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History Museums in Oceanside Region

Craig Heritage Park
Museums in Parksville and Qualicum Beach
First stop in exploring the region’s history and heritage of Vancouver Island's Oceanside region is Qualicum Beach’s museum complex at General Money Square.

A world-class fossil collection is displayed in the paleontology exhibit, where one can say hello to “Rambling Rosie,” aged 70,000 years, the most complete Ice Age walrus ever found on North America’s west coast. Meanwhile, the industrial revolution takes centre stage at the adjacent Powerhouse, which includes displays dedicated to the E&N Railway, logging, carpentry, blacksmithing and early hydro power.

Craig Heritage Park, south of Parksville, also offers colourful insights into pioneer life. Its museum is open daily in the summer, and the site features several heritage buildings, notably Knox Heritage Church that was built in downtown Parksville in 1911 and opened in 1912. This church was brought to the park in 1983. Note the original stained glass windows and the replica pews built in honor of the pioneers of this district. This church is still a favorite venue for weddings and memorial services..

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