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(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.

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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.

Nighttime view from my airbnb.
Night view from my airbnb.

Edible Island Whole Foods Market: Hit

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.

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Cake Bread Artisan Bakery: Hit

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-Chocolate-choc

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.Hot-Chocolate-choc-2

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.

Coastal Black-Estate Winery: Hit

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 4Courtenay-BC-56

Till next time,

Nadia

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Beautiful water views, with ferries to take you back into the city.

(Disclaimer: Now the misses are subjective. My tastes are different from yours.)

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Granville Island Public Market is pretty awesome and I can't wait to go back. In Vancouver, but an entity in itself. Several indoor markets to choose from. All of the produce looked fresh, it was just a matter of your vendor of choice. Beer, wine, restaurants, shopping, theatre. Even a pet store.

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View on the bridge walk over to Granville Island.

 

Cool artwork amid all the the construction.
Cool artwork amid all the the construction.

Ten Thousand Villages: Hit

Hand crafted, fair trade items, from around the globe. This napping kitty puzzle box was the first thing I purchased, I had to have it. Great sales staff, beautiful merchandise. Plus they had coffee and chocolate samples that day.DSC_1535

ChocolaTas: Hit

They were beautiful and delicious but I forgot to take pictures before I ate them. 

Chilliwack River Valley Natural Honey: Hit

I'm a lover of honey and I found a great stand. The owner had samples to try, before you buy. That is always great, in my books.

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The Emily Carr University is on the island, for the art enthusiests out there. One of many places that I would like to see, when I have more time.

Granville Island Brewing: Hit

Nice people, and I picked up a couple bottle of beer to enjoy later on.

The Silk Weaving Studio: Hit

A beautiful store. The clothes are what I would call bohemium chic! Nothing purchased this time, but maybe when I go back.

The Kids Market: Hit

It's a pretty cool place. Great for shopping or just to tire out your kids. Games, food, candy & shopping.

PJ Creations: Hit

I love condiments and one of the first places at the entrance of the market was PJ Creations. She also had samples and they were delicious!

Liberty Wine Merchants: A Big Miss. I guess I looked like I didn't have money to spend. Everyone else, who came in before and after me was greet and served. Their loss. I will not walk into their store again.

This is a place, where you have to visit several times in order to see and experience every place fully. Make the time for Granville Island, it's worth it! Check out my video for a better look at a few of my finds! Also check out Part 3, if you missed that.

Till next time,

Nadia