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Courtenay & District Museum & Paleontology Centre

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Address: 207 4th St, Courtenay, British Columbia V9N 1G7, Canada
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Not your average museum!

Not only is this lovely little gem a pleasure to visit with an extremely helpful & cheerful staff, but it's also a fantastic venue for celebrations, music,meetings & parties... read more

Reviewed 4 April 2016
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Reviewed 4 April 2016

Not only is this lovely little gem a pleasure to visit with an extremely helpful & cheerful staff, but it's also a fantastic venue for celebrations, music,meetings & parties! Gillian & Pat went above & beyond to help make a recent 65th birthday celebration a truly memorable & magical event. With 62 guest, the Rotary Room was a little cozy,... More 

1 Thank lenlyle
Victoria, Canada
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Reviewed 21 March 2016

Well worth the visit. The first floor is filled with fossils and dinosaur skeletons. There is also an intriguing live African lungfish, a creature displaying an evolutionary transition: it has little legs and arms, and it breathes air. As the docent was explaining it to me, we watched it emerge from the clay tube it was lying in, stick its... More 

Thank LCNtraveller
Sherwood Park, Canada
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5 reviews
Reviewed 20 March 2016

Even if you hav seen other dinosaur museums, this one will be an unexpected delight. Take in the visit! The kids and fmily will love it.

Thank CanajanSnowBird
Comox, Canada
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28 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 January 2016

Whenever we walk by the museum (which is often) the kids want to go in. While the displays don't change very frequently they remain fascinated. Dinosaurs and local history, what's not to love? I've also attended special events here and it's a great space for that as well.

1 Thank leifjason
Vancouver, Canada
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230 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 October 2015

An interesting pace to visit when the rain pours! We spent over an hour here. There is an interesting fossil section, a good first Nations section, and wonderful photos and albums on early history and settlement of the area.

1 Thank Bill D
BC canada
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32 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 September 2015

So much to see. The fossils are great but so are all the neat old logging /pioneering exhibits upstairs.

Thank Annette M
Victoria, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 September 2015

We could not believe how extensive this museum was considering the size of the town it was in. It was so packed with facts, artifacts and unique items. Cost was by donation.

Thank Ken M
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 August 2015

We met in the museum and went with our Guide Pat to a river where we searched for fossils. The young kids and the big kids alike all loved it and Pat was so patient with us all, explaining everything and was determind we would all have a find of our own! He was so knowledgable about everything from dinosaurs,... More 

1 Thank Mary S
Comox, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 August 2015

we went looking for fossils and had such an amazing time! we found so many and our guide was great!!

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Reviewed 28 July 2015

to sum up the history of this part of Vancouver island would be a daunting task for anyone...but the Courtenay and district museum does it very well. Entry fee is by donation and once inside...you get a feel for what this area must have been like 100 years agon, 500 years ago and thousands of years ago with the great... More 

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