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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 September 24, 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 August 31, 2018
stan_cummings
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Port Townsend, Washington
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Maybe I'm getting museum-ed out, but I didn't see anything noteworthy here. The paleontology area was busy with a child arguing with the director(?) over latin names, so moved on looking for coal, railways, labour strife; people stuff. Not much to be found.

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank Chris D
Reviewed April 14, 2019

A combination of professional and sophomoric levels of materials and presentation. An honest and admiral effort to highlight local artifacts and yet disjointed presentations with no story. This is a museum that is dedicated to naming, typically with only a scientific name, and no context...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank RonDeepBay
Reviewed September 24, 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 August 31, 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 August 28, 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 August 21, 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
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Reviewed July 1, 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 April 30, 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 November 16, 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 November 5, 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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