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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19 Wing Comox/CFB Comox
Comox, British Columbia
Come celebrate the history of 19 Wing Comox & West Coast Canadian Military Aviation. Relive the daring exploits of BC's Airmen in the short-lived Royal Flying Corps of Canada (1917-1918) & Canadian Air Force (1918-1924) through the glory years of the Royal Canadian Air Force (1924-1968), the consolidation of the forces in 1968 & on into the present day, all with a local focus. All of 19 Wing's squadrons, past & present, are represented. Our museum has a Heritage Air Park, exhibiting aircraft from the past including the Y2K Spitfire Restoration Project, a well-stocked Gift Shop & an aviation reference library. Admission is by donation.
207 4th St
Courtenay, British Columbia
Visit the Courtenay & District Museum. For over 45 years, we've been keen about the natural & cultural heritage of the breathtaking Comox Valley & we like to show it off. Are we serious about what we do? You bet - science, academic research, interpretation, preservation & having fun! Be our guest to find out why the Comox Valley - past & present, is one of the most plentiful places on earth. Take a fossil tour & travel 80 million years back in time; browse our galleries to delve into the stories that make our history come alive. Check out our website for Kids Camps!