FAQ

Do you accept reservations at the Kilby Park campground?

  • Camping in the 35 site Harrison Bay campground is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Currently we accept reservations on 11 sites on Monday & Tuesday from 10 am to 3 pm beginning April 3 until Oct 3, 2017.

When is the best time to visit the Museum?

  • The Historic Site is open from Easter to Thanksgiving

  • Between the end of June to Labour Day we are open daily from 11 am to 4 pm.
  • Weekends are generally busier than weekdays, and the summer months, both July and August, are the peak of our season.
  • Our Education Department schedules its tours year round, with the busiest time being the months of May and June.
  • Group rates are available, and the site is open year round for groups of 15 people or more.

Approximately, how long does it take to go through the Museum?

  • It will vary based on your individual interests. However, on the average, most visitors spend about 1 1/2 hour on-site.

Are there any personal items that are prohibited in the Museum?

  • To help maintain a safe environment for all our guests, we require that backpacks or large handbags be left in your vehicle before entering the Museum.
  • Food or drink are not permitted in the museum.

Can I take pictures in the Museum?

  • Personal use camera and video photography is permitted, and encouraged, throughout the site’s complex.
  • Commercial use photography must be pre-approved by our Marketing Manager.

Are there special events at the Museum?

Do you accept donations?

  • Currently we have a moratorium on accepting artifacts. Unless an item can be directly related to the Harrison Mills area or the Kilby family, we cannot accept any artifact donations at this time.
  • Monetary donations are greatly appreciated. A non-profit society operates both the museum and campground on behalf of the province of British Columbia.

Do you have a photo archive?

Kilby Archives: There is an extensive collection of documents and photographs in our archives. Please contact us for further information. For a nominal fee an appointment can be made with the Curator to view photos and paper documents for research purposes.

How do I get to Kilby Historic Site?

What type of weather can I expect during my visit?

  • Harrison Mills is located in the District of Kent which lies within the coastal mountain system. It is dominated to the east by a high, massive and rugged mountain wall, rising abruptly from the Fraser Valley to an elevation of 2112m (6929 ft).
  • The District of Kent experiences very little seasonal temperature fluctuations. The summers are usually warm and dry with mild winters. We also have one of the longest frost-free growing seasons in Canada.

What about Wildlife viewing in Harrison Mills?

  • Kilby Park campground is a designated British Columbia Wildlife Watch area. It is an excellent location to view large concentrations of wintering eagles, snow geese, as well as graceful trumpeter swans that migrate to the area from Alaska. Other common bird species to the park area include ravens, geese, eagles, hawks, swans, finches, chickadees and jays. Click Here for more information about Birds in BC
  • Coho and Spring salmon can be found in Harrison River which borders Kilby park.
  • Everyone who is active and outdoors during the summer months – including campers, picnickers, hikers and canoeists – should make sure they use all the protection measures available to avoid contact with mosquitoes and West Nile virus.
  • The park lies within the Coastal Western Hemlock biogeoclimatic zone and is representative of the Fraser floodplain landscape. Upland vegetation includes cottonwood, poplar, alder, and willow while the under story consists largely of red currant and salmonberry.

Whom may I contact if I need more information or assistance?

  • For all general inquiries please contact 604-796-9576 or email:  info@kilby.ca
  • Our mailing address is P.O. Box #55, Harrison Mills, BC V0M 1A1

Where can I find more information about Harrison Mills, Agassiz or Harrison Hot Springs?

  • Please contact 604-796-2235 or write District of Kent, P.O. Box #70, Agassiz, BC V0M 1A0 or Click Here to visit their web site.
  • Please contact 604-796-5581 or write Harrison Hot Springs Visitor Information, PO Box 255, 499 Hot Springs Road Harrison Hot Springs, BC VOM 1K0 or Click Here to visit their web site.