Courtenay & District Museum

  • Happy New Year!
  • Periodical Wisdom
  • Photo of the Month
  • Merville - 100 Years and Counting
  • It's All There in Black and White
  • Gift Shop News
  • Your Membership and Donations Make A Difference
  • Watershed Moments
  • Godfrey Baldwin's Campbellton
  • 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


    Happy New Year!

    We hope you enjoy this example of an 1899 New Year's card.

    It was sent by Charles Laing Forrest to his son James (1867-1937). James and wife Ann (aka Tottie) settled in the Comox Valley in 1918 and ran the Forrest Dairy on Headquarters Road in the 1920s and 30s. They had four children: Ann, Charlie, Peggy and Bunty.

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    Periodical Wisdom

    Let's start the new year with an introduction. That's the "proper" way to make social introductions courtesy of the March 1931 edition of McCall's magazine.

    Periodicals and magazines from the archives can provide some great advice on a variety of topics. Stay tuned to this feature in our monthly newsletter for tips on things like special winter beauty problems, gardening advice and household chores.

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    Photo of the Month

    CDM #989.96.12
    Comox Glacier, c. 1905

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


    CDM 2004.42.1

    Merville - 100 Years and Counting

    "In late November of 1918 Mr. MacDonald of the Land Settlement Board and professor B.A. Boving of the University of British Columbia visited the Comox Valley with a view to investigating the feasibility of the Provincial Government taking over a large area of land located north of Grantham.

    Thousands of acres belonging to the Comox Logging and Railway Company had been logged off and were available... By the end of May, 1919 seventy-five veterans were engaged in clearing and building on the home sites...". From Land of Plenty, A History of the Comox District, p. 107.

    This quote sets the stage for our 2019 newsletter feature which will include a historical tidbit about the community of Merville.

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    It's All There in Black and White

    The Leung's building was under construction 70 years ago as noted in the January 20, 1949 Comox District Free Press.

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


    Gift Shop News

    Thank you to everyone who has supported the museum gift shop and made it another fabulous year financially. Gift shop proceeds support important museum programs.

    An extra big thanks to all the members who took advantage of the 25% discount offered throughout the month of December. We are pleased to provide this as a perk to your membership.

    The decision to carry work created by a range of unique local artists has been a success and will continue as we move ahead.

    Looking forward to another great year in 2019!


    Your Membership and Donations Make A Difference

    Purchasing a membership to the Courtenay and District Museum, now in its 58th 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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    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 Island Realty Company, ca. 1911. Left to right: Unknown, Billy (William) Miller, P. Leo Anderton. CDM 991.164.1. Pages 72-73.

    Photo caption: "In 1911, Peter Leo Anderton was one of the young businessmen who saw great potential in the new commercial district forming on the west side of the Courtenay River. Always known as P.Leo, he began as a notary public, working from his home, and then added insurance as well as real estate sales. He had his first big break acting for Joseph McPhee when McPhee sold the eleven-acre property known as "The Orchard" to investors Herman Helm and his son-in-law, Henry Herzog.

    Customers recognised Anderton's first office, on the south side of Union Street (Fifth Street) between the Courtenay Opera House and Marocchi's Bakery, by the beautiful maple tree that grew out front." Page 73.

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    MCR620 - Courtesy of the Museum at Campbell River.

    Godfrey Baldwin's Campbellton

    Museum at Campbell River, January 12 - February 17, 2019

    Be sure to check out photographer Godfrey Baldwin's images of 1950s Campbellton if you're visiting Campbell River.

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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