In 1910, Will Stanhope left England, travelled to Canada and crossed the country by train. Horse and buggy brought him to his final destination: French Creek. He bought 10 acres of land now known as Stanhope Road and Wembley Mall. In 1912, his parents joined him.

For 10 years, Will corresponded by letters with Nina Howes. After the war, Nina travelled to French Creek and she and Will were married at St. Anne’s Church in 1919. Like all smart women, Nina had a return ticket in her purse……just in case.

Nina and Will Stanhope were influential leaders in the community; they helped to secure the Parksville Flats as our Parksville Community Park and they organized the Coombs Fall Fair.

More about this couple on p. 95 Parksville & then some by Marjorie Leffler


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