Courtenay & District Museum

  • Lecture: Above the Bush
  • Easter Celebration
  • Spring Break Programmes
  • Your Membership Makes A Difference
  • It's All There in Black and White
  • Photo of the Month
  • Bye Bye Wendy
  • Donations
  • 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


    Lecture: Above the Bush
    A Century of Climbing on Vancouver Island 1912-2012

    Time and Date: 7 pm, Wednesday, March 20, 2013
    Location: Rotary Gallery of the Courtenay and District Museum
    Speaker: Lindsay Elms
    Tickets: $6 for non-members; $5 for museum members (plus HST). Advance tickets recommended.

    "Above the Bush" celebrates those mountain climbers willing to persevere through the primeval vegetation to get to the wonderful alpine playground beyond.

    This illustrated talk, based on the book of the same name, will look at the rich, and sometimes forgotten, climbing history of many important mountains on Vancouver Island.

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    Easter Celebration

    Easter will be coming to the Museum a little early this year! Mark Saturday, March 23rd on your calendars for a fun time for the whole family. Our Easter celebration will run from 11 am to 3 pm. Admission is by donation.

    • There will be the opportunity to make some fun Easter crafts. Make a nest with baby birds, an Easter chicken or rabbit.
    • A special display of over 100 amazing brightly coloured egg-shaped minerals will be on exhibit. The “eggs” are machine ground and polished showing their inner textures.
    • The Hot Chocolates rabbit will be hopping in at some point to pay us a visit and give out delicious Hot Chocolates samples!
    • To top it off, there will be a petting zoo in the Rotary Gallery where everyone can make a fuss of lambs, kids (the goat kind), rabbits, ducks and hens. We would like to give a big thank you to the 4-H Club for bringing and caring for the animals.

    We look forward to seeing you!

    For more details call Gillian at Visitor Services 250-334-0686.


    Spring Break Programmes
    March 26 to April 4

    Spring break is on the way. This year we are offering three different sessions for kids to choose from: The Age of Dinosaurs, Go Fly a Kite! and Kid’s Rock!

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    Your Membership Makes A Difference

    Purchasing a membership to the Courtenay and District Museum, now in its 52nd year, supports heritage preservation in the Comox Valley through special events, lectures, education programmes, research and exhibitions. Your membership benefits these award winning programmes on a year round basis and we appreciate it!

    Becoming a member provides you with discounts in the gift shop and on lectures and an opportunity to support one of the most active regional museums in British Columbia. Thank you for your support.

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    It's All There in Black and White

    In this March 17, 1949 edition of the Comox District Free Press you will read about one man’s terrifying experience with a prehistoric monster.

    Read this newspaper article from our archives

    With legacy support from the Bickle Family and the Comox Valley Echo.


    Photo of the Month

    CDM #990.24.159
    Creech's Livery Stable, Courtenay, c. 1905

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


    Bye Bye Wendy

    The museum bids a fond farewell to longtime employee Wendy Fried Olsson who leaves us to move to eastern Canada.

    Wendy has been with the museum on and off since 1992. She has pretty much done every job under the sun here: from fossil casts to exhibit creation to archival processing. Why she has even been known to scrub clothes on a washboard for furthering the knowledge of social history!

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    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


    CDM 988.197.191

    Before Television
    What Happens When We Turn off the Remote

    A lovely Easter postcard from our collection.

    It is from the WW I era and features what might be a primula bouquet on the cross.

    Sending postcards with their handwritten messages has definitely been on the decline since the invention of the internet and e-cards. Just ask Canada Post.


    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