The Official Community Plan (OCP) for Parksville expresses how the community sees itself now and in years to come, and provides a road map to reach those aspirations. Through reflecting the community�s desires, this Plan is a guiding policy document which assists Council in setting the direction and making decisions in relation to planning and land use management.
The Official Community Plan for the Town, outlines the vision for the future of the community to guide land use and development decisions. It is a high-level policy document that is informed by inclusive public engagement and reviewed every six years. It outlines priorities such as celebrating and protecting the waterfront, increasing density in the village core, attracting young families, and preventing urban sprawl.
This Official Community Plan (OCP) covers the communities of French Creek, Dashwood and San Pareil. It outlines the broad objectives and policies that represent the form and character of the existing and proposed land use in the area. Priorities include protecting the natural environment and green space, managing growth and protecting the area's rural integrity.
This Official Community Plan (OCP) covers the communities of Hilliers, Coombs and Errington. It outlines the broad objectives and policies that represent the form and character of the existing and proposed land use in the area. Priorities include protecting the natural environment and green space, managing growth and protecting the area's rural integrity.
Water purveyors in this region use the BC Water Use Reporting Centre, a secure online tool, to track, record and report on water use. This project is a partnership between the RDN, the Province and the Okanagan Basin Water Board (who have helped develop this tool).
Located on Garden Road East in Qualicum Beach, this well monitors the shallow lens in aquifer 217. Established in 2013 with support of the DWWP program as a part of the BC Observation Well Network expansion in the RDN.
BC Observation Well #424
Located on Sun King Road, to measure groundwater levels in sand & gravel aquifer 216. Established in 2012, with support by the RDN DWWP Program. Currently not on the BC Interactive Observation Well Network Map.
This report was produced by the Province in an effort to gather, synthesize and analyze data on the surface water hydrology, wildlife, aquatic habitat, impervious surfaces, water quality, groundwater and environmental protection. It provides a baseline and offers recommendations for action.
Report - Beach & Grandon Creek Strategic Plan (1999)
Assessment of the aquatic habitat on Beach and Grandon Creeks using the Urban Salmon Habitat Program methodology in 1999. Provides a strategy for restoration and raising public awareness. Completed by the Qualicum Beach Streamkeepers and the Ministry of Environment.
Miller Road Park - French Creek Bank Stablilization
This project in the RDN Community Park on Miller Road was to reduce the rate of erosion from the right creek bank on French Creek to preserve fish habitat and other environmental values. Works included placement of large woody debris and riparian bank vegetation planting. Project completed in 2012.
Report - State of our Streams - French Creek and Grandon Creek (2015)
This report documents a physical stream assessment of three reaches on Grandon Creek in June 2015. This survey was done using the Urban Salmon Habitat Program methodology, led by D.R. Clough RPBio with the Qualicum Beach Streamkeepers. This assessment was a recommended follow-up to the water quality monitoring trend report (2011-2013).
This report documents a physical stream assessment of three reaches on French Creek in June 2015. This survey was done using the Urban Salmon Habitat Program methodology, led by D.R. Clough RPBio with the Friends of French Creek Conservation Society. This assessment was a recommended follow-up to the water quality monitoring trend report (2011-2013).
Thuxw'iinum - French Creek
French Creek was home to a smaller village site. It is a creek traditionally known for large Coho populations.
Hul'qami'num: Thuxw'iinum (where there's lots of coho)
Pentlatch: Swaxlhulh (this word also refers to the language that the people in Comox speak)
Sxweit - Lasqueti Island
Lasqueti Island was hit violently with small pox from the first wave of colonial settlers during the 1700s. Yew trees growing on the island provide source material for bows, wedges and paddles. The flexible strength of yew makes it invaluable.
Hulqaminum: Sxwe'it (where yew trees grow); also known as
Ts'its'esem (where to go hunt deer)
Tla'amin:Xweitay (where yew trees grow)
Join us for a FREE workshop on well maintenance, operation and protection, at the Qualicum Beach Civic Centre 747 Jones Street from 10:0 AM - 12:00 PM.
Water test bottles will be available at the workshop, and there will be an opportunity to drop off your well water sample at the same location, afterwards.
The French Creek Water Region consists of steep forested headlands that drain from the mountains at 1080 meters above sea level, and the more gentle topography of the Nanaimo lowlands.
The total drainage area is approximately 121 sq. km.
It includes most of the communities of Parksville, Qualicum Beach,and parts of Electoral Area F (including Hilliers, Coombs and Errington) and Area G (French Creek).
The drinking water supply is predominantly groundwater coming from the area's aquifers. Many residents supply their own water from private wells (indicated by the pink dots on the map).The RDN wellSMART program provides information on private wells.
There are also several Water Suppliers in this water region.
The City of Parksville supplies its residents with groundwater as well as surface water from the Englishman River in the summer.
The Town of Qualicum Beach has its own community wells to provide groundwater year round.
French Creek residents get their drinking water supplied by Epcor , again from groundwater aquifers.
Education and networking opportunities exist for smaller water system operators, such as mobile home parks, restaurants, campsites, gas stations etc. The Water Purveyor Working Group meets annually, click here for details.
Team WaterSmart has information on what you can do to conserve and protect our water supply.
In this water region, there are bedrock aquifers and sand and gravel aquifers that are the main source of drinking water. This includes provincially mapped aquifers 220, 212 (bedrock) and 217, 216 (sand and gravel) and small portions of 663, 664 (also sand and gravel).
Further study on the aquifers in this region was accomplished through a partnership with Natural Resource Canada / Geological Survey of Canada who completed the Nanaimo Lowlands Aquifer Characterization project between 2010 - 2015. Three-dimensional modelling of the aquifers was done for the area between Deep Bay and Nanoose.
This water region includes French Creek as well as the neighbouring smaller watersheds including Grandon Creek and Morningstar Creek which all drain into the Salish Sea at the Strait of Georgia. There are no large lakes in this water region - though there is a significant wetland, Hamilton Marsh.
French Creek has been designated by the Ministry of Environment as a 'Sensitive Stream' that requires special management attention, under the Fisheries Protection Act, because of risk to fish populations due to inadequate water flows and other habitat concerns. This watershed is extremely important for many different species of fish, including Coho, Chinook, Chum and Pink salmon. The steelhead and cutthroat trout populations are depressed.
The RDN Phase 1 Water Budget Study (2013) looked at supply and demand on surface water resources in Water Region 3, based on available data.
First Nations Significance
This water region is within the traditional territories of the Qualicum First Nation and the Nanoose First Nation. This area is rich with cultural significance and the waters and lands are closely connected with First Nations peoples and their ancestors.
There were six Salish languages (Hul'qami'num, Snuneymuxqun, Sqo'mish, she shashishalhem, Tla'amin, Comox, and Pentlatch) spoken traditionally in the RDN. In addition, Nuu chah Nulth, Kwakwala, and Sencothen languages would also bump up against the boundaries of the district. And Chinook was also used as a trading language.
Each piece of land is known by different families, communities, First Nations, dialects and languages by similar and dissimilar names. The land belongs to the name. The name does not belong to the land. In this way, there is more than one "Qualicum", for example: one near Port Renfrew and one also near Bellingham.
We have recorded here (in partnership with School District 69) as many names as we have been able to find. We recognize that more names are out there, and we are always happy to include them if you are open to sharing with us. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Traditional ecological knowledge is vital to understanding our watersheds and their health.
Rebate programs are available for residents across the region to conserve and protect water. Currently being offered are:
The RDN's Team WaterSmart offers education and outreach programs across the region. They provide activities and resources on water conservation indoors and outdoors, water quality protection, and ecological values.