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January 18, 2019

Model Railroaders bring a life-long passion for their hobby to the annual Campbell River show

Every January, a die-hard group of model train enthusiasts sets up an elaborate display at the Museum at Campbell River.  This year will be their 21st.  Tony Van Bergen is one of the original members of the North Island Model Railroaders, a group that was founded about 30 years ago. “Over the years we have lost some of the original members, and gained some new members, but many of the people involved today have been involved since we started.  When we started there were about a dozen people and we began developing modules,” he explains.  Modules are interlocking sections of train layout, which include track that connects to the other modules, and detailed scenes around the track.  Using this syste

m makes the set-up portable and allows them to travel to different shows.  These days they have three shows a year, Campbell River, Nanaimo and Vancouver. In the past they travelled further afi

eld, with some memorable destinations including Portland, Or. and Vernon, BC.

When asked when he first became interested in model railroads, Tony explains that he has had an interest in trains his whole life.  “My dad got into it with m

The Annual Train Show at the Museum has always attracted large crowds, and 2018 had the highest attendance in the twenty year history of the event.  Tony has a theory on why this event remains so relevant to families today.  “People are realizing you can’t just sit in front of a t.v. or a cell phone or a computer all of the time.  A lot of parents are trying to get their kids away from the electronics and out learning in the world.  There are so many facets to model railroads, and the display is so animated.  There is a lot going on.”e for my first Christmas.  I was four months old when I got my first trains.  I like mechanical things, and I find being around railroads fascinating.  In this hobby you have to learn carpentry, electrical work, you have to use creativity and have an understanding of physics.  It is a demanding hobby in that way, either you have to learn all of those skills, or you get help from friends.”

When asked for any final thought on the matter he doesn’t even hesitate, “It’s just a lot of fun!”

The Annual Train Show at the Museum at Campbell River on Saturday, January 26 (noon to 5pm) and Sunday, January 27 (noon to 4pm).  The cost is $7 per person or $20 per family.  Children under 6 are free.  In the Museum foyer there will be a display by the ICaTS (Island Construction and Trucking Show) of model heavy equipment.  This year they will have a working model of logging equipment and scenes.

November 15, 2018

Haig-Brown Writer in Residence Terry Jordan is looking forward to connecting with local writers.  Here is a preview of what he has planned:

Manuscript Consultation: Please forward a maximum of 10-12 pages for an initial submission. (Discussion of further submission if time permits.) Fiction, Memoir, Creative Non-Fiction, Song lyrics and Scripts (both Playwriting and Screenplays.) Please send to:

Playwrights and those interested in the process of writing a play: please contact Terry by email asap to express your interest toward meeting beginning in January to participate in an ongoing workshop over the months called Writing the Ten Minute Play where you’ll work together to create your own personal short scripts to be performed by actors at a gala night of staged readings at RiverCity Stage, early April.

Songwriting Workshop with a focus on Story. Everyone's got one, you and I. Regular meetings and monthly on-stage performances Story & Song at the RiverCity Theatre. Interested? Contact Terry at

An Afternoon with Terry Jordan talk and reading at the Museum at Campbell River.  January 12, 2019 at 1pm.  Cost $7.

A Residency Wind-up Reading at RiverCity Stage in late March with writers Terry has worked with in his term in Campbell River and area.

For updates and news on residency programs visit Haig-Brown House on Facebook, or see or .

July 19, 2018

CALL FOR VENDORS - Fall Festival at Haig-Brown House

Sunday, September 23

11:00am to 3:00pm

Haig-Brown House

2250 Campbell River Rd, Campbell River


The Fall Festival at Haig-Brown House is now accepting applications from artists, craftspeople, designer/makers, and organizations to host a table or booth at the festival. The Festival is a curated, outdoor event with an aim to celebrate and strengthen the amazing community we call Campbell River and to showcase the abundance to goods that are produced locally. 

Through a variety of activities, presentations and invited vendors, the festival features ways we can live sustainably within our community and the environment and will feature local farmers, community groups, conservation efforts, locally produced specialty items, live music, a BBQ, Fly-casting demonstrations and kids activities. The City’s Stewardship Awards will also be presented at the festival.

To apply, please send an email request to the event organizer, Alison Liebel at or call for more details at 778-829-8425.

Festival Guidelines

  • Vendor space is 10’x10’ on the grounds of the Haig-Brown Property
  • No cost to vendors
  • All work for sale must be original, handmade and the artist is asked be in attendance to sell their items.
  • The organizer will assign vendor space at their discretion and reserves the right to alter the layout.
  • Vendors are responsible for supplying their own table, chairs and cover.
  • Electricity is not provided.
  • Parking is limited and vendors will not be able to park beside or near their assigned spot. Instead, festival staff and volunteers will assist vendors to unload and transport to the assigned spot.
  • Approval confirmation will be given within 2 weeks of applying.


Hosted by the Museum at Campbell River


June 16, 2018

We published a book!  60: Collected Stories from the Museum at Campbell River is now available in the Museum Shop for $27.95 + tax.  

There was a great feature about the book in the Campbell River Mirror. Click here to read the full article.


April 27, 2018

This week was the Museum's AGM and we have attached our Annual Report for anyone that missed the AGM and wants to find out about what a great year we had here in 2017!


March 8 2017

Happy International Women's Day!

We wanted to share with you today an article written by Morgan Ostler that features an amazing group of local women who fought for decades for the creation of the Inland Island Highway.  The tireless efforts of these strong women, who include Ostler herself, were instrumental in creating a safer highway to Campbell River.

See the full article here.


May 2016

Local celebration for International Museum Day

Every year since 1977 the International Council of Museums has coordinated events around the world to celebrate International Museum Day on May 18th.  The objective of these celebrations is to raise awareness of the fact that, “Museums are an important means of cultural exchange, enrichment of cultures and development of mutual understanding, cooperation and peace among people.”

The Museum at Campbell River saw almost 28,000 visitors in 2015, which shows just how relevant it remains to the community.  “Museums today are not just about collecting artifacts.  We use the term ‘living history’ at the Museum at Campbell River to stress the importance of keeping the stories of the past alive and meaningful for today” explains Executive Director Sandra Parrish.  This year, to celebrate International Museum Day, there will be free admission from 10-5 as the museum begins to open early for summer hours.  In addition, guests will get a small gift from the Museum Gift Shop, and from 3-5pm there will be refreshments.  Making a special appearance in the afternoon will be Campbell River’s favourite mascot – Mr. Tyee, who will be happy to pose for selfies with museum-goers.  Be sure to post your selfies on Instagram and hashtag them with #museumatcampbellriver .

For more information contact the Museum at Campbell River at 250-287-3103 or go to


April 2016

Learn about the Intertidal Zone with the Museum at Campbell River

Pull on your gum boots and come out with the Museum to explore the fascinating world of the intertidal zone at the Willow Point reef.  Join the Museum of Campbell River and biologist Sandra Milligan for this family-friendly afternoon of exploration.  The walk will look closely at dozens of animals and algae, from crabs and chitons, to gastropods and nudibranchs.  Put your observational skills to work to find all sorts of beautiful and unusual creatures, and learn about the amazing strategies that have developed to live in this challenging environment.

Registration is at the Museum for the Intertidal Walks on Monday May 9th and Saturday June 4th.   Participants need to be able to walk about 1 km, some of which is in ankle-deep water and on uneven surfaces.  Meet at the parking lot on Highway 19A at Larwood Rd at 1pm on May 9th and 11am on June 4th.  Leave 5 minutes to park and walk; please respect the business parking at Larwood Plaza. To register, call the Museum at Campbell River at 250-287-3103.  The cost is a special family rate of $30.00 for a family of 4 (including grandparents, parents, caregivers, respite workers and kids).  Adults are $15.00, children $7.50.  Email with any questions.


January, 2016

Annual Train Show at Museum January 30 and 31

The Annual Train Show at the Museum at Campbell River is coming soon, and this is an event you won’t want to miss.  In past years this show has attracted huge crowds to see the impressive displays of model trains and ‘Icats’.  ‘Icats’ stands for Island Construction and Trucking Show, which displays remote controlled heavy equipment such as front end loaders and excavators.  The North Island Model Railroaders will be displaying operating HO Scale trains and Garden Scale trains with detailed arrangements of equipment, scenery and miniature buildings.

“This has to be one of the most fun events we do all year,” says Ken Blackburn, Programmer for the Museum.  “It a delight to see the wonder and awe on the faces of entire families.  And I know that the clubs involved have some new equipment to display this year”.

The train show has something for everyone, from toddlers to seniors.  It will run on January 30th from noon to 5pm and January 31st from noon to 4pm.  The cost is only $7.00 per person or $20.00 for the whole family.  Kids under six are free.  Call the Museum at Campbell River at 287-3103 for more information. Discover for yourself why this fascinating hobby is popular all around the world.  All Aboard! 

January, 2016

Museum offering Free Admission for Literacy Week January 26-29

The Museum at Campbell River wants to be part of your literacy week plans, and is offering free admission from January 26 to 29, 2016.  You may wonder, what does a museum have to do with literacy?  An abundance of research has been done on this very subject, and it shows without a doubt that there are many benefits of bringing children to museums.  Museums allow us to get a glimpse of other times and places and to learn about how other people lived.  This develops curiosity, empathy, critical thinking and other skills.  Guests at the museum are encouraged to ask questions and have discussions about what they see.

Erika Anderson works at the Museum at Campbell River and has a 6-year-old son who visits the Museum frequently.  “I have been bringing my son to museums since he was a toddler.  He has been to the Museum at Campbell River dozens of times, and every time he notices something new, he comes up with different questions to ask, and we have discussions on different topics relating to what he has seen.”

Take some time with your kids, your grandparents, your aunts and uncles or your friends to enjoy a memorable immersive learning experience during Literacy Week January 26 to 29.  You’ll enjoy the trip, gain all kinds of benefits and it will be free!  The Museum is open from 12-5 Tuesday through Sunday.  For more information call 250-287-3103 or go to .


January, 2016

First of three Master Classes with the Writer-in-Residence to focus on Writing Character

One of the most memorable and important elements of any story, and one of the most difficult to write, is character.  Wayne Grady, award winning author and current Haig-Brown Writer-in-Residence, is offering a master class on ‘Writing Character’ in order to assist writers with creating believable, three-dimensional characters that resonate on the page and reverberate in the mind.   This workshop will focus on all forms of character: main characters, minor characters, characters drawn from history, and that ubiquitous but enigmatic character known as “I”.

 This class will take place on Saturday January 23rd from 1-4pm at the Museum at Campbell River.  It will begin with a lecture by Grady, followed by in-session exercises and workshops.  This session will be of equal value to writers of fiction, nonfiction and poetry.  The cost is $40.

 For more information or to register call the Museum at 250-287-3103.


January 6, 2016

Museum starts preparations for 2016 fundraising Book Sale

The Museum at Campbell River is looking for your help as they prepare for their 11th annual fundraising book sale.  Each year the public supports the Museum by cleaning out their book shelves and bringing boxes of gently used books for the sale.  This year the book sale will take place March 5th and 6th. 

 Drop your previously loved books off between noon and 5:00 pm Tuesday to Sunday from now until March 1st at the Museum (preferably at the back entrance off 4th Avenue).  Please note the Museum is closed on Mondays.  We gratefully accept most book donations but are unable to take magazines, encyclopedias, school texts or Reader’s Digest.

 All proceeds from the book sale support the work that the Museum does, including exhibits and public and school programming.  For more information about upcoming programs and exhibits go to .


December 23, 2015

People’s Choice Award recipient selected at Festival of Trees

The Festival of Trees at the Museum at Campbell River has attracted over 800 visitors, has been seen by hundreds of school children visiting on tours, and has been the backdrop for many special events and receptions.  Each visitor was given the opportunity to cast a ballot for their favourite among over twenty decorated trees.  The ballots have been counted and a winner has been selected.  The 2015 People’s Choice Award winner is Broadstreet Properties and Seymour Pacific Developments Ltd.   Their tree, entitled Miracle on Broad Street, has branches swathed with snow, decorations in a classic black and white motif, and an old fashioned street sign as an added accent piece.  This is the second year in a row that Broadstreet Properties and Seymour Pacific Developments Ltd. has won this prestigious award.

“The tree was inspired by the movie Miracle on 34th Street” explains Yani Indrajaya, one of the tree decorators, “We did a play on the title of the movie and were trying to recreate a street light with snow falling.”

The trees are still on display until December 31st at the Museum at Campbell River. For more information contact the Museum at 250-287-3103.