Discover the unique stories that shaped the settler communities of the region first know in the late 1800s as Englishman River. The voices and memories of descendants of early Nanoose, Parksville, Errington, and Coombs settlers have been captured to offer a glimpse into the unfolding of the last century.





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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…

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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…

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George and Elizabeth Plummer came west in July 1886 on the newly completed railroad link to Canada’s west coast. In February 1887, they travelled by sea to their home in Parksville landing at Arbutus (now Madrona) Point. After a temporary stay in a one room shack with…

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