Courtenay & District Museum

  • Lecture: Mudflat Dreaming
  • Elasmosaur Wants Your Vote!
  • Watershed Moments
  • It's All There in Black and White
  • Gift Shop News
  • Your Membership and Donations Make A Difference
  • Periodical Wisdom
  • Save the Date
  • Photo of the Month
  • Museum Funding

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

    Tuesday through Saturday
    10am to 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

    I-Hos Gallery

    HMCS ALBERNI Museum and Memorial

    Nim Nim Interpretive Centre


    Lecture: Mudflat Dreaming

    Time and Date: 7 pm, Thursday, October 11, 2018

    Location: Rotary Gallery of the Courtenay and District Museum

    Speaker: Jean Walton

    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.

    Jean Walton's newly released Mudflat Dreaming tells the story of two alternative communities on Vancouver's waterfront fringes in the 1970s.

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    Elasmosaur Wants Your Vote!

    Have you cast your vote yet for the Provincial Fossil? The Comox Valley's own elasmosaur is in the running and needs your support.

    The Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development has announced a final competition for a Provincial Fossil to be added to the official Provincial Symbols of British Columbia.

    The online voting process uses a web-based questionnaire tool, SurveyMonkey, which allows one vote per computer profile and includes a simple verification step to avoid development of computer scripts for automatic votes.

    Here's the link where you can see all seven candidates and make your choice. The voting period will close November 23, 2018.


    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: Comox Landing, ca. 1910, with the HMS Egeria and the HMS Algerine visible in the harbour. Walter Gage photograph. Photo: CDM 979.3.3. Pages 48-49.

    Photo caption: "Before, and after, construction of the Comox Wharf in 1874, Comox was the main transportation link to points north and south. Comox Landing, with its gentle slope sheltered by Goose Spit and expansive view of the Beaufort Range and Baynes Sound, made it a perfect gathering place." Page 53.

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    It's All There in Black and White

    Did you know that Comox used to boast a kelp processing "plant"? Check out this article from the Comox District Free Press of October 3, 1968.

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


    Gift Shop News

    We've got a new greeter at our 8 foot tall T-Rex! Drop by to say "hello."

    It's autumn sale time in the shop with markdowns on some of our journals, canvas bags, gnomes, glow in the dark children's t-shirts (size 2), Joseph Salmon bowls and more. Sounds like an opportunity for early Christmas shopping at an amazing price!


    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.

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    Click Here to Make a Donation


    Periodical Wisdom

    This month's feature provides some unusual recipes to help combat the ever increasing cost of living.

    That peanut butter sausage recipe that just became your family's new favourite? You can thank The Christmas People's Home Journal of 1917.

    As always, we've sourced the info from our stash of women's magazines and periodicals in the archives.

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    Save the Date

    This year the elasmosaur turns the big 3-0 (that's 80,000,030). Be sure to mark your calendar for Saturday, November 17 when the museum hosts a party in its honour from 11am to 3pm.


    Photo of the Month

    CDM #979.3.32
    H.M.S. Egeria in Comox Harbour, 1906

    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

    British Columbia Gaming Commision