Family Hiking near Courtenay

(Mount Washington Alpine Resort photo)



Antiques in a window (David Gluns photo)

Antiques in a window (David Gluns photo)

Time in the Comox Valley goes way back, millions of years before the First Nations, who arrived only thousands of years ago.

Courtenay's Prehistoric Past

Like Alberta's Badlands, the Courtenay countryside once teemed with prehistoric life, only it was undersea. A mere 80 million years ago, this was the land of the elasmosaur. This fearsome marine reptile was 12 metres/39.4ft long, with a head that was all teeth, a crazily long neck and a turtle-like body. It was also 15 million years older than the T-Rex. Hollywood would love it.

Courtenay & District Museum & Paleontology Centre

The Courtenay & District Museum & Palaeontology Centre is a spellbinding repository of bones and fossils. The commoners among them are shell fossils - clams, crabs and snails. The superstars are the monosaurs, giant undersea creatures with characteristics of both snakes and reptiles.

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