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Courtenay & District Museum

  • NIC Pro Photo Show
  • Lecture: Night Photography
  • Summer Fun for Kids
  • Anniversary Give Away
  • A Word to the Wise
  • Capes Escape
  • It's All There in Black and White
  • Upcoming I-Hos Events
  • Before Television
  • Donations
  • 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

    Member of...

    British Columbia Museums Association

    Canadian Museums

    Archives Association of
    British Columbia

    Heritage Society of British Columbia


    NIC Pro Photo Show
    Exhibit Opening and Reception

    On Friday, June 3rd from 7 – 9 pm, join North Island College’s Professional Photography students at the Courtenay and District Museum for the opening of the programme’s 14th showing of student work. The event marks the second collaboration between the museum and the photography programme by utilizing the museum’s spacious second floor gallery.

    Karley Bracey, Lindsey Cain, Christian Campbell, Trina Cary, Caitlyn Chapman, Robin Conrad, Jamie Davidson, Dan Delucry, Yolanda Drummond, Mike Leblanc, Raphael Saradetch and Danica Worrall will display personal favourites as well as images created especially for the show. The secret to success of a group show is variety and talent and these enthusiastic students have clearly met that challenge.

    As diverse as the regions of Canada from which they come, the students’ reasons for choosing photography as a career vary widely. All, however, have been captivated by the visual expression and lure of a medium that continues to evolve and dominate our lives.

    The NIC Pro Photo Show will be on exhibit until the late afternoon of Saturday, June 18th.


    Night Photography

    Speaker: Boomer Jerritt
    When: 7pm, Tuesday, June 7th, 2011
    Where: Rotary Gallery of the Courtenay & District Museum
    Admission: $10 general public; $8 Courtenay and District Historical Society members (plus HST). Advance Tickets Recommended.

    Enter the world of low light photography where things are not as they seem. Colours shift, specters come to life, slow shutter speeds reveal what the eye cannot see. Your imagination is allowed to be free.

    Boomer Jerritt will be your guide for this fun and informative exploration of photography at night.

    Click here for more details


    Summer Fun for Kids

    This summer promises to be an exciting time at the Courtenay and District Museum! This year we will be offering almost twice as many programmes as last summer.

    Some of the exciting classes presented include “Explore the Seashore”, “Fabulous Fossils”, “Discovering Dinosaurs” and “Earth Science”. The ever-popular “Wacky Science” will be offered five times this summer because of the incredible demand for the programme.

    The “Junior Paleontology” programme will be available in both July and August. Register quickly for this week-long class, as it fills up fast and only eight spaces are available each session!

    Summer Programmes will be offered July 04 to August 26. Classes are geared for children ages five through twelve. Please see our website at www.courtenaymuseum.ca for more information.


    Anniversary Give Away

    Congratulations to Ruth Masters and Tim “Skippy” Miller who are our April winners of The Comox Valley.

    One of the ways we are commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Courtenay and District Historical Society is with a monthly prize draw. All current, paid-up members are automatically entered to win a complimentary copy of the coffee table book The Comox Valley by Paula Wild. The winner will be notified.

    You can increase your chances of winning by signing up as a fan to our Facebook page! That’s right, we’ll be giving away two (count them two) books each month for the rest of the year. One to a current member and one to a Facebook fan.


    A Word to the Wise

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

    "Mímtl'íchn 'always calm area' - the Breton Islands near Heriot Bay are so named because they provide shelter from the winds. These islands were a well-known seal hunting area."

    Thanks to Sliammon Life, Sliammon Land published in 1983 by Dorothy Kennedy and Randy Bouchard.


    Kind Comments from Guests

    This is a comment left in the Capes Escape guest book by a family who visited with us:

    "After travelling the long journey from Dubai, we were more than thrilled upon our arrival at Capes. The house was perfect for our reunion and family wedding retreat. We love the scenery, the fresh air, the amenities and of course, the character house itself. It has been a fantastic couple of weeks and we hope to return again one day. Thank you for everything and especially for going the extra mile to accommodate our newborn. We certainly will recommend the Capes Escape to everyone! Best regards to the team as well as all future renters here:)"

    Click here for photos and availability


    It's All There in Black and White

    1961 was a good year. Yuri Gagarin became the first man in space, Joseph Heller’s Catch 22 was published, and the Courtenay and District Historical Society officially registered as a nonprofit society.

    It was also a year of wonderfully reasonable house prices in the Comox Valley. Take a look back 50 years at this advertisement from the Comox District Free Press newspaper microfilm and have a good drool.

    Read this newspaper article from our archives


    Upcoming I-Hos Events

    The I-Hos Gallery is pleased to announce a number of upcoming summer events at the gallery on Comox Road and the Puntledge RV Campground.

    • Native Herb Teas for Health
    • Cedar Basket Weaving
    • Cedar Rose
    • Drum Making
    • Celebrating NWC Indigenous Food of K’ómoks First Nation

    Click here for more information


    CDM 972.135.5
    Tea cosy donated in 1972 by Mrs. J. Isbister.

    Before Television
    What Happens When We Turn off the Remote

    One of the joys of working with the Courtenay and District Museum’s collection is to see the extraordinary craftsmanship used to create and embellish artifacts.

    From before the turn of the 19th century up to the 1930s-1940s, we see everyday items that added beauty, artistry, personal style and efficiency to all aspects of home and work life. Creativity, ingenuity, and invention were everyday requirements.

    Museum staff members sometimes refer to these items as “before television” artifacts as their detail reflects a time when people used their spare hours differently than many of us do now with the multitude of entertainment choices provided by modern technology.

    These items are not from a better time. They are from a different time. They show us what’s possible when we turn off the remote.

    In this and the coming issues, we will share some of these items with you and hope you enjoy them as much as we do. 



    Please consider supporting the Courtenay and District Museum through a charitable donation. Click on the link below to support donations to us directly or through the Comox Valley Community Foundation.

    Click here to Donate Now


    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
    Bruce McPhee

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

    Elizabeth Braithwaite
    Jean Hawthorne

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


    Photo of the Month

    CDM #990.24.207
    Maruya farm, Courtenay, c. 1905

    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