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Christmas Gift Ideas from Comox Valley Artisans

With Christmas arriving in just a few weeks, it’s a great time to promote the local artisans whose goods we carry in our shop. Do come in and support them, and us, by buying local. Ding Ding Dillio Crafts Coral from Courtenay is the creator of some of our amazing stuffies. She recently produced an adorable new baby Elasmosaur! Coral also makes regular-size Elasmos, dinosaur tails, giant squids and even Slugzilla the African lungfish stuffies. GypsyChic Stylish Artisan Jewelry Beautiful jewelry by Royston artisan Cheryl Webster. All jewelry is lead, nickel and plastic free. Beads and charms are purchased from artists both [...]

December 4th, 2020|Gift Shop|

Historic Holiday Recipe for Fudge

CDM 997.510.1 Homemade fudge as a Christmas gift sounds divine! This recipe from Mrs. E. Evelyn Hilton of Royston notes that the fudge is “Specially good for Overseas parcels.” The recipe comes from a local cookbook with a nebulous history as it’s missing the cover and publishing information. What’s for definite is that it was full of much-loved dishes as the pages are worn and covered in splatters from repeated use.

December 4th, 2020|History, The Comox Valley|

Support Your Local Museum!

All royalties from the sale of Step into Wilderness go to the Courtenay and District Museum. By purchasing the book, you’ll be supporting a non-profit society that’s been going strong for almost 60 years. The hard cover coffee table book features more than 150 photographs from our collection and is available for $39.95 plus GST. More than just a volume of beautiful photos, these images illustrate a community’s evolving relationship with the natural wonders surrounding it, as well as the emergence of outdoor exploration on Vancouver Island. Make sure to pick up your copy soon.Click to Order

November 24th, 2020|Museum News|

Members Only Christmas Special

Museum members are in for a treat with gift shop purchases from December 1 to December 24 as they will receive a 25% discount on most items. The museum shop has many fabulous things to choose from so be sure to take advantage of this membership bonus. This offer does not apply to items already marked down or on consignment. Your valid membership card must be shown at the time of purchase. Not a member? No worries! Purchase a membership and you immediately qualify for the special holiday period discount.

November 24th, 2020|Gift Shop|

Remembrance Day 2020

This Remembrance Day, we are proud supporters of all our veterans and first-responders who have given their lives for the Canada we enjoy today. This poppy season will look different but you can still find a poppy: https://www.legionbcyukon.ca/what-we-do/2020-poppy-campaign Also, a reminder - we will be closed on November 11th, in observance of Remembrance Day.

November 10th, 2020|Museum News|

It’s All There in Black and White: Rationing in the Comox Valley

Thoughts often turn to the holiday season come November. This article from the Comox District Free Press November 15, 1945 edition proves that year was no exception. But 75 years ago holiday menu planning also had to contend with rationing. Food rationing on the home front allowed for equitable distribution of scarce products like sugar and meat. In Canada, food rations started in 1942 and ended in 1947. With legacy support from the Bickle Family and the Comox Valley Echo.

November 3rd, 2020|History, It's All There in Black and White, The Comox Valley|

November 2020 Watershed Moments

Here is the latest newsletter installment of an image from the museum’s award-winning book Watershed Moments – A Pictorial History of Courtenay and District. Photo credit: Sandwick War Memorial Cairn, ca. 1922. After the Great War, the community needed a symbol to mark the loss of their sons and a loss of innocence. In 1921, the newly formed Great War Veterans Association (GWVA) suggested a Celtic Cairn of rocks from the farms that each man had left behind. The work united the whole community in the common homage to all who had served. Photo: P90-99. Page 138.

November 2nd, 2020|History, The Comox Valley, Watershed Moments|

October 2020 Watershed Moments

Here is the latest newsletter installment of an image from the museum’s award-winning book Watershed Moments – A Pictorial History of Courtenay and District. Photo credit: On October 17, 1929 delegates from the North Island Women’s Institutes met at the Native Sons Hall for a District Conference. Photo: CDM Sillence Collection. Page 142-143.

October 14th, 2020|History, The Comox Valley, Watershed Moments|

October 2020 Just For Fun

The Fanny Dunkers Ski Club kept their 1954 Halloween party planning short and sweet. Seventy-five copies of the invitation (see below) were made and distributed. The only tasks left were decorating the hall (assigned to the “older girls”) and ordering six pounds of butter from the Creamery. Done! Source: CDM 2003.3.1 Fanny Dunkers Ski Club Ledger Sept. 23, 1948 to Dec. 3 1959.

October 14th, 2020|History, The Comox Valley|

It’s All There in Black and White: A Profile of Joy “Babe” Woodrow

October is Women’s History Month so it is the perfect time to share this article about the life and dance of Joy “Babe” Woodrow from the April 1, 1977 edition of the Comox District Free Press. Joy Woodrow (1915-1977) was descended from early Comox Valley settlers. Her parents were Hughie and Birdie McKenzie and her grandfather was Johnny McKenzie, early Courtenay mayor and blacksmith. Click for Larger Image Click for Larger Image With legacy support from the Bickle Family and the Comox Valley Echo.

October 9th, 2020|History, It's All There in Black and White, The Comox Valley|

September 2020 Just For Fun

Mrs. C.E. Humphry’s 1897 book Manners for Men generates some smiles as it details accepted behaviour in Victorian-era England in a variety of settings. The following excerpt about how to eat dessert at dinner-parties shows how times have changed. “With regard to the dessert fruits, &c., there are a few puzzles to be found among them for the inexperienced. Grapes present one of these. They are taken up singly, and afterwards the skin and seeds have to be expelled as unobtrusively as possible. It is a matter of great difficulty to accomplish this by any other method than using the hand, therefore this is [...]

September 22nd, 2020|History, The Comox Valley|

September 2020 Watershed Moments

Here is the latest newsletter installment of an image from the museum’s award-winning book Watershed Moments – A Pictorial History of Courtenay and District. Photo credit: View of the river from the Courtenay Bridge, 1909. Lewis Park is on the right and the building in the back is identified as the "old slaughter house." Photo CDM Stubbs Collection. Page 63.

September 22nd, 2020|History, The Comox Valley, Watershed Moments|

It’s All There in Black and White: A Personal Challenge for Ben Harder

Fitness through long distance running isn’t for everyone but 40 years ago Bent Harder was taking it all in stride. In this article from the September 26, 1980 Comox District Free Press, Debra Martin profiles Harder’s journey from short jogs to marathon training. Click for Larger Image Click for Larger Image With legacy support from the Bickle Family and the Comox Valley Echo.

September 22nd, 2020|History, It's All There in Black and White, The Comox Valley|
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