Courtenay & District Museum

  • Lecture: Henry & Self
  • Heritage Week
  • Gift Shop News
  • Periodical Wisdom
  • Photo of the Month
  • Merville - 100 Years and Counting
  • Your Membership and Donations Make A Difference
  • It's All There in Black and White
  • RBCM: Wildlife Photographer of the Year
  • 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: Henry & Self

    Time and Date: 7 pm, Tuesday, March 5, 2019
    Location: Rotary Gallery of the Courtenay and District Museum
    Speaker: Kathryn Bridge
    Tickets: $5 for Historical Society members; $6 for general public (plus GST). Advance tickets strongly recommended as lectures frequently sell out. Tickets can be purchased over the phone by calling 250-334-0686 ext 5.

    In recognition of International Women's Day, author Kathryn Bridge speaks about the life of Sarah Crease, a remarkable woman who lived through nearly a century of British colonial history. >Continue Reading

    This presentation is made possible with financial assistance from The Canada Council for the Arts through The Writers' Union of Canada.


    Heritage Week

    This year's BC Heritage Week (February 18-24) theme is "The Tie That Binds."

    One way to interpret that theme is "those who play together, stay together." Whether it was a picnic or dance party, celebrating together connected people. A notable example from the Valley's past was the May 24, 1916 festivities at Comox Goose Spit prepared by the 102nd Battalion.

    The Courtenay Review newspaper of May 25 recounted that the soldiers decorated the grounds, provided refreshments and set a programme of sports to entertain the civilians.

    Click here for a photo of the "amusing innovation" of the day

    BTW, the Cumberland Empire Events Committee is hosting this year's Heritage Faire at the CRI Hall on Saturday, February 16 from 11am to 4pm. Click to find out more


    Gift Shop News

    Callling Local Artisans!

    The museum gift shop is looking for 2-3 new artisans willing to sell their items on a consignment basis.

    Items should be:

    • locally crafted
    • giftware suitable for the local and tourist market
    • size appropriate (not too big or heavy)
    • retailing for a maximum $50.

    Please note that the split for items sold under consignment is 60% to the artist and 40% to the museum. If you are interested, email details and photos of your wares to


    Periodical Wisdom

    Nothing says "February romance" like the sniffles! Take heart cold sufferers and read on to find out how to get the better of "Winter's Special Beauty Problem."

    This entertaining column is from the February 17, 1938 edition of The Lady. It is one more example of the type of helpful hints that can be found in periodical magazines in our archival collection.

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    Photo of the Month

    CDM #989.183.82
    Elk Hotel ad, 1920s

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


    Merville - 100 Years and Counting

    Merville was originally founded as a farming community, a government initiative for returned WW I veterans to settle on their own plot of land. It soon became apparent that land quality was questionable and people had to turn elsewhere for income to make ends meet.

    Here's a look back at the folks who made up Merville in 1941. Many loggers and farmers are noted but you'll also find a maid, a school teacher, an artist and even a Fuller Brush dealer!

    This listing is from the British Columbia and Yukon Directory for 1941.

    Click for Full Photo


    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: Picking up the pieces after Courtenay's devastating 1916 fire. King Studio photograph. CDM 972.54.5 Page 113.

    Photo caption: "In [July] 1916, a devastating fire destroyed a city block, and the residents had only a bucket brigade with which to fight it. Joseph McPhee went to work once more to persuade his fellow citizens that the city should be in the water business." Page 113.

    Click Here for a Larger Version


    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.

    Click here to Join

    Click Here to Make a Donation


    It's All There in Black and White

    In 1959 Comox was growing and on the move! Writer Ted Gaskell penned this inventory for a February 4 article in the Comox District Free Press.

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


    Royal BC Museum Exhibit: Wildlife Photographer of the Year

    February 15 to March 24, 2019

    A visitor favourite every year, Wildlife Photographer of the Year has returned to the RBCM in Victoria for a limited time with a brand new selection of 100 of the most stunning images from around the world.

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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