If you’re planning a visit to Parksville, there’s one place you absolutely can’t miss: the historic St. Anne’s Log Church. As the oldest surviving log church on Vancouver Island, it stands not merely as a religious edifice but a testament to the pioneering spirit of early settlers. Easily accessible via Church Road and with ample parking available, it’s a convenient addition to any itinerary.
This charming little church nestled in the heart of Parksville has roots dating back to 1893. Canon Charles Cooper, newly arrived in Canada from England, undertook a journey first to Victoria, then Nanaimo and finally to Port Alberni – all with the aim of building a place of worship in the northern part of the island. The church was completed just in time for St. Anne’s Day on July 26, 1894.
St. Anne’s is not just a church, it’s a living heritage and a standing archive of local history. The first pioneers and settlers found their final resting place here, while the first wedding took place in 1896 between Irish Catholic Tomas Kinkade and Sarah Coqulamat. St. Anne’s remains one of the oldest churches on Vancouver Island and the oldest north of Nanaimo.
Thanks to a few key renovations over the last 100 years, the church retains its use, hosting special occasions that continue its traditional role as a gathering place for the community. Pay a visit to St. Anne’s An and you’ll be stepping back in time, touching an important part of Vancouver Island’s history and experiencing a unique slice of Parksville’s culture. It’s a wonderful quick stop for any visitor to the Parksville area.
Source: The Parish of St. Anne and St. Edmund website
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