August 2018 Gift Shop News

Summer is in full swing and the museum shop has a large variety of unique, locally made gifts perfect for visitors and locals alike.

Top 10 summer sellers:

  1. Vancouver Island T-shirts (check out the photo) and Vancouver Island Car Decals – made by West Coast Karma
  2. Elasmo Chocolate Bars – made by Hot Chocolates
  3. Elasmo Coffee – roasted by Royston Roasting
  4. Stuffed Elasmosaurs and Ammonites – made by Ding Ding Dillio Crafts
  5. Greeting Cards – by Debbie Bowles of Winking Owl Designs
  6. 100% Cotton Dish Cloths – by Knotty Handmade Creations
  7. Elasmosaur Baseball Hats – by HiTec Printing
  8. Original Artwork and Prints – by Jude Regalado
  9. Vancouver Island Calendars, Magnets and Cards – by Ann’s Island Photography
  10. Old Fashioned Bunting and Lavender Sachets – made by Giggling Gertie

July 2018 Gift Shop News

The gift shop is now decked out for summer with plenty of “beach-themed” items to enjoy.

There are two fabulous new books in store. The Beachcomber’s Guide to Seashore Life in the Pacific Northwest by J. Duane Sept provides an amazing photographic guide to local tidal pool creatures. And there is The Beachcomber’s Companion by Anna Marlis Burgard with beautiful illustrations by Jillian Ditner. Both books are worth looking into.

The most popular field guides are Seashells and Shellfish of the Pacific Northwest by Rick Harbo and the Identification of Pebbles by Eileen Van der Flier-Keller. These handy take-alongs are covered in plastic to stay dry at the seashore.

Continuing with the beach-theme, the shop also carries small containers of “Shells from the Sea” and a good assortment of abalone shells.

Maybe you’re looking for a gift to send home with visitors? If so, check out the 2019 Vancouver Island Calendar – it’s a gift that will give all year long.

June 2018 Gift Shop News

Loads of new summer stock has hit the shelves!

The shop is now carrying a line of t-shirts designed by West Coast Karma, a company based in Comox. Designs include the very popular “Vancouver Island” pattern which is available in adult and children sizes in multiple colours. Or how about the ladies tee of an octopus or jellyfish in a turquoise soft cotton?

Kid’s toy selection has been bumped up too with T-Rex snap band watches, dinosaur skeleton replicas and “hug-ems” in the shape of T-Rex, triceratops, orca whales and wolves. These are a lot of fun for all ages.

May 2018 Gift Shop News

The gift shop is now selling local free range honey. The hives of very lucky bees spend their summers taking pollen from fireweed on Mount Washington. The cost for a good size jar is $12.95. Very tasty for your own use or a nice, sweet touch as a gift for visitors.

April 2018 Gift Shop News

New season, new stock!

The gift shop now carries Backroad Mapbooks. You can purchase the 8th edition of Vancouver Island – Victoria and Gulf Islands – Adventure maps and guide book for $25.95. This includes great information on parks, recreation sites, trails, fishing, hunting, paddling and more.

Or what about one of the Backroad Mapbooks for Vancouver Island Fishing 3rd edition? This includes lakes and rivers, depth charts, maps, directions, species, tips and techniques and stock information. The cost is $27.95.

To top it off, if you are looking for adventure topographic maps we have fabulous tear resistant, waterproof Vancouver Island South or North maps. These maps are amazing and extremely popular. The cost is $14.95 each.

January 2017 Gift Shop News

Make sure to visit the gift shop Sale Table with items now 75% off the last ticketed price. The table sports a good variety of merchandise to choose from – t-shirts, Canada snap bands, model sail boats and some one-off items.

Also, insulated water bottles and travel mugs are 40% off until January 31st. Shop early for best selection.

This past year saw a tremendous response by museum members taking advantage of the annual 25% off Christmas sale. Keep in mind that as a member you qualify for 15% off most purchases year round!

The quest to find more unique, locally made products continues for 2018. Gifts that are great to give or keep as a treat for yourself. Gift shop proceeds support important museum programs. Thank you for shopping with us and for visiting downtown Courtenay.

Holiday Reading and Gift Suggestions

Comox Air Force Museum

The Comox Air Force Museum: Our First Thirty Years by Colonel (Ret.) Jon Ambler. Available for a $30 donation at the museum Gift Shop, with stock arriving by 8 December.

Comox Museum and Archives

St. Joseph’s General Hospital – 100 Years of service

Ghost Ships of Royston -Rick James

(both available at the Comox Museum)

Courtenay and District Museum

Black Creek Settlement– John Falk’s Memoirs and More sells for $20; James’ Stories of Our Founders for $15. Copies of the books are only available through the authors. For Memoirs and More email elvera.falk@gmail.com and for Stories of Our Founders call Poplar Publishing at 250-338-0597.

Comox Valley Memories-Judy Hagen

Views of the Salish Sea -Howard Macdonald Stewart Harbour Publishing

Watershed Moments -A Pictorial History of Courtenay and District – available at Courtenay and District Museum or through Harbour Publishing

West Coast Fossils: A Guide to the Ancient Life of Vancouver Island -Rolf Ludvigsen, Graham Beard. Available at Courtenay and District Museum or Amazon

The Life and Time of Joseph McPhee -Ian Kennedy, available at museum gift shop

The Wilderness Profound: Victorian Life on the Gulf of Georgia -Richard Somerset Mackie, available at museum gift shop

Cumberland Museum and Archives

Cumberland Collieries Railway Vancouver Island BC 1888-1960 -Patrick O. Hind. Available at the Cumberland Museum and Archives

Cumberland Heritage: A Selected History of People, Buildings, Institutions and Sites 1888-1950 -Jennifer Nell Barr

Denman Island Museum

My Ain Folk Revisited: Denman Island 1875-2000 -J.P. Kirk

A History of Horses on Denman Island -Jacqueline Ward

HMCS ALBERNI Museum and Memorial

WAR BRIDES: One Way Passage -Bev Tosh

December 2017 Gift Shop News

Want the solution for those hard-to-buy-for folks on your holiday list? Here’s a perfect idea: a gift certificate for the museum and shop. Now, you can purchase a gift certificate for any amount over twenty dollars. Friends, family and guests can put it towards a fossil tour, museum membership, or something special in the gift shop.

If you haven’t been in the gift shop lately, you’re in for a surprise. We’ve expanded it and brought in even more wonderful holiday gift ideas which range from maps of the BC Coast, t-shirts, toys and stuffies, books, and beautiful, unique gifts to brighten your home for the holidays and new year.

Museum Members Christmas Sale

A reminder that the Museum Members Only Christmas Sale is on until Saturday, December 23, 2017. If you bring your membership card, or become a member, you’ll receive a 25% discount on most items except consignment or fabulous items at the pre-Christmas sale table which are already at 50% off.

Thank you to everyone for making the gift shop such a huge success this year. Your purchases support museum programs and activities. We look forward to finding more unique items for 2018!

November 2017 Gift Shop News

Special for Museum Members

It’s time for our Members Only 23 Days of Christmas Sale!

From December 1st through to the 23rd members will receive a 25% discount on most items in our gift store. The recently expanded shop has some fabulous gift ideas with loads of new items suitable for both adults and children.

Here’s the “fine print” to the special offer: please note that the sale discount does not apply to items already marked down or on consignment. Your valid membership card must be shown at the time of purchase.

Not sure what to buy a certain someone for a holiday treat? Why not get them a museum gift certificate! The certificates can be made out for any denomination and used in the shop, for a fossil tour or put towards the purchase of a membership.

October 2017 Gift Shop News

Hard to believe, but some folks have already begun their Christmas shopping!

If you want to stay ahead of the curve, come see what’s in store that is both unique and locally made.

Joy Hills Island Designs creates rustic Vancouver Island-themed laser cut wood necklaces reasonably priced at $20.00 each.

The very inventive local artist James Wood has fashioned a variety of pieces that include T-Rex teeth, glow in the dark ammonites, rocks with life-like star fish and shark teeth necklaces.

Or check out the offerings from the Royston-based Giggling Gertie & Co. which produces things like lavender sachets for only $6.95 or bright and cheerful button bracelets for $9.95 each.