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Parksville History - St. Anne's Anglican Church
Category: Historic & Heritage Sites  |  Location: Parksville
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If your ancestral line traces back to Parksville-Qualicum with names like Wallis, Lowery, Dunn, Renz or Cheney, you may be connected to the crew who first built the pretty and beloved St. Anne’s Anglican Church in Parksville. Got McKenzie, McKinnon, Harris, Cooper, Kincade or Gaetzen in your family tree? These are the names of some of the men who began the construction of one of Vancouver Island’s oldest churches in 1894.

St. Anne’s still has an active parish, though they use nearby St. Edmund’s for some services. Parish records show that the church’s first baptism was for Emily Jane Hume, daughter of Robert Hume and Charlot Emily Hickey, on August 12, 1894. The first wedding united Thomas Kinkade and Sarah Coqulamat on October 24, 1896. As an aside, the Kinkades’ son Thomas Kinkade Jr. built the Shady Rest Hotel in Qualicum in 1924, now the Shady Waterfront Restaurant & Pub.

If you get the chance to visit St. Anne’s, note the stone font that was donated by Mrs. Cooper in 1921 in memory of her husband Rev. Canon Charles Cooper. He first initiated the building of the church in 1893 – at the time there was no place of worship between Nanaimo and Alberni. Also look for the east window, a gift from E.B. May in 1938, in memory of his wife, Dorothy May.

In early 2012, our Facebook fans showed their affection for this tiny church with reminiscings of baptisms, weddings and funerals they’d attended there. Susan Jane Watson told us how she cherishes her visits to the gravestone of “baby Christina” each year. Christina Morison passed away at just 6 weeks old in July of 1897. Though Susan has no connection to Christina, visiting the baby’s grave has been a special part of her trips to Parksville since she was young, something she now shares with her daughter, Carly.

Visit St. Anne’s Anglican church at the corner of Church Rd and Wembley Rd, next to Save On Foods in Parksville.

Source: The Parish of St. Anne and St. Edmund website

Posted By: Sharyn Sadauskas on Feb 13, 2012

From: Sharyn Sadauskas
Entered: Mar 15, 2017
re: Lois Hill

A dance floor on the beach - that sounds so cool!

I think it would be best to check with the church to see what you might be able to access. Here's their website:

The Parksville Museum is closed for the winter right now but you can email them at to find out their summer hours.

I'm not familiar with Bushey Park in Hilliers but the Qualicum Beach Museum may be able to help!

From: Tessa Morrish
Entered: Mar 14, 2017
Lois Hill

Hello Sharyn and thank you so much for replying. We (husband David & I) have booked in to stay at Whitley House B&B on Sunday 2nd July (1 night only.) Very sadly we will miss the 9am service at St Anne's as we will be travelling over from Saturna Island in the morning. However do you know if we will be able to see inside the church during the day and also if we would be able to look in the register of baptisms? My grandparents, Claude & Alfreda Hill, built a dance floor on the beach at Qualicum for all the settlers in the area in the early 1900s. We would definitely love to visit your wonderful museum if it is open on Sundays. Do you know if anything still exists where my grandparents lived and my mother was born, Bushey Park in Hilliers? Thank you for being so kind and interested. Tessa x
From: Sharyn Sadauskas
Entered: Mar 8, 2017
re: Lois Hill

That's fantastic, Tessa! Please be sure to check in with Parksville Museum while you're here. :)
From: Tessa Morrish
Entered: Mar 8, 2017
Lois Hill

My grandparents came over from England in 1912 and settled in Hillier and built a house and farm/ranch that they named Bushey Park. My mother, Lois Claudia Boyce Hill was born in Victoria on 30th September 1918 and baptised in St Anne's on 7th November 1918 by the minister, Harry Hitchcox. I am coming to visit Canada for the first time at the end of June (2017) and looking forward to seeing the church and hopefully where my mother lived. I will bring some old photos and I would love to meet anyone who can help with memories or information. Thank you.

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