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Lured by the prospect of farming on Vancouver Island, Henry Lee, his wife and their two sons emigrated from Ireland in 1886 and chose French Creek as their new home. Each family member claimed 160 acres of which 40 were oceanfront.

The Lee cabin became known as Shamrock Lodge and was known as the social centre of French Creek. It was replaced by a larger building and then renovated in the 1950’s by Ernest Corfield. This was the location of French Creek Cottages which were dismantled in 2018. (Corner of Lee Road and Island Highway).  In the 1930’s, the Governor General and his party had tea with Mrs. Bessie Lee. The Governor General’s aide-de-camp at that time was Lester B. Pearson who went on to become Prime Minister. More fun facts…..p. 22 Parksville & then some by Marjorie Leffler

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