April 2017 Gift Shop News

There are many new and exciting items arriving at the museum gift shop.

Just in is a delivery from the UK-based “Elite” tins. A favourite from amongst their giftware is the Emma Bridgewater designed children’s dishes. Each set consists of a dinosaur themed plate, bowl and cup – all contained within a matching carry case. An adorable pattern and very high quality item.

This would be a terrific gift for any young dinosaur fan. Easter is coming and if you are looking for something a bit different than the usual candy or rabbit stuffy here is a great alternative.

March 2017 Gift Shop News

This March is “Silver Sale” month at the museum gift shop. We have a limited amount of silver plated and pewter items discounted a whopping 50% off the original ticketed price. These items are perfect for a wedding or anniversary, or a very “west coast” gift for visitors from aboard.

Items available at time of publication include: salmon or frog design servers, cheese knife, frog design bowl, cake server, napkin rings, bottle stoppers, and jewellery boxes.

As the saying goes “hurry in while supplies last!”

Gift Shop News: July 2016

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From the fertile imagination of Ding Ding Dilly Crafts comes these charming replicas of the museum’s African lungfish, Slugzilla. Available in our shop for only $13 each.

Gift Shop News: March 2016


If you are planning to give chocolate this Easter and want a change from the traditional egg or rabbit, you might consider a delicious Elasmo Chocolate Bar made by Hot Chocolates. Only available here at the museum, it’s a great deal for $4 and very unique!

The gift shop is also carrying a new book written by local author Tim Haley called Her Vision Quest. This hardcover book retails for $22 and would make a wonderful gift.

About Her Vision Quest

When a hike in the woods goes horribly wrong, young Shirley is forced to think on her feet and grow up quickly. While saving her father from a terrible fall, she notices an unusual cave in the distance. She soon finds that she is unable to shake the vision of it in her mind and embarks on a long journey of discovery. Aided by a mystical friend, she stumbles on more than she bargained for in the darkness of the strange cavern.

This is a story of adventure, friendship, and self-discovery firmly rooted in the culture, dramatic landscape, and magic of northern Vancouver Island.

About the Author

Tim Haley is a gold smith, sculptor, painter, and musician. He grew up in Colorado, where he learned to love the outdoors and worked at a small cattle ranges. After studying art in Boston, he moved his family to Black Creek where they homesteaded and built a house in the bush. Tim currently operates a jewellery store, art gallery, and jewellery academy in Courtenay where he lives with his partner and youngest daughter.

Gift Shop News: January 2016


Huge thanks to everyone who visited the Museum Gift Shop in 2015. Your support made it the best year yet!

Watch for some fabulous new lines of gift items for 2016. Just in from “Little Blue House” by Hatley are the fun children’s dinosaur backpacks ($34) and metal lunch kits ($15) pictured above. Both are good quality, durable and perfect for kids who love dinosaurs.

Reminder: 50% off sale on now for select items – aprons, Kanata blankets, jute wine bags and slate message boards.

Christmas Gift Suggestions

Since it’s getting close to the Christmas countdown, here are a few gift suggestions for those “hard to buy for” people on your list:

1. Silver Plated Servers


2. Marine-themed Lanterns and Plant Holders


3. Elasmosaur Coffee (ground or beans) from the Royston Roasting Company and Elasmo Chocolate Bars from Hot Chocolates


4. Velvet Burnt Out Scarves


5. Vancouver Island Maps


6. Janet Baskets


7. Silver Plated Bracelets


8. Dinosaur, Bear or Wolf Hats


9. Rustic Beach Hut Bird Houses made in Royston


10. Rain Goose Linen Tea Towels and Pot Holders designed and made in North Vancouver


11. Jewelry by local artist Stephanie Gould


12. Watershed Moments, A Pictorial History of Courtenay and District, recently released book by local authors.


All items are available in the Museum Gift Shop. If you are a Museum Member you will receive a 25% discount off the ticket price during our special Christmas sale period. Please note: the discount is not valid for items that are on consignment or already reduced. The Museum Gift Shop is open Tuesday through Saturday 10 am-5 pm.

12 Days of Christmas Sale Extended

For Museum Members Only

Due to its popularity, the Museum Members Only 25% Off Christmas Sale has been extended for another 12 days. The 25% discount will be valid until December 24th! Please note that it does not apply to consignment or already reduced items.

Gift Shop News: Christmas 2015

With Christmas being just around the corner, now is the ideal time for gift hunting. Children are fun to shop for but sometimes it is difficult to find the perfect stocking stuffers. In our gift shop we have a ton of fun and reasonably priced gifts. Museum members receive a 15% discount on all non-consignment items year round.

Here are the top ten best sellers for $10 or under:


1. Beaded Bracelets

Available in twelve different colours – $0.50


2. Dinosaur Snap Band

In red, blue or black – $1.50


3. Dinosaur fossil or skeleton excavation kit



4. Dinosaur Water Game



5. Xtreme Dinosaur Transport Truck



6. Work of Art

Painting your own dinosaur model – $5.75


7. Colour-Dough

Pack of eight colours – $5.95


8. Rock, Mineral, Crystal Mystic Excavation Digging Kit



9. “52 fun things to do” Cards

A variety of card sets available – $9.95


10. Stuffed Ammonites

In a wide variety of colours – $10.00