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The Vancouver Island Paleontological Society (VIPS) is a non-profit society of professional and amateur paleontologists based in Courtenay, British Columbia, Canada.


The Society was formed after the discovery of a large marine reptile called an Elasmosaur along the banks of the Puntledge River.


The 80 million year old fossilized skeleton was found by Mike Trask and his daughter Heather in 1988.

Upcoming Field Trips and Lectures for 2023


To the members of the VIPS:

The VIPS plans to have field trip each month.

We also have a VIPS meeting on the second Wednesday of each month.

All are welcome.


Most field trips leave from VIPS 's President Dan Bowen's place.

Please call him: 250-897-5026 and/or meet at 2120 Stewart Ave.,

Courtenay, BC.


I will update the events periodically based on weather or conflicts.


For all presentations zoom link directly from www.fossiltalksandfieldtrips.com


Events will be update periodically at the VIPS Facebook Page.


January 15th, Sunday at 2:00 pm/ Grant Zazula  •  Woolly Mammoths Remains from the Yukon & Extinct Arctic Mammals.


Feb 19th, Sunday log in 1:30/lecture at 2:00pm/ Sandy McLachlan

    •  Dinoflagellate Cysts — Serendipity & British Columbia's first K-Pg Boundary Interval.


March 5th, Sunday at 2 pm PST •  VIPS AGM Election of directors and presentation VIPS “Year in Review” Field trips and presentations

with Dan Bowen. AGM via Zoom - check your email for invite.


 *March, 12th Sunday  •  Group visit to the Hand of man Museum in Duncan.  Fee at door $20. For adults.

Time 10:00 am -5:00 pm. Call to confirm.


April 9th Sunday  • Field Trip #1 to Hornby Island catch the 9:00 ferry from Buckley Bay, Low tide 2:00 noon at 1.0 m/ Phipps Point exposures. Meet me in Dans or at 8:15am or at 8:45 for the 9:00 am ferry. Easy.



"Evolution is life to continue"

Anonymous, November 14, 1999


Did you know?
The oldest rocks on Vancouver Island are Devonian in age (ca. 370 m.y.) and include

sea-floor and terrestrial volcanic rocks as well

as some limestone of the Sicker and Buttle Lake Groups.


Introduction to Paleontology

Courtenay Museum

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