Spring Fling and Easter Things


We are all getting really excited for the Spring Fling and Easter Things event which is being held here at the museum on Saturday, March 19 from 11am to 2pm.

Please join us for a petting zoo courtesy of the Shamrock Gumboots 4-H Club as well as games, crafts, mascot visits and more.

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Lecture: Photographic Adventures in Antarctica!

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Time and Date: 7 pm, Tuesday, March 15, 2016
Location: Rotary Gallery of the Courtenay and District Museum
Speaker: Boomer Jerritt
Tickets: $8 for Historical Society members; $10 for general public (plus GST). Advance tickets recommended. Tickets can be purchased over the phone by calling 250-334-0686 ext 5.

Boomer recently spent a month in and around the Antarctic Peninsula and the Falkland Islands as the Photographer in Residence aboard an expedition cruise ship. At this lecture and photo presentation he’ll be sharing experiences of his time down south…way down south!

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Spring Fling and Easter Things


We hope you can join us for the Courtenay and District Museum’s annual Spring Fling event on Saturday, March 19, 11:00-2:00– three hours packed with family fun.

Meet lambs, kids (baby goats), pigs, ducks, geese, bunnies and chickens–all cared for and watched over by the Shamrock Gumboots 4-H Club. The Hot Chocolates Easter rabbit will visit between 12:00 and 1:00 and will be handing out delicious Easter chocolate. The Elasmosaur mascot will appear for fun photo opportunities. To wrap it all up, popular artist, Gillian Legendre, from Detailed Face Painting will create wonderful face painting designs for a small fee.

Don’t forget to bring along your craft skills to make a fun Easter mask. Games include a Dinosaur Egg Hunt with a twist, a “Guess How Many Treats” contest and Easter-themed door prizes. Admission is by donation and half the proceeds go to the Shamrock Gumboots 4-H Club. Please join us!

Lecture: Soul of Wilderness


Time and Date: 7 pm, Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Location: Rotary Gallery of the Courtenay and District Museum
Speakers: John Baldwin and Linda Bily
Tickets: $5 for Historical Society members; $6 for general public (plus GST). Advance tickets recommended. Tickets can be purchased over the phone by calling 250-334-0686 ext 5.

Partners, co-authors and photographers Baldwin and Bily have ventured into the magical landscapes of the Coast Mountains. Travelling by foot and ski, their goal was simply to experience and document as much of these remote places as possible – to wander across the high meadows, ski from mountain tops and revel in the artful patterns of new-fallen snow.

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Elasmosaur Birthday & Christmas Party


Kick off the season with a celebration combo!

On Saturday, November 14th from 11 am – 4 pm, the museum is inviting the community to drop by for a visit and have some fun.

Elasmosaur and fossil related activities will include dinosaur movies, fossil exhibits and a chance to talk to paleo experts for fossil identification.

For those in a more Christmas frame of mind there will be a chance to make children’s Christmas crafts and enjoy a reading of “The Dinosaurs’ Night Before Christmas”.

Or maybe you’d just like to come by for some cake or goodies and enter your name for a chance to win a door prize!

Admission to this event is free to any family that brings in either a new or gently used unwrapped toy for Santa’s Workshop or a food donation for a local food bank.

Canada Day Celebrations


On Canada Day, drop by the Courtenay and District Museum after the parade and help celebrate our country’s birthday.

There will be free admission, balloons and door prize draws between 12 noon and 4 pm.

Special activities will include cupcake walks for all ages and a hands-on craft for kids. Musical entertainment will be provided by Alan Jossul. Face Painting by Gillian Legendre of Detailed Face Painting.

Canada Day is a great chance to explore history at the museum!

Kids Summer Camp Program

To add to downtown Courtenay’s 2015 summertime fun, the Courtenay and District Museum and Palaeontology Centre is presenting two childrens’ summer camp programs in alternating weeks throughout July and August. These camps will provide fun and interactive opportunities for kids ages 5-9 to learn about dinosaurs, reptiles, and fossils through activities and crafts that encourage thinking, moving, and creatively exploring the museum’s palaeontology exhibits and collections.

In the first program, Sea, Sky and Land—Life in the Dinosaur Age, camp-goers will learn about the various reptiles and dinosaurs that existed in the dinosaur age, and about the habitats they adapted to. Each day will feature a different habitat; land, ocean, and sky, and explore how reptiles survived in these surroundings and competed with other animals alive at the time. Participants will also be able to see and learn about locally-found fossils from 80 million year old ocean environments.
For ages 5-9, running July 7-10, July 21-24, August 4-7 and August 18-21.

Where’d you go Dinosaur? is the second program and focuses on showing students how dinosaurs came to be millions of years ago. From the dawn of the dinosaurs, through their evolution and eventual extinction 65 million years ago, to discovering why fossils exist now, and what they reveal about these ancient creatures, day-campers experience miniature fossil digs, create volcanoes and make crafts to take home.
For ages 5-9, running July 14-17, July 28-31, August 11-14, and August 25-27.

Both camps $60, Tuesday to Thursday from 9:30 am to 12 pm. Fridays are optional. For an additional $20 a child and one guardian have the opportunity to go on a Fossil tour from 9am to 12pm. They will need their own transportation.

Note: Museum members receive a 15% discount on the programs.

For all of the details please visit our Summer Kids Program page or contact us at 250-334-0686 ext 5

Centennial Exhibition

Join us on Saturday, June 27 from 1:00 – 3:00 pm for the opening of the museum’s City of Courtenay Centennial Exhibition which includes historic panels covering Courtenay’s last 100 years created by the City of Courtenay Heritage Commission. This is a great chance to celebrate Homecoming Week, to meet and greet and to enjoy light refreshments. We look forward to seeing you!