Our Museum is home to a fascinating collection of fossils as well as artifacts from early settlers to recent times. Our Museum seeks to present opportunities for students to better understand the social and natural history of Qualicum Beach and area through many hands on activities. Please come and join us as we step back in time to learn more about the past of our community and the world around us. Working with our district schools we have developed five curriculum based programs. These programs are summarized as follows.

1. Museum Discovery – for all grades

Come walk through the Museum with a guide and learn from all exhibits: Paleontology, First Nations, Pioneer Times and Energy, Power and Communication. Teachers should let us know about their individual needs as we are happy to organize a focused tour upon request.

2. Pioneer Times – for Grade 3

This is a great opportunity for students to experience the every day life of families in our community one hundred years ago. How different life was before electricity! Students will get a chance to visit our “pioneer general store”, make butter the “old fashioned way” and see what a class room was like in the early 1900s.

Many adults see our school display and we hear them say, “ I remember ————“

3. First Nations – for Grade 4

Come listen to the wonderful stories of the First people of this land. Learn about their unique relationship to the land and the sea, and get the chance to discover the story of the “Sacred Cedar Bark” and how it influenced so much of their life.

4. Paleontology Discovery – for Grades 5-7

Graham Beard is a recognized paleontologist. He has assembled a world class collection for the Museum. In addition to the many fossils from Vancouver Island he has also collected fossils from around the world such as the 70,000 year old Cave Bear also shown below.

5. Energy, Power & Communication – for Grades 3-7

Students will learn about the development of communication, power and energy throughout the years thanks to our extensive collection of early telephones, radios and old engines.

Programs are available now. For more information or to book a tour please contact the Museum.