Courtenay & District Museum

  • Holiday Wishes
  • Members Only Christmas Sale
  • It's All There in Black and White
  • Stepping into Wilderness
  • Holiday Recipe
  • Gift Shop News
  • Century of Courtenay Library
  • Christmas Craft
  • Your Membership and Donations Make A Difference
  • Christmas Closure
  • Photo of the Month
  • Museum Funding

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

    Tuesday – Saturday
    10:00 am to 4:00 pm

    John Wilson

    Vice President
    Daryl Wright

    Past President
    April Shopland

    Rick Ross
    Jim Haggart
    Ross Dingwall
    Mary Everson
    Julie Fortin
    Christine Dickinson

    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

    Strathcona Wilderness Institute

    Project Watershed

    Sid Williams Theatre

    Comox Valley Art Gallery

    Comox Valley Arts

    We respectfully acknowledge that the museum provides services within the traditional territory of K'ómoks First Nation.

    We respect the diversity of cultures, stories and experiences that form the richness of our regional heritage.


    Holiday Wishes

    "Greetings" and "All Good Wishes for the New Year" (inside inscription) reads this delightful little card from 1937.

    The Courtenay and District Museum board and staff would like to extend wishes to all for a wonderful and safe holiday!


    Members Only Christmas Sale

    A reminder that the Museum Members Only Christmas Sale is on until 1 pm, Friday, December 24, 2021. 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.


    It's All There in Black and White

    Grocery costs continue to climb so it can be fun to exclaim and shake our heads about past prices. For your enjoyment, the Comox District Free Press of December 18, 1991 with advertised specials from the Overwaitea store at Driftwood Mall.

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


    Stepping into Wilderness

    Here now is an image from the museum’s newest award-winning book Step into Wilderness – A Pictorial History of Outdoor Exploration in and around the Comox Valley.

    Photo credit: Weekends on Forbidden Plateau were social and high-spirited. Top from left: Sheelagh Corfield, Jerry Macdonald and Jack Hough. Below: Roy Macdonald and Doreen Pope. Photo: 993.39.13. Page 207.

    Click for Larger Image


    Holiday Recipe

    Sugar cookies with a past?

    According to the cookbook, Favorite Recipes, this one can be traced back to Jane Piercy (nee Speedy, b. 1846 – d. 1939). The recipe book was created in honour of the 60th Anniversary of the Canadian Daughters League of Courtenay in 1984.

    Click here for a larger version


    Gift Shop News

    A recent addition to our shelves has been the brand Wrendale Designs. This line of stationery, home and giftware items, is proving to be extremely popular.

    To help you along with your Christmas shopping, here are “The Ten Days of Wrendale Gifts” for your consideration.

    1. Key chain
    2. Canvas tote bag
    3. Shopping list pad
    4. Compact mirror
    5. Birthday calendar
    6. Password book
    7. Water bottles large and small
    9. Lip balms
    10. Fold Bag


    Century of Courtenay Library

    On December 8, 1921, the first library in Courtenay was opened on Fifth Street near Duncan Avenue. With Mrs. S.H. Hopkins as librarian, the collection included a limited selection of fiction, biographies, and travel books. The cost for an adult to join was $2 and for a child, $1. Patrons were allowed to take out 2 fiction and 2 non-fiction books at a time.

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    Bonus: Learn about an unusual library practice that took place in the 20s, 30s and 40s!


    Christmas Craft

    This year’s craft flashback is from Coats & Clark’s Book No. 188 “Quick Tricks” (probably from the late 1960s). With some brightly coloured crochet yarn and a few recyclables, you can create a Christmas card caddy for display.

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    Your Membership and Donations Make A Difference

    Purchasing a membership to the Courtenay and District Museum, now in its 60th 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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    Click Here to Make a Donation


    Christmas Closure

    The museum will be closed from 1 pm on Friday, December 24 through Monday, January 3, 2022. Open again Tuesday, January 4 from 10 am to 4 pm.


    Photo of the Month

    CDM #995.28.1 Martha Urquhart's (b. 1879 – d. 1965) satin evening bag with fur trim.

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


    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