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Seven Ways to Support Your Community During Covid-19

“ More than 90% of the province’s 19,000 businesses have fewer than 50 employees, and while some operations are showing their support to those on the front lines, many are not in a position to do so, as they’ve had to pause operations indefinitely. So, how do we help our local industries survive? After all, these are more than businesses—these people connect us to the world around us, to our roots and to other cultures; they offer rich experiences that inspire us, fire up our imaginations, and offer a feeling of belonging. They are integral to the communities we live in and lean on today.” – Destination British Columbia  (DBC)

Here in Campbell River, we have BIG love for our local spots and businesses. These businesses have always been there for locals and now it’s our chance to return the favour. While we can’t go shopping as easily as before, we can still shop online with many Campbell River businesses, or pop by their  “servicing” windows, to help ensure that as many of these beloved and locally owned places will be able to fully re-open, as we start to come out of our current reality.

Today in our blog we’re highlighting 7 ways you can help support the small businesses that are a part of making Campbell River such a special place to call home!

1.eat local

Many local restaurants are encouraging take-out and have created specific seasonal menus to cater to this. Ordering from them is a great way to still enjoy a healthy/delicious meal that was made from produce grown on Vancouver Island. You can find a list of what restaurants are open here. 

We recommend calling ahead to your favourite restaurants to see if they are offering a take out menu, and what the best times are for ordering. If take-out isn’t an option consider buying a gift certificate to your favourite restaurant to use at a future date, (think of it as a present to your future self!) Or finally, give your fav place a shout out on social media or leave them a glowing review, these mean the world to small businesses and now is the time to sing their praises

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2. Shop Online with Local Retailers

Many local businesses have decided to temporarily close during this time in the interest of keeping their staff and loyal customers safe. To help small businesses like these, see if they have an online store you can shop or inquire if a mail delivery can be arranged. West Coast Tees, Coho Books, West Coast Mama’s to name a few, have set up online stores you can shop at your leisure. Bower Store and Studio have just launched an online shopping experience. 

3.Support Non-Profits 

Community gathering places like the Tidemark Theatre, the Maritime Heritage Centre, the Museum at Campbell River and the Campbell River Art Gallery have all had to make the decision to temporarily close. In addition, fundraising events for local charities have also had to be cancelled.  If you are able, consider making a donation to your favourite non-profit organization in town to show your support during these times.

4. Re-Book your Trip 

If you find yourself having to consider delaying trips, events, and adventures that you have planned whether they be closer to home or further away. Consider re-booking, not cancelling. Many accommodations and tour operators are able to move bookings to a time in the future that will be able to ensure you have the experience of a lifetime. Many are working hard to ensure that they will be able to welcome you once again. Work with your chosen providers to find a solution, they will thank you for your flexibility and support at this time. And once you’re able to make the trip, it will be even sweeter!

5. Drink Local 

Beach Fire Brewing is keeping the taps flowing, take a growler or some cans to go, you can now even order online! Be sure to get online orders in before 2 pm on delivery days so that you’re not disappointed. Looking for a growler fill from other Island breweries? Sessions have reopened and are offering growler refills as well as a selection of cans from VI breweries. Stonehouse Teas has adapted services, delivering to local doorsteps and mailing out to those that need their tea fix. Check out our business directory for more options.

6. Support Local Artisans 

Westcoasttees, French Creek Collective, Mussels and More and West Coast Mamas to name a few have set up online stores so that you can shop at your leisure. These businesses along with many others, are delivering and sending you the very best while you spend time closer to home and venture out less. There is something for everyone and what is better than supporting local artisans through this time. They are the colour in the fabric of our community and we hope to see their doors opening once again very soon! Check out our business directory for more great local shops. 

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7. Plan your next adventure 

While spring travel is on the horizon, it won’t entail venturing far from home. For most, that will mean exploring our backyards, we highly recommend taking this opportunity to get out with local operators. Taking in the sights with the many operators who call this place home will give you a new appreciation for what makes the city we share so special. And as a bonus, your support will help keep these businesses afloat while keeping the tourism industry in Campbell River intact. Check out some of our amazing operators here.

Take this time to dream up your next big Campbell River adventure or reschedule a trip that’s already in the works; share what inspires you to travel in the months ahead (#DiscoverCampbellRiverLater), and write a review online about your favourite local experience to help others plan for their trips. And, more importantly, reach out to local operators to make future plans to get your adventuring kicked into high gear!

 

It’s times like these where we can show who we are as a community, look for ways you can help your broader community, while social distancing and staying close to home as much as possible.

For reliable information about COVID-19, including the latest national updates, and Canada’s response to the outbreak, visit PHAC’s website here. For BC travel information check in on Destination BC’s official website. 

For any questions, call the Health Canada COVID-19 information line: 1-833-784-4397, or email: [email protected]