Fossil Tours

Your adventure begins in the Courtenay and District Museum and Palaeontology Center. You’ll have an opportunity to tour the exhibit galleries to see the actual specimens and reconstructed casts of the Puntledge elasmosaur, the tylosaurus and other discoveries from local rivers and shorelines.  Other vertebrate fossils, such as mosasaurs, turtles, and fish; along with the invertebrate fossils of shelled animals that lived in the warm, shallow ocean surrounding Vancouver Island 80 million years ago are also on display.

A short 10 minute drive and an easy 5 minute forested walk brings you to one of the many beautiful fossil sites along local rivers. Here, you’ll experience the thrill of hands-on discovery. After a brief discussion about the history of the site and proper collection techniques, participants will have a chance to find a fossil of their very own. Hammers, chisels and goggles will be supplied. You can keep any fossils that you find on the tour. If the species is of scientific value, you may be asked to donate the fossil to the museum collection, with the finder’s name attached.

Due to the popularity of the tour, pre-bookings needed for the fossil tours. You will require your own transportation to the fossil site.

Covid-19 Protocols

We’re offering our tours during the summer of 2020, but they’ll look a bit different. Here’s what to expect:

  • No lecture will be presented.
  • Attendees are asked to arrive at the specified time and go on a self-guided tour of the museum’s palaeontology exhibits. Your tour guide will be nearby to answer any questions.
  • Tour size is limited to a maximum of five people who are all within the same social bubble.
  • Charge for the tour is $125 plus GST.
  • Participants will be provided with sanitized hammer, chisels and goggles.


March through November
pre-booking is required

June, July and August
Daily – 9:00am – 12:00pm & 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Pre-booking is required for all tours. Payment in full is required at the time of booking. 48 hours notice is required for refund.

Book Your Tour

Pre-registration is required. Call 250-334-0686 ext 2 or email to