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.

September 2017 Gift Shop News

WOW – it has been quite the summer in the gift shop. The store expansion and accompanying increase in stock have made it the best season ever revenue-wise.

A top seller from a new line of merchandise we are carrying are the Rolly Pets. They are the cutest stuffed toys – each has a sweet smile and lovely rosy cheeks. We carry owls, rabbits, bees, ladybirds and seals. Children are drawn to the owls and seals while the adults seem to especially like bees and bunnies. All are reasonably priced at just $9.95 plus tax.

Children’s sock sales have gone wild this summer! Hatley Little Blue House brand are known for their fabulous quality and fair price with designs that include dinosaurs, dogs, cats, rabbits, wolves and owls. The socks are available in two sizes: 2-4 years and 5-7 years and retail for $4.50 a pair.

June 2017 Gift Shop News

Our exciting gift shop expansion has also expanded our merchandise selection!

There are many new items to discover: everything from an up-dated design of elasmosaur baseball hats to t-rex mugs to stuffie gnomlins.

We continue to feature locally crafted gift items including some from Knotty Handmade Creations of Royston. This clever company has a wide variety of old fashioned cotton knit dish cloths, flower scrubbies and pot holders. The cheerful designs include fruit, cats, and starfish in fun, upbeat colours. Knotty Handmade Creations also produces finger puppets and we’re carrying unicorns, octopus, dinosaurs and even elasmosaurs!

Ding Ding Dillio Crafts of Courtenay has come up with yet another ingenious idea – this time it’s dinosaur hoodies. These brightly coloured hoodies are perfect to wear for a cool evening and are great for any dinosaur fan.

These are just a few of our new stock selections – make sure to come by and check out our other new additions soon.

May 2017 Gift Shop News


The museum shop is bursting at the seams! So many new items have been arriving that we’ve expanded its size and re-arranged the front reception area.

One new item that is very popular is a set of three storage caddies from UK manufacturer Emma Bridgewater. A recent customer found a novel use for them: fill with home baked goodies and give as a hostess gift. The caddies are also available individually and have matching rectangular shaped tins to boot.