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Courtenay & District Museum & Paleontology Centre

207 4th St, Courtenay, British Columbia V9N 1G7, Canada
+1 250-334-0686
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Great small museum!

Being Canada Day the museum put on an open house. The Comox Valley has lots of amateur... read more

Reviewed 2 July 2018
Smoltman
,
Courtenay, Canada
via mobile
Fossil Tour and Dig was excellent!

We called ahead and booked a fossil tour and dig with Pat Trask, the Curator of Natural History... read more

Reviewed 1 May 2018
FINN-IV
,
Campbell River, Canada
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“first nations” (11 reviews)
“small town” (5 reviews)
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207 4th St, Courtenay, British Columbia V9N 1G7, Canada
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+1 250-334-0686
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Reviewed 2 July 2018 via mobile

Being Canada Day the museum put on an open house. The Comox Valley has lots of amateur palaeontologists. As a result they have a great fossil display. In addition they have early settlement displays, a great First Nation exhibit and other artifacts of interest. The...More

Thank Smoltman
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Reviewed 1 May 2018

We called ahead and booked a fossil tour and dig with Pat Trask, the Curator of Natural History. The afternoon was incredibly informative and interesting and we had a wonderful time. We found many different fossils at the site that Pat took us and we...More

Thank FINN-IV
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Reviewed 17 November 2017

This is a magical little place that contains a dinosaur that was found just down the road. Really! The Elamosaur is an impressive fossil because it would found almost complete and it is now recreated and copies are all around the world. Its right here...More

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Reviewed 6 November 2017

The Courtenay & District Museum has a First Class Collection and I recommend to tourists and locals alike to come visit. Admission is by donation, so please be generous in helping to preserve our history. Open year round, but 5 days in winter, 7 days...More

1  Thank Paulshappy
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Reviewed 14 September 2017 via mobile

For a "by donation" small town museum, this place is amazing. The paleontology exhibits were shockingly good with a little smattering of DIY aesthetic that only added to their charm. Local First Nations and colonial history was well represented throughout. Don't miss the staircase festooned...More

Thank Jennifer H
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Reviewed 24 August 2017 via mobile

Sweet little museum with a really big find! See the replica of the gigantic finned reptile discovered almost intact nearby! Also enjoyed info on the ill-fated ship, the Tonquin, sent by John Jacob Astor to what is now Astoria (read all about it in "Astoria"...More

Thank KathrynofVancouver
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Reviewed 31 July 2017

We recently visited Courtenay and signed up for the fossil tour not knowing what to expect. It is obviously not a huge museum like Victoria but we wandered through it for a good hour reading the history of the area as well as enjoying the...More

Thank Chris M
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Reviewed 30 July 2017

Pat, the fossil tour guide, is so fun and engaging. We didn't unearth any rare treasures but easily found plenty of great little shell specimen. Moreover, thanks to Pat, the kids came back curious, energized, and ready to keep digging.

1  Thank Colby B
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Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

The main thrust is the palaeontology section with our very own elasmasaur, found right at the convergence of the 2 rivers running thru our town. I have taken my Gr 7 students (13 year olds) many times to the museum and to the hands on...More

1  Thank Roberta L
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Reviewed 22 December 2016

This museum is a real find. It is not huge but is one of the best museums I have visited. The elasmosaur is amazing, great exhibits, extremely interesting. Staff was very friendly and informative. Make sure you check out Slugzilla the lungfish! Will be booking...More

1  Thank gicm60
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