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Courtenay & District Museum & Paleontology Centre

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I went to the Courtenay Museum and Paleontology Centre with renowned scientist Bob Howe to learn... read more

Reviewed 25 September 2018
Maris L
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Toronto
Worth A Stop

Courtenay has 8 museums. We visited 3 of them and this was the best. Paleological exhibits were the... read more

Reviewed 1 September 2018
stan_cummings
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Port Townsend, Washington
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Reviewed 25 September 2018

I went to the Courtenay Museum and Paleontology Centre with renowned scientist Bob Howe to learn about Elasmosaurus. This sea dwelling creature/serpent lived in North America during the Campanian stage of the Late Cretaceous period, about 80.5 million years ago. The Elasmosaurus was discovered under...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Maris L
Reviewed 1 September 2018

Courtenay has 8 museums. We visited 3 of them and this was the best. Paleological exhibits were the best and we followed them up with a visit to the fossil beds at Stoten Falls where my wife unearthed a gem--not sure what it was though....More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank stan_cummings
Reviewed 29 August 2018

This museum is a little gem which is not well known outside of the Vancouver Island Paleo community. It's fossil displays are top notch and the elasmosaurus alone is worth the trip. If you do go book a fossil tour, you will not regret it.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Carol B
Reviewed 22 August 2018 via mobile

The museum on its own is worth the stop in Courtenay, with plenty of artifacts and First Nations history from the area, including dinosaur skeletons and lots of fossils on display. Because we booked the fossil tour, we also had a fantastic morning of breaking...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank HeatherR1145
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

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Smoltman
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

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank FINN-IV
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

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank Gaynor B
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

Date of experience: October 2017
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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

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank Jennifer H
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

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank KathrynofVancouver
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