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Courtenay & District Museum

  • Elasmosaur Birthday Party
  • Lecture: Land of Heart's Delight
  • Archives Week
  • Gift Shop Update
  • Your Membership Makes A Difference
  • Especially for Members
  • Photo of the Month
  • Christmas Open House
  • Kids Christmas Crafts
  • It's All There in Black and White
  • A Short History of Comox Co-operative Creamery
  • Museum Sponsors
  • Museum Funding

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

    Tuesday to Saturday:
    10am – 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


    Elasmosaur Birthday Party

    The Elasmosaur's birthday is fast approaching and this year the fossil will be 80,000, 025 years old.

    On Saturday, November 16th from 11 am – 4 pm, the museum is inviting the community to visit, see the exhibits, talk to the experts and bring in fossils for identification.

    Festivities include a birthday cake and kids crafts. The museum will show dinosaur movies all day in the Rotary Gallery and on the big-screen monitors.

    Admission to the event is by donation.


    Land of Heart's Delight

    Time & Date: 7 pm, Tuesday, November 19, 2013
    Location: Rotary Gallery, Courtenay and District Museum
    Speaker: Michael Layland
    Tickets: $5 per Historical Society Member; $6 non-members (plus GST). Advance tickets recommended. Tickets can be purchased over the phone by calling 250-334-0686.

    Author Michael Layland will introduce his new book The Land of Heart's Delight: Early Maps and Charts of Vancouver Island.

    Maps move us, ground us, and open a window into the era in which they were produced. With the oldest known maps dating back twenty-five thousand years, it is evident they have long been part of our collective history. But who creates them, and why, is key to understanding how they are meant to be read.

    Click for more Information


    Archives Week

    In recognition of BC Archives Week (November 18-24) we share this piece of advertising ephemera from the archives collection.


    Gift Shop Update

    Christmas will be here before we know it!

    If you are looking for some reasonably priced yet unusual stocking stuffers for kids we have lots to choose from like:

    • Dinosaur Express Train $12.00
    • Gro Beasts $1.00
    • Crystal Growing Kit $13.76
    • Dinosaur Glow in the Dark $1.95
    • Dinosaur Gliders $0.39
    • Bucket of Dinosaurs $6.00
    • Dinosaur Skeleton $3.49
    • Build a 2 ½ foot T-Rex $22.95
    • Dinosaur Fossil $8.50
    • Popcorn Rock $4.60

    There are also a ton of other items. Make sure you visit the gift shop for some great Christmas present ideas.


    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.

    Click here to Join


    Especially for Members

    From Saturday, November 30th through Saturday, December 14th museum members are entitled to a 25% discount in the gift shop. The shelves have been well stocked in anticipation!

    The discount applies to all regularly priced, non-consignment items.

    Make sure you check it out and take advantage of this membership privilege.


    Photo of the Month

    CDM #977.9.4
    Lorne Hotel, Comox, late 1800s

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


    Christmas Open House

    Mark Saturday, November 30th on your calendar and join us at our annual Christmas Open House from 11 am – 4 pm.

    The Museum will be decked out with Christmas decorations and we've got some special events planned for guests.

    • Children's Christmas Crafts: 12 noon to 3:30 pm
    • Fun presentation about the origin of Christmas traditions: 2 pm
    • Reading of "The Night Before Christmas": 3:30 pm

    Enjoy sweet treats and beverages and keep your fingers crossed to be one of our lucky door prize winners!

    Admission will be free to any family that brings a new or used unwrapped toy for Santa's Workshop or a donation for a local food bank.


    Kids Christmas Crafts

    If you are looking for fun events for the kids come on down to the Museum on Saturday, December 7th or 14th from 11 am – 3 pm when there will be an opportunity for children to do some fabulous make and take crafts. Kids can choose to make either a Christmas tree, a stocking or decorate a pine cone to hang on the tree. Admission is by donation.


    It's All There in Black and White

    The assassination of U.S. President John F. Kennedy was a shocking event. Learn how the Comox Valley responded in this Comox District Free Press article from November 27, 1963.

    Read this newspaper article from our archives

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

    We will also have hard copy newspapers from that time on exhibit in our gallery for the month of November.


    Museum and Heritage Commission Produce Short History of Comox Co-operative Creamery

    The museum and the City of Courtenay Heritage Commission have just completed a commemorative 18 page booklet with historic images and ephemera from the Comox Co-operative Creamery. A Short History of Comox Co-operative Creamery. Please see the museum website for more details in the coming weeks.


    Museum Sponsors

    Comox Valley Community Foundation
    Judy Hagen
    The Robert Hunt Family
    Bruce McPhee
    Vancouver Island Exploration Group
    Daryl and Evelyn Wright – Francis Jewellers Ltd.

    The Bickle Family
    Comox Valley Echo
    Comox Valley Monarch Lions Club
    Ed LaFleur
    Marjorie Thorpe
    John Wilson and Family

    Elizabeth Braithwaite


    Christine Dickinson
    Coral Dunn
    Dove and Mike Hendren
    Peggy Hildebrandt
    Ted Lovegrove
    Ruth Masters

    D. Mobley
    Jim Peacock
    April Shopland
    Jean & Ian Sibbald
    Roberts & Adela Smith

    If you're considering donating to a charity before the end of the year, please consider the Courtenay and District Museum. Your support goes towards education programmes, lectures and collection management. We provide a tax receipt to donors.

    Please click here to donate


    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