Fall Museum Discovery Days
The Courtenay and District Museum is now actively presenting Fall Museum Discovery Days for children 6-12 while schools are closed. Attendance has been great and students and parents are providing good feedback. Discovery Days include learning about the cultural and natural history of the Comox Valley through activities. The classes are popular, so please book in advance.
Instructor and guide: Pat Trask
Topic: Learn about the cultural, pioneer and natural history of the Comox Valley through activities and tours.
Activities: Crafts, fossil casting, dinosaur movies, a behind the scenes look at collection areas and interactive games.
Daily: Monday to Friday 9am - 3pm
Fee: $30.00 per day
Spaces: Up to 15 spaces - on a first-come, first-serve basis
Ages: 6 to 12
Food: Children need to bring a snack for the morning and afternoon plus lunch
Start date: Immediately
Register: Call the Museum to register 250-334-0686 ext. 5
Fall Museum Discovery Days are on a drop-in basis. Payment for each day will be taken the morning of the camp. Doors open at 8:45am and camp will finish at 3pm sharp. To guarantee your placement, pre-registration and payment is required.
Heritage Conferences Around the Province
British Columbia Museums Association Conference in Penticton
Heritage BC Conference in Cloverdale
September 26 & 27
The Great Outdoors
A Short Drive to Paradise Meadows
The Courtenay and District Museum has a mandate of cultural and natural history. Because of that, the society has always had a large number of outdoor enthusiasts in its membership. The fall months are a beautiful time of year to enjoy Strathcona Park.
Check out these great hikes with the Strathcona Wilderness Institute by clicking here. For those happy to stroll the accessible pathways and day hikes here's more information.
Your Membership Makes A Difference
Purchasing a membership to the Courtenay and District Museum, now in its 53rd 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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Shop at CDM
Getting Ready for Christmas!
Step right up and get ready for those Christmas lists with gifts and items from the CDM Museum Shop which, with great new items, has doubled its popularity and revenues over the past year. Maps, children's stuffies, baskets, and elasmosaur coffee from Royston Roasting are just a few of the new items.
A Good Turn from Talented People
If you're looking for s special gift this year that will do a whole lot of good, pick up your copy of the 2015 Comox Valley Calendar created to benefit the Comox Valley Food Bank. The brain child of Frieda Home with the fine eye of Ernst Vegt from Coast Imaging Arts, the calendars include images from Comox Valley photographers and every penny goes to the food bank.
So pick up a few items, buy a fabulous Janet Basket and wrap it all up for your favorite people. Don't forget that our wonderful members have 15% off year round. See you there!
It's All There in Black and White
The Seale & Thomson building has seen a lot of changes since it opened in March of 1948. Have a look at one of its incarnations from the September 8, 1971 Comox District Free Press.
More changes are afoot. Mudsharks Coffee Bar just completed a patio resurfacing courtesy of a grant from the Downtown Business Improvement Association façade improvement program and the Gladstone Brewing company hopes to open there later this year.
Read this newspaper article from our archives
With legacy support from the Bickle Family and the Comox Valley Echo.
Photo of the Month
Loaded flat car, 1930
You can view more photos like this on our website. Click here to visit our holdings.
The museum is now operating on our winter hours schedule. Please note that we are open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm.
Comox Valley Community Foundation
The Robert Hunt Family
Vancouver Island Exploration Group
Daryl and Evelyn Wright - Francis Jewellers Ltd.
The Bickle Family
Comox Valley Echo
Comox Valley Monarch Lions Club
John Wilson and Family
Dove and Mike Hendren
Jean & Ian Sibbald
Roberts & Adela Smith
Comox Valley Family History Research Group
If you're considering donating to a charity, please consider the Courtenay and District Museum. Your support goes towards education programmes, lectures and collection management. We provide a tax receipt to donors.
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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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