Parksville Museum and Archives

Identity area



Authorized form of name

Parksville Museum and Archives

Parallel form(s) of name

Other form(s) of name

  • Parksville & District Historical Society
  • Parksville and District Historical Society


Contact area


Mailing Address


Street address

1245 East Island Highway





Country name


Postal code

V9P 2E5






Description area


The Parksville & District Historical Society was established in 1976 as the District 69 Historical Society. In 1991, the Society amalgamated with the Nanooa Historical and Museum Society which had been established in 1981 to collect and preserve archival material and museum artifacts pertaining to Nanoose Bay. In 2004, the Society changed its name to the Parksville & District Historical Society. In 1983, the Society opened Craig Heritage Park. The Knox United Church was the first heritage building moved to the Park. Today, there are seven heritage buildings, including the McMillan House which is a designated Heritage Trust building.

Geographical and cultural context

The Parksville Museum and Archives collects archival records and museum artifacts related to Parksville and its surrounding communities pf Nanoose Bay, Errington, Coombs, Hilliers, French Creek and Lasqueti Island, but excluding Qualicum Beach

Mandates/Sources of authority

The Parksville Museum and Archives is guided by its Collection Management Policy (2019) to gather and preserve information, records and objects of educational, historical and cultural value related to Parksville and surrounding for the purposes of preserving, recording and exhibiting the collections for public education, research and enjoyment.

Administrative structure

The Parksville & District Historical Society is administered by a Board of Directors which appoints a Collections Management Committee to oversee development and management of the collections, as well as establish policies and procedures pertaining to acquisition, arrangement and description, use of collections and conservation matters.

Records management and collecting policies

The Parksville Museum and Archives collects archival material and museum artifacts that document the social and cultural, economic and institutional development of Parksville and its surrounding communities.


The Parksville Museum contains seven heritage buildings, as well as the Englishman River building which contains the Museum’s exhibition space, meeting rooms and the Archives.


Inclusive Dates: 1880s to present. Predominant Dates: 1910 to present. The holdings include records of local individuals, founding pioneer families, businesses, and organizations. Of note, the holdings include a collection of several thousand photographs from the early 1900s to the present. The newspaper collection covers the period of 1947 to 2011 and the newspaper paper clipping files cover the period of 2000 to the present. The map and architectural drawings collection contain in excess of 110 items covering the period of the early 1900s to the present. An oral history collection consists of audio tapes and transcripts that supports a family history collection.

Finding aids, guides and publications

Summary finding aids exist for accessioned collections. For some collections, summary finding aids include series and file level finding aids. The Archives has subject indexes for its photographic collections and the newspaper clippings. Inventories are available for the bound newspaper collection and the map and architectural drawings collection. Some finding aids are available on MemoryBC and other finding aids and inventories are available at the Archives.

Access area

Opening times

The Parksville Museum is open from 10:00 am to 4:00pm from late May to late September except Mondays. Access to the Archives is available by appointment only using the Archives email address.

Access conditions and requirements


The Englishman River building which contains the museum, archives and public washrooms is wheel chair accessible as are some of the heritage buildings.

Services area

Research services

Reproduction services

The Archives’ Use of Collections policy defines the procedures associated with the copying of archival materials. Information about these procedures and the schedule of reproduction fees is available from the Archives.

Public areas

Reading tables & chairs available

Control area

Description identifier

Institution identifier

Parksville Museum and Archives

Rules and/or conventions used

Rules for Archival Description (Canadian Council of Archives, 2008)



Level of detail


Dates of creation, revision and deletion

April 2020




Maintenance notes

Access points

Access Points

  • Clipboard

Primary contact

1245 East Island Highway
Parksville, BC
CA V9P 2E5