Spring is in the air and it's a great time to come and check out new items in store. There are some fabulous cotton totes with bright and cheerful bear, hummingbird, orca and octopus designs. The totes are lightweight but strong; good for using around town or great gifts to mail friends overseas. Easter is just around the corner and we have some lovely items if you're looking for gifts. How about a floral china mug in a matching gift box? Take a look at our huggable stuffed bunnies or (the much less huggable) concrete rabbits for your garden decor. We also carry plenty [...]
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 [...]
Love is in the air... or maybe it’s the scent of Tabu Cologne? This ad for Comox’s Winsby Western Drugs in the Comox Shopping Centre appeared in the February 4, 1970 Comox District Free Press. The prices will make you weep!
Here is the latest newsletter installment of an image and quote from the museum's award-winning book Watershed Moments - A Pictorial History of Courtenay and District. Photo credit: View from Comox Hill, 1890s. Photo: CDM Stubbs Collection. Page 39-40. Photo caption: "Though the land and water provided more than enough for food and shelter, the K’ómoks people had a long tradition of trade with other coastal groups. They also traded cedar root and eulachon oil for Saskatoon berries and dried grass and root fibres from the interior Salish people. This exchange continued with the settlers, who traded tobacco, guns, ammunition, blankets, fabric, buttons, beads, [...]
The City of Courtenay Heritage Commission will have a display at the “Ideas Fair – Official Community Plan Update” held in the Conference Hall of the Florence Filberg Centre on Wednesday, February 19, 2020. The Heritage Commission display will then move to the Activity Room of the Courtenay Library for Thursday, February 20th. The Filberg Lodge & Gift Shop will be open all Heritage Week for shopping, historical tours and membership sales. Check online for more details.
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 [...]
An important anniversary to note - it has been 50 years since the first credit card was used at Comox Valley businesses. Check out this article from the February 4, 1970 edition of the Comox District Free Press to see merchant reactions. The Chargex logo from the 1970's: With legacy support from the Bickle Family and the Comox Valley Echo.
Bit of a surprise to find late night shopping in 1947 but that's what was happening on 5th Street according to this ad from the January 30 Comox District Free Press. Click for Larger Image Click for Larger Image With legacy support from the Bickle Family and the Comox Valley Echo.
Here is the latest newsletter installment of an image and quote from the museum's award-winning book Watershed Moments – A Pictorial History of Courtenay and District. Photo credit: Bill Ardley's Garage, 1932, was located on Anderton Avenue near Central Builders Supply Ltd. and backed onto the Courtenay River. Charles Sillence photograph. Photo: CDM Sillence Collection. Page 152. Photo caption: "British Columbians adjusted to driving on the right-hand side of the road when it became the law on January 1, 1922. And due to the economic boom in the mid- to late 1920s automobile sales increased, which meant there were more drivers on the road. [...]
CDM 2003.34.1 To celebrate the end of Merville's anniversary year, we present this charming image painted by one of the community's early settlers, Malcolm MacKinnon. The watercolour graces the front of a Christmas card with the inside inscription "Compliments of the Season, From Mr. & Mrs. Malcolm MacKinnon, Merville, B.C., 1936."
The Courtenay and District Museum is pleased to recognise a gift from the Griffin and Joyce Lloyd estate - a 1934 wood block print by Walter Joseph Phillips titled Hnausa. The Lloyd family has a special connection to Comox Valley history. Captain Edward Lloyd and wife Alexandra moved their family here in 1919 and their name became synonymous with tug boats and boat building along the Courtenay River. Grandson Griffin Lloyd was born in Comox and lived here until completing high school. He went on to UBC and trained in geology and mine engineering. His work took him to Alberta where he married Joyce [...]
A reminder that the Museum Members Only Christmas Sale is on until 1 pm, Tuesday, December 24, 2019. Members receive a 25% discount on most items in the shop. Valid membership cards need to be shown at time of purchase. Please note that the discount does not apply to consignment or already marked down items.