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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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Best little Musuem this side of Dumhella

This is a magical little place that contains a dinosaur that was found just down the road. Really... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Gaynor B

The Courtenay & District Museum has a First Class Collection and I recommend to tourists and locals... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Comox Valley, Canada
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207 4th St, Courtenay, British Columbia V9N 1G7, Canada
+1 250-334-0686
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Reviewed 4 days ago

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 2 weeks ago

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 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

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
Reviewed 31 July 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 30 July 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 14 March 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 21 December 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 12 December 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 1 November 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
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