Craig’s Beach Cottage


Built by  James Craig in the thirties, this was one of the several cottages rented to summer vacationers at Craig’s On The Sea Auto Camp.

The cottage now houses a new display of the Craig family history including many family artifacts. Among the collection is a mounted cougar in recognition of James Craig’s prowess as a cougar hunter.

James (Jim) Craig was one of the first settlers to realize the tourism potential of this area when he opened  the auto camp. Jim had observed travelers camping by the beach and sleeping in their cars and inspiration struck: what if he built small cabins with a shelter for a car? He hoped that people would pay to have a more comfortable sleep, and he was right! The visitor ledgers show visitors coming from far and wide to stay in Craig’s cabins and enjoy the serenity of our beaches.

The camp operated from the 1930s to 1980s with two types of accommodations, the cabins and the cottages. The cottages are in the forefront with the lean-to on the side (white) and the cabins are located closer to the water.

1245 East Island Highway
Parksville, BC V9P 2E5

Phone: 250-248-6966
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The Parksville Museum is located on the unceded, traditional, & ancestral lands of the Coast Salish, Hul’q’umi’num’ speaking people including the Snaw-naw-as and Snuneymuxw people.


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Recommended Amount:
$5 per person
$10 per family or group
All Events are admission by donation


Heritage Buildings are now closed until Spring 2022. The grounds are always open to enjoy.