Arts, Culture, and History

Discover the Diverse History of the Region

Parksville and Qualicum boast an extensive and diverse history which has been explored and uncovered for generations. Take time to discover local artists and learn about the rich culture and history that the area is known for.

Local History

Craig Heritage Park
This park started in 1983 by the District 69 Historical Society, later changed to Parksville and District Historical Society, displays a number of heritage buildings from the time of the first settlers in the area. The artifacts which decorate these buildings illustrate the lives of these settlers.


Arrowsmith Potters Guild
The Arrowsmith Potters’ Guild began in April, 1995 and makes it’s home at the VIA Rail Train Station in Parksville on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. The Train Station Pottery Shop of members’ work is open daily and the Studio is well equipped.

Earth Attitudes Ceramics
Earth Attitudes hand-makes ceramic tiles. These tiles can be integrated with standard manufactured tiles to create amazing geometric designs and/or unique scenes. There are many areas handmade tiles can beautify a home including foyers, fireplace surrounds, walls, floors, shower stalls, tub surrounds, kitchen backsplashes, wall art and signage, to name a few.

Major and Monk Art Gallery & Studio
Award-winning Vancouver Island artist MONK is renowned for her unique style developed and refined over years of painting in oils, watercolors and acrylics. Monk is sought out at local beaches, markets and the gallery because she invites young and old to paint with her on her original paintings and hand-embellished giclee prints.

Shining Sun Garden Works
Shining Sun Garden Works started off as a small cottage industry in 2006 and grown to supply over 400 stores with fun, funky and sometimes functional metal art!

The Old School House Arts Center
The Old School House Arts Centre, the artistic focal point for the area, is located in the heart of the picturesque community of Qualicum Beach on Vancouver Island, British Columbia.