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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


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.


February 13, Sunday - AGM 1:00 - 1:45

2:00 - 3:15  Guest speaker Danna Staaf author of “Squid Empire” title Cephalopods are the new dinosaurs.


March 20th Sunday 2:00 pm

Presentation, Kirk Johnson - A Lucky Paleontologist & the Tale of Three Splendid Canadian Fossils. Join us for a talk with the Director of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History & a Paleontologist.

(See link)


April 3, Sunday/ Field Trip #1 to Hornby Island

catch the 9:00 ferry from Buckley Bay low tide 1.0 m at 2:00pm

New location in the red zone. Meet at Dans at 8:30 am or at the ferry.


April 24th Presentation

John-Paul Zonneveld, Brave New World: Recovery from the Permian-Triassic Mass Extinction & the Significance of Marine Triassic Faunas in Northeastern British Columbia, (see link).


"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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