Courtenay & District Museum

  • Christmas 1922
  • Holiday Wishes
  • It's All there in Black and White
  • Holiday Hours
  • A Word to the Wise
  • Seasonal Recipes
  • Christmas Shopping?
  • Museum Sponsors
  • Photo of the Month
  • Museum Funding

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

    Tuesday to Saturday
    10am to 5pm

    Sunday & Monday

    John Wilson

    Vice President
    Daryl Wright

    Past President
    April Shopland

    Rick Ross
    Jim Haggart
    Ross Dingwall
    Harry Squire

    Elizabeth Braithwaite

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    British Columbia Museums Association

    Canadian Museums

    Archives Association of
    British Columbia

    Heritage Society of British Columbia


    Christmas 1922
    By Christine Dickinson

    In 1922, as he was laying the floor in his new house, 33 year old Geoff Capes was thinking about Christmas with his young family and a wide circle of friends - tentatively he anticipated a more secure and stable future, as he moved a load of bricks inside to dry them by the fire. He was prepared to work hard and he enjoyed the vibrant social life that this new community offered.

    This was just the fourth Christmas since he had returned from the trenches in France. The intervening years had been difficult because finding work had not been easy. Finally he had been hired as a bookkeeper, and he and his wife Nell, and their two young daughters, Katherine and Phyllis, had moved to Merville. The previous July they had lost their home in a terrible bush fire, which had claimed homes and livelihoods. Geoff had re-established himself as the part owner of a building supply business in Courtenay and he was in the process of building a new home for Nell and his daughters, now aged nine and seven years, on Cumberland Road.

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    Holiday Wishes

    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.

    Seasons Greetings and Happy New Year to you and yours!


    It's All there in Black and White

    St. Joseph's Hospital was headline news 47 years ago, too.

    The announcement that appeared in the Comox District Free Press of December 25, 1963 must have felt like a Christmas wish come true.

    Read this newspaper article from our archives


    Holiday Hours

    The museum will be open regular winter hours, Tuesday to Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm except for the following holiday closures:

    • December 24th closed at 12 noon
    • Closed December 25th, 26th and 27th
    • December 31st closed at 12 noon
    • Closed January 1st, 2nd, 3rd


    A Word to the Wise

    Here's a unique Comox Valley way to increase your word power...learn an original Island Comox place name.

    "Táwuseman 'river along the beach' - this is the Island Comox word for Little River, which runs along the beach near where the Comox-Powell River ferry now docks."

    From Sliammon Life, Sliammon Lands page 169 by Dorothy Kennedy and Randy Bouchard, 1983.


    Seasonal Recipes

    We searched the archives cook book collection to provide you with a couple of recipes for the holidays.

    A sweet treat from the St. Joseph's Hospital WA Cook Book compiled in 1956 gives a yummy recipe for Yule Logs.
    Click here for the recipe

    For those who like the more savory, here is a recipe for leftover turkey from the St. George's United Church Friendship Unit Cook Book of 1966.
    Click here for the recipe



    Christmas Shopping?

    If you are still working your way through your Christmas gift list you might want to check out the museum gift shop or the I-Hos Gallery for a unique present.


    Museum Sponsors

    Judy and Stan Hagen
    Comox Valley Community Foundation
    Daryl and Evelyn Wright-Francis Jeweller's Ltd.
    The Rotary Club of Courtenay Foundation
    The Robert Hunt Family
    Don and Marie Gordon
    M. Jean McMullan Estate

    Comox Valley Echo
    Marjorie Thorpe
    The Bickle Family
    Lorna Gunn
    John Wilson and Family
    Judy Gurr
    Sue and Ian Leakey
    Ed LaFleur

    Elizabeth Braithwaite
    Jean Hawthorne

    Dove and Mike Hendren
    Ruth Masters
    John and Joan Wilson
    George E. Sprogis
    Gordon Schnare
    Mary Mobley


    Photo of the Month

    CDM #998.209.2
    Corfield Motors, Courtenay, 1920s

    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, Valley Charitable Bingo Society, and from museum generated revenues and donations.

    Proud sponsors of the Courtenay & District Museum:


    The City of Courtenay


    BC Arts Councils

    BC Hydro

    Regional District Comox-Strathcona