Courtenay & District Museum

  • Season's Greetings
  • Gift Shop News
  • Your Membership and Donations Make A Difference
  • It's All There in Black and White
  • Photo of the Month
  • Holiday Cooking
  • Watershed Moments
  • Christmas Closure
  • Periodical Wisdom
  • 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


    Season's Greetings

    As the festive season approaches, the Courtenay and District Museum board and staff would like to extend wishes to all for a wonderful and safe holiday.

    Season's Greetings and Happy New Year to you and yours!


    Gift Shop News

    A reminder that the Museum Members Only Christmas Sale is on until Saturday, December 22, 2018. Members receive a 25% discount on most items in the shop. Valid membership cards need to be shown at time of purchase. Please note that the discount does not apply to consignment or already marked down items.

    The museum store also has a pre-Christmas sale table where everything is 50% off. There are still some wonderful gift ideas for the taking.


    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


    It's All There in Black and White

    Christmas shopping got a bit of a shake up when the T. Eaton Company came to town as seen in this Comox District Free Press article from December 2, 1948.

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    Bonus! Click here to see the 1948 Eaton's Toyland Advertisement from the same edition.

    BTW, the Courtenay Eaton's store closed in 1981 and the chain declared bankruptcy in 1999.

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


    Photo of the Month

    CDM #p90-16b
    5th Street from Cliffe to Duncan Ave. c. 1912

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


    Holiday Cooking

    This year the newsletter includes two recipes to delight your taste buds. The Bestway Cookery Gift Book from 1922 is the source for the spin on turkey prep and A Calendar of Dinners with 615 Recipes including the Story of Crisco from 1916 provides a Christmas Dinner menu as well as a plum pudding recipe that (you guessed it) features Crisco as a key ingredient.

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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 Co-operative Creamery building, 1927. CDM 986.73.3. Pages 84-85.

    Photo caption: "...the Creamery became a one-stop shop for dairy products, grains and farm supplies for Courtenay and the valley, and its milk, butter, cheese and ice cream were sold throughout British Columbia. By 1920, 2,700 cows were contributing to the co-op." Page 86.

    Click Here for a Larger Version


    Christmas Closure

    The museum will be closed from December 23 through to January 1. Regular winter hours resume Wednesday, January 2, 2019.


    Periodical Wisdom

    Women's magazines and periodicals from the past offer some great advice on things like how to economize, care for your baby's teeth or even the proper way to make social introductions.

    We've scoured the archives for some examples to share with you.

    This month's write-up is an article is from The Christmas Peoples Home Journal of December 1917 and offers ways to celebrate "Summer in December."

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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

    British Columbia Gaming Commision