(Disclaimer: Now the misses are subjective. My tastes are different from yours. Although there are no true misses in this post.)
I didn't do a lot of shopping in Courtney because it was the Easter weekend, therefore a lot of businesses were closed, but I found some great treats. They have a mall, Driftwood Mall, but it's very small and about half of the business spaces are empty. Although I did get a tasty cinnamon bun from a bakery called Cinnsational. Using the Greyhound to get here was okay but getting on and off transportation twice (and paying twice) was a bit annoying. Travel to Courtenay, BC about 3.5 hrs, in total.
Passing through Nanaimo, to get to Courtenay, I immediately felt that I could live on the island. I'll admit, I got a bit weepy, because there are very few places that feel like home. That being said Courtenay, BC is a nice place but it's almost the same as where I live now. Small & homogeneous. The people there were absolutely wonderful, the mountain views were everywhere, and the air was clean. Housing is very affordable, which makes moving there very tempting. I do my best to never say never but for now moving there makes no sense, I could just stay where I am.
The staff was friendly and ready to help, if I needed it. A small store but great selection. Pricey, but it is Whole Foods. If you're shopping organic, this is the store for you in Courtenay.
I went twice and the customer service was great, along with the quality of food. A tad expensive but it is worth it. A perfect place to treat yourself or pick up gifts for a friend. The carrot cake was amazing! It tasted like homemade. A perfect ratio of moist, flavourful cake to cream cheese icing. The serving size was huge. Enough for 2-3 people.
Hot Chocolates: Hit
Again, great customer service. The chocolates were probably the best that I had on my BC travels. I'm a milk chocolate girl. I will definitely be visiting them again. Who would have thought finding grape Jelly Bellies would be so difficult? I searched everywhere and only found them in Courtenay BC, at Hot Chocolates.
Thifty Foods: Hit
Super friendly cashiers, and Seafood department staff. I enjoyed a nice piece of perch, halibut and jumbo shrimp, along with fresh produce. Don't forget your airmiles card.
I purchased the Blueberry Table Wine, $18 and it was delicious! A sweet blueberry wine, with a strong floral finish, 13% alcohol.
Rawthentic Eatery: Hit
I just had the Green And Clean juice, which was graciously customized to add more ginger. $7-ish.
Although Courtenay was quiet, this was the first part of my trip where I was able to just breathe. I did a lot of walking, picture taking, and just being. If you are looking for someplace quiet, and peaceful, Courtenay, BC is a great vacation spot. Part 4
Till next time,