Welcome to our website



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 skelton was found by Mike Trask and his daughter Heather in 1988.

Upcoming Field Trips and Lectures for 2015


Download information on VIPS's 2015 field trips and events here.


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.


Events will be update periodically at the VIPS Facebook Page.

"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.