Campbell River Shop Local Gift Guide

The holiday season is quickly approaching! The last few years have shown us the power and beauty of staying local and shopping local. ‘Tis the season to connect with friends and family and celebrate the fortitude of our regional businesses and operators. 

You may not have the holidays on your radar yet, but if you do – we’ve compiled a handy list to share a taste of Campbell River with those near and far.

Wet Your Whistle

What is that old adage? Eat, drink, and be merry! Here in Campbell River, we have some incredible craft connoisseurs cooking up all kinds of tasty spirits and brews. Whether it’s a gift certificate, a reservation, a distillery, brewery, or winery tour, or a good old-fashioned bottle of wine for the staff party – we’ve got you covered! 

Check out our talented list of local craft beverage producers here. 

Set Sail

Given our lucky location as a jumping-off point for some seriously epic expeditions – it seems only natural to offer the gift of adventure to the intrepid friends and family in your life. Campbell River and the surrounding Discovery Islands showcase some world-class experiences for whale watching, bear viewing and diving enthusiasts. Local tours run the gamut from sea to the sky. Get outside for a chance to catch a sight of everything from whales, dolphins, and sea lions to bears, elk, and eagles via our passionate and certified regional operators. 

Browse the array of adventure travel gift ideas here.

Ready The Reels

If you’re based in the Strathcona region, odds are great you’ve got a seafaring loved one. These savvy and passionate folk are hooked on a lifestyle that leaves no shortage of inspiration for gift ideas! Gear, boat accessories, lessons, memberships, local seafood, processing services, charters, you name it; Campbell River has it. 

Hook a memorable gift for the avid angler in your life here.

Locally Made Artisan Gifts

Our region is steeped in heritage, tradition, and culture. Living Indigenous history is an integral part of the fabric that makes up the community of Campbell River. The community is home to dozens of brilliantly talented Indigenous artists whose works are available for purchase at spots like the Wei Wai Kum House of Treasures and the Gift Shop at the Campbell River Museum. Many community gathering places such as the Island Grind, Beach Fire Brewing and many others showcase local artists’ works that you can purchase. If you’re looking for a unique made in Campbell River gift consider checking out Artisan shops like Mussels and More famous for their west coast inspired pottery that is made on-site, or Bough and Antler Northwest goods where the owners create screen painted shirts, glasses, postcards and artwork with locally designed prints. 

Dive into the past to find the perfect present here.

Gifts for the local history buff 

There are many angles to take for the local history buff in your life. Get them a year’s membership to the Museum at Campbell River, this will give them free admission for the year as well as discounts on programming and talks presented by the Museum. Or bring history to life with a Historic Boat Tour, possible trips include a circumnavigation of Quadra Island, the whaling history of Cortes Island or the history of Desolation Sound. No matter what you choose it is sure to be a hit with the history lover in your life. 

The Gift of Giving

This holiday option is forever in style. Make a donation on behalf of your friend, family member or coworker, to a local non-profit or charity that holds meaning or interest. Not being able to host regular fundraisers has made it a tough few years for many local non-profits. Give back and support the powerful work these organizations do in our community.

You can find a list of local nonprofits and charities right here.

Local Escapes

Cabin in the woods? Check? Waterfront luxury? Check. Quaint historical motel? Check. Personalized B&B? Also, check. For those extra special occasion gifts – a night at one of our regional accommodators can be an unforgettable retreat for locals and visitors alike. All of the above options will offer stunning views and easy access to the craggy shorelines and secluded beaches to soak up the crisp, coastal ambience. From high-end luxury experiences to low-key and relaxing accommodations, take your pick here!

Discover Downtown

Sometimes, the occasion calls for some good old-fashioned window shopping. There’s no better way to get a sense of what our community has to offer than to head to the core of it! Go for a stroll to our downtown centre and peruse the many independent businesses with tons of unique products and services for purchase.

For a thorough directory of what you may find downtown, head here to get the gift wheels turning.

Can’t shop when you’re hungry? Check out our “Local’s Guide to the  Campbell River Food Scene” to curb your hanger while you shop for the holidays.