Coast Salish People


We acknowledge that we are gathered on the unceded territory of the Coast Salish People including the territories of the Snaw-Na-Was and Qualicum people.

Recognized as one of the best sports fishing rivers on Vancouver Island, Englishman River was known by speakers of the Hul’qumi’num’ language as ‘place of the steelhead’. Along the Englishman River, at a spot known as Top Bridge, three clearly discernible and distinct petroglyphs can be found. One is a traditional totem design, possibly a bear. The second carving could represent a killer whale. The third is also a killer whale. This one appears to be the most intricate: the lines are strong and perfectly symmetrical.

In addition, middens have been found in several sites within this geographical district.



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“I lost a brother and a sister in that school in Port Alberni”

“I lost a brother and a sister in that school in Port Alberni”

Nanoose First Nations Elder, Jim Bob spoke at the Parksville Museum for Orange Shirt Day, 2020. Sitting in the Parksville Museum courtyard in front of a small crowd, he recalled memories of waking to the sound of a beating drum and his elders singing outside the...

St. Anne’s Anglican Church

St. Anne’s Anglican Church

SEASONAL SPEAKER SERIES ST. ANNE'S ANGLICAN CHURCH: 125 years young! Andrew Twiddy, Rector Thursday, September 19, 2019 2 PM - 4 PM Door prizes! Refreshments!Parksville Museum & Archives1245 East Island Highway Parksville, BC V9P 2E5Phone: 250-248-6966 Email Us...

Bob Herbison

Bob Herbison

Bob Herbison, a well known collector of Errington's memorabilia, gave a talk about it on June 20th, 2019. There were refreshments and door prizes. Admission was by donation. Below is the McMillan House in Errington. It is now one of our heritage buildings....

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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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