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!

April 2017 Gift Shop News

There are many new and exciting items arriving at the museum gift shop.

Just in is a delivery from the UK-based “Elite” tins. A favourite from amongst their giftware is the Emma Bridgewater designed children’s dishes. Each set consists of a dinosaur themed plate, bowl and cup – all contained within a matching carry case. An adorable pattern and very high quality item.

This would be a terrific gift for any young dinosaur fan. Easter is coming and if you are looking for something a bit different than the usual candy or rabbit stuffy here is a great alternative.

Education Programmes

You might have heard that the museum is popular with students interested in our fossil programmes. After all, almost 7 000 pupils from near and far took part in palaeontology classes during the 2015/2016 school year. But did you know that we offer everything from Early Settlement to Courtenay Riverway Walks?

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March 2017 Gift Shop News

This March is “Silver Sale” month at the museum gift shop. We have a limited amount of silver plated and pewter items discounted a whopping 50% off the original ticketed price. These items are perfect for a wedding or anniversary, or a very “west coast” gift for visitors from aboard.

Items available at time of publication include: salmon or frog design servers, cheese knife, frog design bowl, cake server, napkin rings, bottle stoppers, and jewellery boxes.

As the saying goes “hurry in while supplies last!”

In Memory of Rolf Ludvigsen

By CDM Board Member Rick Ross

It is with much sadness we note the passing of Dr. Rolf Ludvigsen on December 10, 2016.

Rolf was an amazing person, a world renowned trilobite Paleontologist, a teacher, an author, and to many, a friend.

I first met Rolf in the early 80’s in the old Paleo Hut across from the current Courtenay Museum. He was sorting through fossils and holding court to many and all who came by. As avid amateurs, he patiently answered our questions and with dry wit pushed us to know more about fossils and their science.

He will be remembered fondly by many volunteers who assisted him in excavating the Elasmosaur found by Mike and Heather Trask on the banks of the Puntledge River. He was a resource and mentor to many who attended the British Columbia Palaeontological Association (BCPA) symposia and edited the BCPA newsletter. Rolf was a founding member of the BCPA giving a voice to the province’s fossil heritage.

As an author, Rolf published numerous scientific papers on his favorite subject–trilobites. Rolf also produced a newsletter for various trilobite researchers around the world from his home on Denman Island. His popular book, West Coast Fossils, co-authored with Graham Beard, is still sought after by worldwide collectors. Rolf also wrote Life in Stone: A Natural History of British Columbia’s Fossils.