Stanhope

Share: 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...

Manley

Share: Arriving on Vancouver Island in the early 1900’s, Leonard Manley, Esquire promptly lost his small stake to card sharks so drifted to Parksville where his dire situation forced him to work for E & N Railway. Unfortunately, this job did not last and Manley...
Craig Family

Craig Family

Share: So…..if you were born in Malpeque, Prince Edward Island, home of the world famous oysters (almost as good as Fanny Bay!) and decided to leave PEI and head west – where would you end up? Craig Bay, Craig Cottage, Craig Historic Park – yup – in Parksville....
Gaetjen Family

Gaetjen Family

Share: The well known and popular Parksville Mini Golf sits on the land once owned by the brothers Herman, Gustav and Henry Gaetjen. In 1891, the brothers donated the land for the first school which sat at the site of the present day Chevron, the corner of Island and...
Hirst Family

Hirst Family

Share: Receiving the dubious distinction as the first white settler to step onto these shores, John Hirst Junior arrived by canoe and purchased 160 acres for $160. In 1895, John and his wife Ann (Harris of Nanaimo) started building the Rod and Gun Hotel....
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