VIU Milner Gardens and Woodland

The "Pool House" Gift Shop

The Pool House Gift Shop offers a place to sit and relax next to the pool or on the patio during your visit to the Gardens. Coffee, tea, and light snacks are available. The shop carries a selection of gift items for the home and garden, as well as many gardening and nature books.

The Gift Shop is open during regular garden hours, from 10:00am to 5:00pm. The Pool House open patio is the only location on-site where smoking is permitted.


The Gift Shop was formerly the Milners’ pool house. It underwent a major renovation prior to opening in April 2001. In excess of 1,000 volunteer hours were dedicated to this building renovation and gift shop development.

The design was by architect Wilfrid Worland, with renovations carried out by members of The Old Train Station Society. The electrical renovation was done by Jack Collins. Many generous in-kind contributions by local businesses in both Parksville and Qualicum Beach made this project a complete success.