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Courtenay & District Museum

  • Lecture: The Queen of the North Disaster, The Captain's Story
  • Party Time!
  • Lectures: Celebrating Our Own Story
  • Your Membership Makes A Difference
  • 24 Days of Christmas Special
  • Watershed Moments
  • It's All There in Black and White
  • Photo of the Month
  • Museum Funding

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    Mailing Address:
    207 Fourth Street,
    Courtenay BC,
    V9N 1G7

    Tuesday to Saturday:
    10am - 5pm

    Sunday & Monday:

    John Wilson

    Vice President
    Daryl Wright

    Past President
    April Shopland

    Rick Ross
    Jim Haggart
    Ross Dingwall
    Mary Everson
    Julie Fortin

    Elizabeth Braithwaite

    Member of...

    British Columbia Museums Association

    Canadian Museums

    Archives Association of
    British Columbia

    Heritage Society of British Columbia

    Comox Museum

    Cumberland Museum

    Comox Air Force Museum

    Filberg Heritage Lodge

    British Columbia Historical Federation


    Lecture: The Queen of the North Disaster, The Captain's Story

    Time and Date: 7 pm, Wednesday, November 16, 2016
    Location: Rotary Gallery of the Courtenay and District Museum
    Speaker: Colin Henthorne
    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.

    The captain of the Queen of the North reveals a first-hand account of what really happened the night of the ship's sinking in 2006 and examines the aftermath of the disaster.

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    Party Time!

    It's time once again for our annual open house in honor of the Elasmosaur's birthday. This year he is 80,000,028 years young!

    Be sure to drop in to help us celebrate his birthday and the start to the Christmas season from 11 am to 4 pm on Saturday, November 19th.

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    Lectures: Celebrating Our Own Story

    Time and Date: 2 pm, Saturday, November 26, 2016
    Location: Rotary Gallery of the Courtenay and District Museum
    Speaker: Ian Kennedy, Christine Dickinson, Deb Griffiths and Catherine Siba
    Tickets: Free event; no tickets required.

    Comox Valley social history takes centre stage as local authors provide two illustrated talks for the public at this afternoon presentation.

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    Your Membership Makes A Difference

    Purchasing a membership to the Courtenay and District Museum, now in its 55th year, supports heritage preservation in the Comox Valley through special events, lectures, education programmes, research and exhibitions. Your membership benefits these award winning programmes on a year round basis and we appreciate it!

    Becoming a member provides you with discounts in the gift shop and on lectures and an opportunity to support one of the most active regional museums in British Columbia. Thank you for your support.

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    24 Days of Christmas Special

    Museum Members Only

    Museum members are in for a treat when they visit the gift shop December 1st to December 24th as they will receive a 25% discount on most items.

    The museum shop has many fabulous gifts to choose from so come in and take advantage of this membership bonus.

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    Watershed Moments

    Here now is an image and quote from the museum's award-winning book Watershed Moments - A Pictorial History of Courtenay and District. Enjoy!

    Photo credit: CDM 980.65.16 Page 168.

    Photo caption: "From the 1930s until the early 1950s, Courtenay residents enjoyed the luxury of having fresh bread delivered to their door three times a week. Venables Bakery's route covered the entire city from 1st Street to 21st Street."

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    It's All There in Black and White

    This article from the November 5, 1976 Comox District Free Press summarizes a report from the department of economic development and its' predictions for the Valley's next twenty years. How accurate was it? You be the judge.

    Read this newspaper article from our archives

    With legacy support from the Bickle Family and the Comox Valley Echo.


    Photo of the Month

    CDM #989.22.1
    Comox School class, 1892

    You can view more photos like this on our website. Click here to visit our holdings.


    Museum Funding

    The Courtenay and District Historical Society was registered as a nonprofit society in 1961 to preserve and interpret cultural and natural heritage of the Comox Valley. It has functioned as an independent society since that time. Funds are derived from the generous support of the City of Courtenay, British Columbia Arts Council, Comox Valley Regional District, British Columbia Gaming Branch, and from museum generated revenues and donations.

    Proud sponsors of the Courtenay & District Museum:

    The City of Courtenay

    BC Arts Councils

    Regional District Comox-Strathcona

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