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Courtenay & District Museum & Paleontology Centre

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Address: 207 4th St, Courtenay, British Columbia V9N 1G7, Canada
Phone Number: +1 250-334-0686
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EXCELLENT FIND

A great little find and easy to find off the main highway. Small, but full of interesting exhibits including a huge elasmosaur skeleton found locally. Many beautiful other fossils... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
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Harrogate, United Kingdom
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Harrogate, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A great little find and easy to find off the main highway. Small, but full of interesting exhibits including a huge elasmosaur skeleton found locally. Many beautiful other fossils and casts. I didn't get chance to try out their fossil tours but they are clearly worth the effort. Free parking nearby. The museum is on the north end of town... More 

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Victoria Capital Regional District, Canada
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27 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2016

We had planned to visit the Museum when we booked our trip to Courtenay and I'm glad we didn't miss it! Very interesting mix of natural history and human history. I would definitely go back.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016 via mobile

This is a little local museum-if you're expecting full size dinos don't come here. The palaeontology museum is built around an elasmosaurus fossil that was found in the valley. It's informative and worth a visit if nearby. But the fossil tour elevates this place to being worth a detour. It includes a guided visit to the museum with Pat, the... More 

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Thank Ruth T
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2016

Museum is pretty good. Remember to join the fossil tour and hike through the river to find fossil. You can get to keep them which is pretty cool.

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Vancouver, Canada
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 June 2016 via mobile

We rerouted via Courtenay because our son really HAD to see a dinosaur that day. This museum doesn't really have a dinosaur and doesn't really deserve the qualification "museum". You see a few copies of fossils but most of it is not very remarkable. Our kids were very disappointed. Would not recommend this to anyone.

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Nanaimo, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2016

An interesting museum with a lot of native art items. The paleontology Centre has some very nice collection. No entrance fee, but donations are welcome. Parking is available.

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Stoney Creek, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 April 2016

I was here visiting family in British Columbia and we were looking for things to do. This is good for the whole family.

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courtenay
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 April 2016

Not only is this lovely little gem a pleasure to visit with an extremely helpful & cheerful staff, but it's also a fantastic venue for celebrations, music,meetings & parties! Gillian & Pat went above & beyond to help make a recent 65th birthday celebration a truly memorable & magical event. With 62 guest, the Rotary Room was a little cozy,... More 

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Victoria, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 March 2016

Well worth the visit. The first floor is filled with fossils and dinosaur skeletons. There is also an intriguing live African lungfish, a creature displaying an evolutionary transition: it has little legs and arms, and it breathes air. As the docent was explaining it to me, we watched it emerge from the clay tube it was lying in, stick its... More 

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Sherwood Park, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 March 2016

Even if you hav seen other dinosaur museums, this one will be an unexpected delight. Take in the visit! The kids and fmily will love it.

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