Lecture: The Nootka Sound Crisis

Location of the Spanish Fort

Time and Date: 7 pm, Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Location: Rotary Gallery of the Courtenay and District Museum

Speaker: Catherine Gilbert

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.

There is still time to get tickets for Catherine Gilbert’s repeat performance of her sold out lecture about this fascinating aspect of early Vancouver Island history.

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AGM Coming Up

The Annual General Meeting of the Courtenay and District Historical Society will take place at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, September 20th in the museum Rotary Gallery.

Flower Power

It’s been a stellar year for flowers at the museum – the amazing show of zinnias in our front bed definitely justifies a shout out to the wonderful work done by the City of Courtenay Parks Department. Thank you!

Summer Hours

The Courtenay and District Museum is now on its summer operating schedule and is open Monday to Saturday from 10:00 to 5:00 and Sundays from 12:00 to 4:00 until Labour Day. As always, members visit free.

June 2017 Gift Shop News

Our exciting gift shop expansion has also expanded our merchandise selection!

There are many new items to discover: everything from an up-dated design of elasmosaur baseball hats to t-rex mugs to stuffie gnomlins.

We continue to feature locally crafted gift items including some from Knotty Handmade Creations of Royston. This clever company has a wide variety of old fashioned cotton knit dish cloths, flower scrubbies and pot holders. The cheerful designs include fruit, cats, and starfish in fun, upbeat colours. Knotty Handmade Creations also produces finger puppets and we’re carrying unicorns, octopus, dinosaurs and even elasmosaurs!

Ding Ding Dillio Crafts of Courtenay has come up with yet another ingenious idea – this time it’s dinosaur hoodies. These brightly coloured hoodies are perfect to wear for a cool evening and are great for any dinosaur fan.

These are just a few of our new stock selections – make sure to come by and check out our other new additions soon.

May 2017 Gift Shop News


The museum shop is bursting at the seams! So many new items have been arriving that we’ve expanded its size and re-arranged the front reception area.

One new item that is very popular is a set of three storage caddies from UK manufacturer Emma Bridgewater. A recent customer found a novel use for them: fill with home baked goodies and give as a hostess gift. The caddies are also available individually and have matching rectangular shaped tins to boot.

Thanks to…

everyone who helped make the Spring Fling and Easter Things 2017 event such a huge success. This year we had over 600 visitors through the doors.

Special thanks to the following groups and individuals:

  • Shamrock Gumboots 4H Club
  • Hot Chocolates Easter bunny
  • Gillian Legendre from Detailed Face Painting
  • volunteers from MARS (Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society).

We look forward to doing it again next year!