Cars transporting cars. That would be railway boxcars transporting 4-wheeled automobiles.
Over its long history the Esquimalt & Nanaimo Railway carried everything from mail to Christmas trees to livestock and more.
In the case of these photographs, the year is 1924 and Model T cars for Corfield Motors Ltd. are being unloaded at the railway station. Some assembly required.
You can learn more about the history of rail by visiting the Ties to Communities exhibit in our second floor gallery.
Gift Shop Update
The busy tourist season is starting and staff have ordered some fabulous new items for the shop.
Neat new items for kids include: tubes and buckets of dinosaurs, t-rex wrist pets, Color and Go travel colouring books and binoculars.
If you are looking for a gift, we have something for everyone. Three new items are beautiful etched glass bowls and plates designed by A.J. Salmon. These would make especially great gifts for weddings or anniversaries.
We are now featuring the work of a local glass artist in the shop: Stephanie Gould. Her jewelry is kiln formed dichraic glass which brings out the most amazing colours. All the earrings are free of both nickel and lead. We are also carrying her necklaces and pins. Stephanie also creates very lovely sand-glass plaques which look fabulous in front of any window.
Our gift shop is now open seven days a week - Monday to Saturday from 10am-5pm and Sunday noon to 4pm. Please note: if you are a museum member you will receive a 15% discount on any non-consignment item.
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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Race to the End of the Earth
The Royal British Columbia Museum in Victoria presents the exhibit Race to the End of the Earth on now to October 14, 2013.
Race to the End of the Earth recounts one of the most stirring tales of Antarctic exploration, the contest to reach the South Pole. This exhibition focuses on the challenges that the Norwegian and British leaders faced as they undertook their separate 2900 km journeys from the edge of the Ross Ice Shelf to the South Pole and back.
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Comox Valley Community Foundation
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Don and Marie Gordon
M. Jean McMullan Estate
Comox Valley Echo
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John Wilson and Family
Sue and Ian Leakey
Comox Valley Monarch Lions Club
Dove and Mike Hendren
George E. Sprogis
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Chuck & Mary Slemin
Roberts and Adela Smith
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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.
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