Learn about Courtenay's first commercial centre, the origins of the Native Sons Hall, the railway which ran through town, and the important role the river has played in the City's development. Tour guides will also explore industrial, military and recreational ties to Comox Bay and Estuary.
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Merville - 100 Years and Counting
Say the name "Merville" to a local history buff and two topics spring to mind: the 1919 visit by the Prince of Wales and the Merville Fire of July 1922.
This month marks the 97th anniversary of the fire. Readers looking for a concise wrap-up of events will find it in the following text from The Land of Plenty.
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Photo of the Month
Dominion Day Parade, Courtenay, 1940s
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Heritage Summer Rental
Have you run out of space for visiting guests? Or maybe you're looking for a weekend getaway. Why not consider the Capes Escape vacation rental?
Located just minutes from downtown Courtenay, the Capes Escape is a beautiful and affordable rental alternative.
Fees for your stay at Capes Escape go directly to improving this important site and to ongoing Courtenay and District Museum programmes.
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Gift Shop News
There are some wonderful new cards in the gift shop created by Comox artist Nicola North.
The cards feature amazing original designs of everything from Vancouver Island itself to seashells and mushrooms. Nicola's Vancouver Island design is already a best seller. Cards retail for $5.00 each.
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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Our archives houses magazines and periodicals from the past that can often jog memories.
Here's one for all the folks who ever spent time down on the farm.
The Nor'- West Farmer magazine (which billed itself as "The Pioneer Farm Journal of Western Canada") of July 21, 1930 featured this informative ad about the 1 ½-ton Ford truck.
Here is the latest newsletter installment of an image from the museum's award-winning book Watershed Moments - A Pictorial History of Courtenay and District.
Photo credit: An impressive array of canned goods on display in the Safeway Store, 1932. Charles Sillence photograph.
Photo: CDM Sillence Collection. Page 153.
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It's All There in Black and White
Comox Valley Royal watchers were treated to a personal appearance in 1958. Princess Margaret visited Lewis Park, St. Joseph's Hospital and the RCAF airport in Comox. This article from the July 23, 1958 Comox District Free Press gives info on everything from what she ate for lunch to who she visited at the hospital!
With legacy support from the Bickle Family and the Comox Valley Echo.
BC Day Closure
The museum will be closed on Monday, August 5th. Wishing everyone a safe and happy BC Day holiday.
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.
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