Lecture: Pacific Reef & Shore
Time and Date: 7 pm, Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Location: Rotary Gallery of the Courtenay and District Museum
Speaker: Rick Harbo
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.
Just in time for beach season, biologist Rick Harbo presents a colourful talk and slide show on Pacific marine life.
Canada Day Celebration
Event: Museum Open House
Time: 12 noon to 4 pm
Everyone is invited to the museum's annual open house!
While you're here, take a few moments to check out our expanded exhibits "Pacific Connections" and "Itineraries" which were created in honour of Canada's 150th birthday.
We've got activities and surprises planned for the big day so be sure to drop by.
It's All There in Black and White
The Valley celebrated Canada's 1967 centennial in style with several events along the Courtenay River. Take a look at this listing from the June 14, 1967 Comox District Free Press - you'll never believe what was planned for a river barge!
Click here for a photograph from the 1967 parade
With legacy support from the Bickle Family and the Comox Valley Echo.
Gift Shop News
Our exciting gift shop expansion has also expanded our merchandise selection!
There are many new items to discover: everything from an up-dated design of elasmosaur baseball hats to t-rex mugs to stuffie gnomlins.
We continue to feature locally crafted gift items including some from Knotty Handmade Creations of Royston. This clever company has a wide variety of old fashioned cotton knit dish cloths, flower scrubbies and pot holders. The cheerful designs include fruit, cats, and starfish in fun, upbeat colours. Knotty Handmade Creations also produces finger puppets and we're carrying unicorns, octopus, dinosaurs and even elasmosaurs!
Ding Ding Dillio Crafts of Courtenay has come up with yet another ingenious idea - this time it's dinosaur hoodies. These brightly coloured hoodies are perfect to wear for a cool evening and are great for any dinosaur fan.
These are just a few of our new stock selections - make sure to come by and check out our other new additions soon.
The Courtenay and District Museum is now on its summer operating schedule and is open Monday to Saturday from 10:00 to 5:00 and Sundays from 12:00 to 4:00 until Labour Day. As always, members visit free.
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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Photo of the Month
Courtenay Parade, 1920s
You can view more photos like this on our website. Click here to visit our holdings.
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: The celebrated wedding between fashionable young couple Harry Simms and Janet Graham. Left to right: Janet Graham, Harry Simms, Blanche Dando, Tom Simms. Charles Sillence photograph. Page 162-163.
Photo caption: "Elaborate details of weddings were features of community newspapers. When Janet Eade Graham married Henry Charles (Harry) Simms on September 4, 1929, two prominent Comox Valley families joined. Thomas Graham, the bride's father, was the senior superintendent of Canadian Collieries in Cumberland, and Charles Simms, the groom's father, had been mayor of Courtenay." Page 160.
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The 150 Ten-Spot
A new $10 bill has been produced to commemorate Canada's sesquicentennial. A round of phone calls to several banks in the Valley has confirmed that some bills have arrived and are no doubt winging their way into general circulation at this very moment.
If you're interested in finding out more about the meaning and history behind the design, check out this link to the Bank of Canada webpage.
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: