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Stay Tuned for Fall Events
Stay tuned to the museum's fall line-up of events including lectures and readings by, Authors Richard Mackie, Paula Wild and Tom Peek. As well, we'll be rolling into fall with exciting events such as reptile day, the elasmosaur’s birthday and a Halloween celebration.
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Stuffed Stuff: Elasmo Stuffies
The Courtenay and District Museum is well known for many things: terrific science camps, fossil tours, eye opening exhibits, and a great archival collection. But there is one feature in particular that tends to take centre stage: the Elasmosaur.
So it probably comes as no surprise that there would be some sort of squishy and huggable replica sold at the gift shop. Hand crafted with love, museum staff have collaborated to create completely unique plush Elasmosaurs for you to buy and enjoy. Just $16 each (plus taxes) and you’ve got your very own souvenir!
Only a couple more chances left to partake in the Kids Discover! programme here at the museum.
There are still a few spaces left for kids aged 5 to 7 in the August 20 to 22 slot and kids aged 8 to12 in the August 27 to 29 group.
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Photo of the Month
Spectators at Courtenay Fair, c. 1913
You can view more photos like this on our website. Click here to visit our holdings.
What Happens When We Turn off the Remote
Unique cigarette holders? Medieval tools of torture?
No, just an example of a woman’s beauty supplies from the mid-20th Century – metal hair curlers.
These curlers are in the wire clasp style and would be used when doing a "wet set". Although not pictured here, the curlers came in every size from "midget" known for grabbing onto those pesky short hairs at the neck nape, to "giant" which would have been used for fashionable rolls and puffs.
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
Pedestrian bridge across the Courtenay River? Been there; done that 90 years ago.
Check out these newspaper snippets from the Cumberland Islander of August 11, 1923.
Read this newspaper article from our archives
With legacy support from the Bickle Family and the Comox Valley Echo.
Anniversary Celebration at The Old Church
The Old Church Theatre Society cordially invites you to:
- Celebrate 75 years of the building formerly known as the Church of the Canadian Martyrs
- View the unveiling of signage documenting the story of the Canadian Martyrs Church
- Visit the "Old Church Theatre"
- Enjoy a short programme, refreshments and a sneak preview of the upcoming production of “Les Miserables”, presented by the resident repertoire company the Co-Val Choristers.
Please attend Saturday, September 28 at 2:00pm at 755 Harmston Avenue, Courtenay, BC.
Please RSVP by September 1, 2013
Gift Shop News
These just in… fun items just for kids! "Eggs" that crack open and a toy baby dinosaur pops out, stretchy dinosaurs, T-Rex wrist pets and glow in the dark dinosaurs that stick to ceilings and walls. New stuffies have also arrived and they include hummingbirds, moose, otters, orcas and our favourite dinosaurs.
We carry a variety of items that are made in Canada, such as t-towels, oven mitts, pot holders, aprons and mugs. There are some wonderful First Nations bear, salmon and moose themed items in stock.
Remember if you have a museum membership you will receive 15% off on all non-consignment items.
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
Comox Valley Echo
The Bickle Family
John Wilson and Family
Sue and Ian Leakey
Comox Valley Monarch Lions Club
Dove and Mike Hendren
George E. Sprogis
Jean & Ian Sibbald
Chuck & Mary Slemin
Roberts and Adela Smith
M & J Tevington
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: