Up to 2010, the home at the corner of Pintail Drive and Johnston Road, had a sign on the corner lawn ‘St. Evar’ but why? It seems this was the location of the Evar Ranch naturally named after Dr. Henri Evarista (St. Evar) Langis.

Born in 1857, tempted by the call of the west, Dr. Langis arrived in Vancouver in 1885. Due to ill health, he retired to the farm in Parksville. St. Evar Ranch stretched from Eaglecrest to Johnston Road and from the beach to the E & N Railway tracks adjacent to the Tryon Farm. Of interest, Langis studied rainfall amounts on Vancouver Island and chose French Creek because it had the least rainfall on the coast.

More fun facts; see p. 84 Parksville & then some by Marjorie Leffler


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