Page’s applying for authorization to sell liquor in Li’l Market Store

Sounder News

Wednesday, December 23 2020

As seen in the notice in the Dec. 23 Sounder, the owners of Page’s Resort have put in a “Rural Agency Store Application” to the BC Liquor Distribution Branch.

Owner Gloria Hatfield said, “This is not an application for a liquor store licence. It is an authorization to sell liquor only as a secondary product within our Li’l Market, as an accessory to the accommodation and services provided the Resort guests, the visitors to Silva Bay, and the south end community.”

In their application to the BC LDB, Page’s outlines how three years ago, they opened the Li’l Market Store on the Marina and Campground property at the end of Coast Road.

Since then, the Li’l Market has continued to serve as a ‘basics’ grocery store for the Silva Bay area, which Hatfield describes as having 500 residential properties within 5km - as well as the four marinas, fuel docks, the Page’s Inn, and a dozen B&Bs.

“The Li’l Market Store stocks a sufficient quantity and variety of basic food groups and staples to meet basic grocery shopping needs. In addition, the store sells marine gas, diesel, oils, cruising guides and is an official marine chart dealer.

“Besides regular grocery items, the Li’l Market Store Resort store has partnered with Gabriolan businesses to feature locally produced and crafted foods, bringing the fabulous products of Gabriolan food makers to some 15,000 visitors annually to the Silva Bay area.”

Hatfield says to, “further  complement the services we provide to visitors of our island and the local community, Page’s Resort has applied for authorization to sell liquor within the Li’l Market Store, under the Rural Agency Store (RAS) Program.”

She adds that since tourism the primary purpose and focus for Page’s, the hours of operation will not change and the operation and service we provide will continue to be reflective of and cherish our community, just as Page’s has done for over 75 years.

She invites residents to contact directly at Page’s either by emailing or phoning 250-619-4137. Comments must be received by January 16, 2021.

The Liquor Distribution Branch is looking for input from the community to determine the level of support. 

The regional manager for the LDB can be contacted at at