The Community of Harrison Mills

The completion of the Canadian Pacific Railway in the 1880s drew industry and business to places where the railway intersected with waterways such as the Harrison River. Where steamboats and railway met, a transportation hub developed and communities sprang up. This was the case in Harrison Mills at its inception.

The name “Harrison Mills” is derived from the sawmill that once stood on the shores the Harrison River, which became the mainstay of the local economy. Several earlier mills had been in existence, but it was the Rat Portage Lumber Company, built in 1903, that permanently changed the face of the community. Soon, Harrison Mills included houses, a school, churches, stores, a community hall, a railway station and sawmills all connected by a network of raised wooden walkways and ramps. These ramps became a distinctive feature of the community, necessary because of the annual Fraser River floods.

The mill closed in 1911, never to re-open, although a shingle mill across the bay continued for many years. Gradually the old buildings disappeared until the Kilby General Store remained as the only reminder of the once thriving town of Harrison Mills. Today the population of Harrison Mills is greatly reduced from its peak in the early twentieth century, but the lumber and dairy industries continue to be the mainstays of the community. Tourism and recreation are budding markets and community growth is on the rise.

Partners

Fraser River Safari
https://www.fraserriversafari.com/

Circle Farm Tour 2014 arriving soon!

Local Chambers

District of Kent (Agassiz – Harrison Mills)
https://www.district.kent.bc.ca/
or https://www.harrison.ca/

City of Abbotsford
https://www.city.abbotsford.bc.ca/

Village of Harrison Hot Springs
https://harrisonhotsprings.ca/index.html

City of Chilliwack
https://www.gov.chilliwack.bc.ca/

District of Mission
https://www.city.mission.bc.ca/Page4.aspx

Hope & District Chamber of Commerce
https://www.hopechamber.bc.ca/

Visitor Information Centres

Abbotsford Tourism
https://www.tourismabbotsford.ca/

Chilliwack Tourism
https://www.tourismchilliwack.com/

Harrison Hot Springs Visitor Information Centre
https://www.tourismharrison.com/

Hope Visitor Info Centre
https://www.hopebc.ca/

Mission Chamber Tourism
https://www.missionchamber.bc.ca/

Museums

Agassiz Harrison Museum
https://www.agassizharrisonmuseum.org/

Yale Heritage Site
https://www.historicyale.ca/index.htm

Chilliwack Museum
https://www.chilliwack.museum.bc.ca/

Mission Museum
https://www.mission.museum.bc.ca/

Stave Falls Power House
https://www.bchydro.com/

Heritage in BC

British Columbia Historical Federation
https://www.bchistory.ca/

Vancouver Heritage Foundation
https://www.vancouverheritagefoundation.org/

Heritage Canada Foundation
www.heritagecanada.org/eng/main.html

Heritage Legacy Fund
https://www.heritagelegacyfund.ca/

Heritage Branch, Province of BC
https://www.tca.gov.bc.ca/heritage_branch/

Canada’s Historic Places
https://www.historicplaces.ca/

The Land Conservancy of BC
https://www.conservancy.bc.ca/

BC Museums Association
https://www.museumsassn.bc.ca/

British Columbia Heritage Properties
https://www.tca.gov.bc.ca/heritage_branch/heritage_properties.htm

Canadian Heritage Information Network
https://www.chin.gc.ca/

Canadian Museum Association
https://www.museums.ca/

Local Attractions

Agassiz Fall Fair
Agassiz Agricultural and Horticultural Association
https://www.agassizfallfair.ca/

Agassiz Harrison Mills Circle Farm Tour-Brochure: Agassiz_Harrison Mills Circle Farm Tour 2017
https://www.circlefarmtour.com/index.php?page_id=1

Harrison Festival of the Arts
https://www.harrisonfestival.com/

Weaver Creek Spawning Channels
www-heb.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca

The Pretty Estates
https://www.sandpipergolfclub.com/

Hell’s Gate Airtram
https://www.hellsgateairtram.com./

Greater Vancouver Parks
https://www.greatervancouverparks.com/

Sasquatch Tours
https://www.sasquatchtours.com/

Local Accommodations

Sasquatch Crossing Eco Lodge
https://www.stsailesdevcorp.com/tourism/sasquatch-crossing-eco-lodge/

Harrison Heritage House & Kottage
https://www.bbharrison.com/

Harrison Beach Hotel
https://harrisonbeachhotel.com/

Sasquatch Inn
https://www.sasquatchinn.ca/

Kilby B & B
https://www.kilbybedandbreakfast.ca/

Tall Timber B & B   https://www.talltimberbnb.com/

 

Miscellaneous

Fraser Valley Pulse
https://www.fraservalleypulse.com/

Find Family Fun in Vancouver
https://www.findfamilyfun.com/

Fraser Valley Guide
https://www.fraservalleyguide.com/