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Screen Printing by Wachiay Studio

Learn about the exciting basics of screenprinting and take the opportunity to try it out when the Wachiay Studio team will be at the museum to screen print on Saturday August 6, from 11:00am to 12:30pm. Bring your own white fabric or white t-shirt and try your hand at screen printing. They’ll have patches available as well. All are welcome. Children accompanied by parent.

August 5th, 2022|Museum Events, Museum News|

It’s All There in Black and White: 1935 Dominion Day in the Comox Valley

To celebrate this past Canada Day, as we begin to reintroduce gatherings into our life, we’re taking a look back at how the Comox Valley celebrated the holiday in this July 4, 1935 article from the Comox District Free Press. Known then as Dominion Day, the event at Saratoga Beach featured several competitions and games, gathering well over 2000 people from the Comox Valley district. With legacy support from the Bickle Family and the Comox Valley Echo.

100th Anniversary of the Merville Fire

Photo of Lewis Park tents that housed burnt out Merville settlers This month marks the 100th anniversary of the Merville fire. This unique photo illustrates the emergency shelter accommodations set up in Lewis Park. Ian Clapperton, the grandson of Merville settlers Oliver and Elsie Linton, came from the U.K. to share history and photos from his family collection with our archives. We look to Land of Plenty for a concise wrap-up of the disaster. “The Merville Fire of July 6, 1922, fanned by a north-east wind moved south from the Oyster River through standing timber “crowning” in great bursts of flame. It hit [...]

July 19th, 2022|History, The Comox Valley|

Cooling Off at Williams Beach

See more historical images and stories like this in the museum’s 2020 book Stepping Into Wilderness published with Harbour Publishing. CDM Brown Collection Many logging families spent summers at the beach. After a series of fires that had threatened and sometimes destroyed homes, the Comox Logging and Railway Company purchased property at Williams Beach and built a row of cabins for the use of employees’ families. Photo: CDM Brown Collection

July 19th, 2022|History, Step into Wilderness|

Collection Selections July 2022

CDM 977.6.4 For this edition of Collection Selections, we’re taking a look at this early 1900s Pearson’s Nailer, a predecessor to the modern nail gun. To use it: simply fill the upper canister with nails, shake and tap it until they’ve fallen into their respective slots, and strike the punch rod to drive consecutive nails below. The beauty in this design lies in several details such as the elegant fibonacci-curled springs, a simple mechanism to allow one nail at a time to pass into the chamber with each strike, as well as the converging nail channels mimicking a tributary to minimise jamming. [...]

July 19th, 2022|History, The Comox Valley|

Vaux’s Swift 2022 Highlights

Swifts on Oak-Beeville Texas 2013. Photo by: Jason Collins The Vaux’s Swifts made their appearance again this year, the fifth year in a row. We're excited that this year there was a record number with one evening in late May of 8,500 birds. The museum installed a live camera on the roof and ran the live stream of visits on YouTube. Courtenay is the most northern recorded stop in civilization as they move north.

June 24th, 2022|Museum News, The Comox Valley|

Collection Selections June 2022

CDM 2013.107.2 For this edition of Collection Selections, we’re celebrating The Queen’s platinum jubilee by taking a look at this Queen Coronation doll made by Betsy Howard in the 1950s. Betsy lived in Merville with her husband John (the namesakes of Howard Road), then Comox and finally Nanoose. Betsy became known internationally for her hand-crafted dolls before her untimely death in 1956. This doll was donated with a collection of 7 others, all made by Betsy Howard, in 2013.

June 24th, 2022|History, The Comox Valley|

Pride Month in the Comox Valley

We're celebrating Pride Month by looking back on a landmark court case for the LGBTQ2 community that has a Comox Valley connection. Jim Egan and Jack Nesbit, long time residents of the Comox Valley, challenged the Government of Canada to receive spousal benefits, a case that made it all the way to the Supreme Court of Canada. Jim and Jack, who both passed away in 2000 are featured in this first Heritage Minute on an LGBTQ2 theme, released in 2018. More Information on the Story Watch the Heritage Minute

June 24th, 2022|The Comox Valley|

Summer Fossil Tours 2022

We’re excited to announce that the popular fossil tours are now available seven days a week for the summer season. These tour options are perfect for all ages, newcomers and returning enthusiasts. For more information and to book your tour, please call (250) 334 - 0686 ext. 2 or send an email to Click for More Details

June 24th, 2022|Museum Programs, Paleontology|

We Are Open Canada Day!

The museum will be open from 11:00 to 4:00 on Canada day and everyone is welcome to enjoy the day with music from Alan Jossul (11:00-3:00) and activities for the whole family. Jossul is a local, nationally known, solo and ensemble guitarist. As an educator, he specializes in teaching students of all ages and levels to play and enjoy string fretted instruments.

June 24th, 2022|Comox Valley Events, Museum Events, Museum News|

June is National Indigenous History Month

June is National Indigenous History Month and it honours the history, heritage, and diversity of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples across Canada. As the Government of Canada states, “This history stretches long into the past before the arrival of the European newcomers with diverse interactions among different peoples, flourishing trade and fierce conflict, and competition for lands and resources. The history of First Nations, Inuit and Métis is essentially the very history of Canada as they have played and continue to play important roles in its development and its future.” Continue Reading

June 24th, 2022|The Comox Valley|
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