Courtenay & District Museum

  • Missing You!
  • Our Online Learning
  • Easter Offering
  • BC Culture Online
  • Thank You for Helping Us to Think Fast!
  • From Our Library
  • Photo of the Month
  • Watershed Moments
  • Your Membership and Donations Make A Difference
  • Museum Funding

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    Mailing Address:
    207 Fourth Street,
    Courtenay BC,
    V9N 1G7

    We are currently closed due to Covid-19

    John Wilson

    Vice President
    Daryl Wright

    Past President
    April Shopland

    Rick Ross
    Jim Haggart
    Ross Dingwall
    Mary Everson
    Julie Fortin

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    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


    The Hot Chocolates bunny's visit in 2019

    Missing You!

    While we're all staying safe during this time, Courtenay Museum staff are missing the spring visitors who come from near and far and school groups who arrive on packed buses and bring tons of energy and fun into the building.

    We especially miss one visitor this year who always makes our spring days a little sweeter. Who? The Hot Chocolates Easter Bunny! But we look forward to seeing the bunny and all the bustling activity in downtown Courtenay and in the Comox Valley when the time is right.


    Our Online Learning

    Even though our doors are temporarily closed, we're creating online resources like Learn With Finley - explorations in the natural history galleries for kids. We've also upgraded the website to make it more nimble and we're ready for Zoom presentations for K-6 students! Let's go!

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    Easter Offering

    This lovely image is from a scrapbook donated to the archives over 45 years ago. Inscribed inside the front cover are the words "Minnie Berkeley" and "from Mamma, Xmas 1894." Minnie filled the pages with pressed flowers, calling cards and inspirational messages.

    Minnie Rose Berkeley was born in Sandwick April 28, 1880. She was the daughter of John and Agnes Berkeley. John was one of the first loggers in the district and provincial road superintendent. Minnie married George Swan in 1904. Together they had a family of six children: Madeline, Lloyd, Reggie, Billy, Murray and Norman. Minnie died in December of 1936. Her obituary in the Comox Argus spoke of her in glowing terms. "Mrs. Swan was a very active member of the Ladies' Aid of the United Church, and was prominent in social and community effort...She was an indefatigable correspondent for the Argus at Grantham, and took a keen interest in the work...Her loss will be...felt all through the district..".

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    BC Culture Online

    Remember, even when our doors close, culture doesn't stop! The British Columbia Museums Association and Culture BC have created BC Culture Online where you can stay busy this spring visiting BC galleries and science centres, watch performing arts, listen to podcasts and more!

    Visit BC Culture Online


    Thank You for Helping Us to Think Fast!

    Thank you to funders and a special thanks to the Ngan Page Family Fund for a generous donation of ten thousand dollars in March. A portion of these funds has been critical to the museum's ability to quickly upgrade web capabilities and to begin to create online natural history programming for young people learning from home. The museum will improve and expand this programming over the coming weeks. This fund will continue to bolster natural history education and awareness. We cannot thank the Ngan Page Family Fund enough!


    From Our Library

    We hope you enjoy this page of food substitutions from Edith Adam's Wartime Cook Book published in 1943 by The Vancouver Sun.

    The preface states that the "recipes in this book were chosen because they call for only materials available on our markets."

    It might be fun to try some of the dishes just to see how they turn out!

    Continue Reading


    Photo of the Month

    CDM #p80-198
    Comox Avenue, c. 1900

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


    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: A hand-coloured postcard featuring Moat Lake on Forbidden Plateau, 1930s. Preston L. Tait photograph. Photo: 975.36.10. Page 7.

    Photo caption: "Strathcona Park, designated in 1911, is the oldest park in British Columbia and includes 250,000 hectares in the Forbidden Plateau and Buttle Lake areas." Page 125.

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    Your Membership and Donations Make A Difference

    Purchasing a membership to the Courtenay and District Museum, now in its 59th 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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    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