Charles Robert Tryon, fourth son of Rear Admiral Tryon, arrived at French Creek after being a tea planter in Ceylon; sheep rancher in Grenfell, Saskatchewan; scout with the Northwest Mounted Police; grain elevator owner in Qu’Appelle, Saskatchewan; and, private bank owner, C.R. Tryon and Company. What’s left to do? Visit Parksville in 1911 and buy land at French Creek and build a 30 room mansion by the sea. Unfortunately, the house burned down but was replaced in 1925 becoming the Tudor house that still stands in Columbia Beach. Woodlands Dairy Farm was established and the Tryon’s were influential in the organization of the Red and White cattle shows. Tryon family members still live in the area

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