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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 24 September 2018
Maris L
Worth A Stop

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

Reviewed 31 August 2018
Port Townsend, Washington
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207 4th St, Courtenay, British Columbia V9N 1G7, Canada
+1 250-334-0686
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 4 November 2012

Here's the deal: Fossil Hunt. The museum is nice for those who are into palentology but little else. Use the museum for FOSSIL HUNTING>Make a reservation through the museum to take one of their fossil hunting trips. You'll be told to arrive early at the...More

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Reviewed 18 November 2011

A little museum that hasn"t been jazzed up. Quiet, non stressful and interesting, especially if yoy like dinosaurs. Look at your on pace and enjoy neat exhibits.

3  Thank nightdog46
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Reviewed 24 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

Thank Maris L
Reviewed 31 August 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

Thank stan_cummings
Reviewed 28 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.

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

Thank HeatherR1145
Reviewed 1 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
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

Reviewed 16 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

Thank Gaynor B
Reviewed 5 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
Reviewed 13 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
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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