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She is back by popular demand. Catherine Gilbert will speak about the international incident known as the “Nootka Sound Crisis” beginning 7pm on Tuesday, October 17th at the Courtenay and District Museum. Her illustrated lecture in the spring sold out so Gilbert has agreed to do a repeat performance. In June 1789, the Spanish, under the leadership of Esteban Jose Martinez, built a substantial fort at Friendly Cove, on a grassy knoll below where the lighthouse stands today. What ever became of the fort? Why did the Spanish abandon Friendly Cove? These and other questions about the settlement of Nootka Island will be covered in the lecture. Gilbert will discuss the events that led up to the Nootka Sound Crisis, highlighting such scoundrels as the opportunist John Meares who precipitated the incident, and will talk about Captain George Vancouver’s visit of 1792 with Spanish Captain Juan Francisco de Bodega y Quadra. At this historic meeting, commemorated in recent years by a beautiful stained glass window in the church at Friendly Cove, the two captains attempted to resolve their countries’ territorial dispute. The presentation will also touch on the important role played by the Mowachaht, whose territory was at the centre […]
Nootka Sound Crisis
Denman Island author Howard Macdonald Stewart presents an illustrated lecture based on his new book “Views of the Salish Sea: One Hundred and Fifty Years of Change around the Strait of Georgia” at the Courtenay Museum on Thursday, November 9th at 7pm. “Views of the Salish Sea” is a deft examination of the Strait of Georgia, a sea spanning 300 kilometres from Victoria to Campbell River and supporting over 200 species of fish, 130 species of marine birds, and 16 kinds of marine mammals. Stewart considers this region through a variety of perspectives—as a highway or barrier, waste dump, recreational haven and more—in an effort to express this region as an interrelated whole, one that we must work to protect if we want to preserve its inherent richness. Howard Macdonald Stewart was born and raised on the shores of the North Salish Sea and has worked for the United Nations, local and national governments, international agencies, communities, NGOs and industries around the world. This book grew out of his PhD thesis in geography at UBC. He has contributed to numerous periodicals, and professional and academic publications. Admission to the evening is $5 for Historical Society members; $6 for non-members (plus […]
Views of the Salish Sea
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Downtown Courtenay Mural Project
We would like to thank our founding sponsors and businesses. Flywheel Studios Done Creative Benjamin Moore House of Colour Hitec Brazen ABC Printing Central Builders Home Hardware Comox Valley Chamber of Commerce We welcome you to be a supporter of our Downtown Courtenay Mural Project. The first project will create a pictorial history of the Leung Family and their long farming and storefront history. Donations to the project can be purchased here. Donate $20 Donate $50 Donate $100 Donate Custom Amount