Sunday, January 13, 2019


Our Open Retail Shop has been Forced to Close its Doors. A Lovely Beer and Wine Store will replace us at our Previous Location.

We will Be on Hiatus for a Year or Two, while we recover from this sudden move and work towards our dream of Building a Gypsy Caravan Bookstore. The image above, by our friend Charles van Sandwyk from the immortal children's book THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS, is a good illustration of our future plans.

Meanwhile, you can check out our on-line bookstore also located on Hornby island,


Sunday, December 16, 2018

BELTANE BOOKS is being forced to move out to accommodate a new beer and wine store. We are looking for somewhere to move to but in the meantime we have to vacate our shop space at the Thatch by mid-January. Until we work out new retail space the shop will be in hiatus.

Consequently, on Tuesday the shop will be open for a PRE-CHRISTMAS CLEARANCE SALE to try to lighten what we have to pack up. We will be discounting all books priced under $40.00 at 50% Off, and all books priced at $40 or more will be discounted by 30%. Needles to say, Sale Prices apply to in-store Sales Only.

We have by our estimate around 1500 books in the shop (a small portion of the 30,000 or so volumes which we actually have in stock, mostly under our alter-ego Thompson Rare Books).

As we have to move out quickly in January it would be great to have to put fewer items in storage while we work towards relocation.

It's a bit of a surprise to us but we will take this in stride and work towards an even better incarnation - ideas or help appreciated!

So come on down and visit us in Canada's smallest used bookshop - before it's gone!

BELTANE BOOKS - Beside the Ferry Terminal, Hornby Island. Cash, Visa & MC accepted (no Debit).

Tuesday Dec 18th: 1 to 5 pm.
Wednesday Dec 19th: 2:30 to 5
Thursday Dec 20th: 1 to 5 pm
Friday Dec 21st: 1 to 5 pm
~ Closed Sat & Sunday Dec 22 & 23 ~
Open Monday Dec 24: 1 to 5 pm

After Christmas: We will be Open all days between Christmas and New Years from 1-5 pm.

Sunday, October 14, 2018


Our Beautiful Daughter Ursula Passed Away on September 6th, 2018. She was 7-1/2 years old and has been fighting a rare form of brain cancer since she was a baby. This picture of her was taken 4 years ago but shows her spirit beautifully.

We are beyond heartbroken and we miss her every moment of every day.


In Memorium: Ursula Ilien Joy

The Family Network for Deaf Children and Ursula’s family wishes to set up a Family Deaf Camp fund in Ursula’s name. The aim is to financially support families in need to enable them to attend future Family Deaf Camps on Hornby Island - because Ursula was partially deaf and SHE LOVED her time at Family Deaf Camp!

To donate:

(type Ursula’s name in the “in memory” of section).
FNDC will let the family know of your donation.

Saturday, June 16, 2018


BELTANE BOOKS Will Be Open This CANADA DAY Weekend. Friday June 29th 1-4, Saturday 1-4, Sunday July 1st All Day, Monday early Morning to late afternoon!

Many New Arrivals, some Entirely New Sections! At the Ferry Terminal, Hornby Island.

Saturday, May 26, 2018


Shop hours are limited at this time as we are at home taking care of our Seven-Year-Old Daughter Ursula Joy, who is on Palliative Care due to a malignant form of Brain Cancer.

We Will Be Open Sunday, May 27th, from Noon until 5 PM

Saturday, February 3, 2018

After a short hiatus, BELTANE BOOKS will be Open Sunday February 4th, 2018, from 12-noon until 4 pm. The Thatch will also be opening for the first time since before Christmas. We have lots of New Stock and we'll be down there for a few hours. It's true, we really will be there!

Thursday, June 30, 2016



IMPORTANT NEWS: We are Away with our 6-Year Old Daughter Ursula whose brain cancer has relapsed. The shop is being run by Friends and Volunteers. This an urgent and quite dire situation and we will be dealing with Hospitals, surgery, and palliative care.

Email or call 250-335-1182 for more information. We will attempt to keep this page updated.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

SPRING 2016:
OPEN SUNDAYS 12 Noon - 4 PM 

Other Times by Chance or by Appointment

Call 250-335-1182 For Info
We will be open extended hours most days come the Summer Tourist Season