Bastion Books and HarbourCats Team Up to Promote Reading

Harvey’s Reading Club with Bastion Books owner Alex Cruikshank (above left)  and of course Harvey the HarbourCat (right) gives students a chance to read their way to a pair of free HarbourCats baseball tickets!

April 23, 2019

VICTORIA, B.C. — Bastion Books is all about reading. HarbourCats players are all about the combination of top-level academics and athletics.

The independent local bookstore, located in downtown Victoria’s Bastion Square, is teaming up with the Victoria HarbourCats for a new feature this season that will see Victoria and area students receive free game tickets for doing something beneficial and enjoyable — reading.

During the months of May and June, any student reading 20 hours or more in those months will receive two free game tickets, as part of HARVEY’S READING CLUB with Bastion Books.

“This will be a fun way to encourage reading, and for kids to be rewarded for it,” says Alex Cruikshank, owner of Bastion Books. “Sometimes kids just need a nudge, and the right book, to realize how fun reading can be. My own son, Matthew, loves going to HarbourCats games, and I know this will give him incentive to read more. This can only help increase awareness of the need for kids to read, and read some more.”

To register, contact Bastion Books (Drop in at 14 Bastion Square in Victoria or call (250) 385-8786) for reading logs. Once students have logged 20 hours they can bring it into the store, or take a picture of their log and send it to Bastion Books (E-Mail: and then pick up their free tickets through the HarbourCats.

Harvey the HarbourCat (right) and Bastion Books owner Alex Cruikshank (left) were on hand Tuesday to read to elementary students at George Jay Elementary in Victoria and to announce the launch of Harvey’s Reading Club (Photo: Christian J. Stewart)

“Harvey is such a great ambassador for us, and for this community, and he’s challenging kids to read along with him — people might not know this, but Harvey is a voracious reader,” said Jim Swanson, GM/Managing Partner of the HarbourCats. “Encouraging students to read more is one of the best things we can do.”

About Bastion Books
Located in historic Bastion Square, tucked down Commercial Alley, Bastion Books is proud to be one of Victoria’s few remaining used bookstores. We stock both vintage and contemporary books, across a wide variety of genres. There are comfy chairs and a children’s nook for those with time to linger. We love uniting people with books so if you aren’t able to find what you’re looking for on our shelves we will try to assist you in your search.  For more details, please visit our Facebook page at or contact Alex at (250) 385-8786 or by e-mail at



HarbourCats 2019 Season Tickets, Single Game tickets and 10-game Flex Packs are now on sale!  Book you seats now to avoid disappointment, especially on our popular fireworks nights!

2019 Season Ticket Pricing

(includes 27 league games, all six exhibition games scheduled in 2019, first right of refusal on purchase of playoff tickets)

  • General Admission – $350
  • Premium Reserved (Sections 6-9 and 11-12 along baselines) – $450
  • Grandstand Reserved (Section 10 behind home plate Row E to N) – $500
  • Campbell Real Estate Club Seats (Section 10 Rows A-D) – $650
  • Diamond Club (Field Level) – $725 (Inquire for Availability)

2019 10-game Flex Packs are also on sale at the same prices as 2018 – $120 for 10 General Admission vouchers and $175 for 10 Premium Reserved Vouchers.

To order season tickets or 10-game flex packs, drop in to the office at 1814 Vancouver Street (open 10 AM to 5 PM Monday thru Friday), or give us a call at 778-265-0327.  You can also e-mail Christian J. Stewart, our Assistant General Manager, Ticketing and Media at

SINGLE GAME TICKETS can now be ordered on-line at or by dropping in to the HarbourCats offices.


Our pre-season office hours at 1814 Vancouver Street are now 9:30 am to 5:30 pm Monday through Friday and 10:00 am to 4:00 pm Saturday. We are closed (or by appointment only) on  Sunday.

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