Courtenay & District Museum

  • Season's Greetings!
  • Gift Shop News
  • Lloyd Family Gift
  • Christmas Closure
  • Merville - 100 Years and Counting
  • Those were the Days...
  • Photo of the Month
  • Holiday Cooking
  • Watershed Moments
  • Your Membership and Donations Make A Difference
  • It's All There in Black and White
  • 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


    CDM 990.17.77

    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 1 pm, Tuesday, December 24, 2019. 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.


    Lloyd Family Gift

    The Courtenay and District Museum is pleased to recognise a gift from the Griffin and Joyce Lloyd estate - a 1934 wood block print by Walter Joseph Phillips titled Hnausa.

    The Lloyd family has a special connection to Comox Valley history. Captain Edward Lloyd and wife Alexandra moved their family here in 1919 and their name became synonymous with tug boats and boat building along the Courtenay River.

    Grandson Griffin Lloyd was born in Comox and lived here until completing high school. He went on to UBC and trained in geology and mine engineering. His work took him to Alberta where he married Joyce Patterson in 1954. Griff's career lead him on a life of adventure, international travel and exploration.

    We extend our thanks to the Griffin and Joyce Lloyd estate for sharing this wonderful piece with museum visitors. The print will be on display in the second floor gallery.


    Christmas Closure

    The museum will be closed from 1 pm on Tuesday, December 24 through Wednesday, January 1, 2020. Open again Thursday, January 2 for regular winter hours.


    CDM 2003.34.1

    Merville - 100 Years and Counting

    To celebrate the end of Merville's anniversary year, we present this charming image painted by one of the community's early settlers, Malcolm MacKinnon. The watercolour graces the front of a Christmas card with the inside inscription "Compliments of the Season, From Mr. & Mrs. Malcolm MacKinnon, Merville, B.C., 1936."


    Those were the Days...

    When we depended on the post office to send all of our Christmas cards and gifts! Special parking restrictions applied as seen in the Comox District Free Press of December 8, 1965.

    Click for the Full Photo


    Photo of the Month

    CDM #977.14.9
    Interior of early Courtenay P.O., 1921

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


    Holiday Cooking

    Two delicious recipes for homemade candy treats to share!

    The first is for Turkish Delights and comes to you from the 1945 edition of the Purity Cook Book.

    The second is from the family of former Courtenay Mayor M.S. Stephens. These chocolate snowballs are made with the rather unlikely ingredient of mashed potatoes. If you decide to make this recipe take note: the centers must be completely cooled in the refrigerator (overnight would be best) before they are dipped in the chocolate coating.

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    Watershed Moments

    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: Courtenay's 5th Street blanketed by snow, 1930s. Photo: 974.136.19. Page 166.

    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.

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    It's All There in Black and White

    The Comox Valley was really coming into its own with the opening of a cold storage locker plant at the corner of Fitzgerald Avenue and 5th Street in downtown Courtenay. Over 2,000 people attended the grand opening day that was advertised in the Comox District Free Press from December 12, 1946.

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


    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