Courtenay & District Museum

  • Boot Camp for Authors
  • Spring Break Kidscamp
  • What's In A Membership?
  • Personal History in the Making
  • Success!
  • It's All There in Black and White
  • Photo of the Month
  • Capes Escape
  • Before Television
  • Donations
  • Museum Sponsors
  • 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

    Member of...

    British Columbia Museums Association

    Canadian Museums

    Archives Association of
    British Columbia

    Heritage Society of British Columbia


    Boot Camp for Authors

    The idea's been with you a long time. You've even written some of it down. But so far, your Great Canadian Classic is just a pile of paper in a drawer or a file on your computer hard drive.

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    Spring Break Kidscamp

    Meet seashore critters, like the Leopard Dorid Nudibranch, at this year's Kidscamp!

    Our popular Kidscamp day programmes are back at the Courtenay and District Museum April 10, 11 & 12 from 11am to 2pm and promise to offer exciting and educational activities!

    Click here for details


    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


    Personal History in the Making

    Join Personal Historian Elizabeth Alex for an interactive three hour workshop at the Courtenay and District Museum on Saturday, April 21, from 1-4pm.

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    The new archives space provides room and light to tackle projects like the one pictured here…accessioning a large number of books donated by Bill and Sandy Heybroek.

    And, thanks to the generosity of supporters, our wish for roller shade blinds for the renovated area has been answered.

    Our next step in outfitting the building with similar blinds is the Rotary Gallery – is there anyone else out there willing to contribute funds to this goal?


    It's All There in Black and White

    What do the Aspen and Willow have to do with Easter? Do eggs and butterflies have something in common? What food was eaten at Easter in 1925 that is still a tradition today? Read this article and advertisement from the Friday, April 10th 1925 edition of The Cumberland Islander to find the answers.

    Read this newspaper article from our archives


    Photo of the Month

    CDM #989.69.67
    Float from Gaiety Theatre, Courtenay, 1923

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


    Katherine, Geoff and Phyllis Capes on Mt. Arrowsmith, 1931.

    A Very Welcoming Capes Escape

    Katherine Capes and her sister Phyllis followed in their father's footsteps by becoming avid hikers, then and now a challenging but, without doubt, exhilarating outdoor activity in the Valley. The Courtenay/Comox (now Comox District) Mountaineering club formed in 1927 and Geoffrey Capes served as director for many years.

    Capes Escape would provide a wonderful base for a family or club planning a vacation around a series of day hikes or climbs. Camping is not for everyone so museum staff are getting the word out and hope to welcome those guests who really need a fortifying night's sleep before heading for the hills again.

    For further information and availability please click here


    CDM 976.78.3

    Before Television
    What Happens When We Turn off the Remote

    Oh, the simplicity of a wooden sock stretcher!

    No embellishment required – the sock stretcher is pure function.

    Known as sock stretchers, blockers, dryers or boards, wooden forms like those shown here were used to dry woolen socks without shrinking. The holes in the wood increased air circulation and lead to faster drying.

    Sock stretchers were a very useful device for preserving all those hand knitted socks before the advent of nylon after World War II.



    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


    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