Shelly Road, Shelly Park – where did the name come from? Frederick Shelly, born in 1884, enlisted for the Boer War until his mother brought him home as he was underage. Undaunted, he ran away again and did serve in the army. On return from the war, he headed west from Ontario and ended up opening a bakery in Vancouver Shelly 4X. A second bakery opened in Nanaimo with their bread delivered as far away as Port Alberni.
In 1913, Fred Shelly moved to Parksville and started a chicken farm, Shellybrook Farm. Sheep came along and then fruit: loganberries, raspberries, strawberries became part of the farm. Fred Shelly raised a good part of the funds for the purchase of the Community Park through ‘strawberries and cream’ parties. Fred’s final project was making wine!
More fun facts; see p. 130 Parksville & then some by Marjorie Leffler
“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...
Duncan McMillan was a road building superintendent and bridge builder and in 1897 he was appointed government telegraph lineman. His wife Ann McMillan was a telegraphist and used a room in their house as her office. Come take a look as the house now sits on the...
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...