitors coming into town make sure you bring them by to check out all the new stock. We have many gift items that travel well in luggage – everything from aprons with black bears and killer whales to a large assortment of tea towels, oven mitts and pot holders.

Remember if you are a museum member you receive a 15% discount!

Gift Shop Update

The busy tourist season is starting and staff have ordered some fabulous new items for the shop.

Neat new items for kids include: tubes and buckets of dinosaurs, t-rex wrist pets, Color and Go travel colouring books and binoculars.

If you are looking for a gift, we have something for everyone. Three new items are beautiful etched glass bowls and plates designed by A.J. Salmon. These would make especially great gifts for weddings or anniversaries.

We are now featuring the work of a local glass artist in the shop: Stephanie Gould. Her jewelry is kiln formed dichraic glass which brings out the most amazing colours. All the earrings are free of both nickel and lead. We are also carrying her necklaces and pins. Stephanie also creates very lovely sand-glass plaques which look fabulous in front of any window.

Our gift shop is now open seven days a week – Monday to Saturday from 10am-5pm and Sunday noon to 4pm. Please note: if you are a museum member you will receive a 15% discount on any non-consignment item.

Reminder: Sale Event Especially for Members

A reminder that this week is the gift shop sale event especially for members.

From November 13 – 17 museum members will receive an additional 5% discount on their regular 15% discount from non-consignment and non-sale items. The shop has been well stocked in anticipation!

There is a wide array of books for both children and adults, tea towels, oven mitts, shopping bags, scarves, mugs, water bottles, jade jewellery, prints, t-shirts, hoodies and native carvings.

If you are looking for gifts for kids we have a fantastic variety of unusual and very reasonably priced toys. There are fossil and dinosaur excavation kits, t-rex chompers, dinosaur umbrellas, tons of great quality stuffies, dino grows, flash lights and crystal growing kits – just to mention a few.

Make sure you pay the gift shop a visit and take advantage of your museum membership!

Christmas Open House

11 am to 4 pm, Saturday, December 1, 2012

Mark your calendars for our Christmas Open House celebration.

The museum will be decked out for Christmas. Enjoy a beverage and sweet treats. There will be crafts for children to make. View all the fabulous new exhibits and enjoy a lively, interactive discussion of the history of Christmas Traditions. Enter to win door prizes.

We also have a special deal for our members: for this one day only we are offering museum members 25% off in the gift shop on non-consignment and non-sale items.
Museum entry to the Open House will be free to any family that brings a new or used, unwrapped toy or gift for Santa’s Workshop, or a donation for a local food bank.