Courtenay & District Museum

  • 2018 BC Paleontological Symposium
  • It's All There in Black and White
  • Summer Fossil Tours
  • Gift Shop News
  • Your Membership and Donations Make A Difference
  • Photo of the Month
  • Periodical Wisdom
  • Watershed Moments
  • Potlatch 67-67: The Potlatch Ban - Then and Now
  • Egypt: The Time of Pharaohs Exhibit
  • AGM Coming Up
  • Museum Funding

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

    Monday to Saturday
    10am to 5pm

    12pm to 4pm

    John Wilson

    Vice President
    Daryl Wright

    Past President
    April Shopland

    Rick Ross
    Jim Haggart
    Ross Dingwall
    Mary Everson
    Julie Fortin

    Elizabeth Braithwaite

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    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

    I-Hos Gallery

    HMCS ALBERNI Museum and Memorial

    Nim Nim Interpretive Centre


    2018 BC Paleontological Symposium

    Don't miss the 2018 BC Paleontological Symposium in Courtenay from August 17-20. Keynote Speaker, Dr. Richard Hebda and Special Guest Speaker, Artist, Ray Troll, will lead off the 2018 12th BC Paleontological Association Symposium in Courtenay. Everyone is invited.

    Supported by the Vancouver Island Paleontological Society and the Courtenay and District Museum, the symposium will feature 15 formal presentations, field trips and a fossil prep workshop. Historically, the BCPA symposiums feature an art exhibit of varied media and paleo-imagination and this tradition will continue. In tandem with the symposium, the museum will be hosting an exhibit of in-house and private fossil collections from May to December.

    Symposium registration fees are $150 + GST for professional paleontologists and non-BCPA members; $120 + GST for BCPA members and $100 for students. This includes all activities except field trips and workshops.

    Here's more information on the symposium outline and guest speakers

    Click here to Download the Registration Form


    It's All There in Black and White

    She's reached another milestone...80 years since the inaugural dance was held in the Native Sons Hall. What a night that must have been!

    Movers, shakers and contractors from near and far are all listed in this article from the Courtenay Free Press of August 15, 1928.

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


    Summer Fossil Tours

    Summer Isn't Over!

    There's still time to be part of the summer fun here at the Courtenay Museum as public fossil tours continue apace.

    Click below to find out more about how you can be part of this adventure.

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    Gift Shop News

    Summer is in full swing and the museum shop has a large variety of unique, locally made gifts perfect for visitors and locals alike.

    Top 10 summer sellers:

    1. Vancouver Island T-shirts (check out the photo) and Vancouver Island Car Decals - made by West Coast Karma
    2. Elasmo Chocolate Bars - made by Hot Chocolates
    3. Elasmo Coffee - roasted by Royston Roasting
    4. Stuffed Elasmosaurs and Ammonites - made by Ding Ding Dillio Crafts
    5. Greeting Cards - by Debbie Bowles of Winking Owl Designs
    6. 100% Cotton Dish Cloths - by Knotty Handmade Creations
    7. Elasmosaur Baseball Hats - by HiTec Printing
    8. Original Artwork and Prints - by Jude Regalado
    9. Vancouver Island Calendars, Magnets and Cards - by Ann's Island Photography
    10. Old Fashioned Bunting and Lavender Sachets - made by Giggling Gertie


    Your Membership and Donations Make A Difference

    Purchasing a membership to the Courtenay and District Museum, now in its 57th 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.

    Click here to Join

    Click Here to Make a Donation


    Photo of the Month

    CDM #990.29.1
    Native Sons Hall, Courtenay, 1928

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


    Periodical Wisdom

    Sage advice courtesy of the August 1932 McCall's magazine on how to get the most out of bathing. That includes the recommendation of adding three special baths to your regime each week: a fatigue bath, a wake-up bath and a luxury bath.

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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: Cousins Edith Bates (in back), Reg Biscoe, George Bates and Marjorie Biscoe with Bingo at Seal Bay, ca. 1926. The Bates family had a beach cottage at Seal Bay, not too far from the Biscoes' summer home at Kye Bay. Like other Comox Valley children they enjoyed an idyllic existence in the outdoors, with unspoiled beaches close by. Photo: CDM 988.197.133.

    Photo caption: "Seal Bay Park, a treasure of biodiversity, harbours tall and stately giants of the coastal forest, lush undergrowth and a number of rare specimens. It offers the public the deep tranquility of a protected forest. Those who take time to linger may also find clues to the forest's past." Page 144.

    Click Here for a Larger Version


    Potlatch 67-67: The Potlatch Ban - Then and Now
    On now at Comox Valley Art Gallery

    Potlatch 67-67: The Potlatch Ban - Then and Now examines the impact of the attempted cultural genocide through the potlatch ban and the resilience of Indigenous people in maintaining and reclaiming traditional cultural practices and in creating new forms of cultural expression. 2018 marks the 67th year since the Canadian government's Potlatch Ban was lifted, after it was imposed on Indigenous people for 67 years.

    Nagezdi, Rob Everson Hereditary Chief of the Gigalgam Walas Kwaguł, recognized that many Canadians do not understand the history of Indigenous peoples. He envisioned an Indigenous art exhibition and cultural program that would powerfully engage the local community and fellow Canadians, both Indigenous and settler, about this shared history and the impact. With organizers, community partners, artists, and a clear vision, the creators of Potlatch 67-67 present this convergent thematic program.

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    Egypt: The Time of Pharaohs Exhibit
    On now at the Royal BC Museum

    Don't forget to check out this new exhibit if you're heading down to the capital.

    Drawn from the collections of some of the world's most prestigious museums, the exhibition makes its North American debut in Victoria and will be on view until December 31, 2018.

    Artifacts have been carefully selected from four key ancient Egyptian collections: the Egyptian Museum in Berlin, Roemer- und Pelizaeus-Museum in Hildesheim, Gustav Lübcke Museum in Hamm and University Museum of Aberdeen.

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    AGM Coming Up

    The Annual General Meeting of the Courtenay and District Historical Society will take place at 6:00 pm on Wednesday, September 19th in the museum Rotary Gallery. New members welcome!


    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

    British Columbia Gaming Commision