Courtenay & District Museum

  • Lecture: Nootka Sound Crisis
  • Your Membership Makes A Difference
  • It's All There in Black and White
  • Thanks to...
  • Photo of the Month
  • Gift Shop News
  • Watershed Moments
  • 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

    British Columbia Historical Federation

    Comox Museum

    Cumberland Museum

    Comox Air Force Museum

    Filberg Heritage Lodge


    Lecture: Nootka Sound Crisis

    Time and Date: 7 pm, Wednesday, May 10, 2017
    Location: Rotary Gallery of the Courtenay and District Museum
    Speaker: Catherine Gilbert
    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.

    Historian, Catherine Gilbert, will explore questions about the settlement of Nootka Island in her pictorial presentation about the Nootka Sound Crisis.

    Gilbert will also discuss the role played by the Mowachaht and the relationship between successive European captains and the powerful Mowachaht Chief Maquinna.

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    Your Membership Makes A Difference

    Purchasing a membership to the Courtenay and District Museum, now in its 56th 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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    It's All There in Black and White

    Big changes were afoot in 1981 for the property we now know as Simms Park with major land alteration underway as noted in this May 18 Comox District Free Press article.

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    Click here to see a photo of how the site used to look

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


    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!


    Photo of the Month

    CDM #p55-145
    May Day Celebration, Courtenay, 1923

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


    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.


    Watershed Moments

    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: Staff of the Comox Valley Cannery, September 1934. Charles Sillence photograph. CDM 2004.42.133. Page 170-171.

    Photo caption: "As the Great Depression took hold in the Comox Valley, P.H. Harrison's decision to open a cannery on the banks of the Courtenay River was welcome news. He built a large two-storey building on the east side of the river, and operations began on May 30, 1934. About fifty women clad in white and green uniforms packed the first batch of Comox Valley spinach. Later in the season they were working with beans, peas, beets, tomatoes, strawberries, plums, cherries and pears." Page 170.

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    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