Here now is an image and quote from the museum’s award-nominated book Watershed Moments – A Pictorial History of Courtenay and District.


Photo credit: CDM 2004.49.20
Photo caption: The lavish Comox Co-operative Creamery float passes by in the 1923 Courtenay May Day parade, while dairy producer Alex Urquhart watches from the sidelines. Page 90.

“In 1901, a group of Comox Valley dairy farmers, who lacked the equipment they needed for processing, set up the Comox Co-operative Creamery Association to provide a central processing co-op for their milk. “The Creamery,” as folks came to know it, became one of the most successful enterprises in the Comox Valley and met farmers’ needs for processing milk into premium butter, cheese and, eventually, ice cream, for the next sixty-seven years.” Page 86.

Psst! Don’t forget to pick up your copy of the book at the museum gift shop, too.