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Courtenay & District Museum

  • Holiday Wishes
  • Watershed Moments
  • 12 Days of Christmas Sale Extended
  • Further Price Reductions
  • Gift Suggestions
  • Courtenay's Centennial
  • Holiday Hours
  • Seasonal Recipes
  • Photo of the Month
  • It's All There in Black and White
  • Your Membership Makes A Difference
  • 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
    Mary Everson

    Elizabeth Braithwaite

    Member of...

    British Columbia Museums Association

    Canadian Museums

    Archives Association of
    British Columbia

    Heritage Society of British Columbia

    Comox Museum

    Cumberland Museum

    Comox Air Force Museum

    Filberg Heritage Lodge


    CDM 990.17.82

    Holiday Wishes

    As the festive season approaches, the Courtenay and District Museum board and staff would like to extend wishes to all for a wonderful and safe holiday.

    Seasons Greetings and Happy New Year to you and yours!


    Watershed Moments

    Have you picked up your copy of Watershed Moments yet? They are selling like hotcakes at our gift shop!

    People are quite taken with the clarity of the photographs in this coffee table book. And with more than 190 pages to look through, there are plenty of photos!

    Drop by and have a look through a sample copy at our front desk. We think you’ll be impressed.

    Purchasing a copy of Watershed Moments is a great way to support the museum and get a fun overview of Comox Valley history.

    Click here for more details


    12 Days of Christmas Sale Extended

    For Museum Members Only

    Due to its popularity, the Museum Members Only 25% Off Christmas Sale has been extended for another 12 days. The 25% discount will be valid until December 24th! Please note that it does not apply to consignment or already reduced items.


    Further Price Reductions

    Aprons, jute bags and Kanata Blankets: 50% off ticket price until December 24th.


    Gift Suggestions

    Since it's getting close to the Christmas countdown, here are a few gift suggestions for those "hard to buy for" people on your list:

    1. Silver Plated Servers

    2. Marine-themed Lanterns and Plant Holders

    3. Elasmosaur Coffee (ground or beans) from the Royston Roasting Company and Elasmo Chocolate Bars from Hot Chocolates

    4. Velvet Burnt Out Scarves

    5. Vancouver Island Maps

    6. Janet Baskets

    7. Silver Plated Bracelets

    8. Dinosaur, Bear or Wolf Hats

    9. Rustic Beach Hut Bird Houses made in Royston

    10. Rain Goose Linen Tea Towels and Pot Holders designed and made in North Vancouver

    11. Jewelry by local artist Stephanie Gould

    12. Watershed Moments, A Pictorial History of Courtenay and District, recently released book by local authors.

    All items are available in the Museum Gift Shop. If you are a Museum Member you will receive a 25% discount off the ticket price during our special Christmas sale period. Please note: the discount is not valid for items that are on consignment or already reduced. The Museum Gift Shop is open Tuesday through Saturday 10 am-5 pm.


    Courtenay's Centennial

    Throughout 2015 the museum newsletter has provided glimpses into the back story on the City's Incorporation, history and development.

    This final installment features a holiday theme snippet from the December 25, 1914 Courtenay Review:

    Courtenay’s Opera House is visible in the background of this image. It was near the corner of 5th Street and Cliffe Avenue.

    R. Merle Halliday (1875-1944) and his wife Jessie (1887/1888? – 1936) are in the horse drawn cutter. The horse (Tammy) and cutter were owned by Reverend Menzies. Date: winter of 1915-1916.

    CDM 980.39.2

    "The annual Christmas tree and concert of the Presbyterian Sunday School is being held in the Opera House this (Thursday) evening. The parents and children will be admitted free. A good programme of songs, recitations, duets, etc., has been prepared by the children, after which Santa Claus will distribute presents from an old-fashioned Xmas tree."


    Holiday Hours

    The museum will be open regular winter hours, Tuesday to Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm except for the following holiday closures:

    • December 24th closed at 1:00 pm
    • Closed December 25th and 26th
    • December 31st closed at 1:00 pm
    • Closed January 1st


    Seasonal Recipes

    We searched the archives cook book collection to provide you with a couple of recipes for the holidays.

    Both are from a book of "Personal Recipes" likely produced in the late 1950s as a fund raiser by the Ladies Auxiliary of the Canadian Legion Branch 17, Courtenay.

    For those who really like to prepare in advance... Green Tomato Mincemeat from Mrs. L.M. Muir of Merville.

    And for those cooks who like to always have something at the ready... Ice Box Cookies from Mrs. C.C. Holmes.



    Photo of the Month

    CDM #985.74.10
    Hockey Players, Texada Island, 1930’s

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


    It's All There in Black and White

    "Give Something Electrical"

    Today you'd be more likely to hear "Give something digital". But as this Christmas advertisement from the December 16, 1922 Cumberland Islander shows, electric gifts were all the rage.

    Read this newspaper article from our archives

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


    Your Membership Makes A Difference

    Purchasing a membership to the Courtenay and District Museum, now in its 54th 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


    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
    Des Kennedy


    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
    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.

    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

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