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Rathtrevor Beach
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Parksville

Culture & History

Parksville's culture and history is diversely marked by the cultural traditions of the Coast Salish people, early European exploration and settlement, and the development of the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1910.

Today Parksville is a centre for summer vacationing, with great outdoor activities such as mountain biking, hiking, and golfing. Explore Parksville's culture and history at the Craig Heritage Park & Museum.

First Nations and European Settlement

Parksville's original inhabitants were the Coast Salish, a unique subgroup of British Columbia's coastal First Nations. While early European mapmakers explored the area in the 1850s, European settlement was not established until the 1870s.

By 1900, 250 people had settled in the area, many related to the pioneering Hirst, Craig, Rath (who gave Rathtrevor Beach its name) and Gaetjen families. During this time, a congregation would gather on Sunday mornings at St. Anne's Anglican Church (built in 1894 and still standing). Meanwhile, Saturday nights found some of these parishioners at the nearby Rod & Gun Hotel, which opened in 1898 and is still serving good food and cold beer in downtown Parksville.

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