Shop Local This Holiday Season

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Although this year may look a little different, the arrival of the holiday season can still evoke a sense of joy and wonder.  The smell of crisp pine, freshly baked goods, and even the odd eggnog can only mean one thing: Christmas is coming. This year, more than ever, it is important to consider shopping locally for your holiday gifts.

In Parksville, it’s especially easy to support local thanks to a diverse selection of local creators and experiences. We’ve put together your ultimate holiday inspiration guide, with all of our favourite things that you can find in the community.


With an abundance of local growers, there are a number of indulgent ways to savour what Parksville has to offer. Whether it’s handmade jam or delicious cured meat there are so many ways to give the gift of flavour!

Culinary Gift Ideas



Treat your loved ones to something they’ve never done before! Give the gift of memories, instead of material items. Whether they like the gentler side of nature or an adrenaline-filled day, there are plenty of tour options to help explore our area like never before.

Adventure Gift Ideas

Image Courtesy of Horne Lake Caves
Image Courtesy of Horne Lake Caves

Relax & Renew

Instead of gifting a department store bath kit, consider a truly authentic spa experience, professional massage, or even a relaxing stay. What’s best of all, is these can be booked or redeemed at a future date!

Relax & Renew Gift Ideas


Island Made

Essential oils, locally designed apparel, mugs thrown by local potters; these are just some of the many delights you can find in-store or online from many island-based artisans.

Island Made Gift Ideas

Image Courtesy of Faire Living
Image Courtesy of Faire Living

With online shopping, curb-side pick-up and socially distanced in-person shopping – it’s easy to check off everyone on your list. Please consider supporting local businesses this holiday season. We’re all in this together.