A picture speaks a thousand words and nothing freezes a moment in time like a photograph.
Just imagine a man with 2 horses pulling his plough through the autumn fields with the elegant structure of the Rod and Gun in the background just beyond the wooden fence. That photo shows us how ‘downtown’ Parksville looked in the early years of the 20th century. Hard to fathom that only a lifetime later those same fields are long gone, replaced by modern buildings along miles of busy paved streets, running in all directions.
These priceless photographs, sourced from local historical family collections and the Parksville Museum’s Photo Archives are just a few of the thousands of photographs taken in the last 125 years of the District 69 region.
To commemorate Canada’s 150th Anniversary of Confederation in 2017, the Parksville Museum is selling their 2017 Historical Calendar, featuring historical photographs of Parksville and surrounding communities of Nanoose, Errington, Coombs, and French Creek.
Produced by Museum Board member Leona Matte of Target Multi-Media, this calendar provides an opportunity to share these images of the people and places as they were in those early days before development changed the landscape.
It will give those of us living here today a glimpse into the past of this place we call Home.
The museum said this calendar would not be possible without the generous sponsorship of 31 local businesses featured along the bottom of the calendar months. All proceeds from the sale of this calendar will go towards ongoing improvements to the museum.
Calendars are being sold for $15 and can be purchased at the Parksville Museum, the Parksville Visitor Centre, Parksville Home Hardware, Fireside Books, Stanford Auto, Highway Four Rentals, Wags Animal Care and the Hair Gallery. For more information about the museum, visit: www.parksvillemuseum.ca.
— Submitted by Parksville Museum