Antiques in a window (David Gluns photo)
The Qualicum Beach Museum chronicles the 150-year history of the town's growth from pioneer outpost to full-fledged community.
It also taps much deeper into the area's ancient past with a remarkable set of fossils collected by biologist Graham Beard in association with the Vancouver Island Paleontology Museum Society.
The second floor of the museum is dedicated to relatively recent history. A large mural depicts early pioneer life, the small-scale logging industry and the town's first golden age in the 1920s when the Qualicum Beach Hotel was hosting film stars like Bob Hope and Spencer Tracey.
Recreations of a school room (complete with period graduation photos) and dressmaker's shop are here along with memorabilia one of the town's early doctors and its leading citizen, Brigadier General Noel Money.
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1245 E Island Hwy
Parksville, British Columbia
Situated on the the beautiful grounds of Craig Heritage Park, the Parksville Museum & Archives is a gateway to the past. The museum is home to eight restored heritage buildings (including a turn-of-the-century schoolhouse & the town's original firehall) as well as hundreds of artifacts that help bring the past to life. The museum is also host to an extensive archival collection chronicling the lives of early pioneers in the area. With fun activities for all ages, including seniors & children, the Parksville Museum & Archives is a unique & exciting destination where the past comes alive!