Gift shop godsend for Filberg Park in Comox

The Filberg gift shop has grown from a startup store in spring 2011 to become the second-largest fundraiser for the association.


Occupying a small space on the upper floor of Filberg Lodge, the Filberg Heritage Lodge Gift Shop has grown from a startup store in spring 2011 to become the second-largest fundraiser for the association.

“It’s a very pleasant way for people to shop for a gift or get a momento from their trip to the lodge or park,” explained Filberg Heritage Lodge and Park Association (FHLPA) chair Mo MacKendrick.

MacKendrick explained the shop began in May 2011 and began accepting donations of collectibles, antiques and fair trade and locally produced items for sale.

In the past year, the shop generated $22,000, second only to the annual Filberg Festival on the BC Day long weekend.

MacKendrick said the shop, which, like FHLPA is completely volunteer-run, has become a “very tangible source of funding” for the association, and helps to contribute to the overall park as a “real little gem in the Comox Valley.”

The shop accepts donations from indivuals, families or organizations.

MacKendrick added in the past year, volunteers contributed to more than 12,000 hours in the lodge, including the gift shop.

Looking ahead, MacKendrick explained the park continues to be a very popular destination, and offers a variety of different options for visitors all year round.

In the winter, the lodge can host winter weddings, and this March, MacKendrick said the association is looking at hosting a murder mystery event.

The gift shop is closed for the winter, but will reopen after the Easter weekend. For more information on the shop, lodge and park, or to donate items to the gift store, visit, call 250-339-2715 or e-mail

Just Posted

Remains of two people found in Ucluelet

Officials have not said whether or not the remains belong to Ryan Daley or Dan Archbald

Merville water bottling proposal heading to public hearing

A contentious business proposal in Merville will be going to a public… Continue reading

B.C. turns up the heat

Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for most the province due to high temperatures

Fish farm protest held in Comox

The rally took place on Comox Avenue, concluding at the entry to the BC Seafood Festival

Tales from MusicFest: Women of the Festival

Many sensational female acts at this year’s Vancouver island MusicFest

Canada won’t ‘play politics’ on U.S. migrant children policy

The U.S. government is under fire over its ”zero tolerance” policy

North Island College gets $328,000 for forestry education funding

Announcement in Campbell River part of $1 million around B.C.

Cheers erupt as Federal Court judge approves historic gay purge settlement

Gay military veterans said they were interrogated, harassed and spied on because of their sexuality

Helping B.C.’s helpers cope

The MRT has helped almost 7,000 first responders and street workers in 57 communities in B.C.

Border officials argue B.C. man’s Facebook posts threat to Canada’s security

A B.C. Supreme Court judge acquitted Othman Hamdan of terrorism charges last September

Reena Virk’s mother has died

Both of Virk’s parents became activists against bullying in wake of daughters’ death

Search for capsized fishers near Tofino enters fourth day

“There’s a lot of shock in the community in terms of how we could end up at this place.”

B.C. announces $75M to help friends, family care for seniors at home

Funding will go towards respite care and adult day programs

Timely tide attracts another pod of orcas to Victoria

The pod left the harbour about 30 minutes later

Most Read