Courtenay & District Museum

  • Lecture: The Nootka Sound Crisis
  • Gift Shop News
  • Lecture: Views of the Salish Sea
  • It's All There in Black and White
  • Your Membership Makes A Difference
  • Photo of the Month
  • Genealogy Seminar
  • Just for Fun
  • 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: The Nootka Sound Crisis

    Time and Date: 7 pm, Tuesday, October 17, 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.

    There is still time to get tickets for Catherine Gilbert's repeat performance of her sold out lecture about this fascinating aspect of early Vancouver Island history.

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    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: The Comox District Women's Institute making Red Cross Jam, 1941. Third from left is Mrs. Margaret McPhee, fourth from left is G.W. (Bill) Stubbs and third from right is Theed Pearse. Charles Sillence photograph. CDM Stubbs Collection. Page 183.

    Photo caption: "In 1941, the Red Cross, the Women's Institute (WI) and the Comox Valley Co-operative Producers joined forces with the people of the valley to send jam to Britain. They borrowed a jam kettle from the Creamery and asked the public to take surplus fruit and sugar to the old cannery, where Mrs. McPhee, Mrs. Harmston and the ladies of the WI made plum and blackberry jam. Children raised money to purchase sugar and went on blackberry-picking expeditions by the busload. The Courtenay Rotary Club arranged the buses and helped with packing. That year, they shipped three tons of jam. In the following two years, when the harvest was leaner, two tons." Page 182.

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    Gift Shop News

    Hard to believe, but some folks have already begun their Christmas shopping!

    If you want to stay ahead of the curve, come see what's in store that is both unique and locally made.

    Joy Hills Island Designs creates rustic Vancouver Island-themed laser cut wood necklaces reasonably priced at $20.00 each.

    The very inventive local artist James Wood has fashioned a variety of pieces that include T-Rex teeth, glow in the dark ammonites, rocks with life-like star fish and shark teeth necklaces.

    Or check out the offerings from the Royston-based Giggling Gertie & Co. which produces things like lavender sachets for only $6.95 or bright and cheerful button bracelets for $9.95 each.


    Lecture: Views of the Salish Sea

    Time and Date: 7 pm, Thursday, November 9, 2017
    Location: Rotary Gallery of the Courtenay and District Museum
    Speaker: Howard Macdonald Stewart
    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.

    Stewart presents an illustrated lecture based on his newly released book Views of the Salish Sea, One Hundred and Fifty Years of Change around the Strait of Georgia.

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    It's All There in Black and White

    Pop quiz. What trailblazing woman became Canada's first female governor general? Two hints: 1) she served from 1984 to 1990, 2) she visited the Comox Valley 30 years ago this month. Not sure? Check out the coverage of her visit that appeared in the October 14th edition of the Comox District Free Press.

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


    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

    CDM #979.3.93
    Bess McDonald in front of the Port Augusta Hotel, Comox, 1908.

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


    Genealogy Seminar

    The Campbell River Genealogy Society is hosting a seminar with Dave Obee on Saturday, November 18th titled "What's in Your Toolbox?"

    To find out more about topics, fees and availability click here.

    Deadline to register is November 10, 2017.


    Just for Fun

    Personified produce from the Comox Argus of October 2, 1924. (Try not to think about it the next time you're chopping carrots!)

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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