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William Rath, travelling with his brother George, arrived from Ireland looking for gold in California but ended up in Barkerville. On hiatus from the gold searching, they landed a canoe east of the Englishman estuary in 1858. William and his wife Elizabeth Rath (Talbot) had five children with daughter May Rath being recognized as the first white baby born in this new settlement.

The Rath farm gradually developed into a campsite costing .25 for a picnic and .50 for a weekend camping stay. In 1968, Rathtrevor Campsite became Rathtrevor Provincial Park. The Rath farmhouse, built in the 1930’s, is open to the public and is now known as the Nature House. See p. 27 Parksville & then some by Marjorie Leffler

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