Courtenay & District Museum

  • Exploring a Forgotten Coastline
  • New Year Resolutions
  • Science and Nature Discovery Programme
  • It's All There in Black and White
  • Anniversary Give Away
  • Before Television
  • What's In A Membership?
  • 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
    Mary Everson

    Elizabeth Braithwaite

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    British Columbia Museums Association

    Canadian Museums

    Archives Association of
    British Columbia

    Heritage Society of British Columbia


    Exploring a Forgotten Coastline

    Guest speaker: Jeanette Taylor
    When: 7 pm, Tuesday, February 7th
    Where: Rotary Gallery, Courtenay and District Museum
    Admission: $5 (plus HST) members; $6 (plus HST) general public. Advance tickets recommended.

    Come and explore a little known part of the BC coast with historian Jeanette Taylor.

    Taylor's illustrated presentation, based upon her books and tours aboard the historic Columbia III, will provide a rare view of the islands and inlets of the inner coast between North Vancouver Island and the mainland.

    Her slides include both contemporary and archival images of places like Kingcome Inlet and Bute Inlet, the Discovery Islands off Campbell River and the Broughton Islands off Port McNeill.

    Click Here for Details


    New Year Resolutions

    The following article appeared in the Comox District Free Press of January 2, 1936:


    Cynics will smile pityingly and claim that most of the resolutions made to mark the advent of the New Year are either broken or forgotten before New Year's Day has passed. They claim - and probably they are right – we'll be jogging along quite contentedly in the same old way.

    Nevertheless, the making and subsequent breaking of good intentions is by no means the important feature which characterizes this urge we feel for a fresh start.

    The true value lies in the fact we acknowledge the need for a change, in the realization we are not as perfect as we might be. And if only once a year we indulge in a short period of introspection, the result is definitely for good.

    The man really to be pitied is he who sees no use in formulating good intentions."


    Science and Nature Discovery Programme

    Students have returned this month to enjoy the unbeatable combination of learning and fun at the museum's popular Science and Nature Discovery Programme, which runs from September to May. Registration is ongoing and new students are welcome at any time. No prerequisites are required.

    January 2010 marked the launch of the Science and Nature Discovery Programme. Designed exclusively for home schooled children and largely comprised of hands-on activities, the programme has been a huge success! One class per week was originally offered and interest has been so great that four more classes have been added to accommodate all the students. Two years later all sorts of exciting projects have been created including moveable models of the solar system, erupting volcanoes, cloud identification charts and a month-long study on vertebrates.

    Group learning helps students to build confidence in their social and public speaking skills while small class sizes allow the instructor to spend time assisting each student with any specific needs. Weekly two hour classes are geared for children aged five through twelve and are presented at the museum. Students gain a sense of pride by creating projects to express understanding of the course material as well as their individual points of view.

    The cost for each 4 class session is $62.50 + HST. For more information on available class times, programme content or to register a student, please contact the museum at (250) 334-0686 or visit our website at


    It's All There in Black and White

    Do you prefer your beer by the bucket or the glass?

    The Cumberland Islander of March 13, 1925 ponders the legality of that question.

    Read this newspaper article from our archives


    Anniversary Give Away

    We have reached the end of our Courtenay & District Historical Society 50th anniversary give away contest. Our final winners for the month of December were Jim Halvorson and Facebook fan Kira Gebauer.

    It was great fun to be able to give away copies of The Comox Valley book by Paula Wild.

    Congratulations again to all who were the lucky recipients.


    CDM 993.25.1

    Before Television
    What Happens When We Turn off the Remote

    This charming crocheted purse (c. 1900) beautifully illustrates detail in creating and embellishing an item. The piece belonged to Comox Valley pioneer Jane Grieve (b. 1828 – d. 1918).

    George and Jane Grieve (both British emigrants) came to the Comox Valley in 1875 from Harvey Station, New Brunswick. They became successful farmers and were involved in many district undertakings, particularly the building of St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church at the top of Mission Hill.

    Jane Grieve's obituary describes her as "ever maintaining that fine spirit that has had such a good influence in the community. For years she has been an invalid but has been most cheerful, and uncomplaining...".


    What's In A Membership?

    Lots! News on lectures and events, fifteen percent discounts in the gift shop on non-consignment items, discounts on lectures and a chance to be involved with one of the most active regional museums in B.C.

    Buying a membership supports heritage, education and activities. If you're not a member already, please join us today!

    Click here to Join



    Please consider supporting the Courtenay and District Museum through a charitable donation. Your donation helps support programming, museum activities and long term operating of the Courtenay and District Museum. This is a great time of year to donate and receive a tax receipt.

    You can donate online or by mail, details for both are available through the link below. Either way, we'll send acknowledgment and a receipt as soon as your donation is received.

    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


    Lawrence Burns
    Sheila Carvalho
    Perlita Docuria
    Bent Harder
    Dove and Mike Hendren
    Joanne Jacobson
    Inge Krahn
    Phyllis Long
    Ginny Lowrie
    Ruth Masters
    Mary McCaffrey
    Evelyn Martin
    M.E. McKerrow
    Mary Mobley

    D. Mobley
    Richard Monks
    Barb Page
    Bernie Poole
    Alice Potts
    Robin Potts
    Gordon Schnare
    April Shopland
    George E. Sprogis
    Jean & Ian Sibbald
    Chuck & Mary Slemin
    Donald Taylor
    M & J Tevington
    John and Joan Wilson


    Photo of the Month

    CDM #989.183.82
    Elk Hotel ad, 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, 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