French Creek Harbour Authority History

The French Creek Harbour is historically significant serving for over 50 years as focus of recreational, commercial and transportation activity. The French Creek Boat Harbour was initially developed by a group of 30-40 local boat owners in the late 1940’s. These individuals purchased commercial fishing licences, and constructed mooring floats for their vessels. French Creek Harbour was considered to be the only practical shelter between Nanaimo/Nanoose and the Comox Harbour. The French Creek Boat Owner’s Association (FCBOA) was later formed, its membership largely composed of the original group of boaters.

Before the Harbour

before the harbour


In 1949, Public Works Canada constructed a breakwater, boat basin, floats and a wharf head. Construction was completed in 1951.


French Creek 1950's


The Harbour in French Creek was in early stages and was used primarily by locals and Lasqueti residents.


French Creek 1957




Union Steamships cease service between Lasqueti Island and Vancouver, Lasqueti Water Taxi took over the job and ferried people to French Creek instead. By 1963 a ferry service was formed which was similar to that in existence today.

Early 1960's

The harbours was modified in the 1960’s and again in 1985 when the breakwater was extended and additional floats were installed in the north area of the harbour.

French Creek early 1960's #4 French Creek early 1960's #4 French Creek early 1960's #4


Parksville Fish and Game Club appeals to the government for improvements at French Creek, the launch ramp was constructed at that time.


Public Works Canada does more work at the French Creek site, but locals were informed that the Department of Fisheries and Oceans only had funds available for use in Commercial Harbours. Thus, as the story goes, a small group composed of 10 commercial fishers and 30 or so local sport fishers each purchased a commercial license for a cost of $1.00 each. This group of ‘commercial fishers’ was able to convince the government that French Creek deserved some consideration.


French Creek 1984


The FCBOA facilities were removed as part of the 1985 expansion. As a result an agreement was reached between the FCBOA and Small Craft Harbours to lease mooring floats for the FCBOA members. Currently docks B and C are leased to the association from May to October.



An incorporated non-profit organization called the “Harbour Authority of French Creek” was formed in 1990 and management began officially in 1991.


French Creek 1994


French Creek 2000


French Creek 2016


French Creek 2019

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