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Courtenay & District Museum

  • New Reptile in Town
  • Especially for Members
  • What's In A Membership?
  • Christmas Open House
  • Christmas Craft Saturdays
  • Donations
  • It's All There in Black and White
  • Photo of the Month
  • Before Television
  • Museum Sponsors
  • Museum Funding

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

    Tuesday to Saturday
    10 am to 5 pm

    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


    New Reptile in Town
    Valley’s most famous dinosaur welcomes a juvenile elasmosaur just in time for birthday

    The team of workers hang the fleshed-out juvenile elasmosaur at the museum.

    Almost a quarter-century has passed since Mike Trask and his daughter Heather discovered the fossilized remains of an 80-million-year-old elasmosaur on the banks of the Puntledge River near Courtenay.

    But at last he has come face-to-face with what the fearsome creature would have looked like when it was alive.

    Trask was at Courtenay and District Museum to witness the arrival of its latest exhibit - a scientifically-accurate fleshed out version of the species from the Age of the Dinosaurs—a juvenile elasmosaur.

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    Especially for Members

    A reminder that this week is the gift shop sale event especially for members.

    From November 13 - 17 museum members will receive an additional 5% discount on their regular 15% discount from non-consignment and non-sale items. The shop has been well stocked in anticipation!

    There is a wide array of books for both children and adults, tea towels, oven mitts, shopping bags, scarves, mugs, water bottles, jade jewellery, prints, t-shirts, hoodies and native carvings.

    If you are looking for gifts for kids we have a fantastic variety of unusual and very reasonably priced toys. There are fossil and dinosaur excavation kits, t-rex chompers, dinosaur umbrellas, tons of great quality stuffies, dino grows, flash lights and crystal growing kits - just to mention a few.

    Make sure you pay the gift shop a visit and take advantage of your museum membership!


    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


    Christmas Open House
    11 am to 4 pm, Saturday, December 1, 2012

    Mark your calendars for our Christmas Open House celebration.

    The museum will be decked out for Christmas. Enjoy a hot apple cider and cookies. There will be crafts for children including the famous dinosaur Christmas ornaments. View all the fabulous new exhibits and enjoy a lively, interactive discussion of the history of Christmas Traditions. Enter to win door prizes.

    We also have a special deal for our members: for this one day only we are offering museum members 25% off in the gift shop on non-consignment and non-sale items.

    Museum entry to the Open House will be free to any family that brings a new or used, unwrapped toy or gift for Santa’s Workshop, or a donation for a local food bank.


    Christmas Craft Saturdays
    10 am to 2 pm, December 8 and 15

    Looking for activities for the kids? Join us on Saturday, December 8 and 15 for Christmas crafts. Kids will have a chance to make some old fashioned crafts such as Christmas stars, spice balls or painted pinecones that they may want to use to decorate the museum Christmas tree. This is a great chance to explore a number of hands-on activities to celebrate the season.

    Admission is by donation.



    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


    It's All There in Black and White

    Who arrived in the Valley in the year 1909 and was considered a Comox King Pin by 1935? Find the answer in this article from the November 14, 1935 edition of the Comox District Free Press.

    Read this newspaper article from our archives


    Photo of the Month

    CDM #976.43.9

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


    CDM 997.530.2

    Before Television
    What Happens When We Turn off the Remote

    Before computers, television or even telephones we used to write letters. Lots of letters. And if one of your letters called for an extra decorative flourish you might close the envelope with some wax and a seal like the one pictured above.

    This seal dates from approximately 1900 and bears the initials SEM that stand for Sylvia Edith Markle. Sylvia married W.A.W. Hames and the family moved to the Comox Valley in 1914.

    Historically, the use of seals goes back to the earliest civilizations of ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome. And, apparently, the use of seals is making a come back today – at least according to Martha Stewart, modern design guru.


    Museum Sponsors

    Judy and Stan Hagen
    Comox Valley Community Foundation
    Daryl and Evelyn Wright-Francis Jewellers 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
    Comox Valley Monarch Lions Club

    Elizabeth Braithwaite
    Jean Hawthorne


    Lawrence Burns
    Sheila Carvalho
    Perlita Docuria
    Coral Dunn
    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
    Roberts and Adela Smith
    Donald Taylor
    M & J Tevington


    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