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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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Top shelf museum for small town (pre)history!

For a "by donation" small town museum, this place is amazing. The paleontology exhibits were... read more

Reviewed September 13, 2017
Jennifer H
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Must see the Elasmosaur!

Sweet little museum with a really big find! See the replica of the gigantic finned reptile... read more

Reviewed August 23, 2017
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207 4th St, Courtenay, British Columbia V9N 1G7, Canada
+1 250-334-0686
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Reviewed September 13, 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 August 23, 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
Reviewed July 30, 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
Reviewed July 29, 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.

Thank Colby B
Reviewed March 13, 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
Reviewed December 21, 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
Reviewed December 11, 2016

The Elasmosaur is fantastic and was found locally in the river bank b the brother of the museum director . This is truly an outstanding little museum with many other informative displays . Children and adults will find item of interest . I spent about...More

Thank James Y
Reviewed November 1, 2016

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...More

Thank BelisariusUK
Reviewed August 30, 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.

Thank kitkitcaroo
Reviewed August 26, 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...More

Thank Ruth T
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