Parksville museum


Bringing History To Life

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Discover the fascinating history of our community at the Parksville Museum! Journey back in time as you visit our many heritage buildings, and imagine what life was like for Parksville’s first settlers. Explore our engaging, hands-on exhibits, and delight in the stories that shaped our community. Learn about traditional crafts, like blacksmithing and canoe building. There is something for everyone to enjoy at the Parksville Museum!

Visit our museum and discover Parksville’s fascinating history!


Music @ the Museum

Summer Music Series


Veteran Canadian bluesman David Gogo returns to Parksville Museum with a new album. Get ready to hear the blues at its flat-out best!

"If there was a list of best guitar players in Canada, David Gogo would be on that list" - The Winnipeg Free Press

Parking in museum/visitor centre parking lot, along NW Bay Road, and in the gravel lot next to Serious Coffee. 

Date: July 18, 2024
Time: 6:00-8:00 PM

Gate opens at 5pm - BYO Lawn Chair. 
Food trucks, Beer, and Novelty Ice Cream on-site. 

Get your tickets here.

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6th Railway Day
@ Parksville Museum

Annual Events


Calling rail enthusiasts and hobbyists of all ages! All aboard for the return of Railway Day - packed with locomotive excitement for rail fans. Prepare to be dazzled by intricate model railways, explore the swap & shop booths for unique finds, or walk through Craig's Cabin to learn more about the E&N Railway.

Mark your calendars and join us for a day filled with trains, fun, and memories! Admission is by donation (cash or card accepted), so pay-as-you-may to enjoy this family-friendly and hobbyist-dream of a day.

Parking in museum/visitor centre parking lot, along NW Bay Road, and in the gravel lot next to Serious Coffee. 

Date: August 11, 2024
Time: 10:00 AM-4:00 PM


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Discover the history of Parksville, Errington, Coombs and Nanoose Bay as the descendants of the early pioneers share their stories and memories.


Rentals Are Available Year-Round

Host an event at the Parksville Museum! We have facilities to accommodate a variety of community and family events, including weddings, meetings, markets, workshops and more. From the functional setting of the Heritage Room to the rustic charm of the Knox Heritage Church, we have a space for you!



The Treasure Trove

The Archives is a treasure trove of historical information about Parksville, Nanoose Bay, Coombs, Errington, French Creek, Hilliers and Lasqueti Island. Whether you are looking for historical photographs (we have over 6,000!), maps, charts, newspapers or general information about pioneer families, our professional volunteer archivists can help you!

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It takes a community to build a museum!

Your generous financial support helps make the Parksville Museum a vibrant part of our community, and allows us to continue offering family-friendly events, programming and exhibits.