School Programming

Welcome teachers and students!

Step into the Story!

Looking for a trip back in time? Join us at the Kilby Historic Site.

A range of year-round On-Site and In-Class programs will complement your curriculum and create an unforgettable classroom adventure. Led by a costumed educator, British Columbia’s early rural history is brought to life as students immerse themselves in hands-on learning. On-site programs provide a unique opportunity for classes to explore an original General Store, lively farm, and heritage orchard. In-Class programs bring history to you through engaging and fun learning experiences.

We require a minimum of 20 students for all school programs and additional experiences listed below. (all prices include tax)

NEW Educational Programs 2021

Lock, Stock and Cracker Barrel  K – 3  

$9 plus GST per student (90 minutes)

Our friendly, costumed interpreters lead a fun and interactive program that explores the operation of a 1920s general store and farm in a rural Canadian community.  This three-stationed program begins with the unique experience of shopping in the 1920s in our General Store Museum.  A farmhand then guides the students around our living history farm, where they learn about rural life during BC’s early years.  Finally, students use their imagination as they explore the Jr. Merchants Playroom.

Harrison Homesteaders  gr. 3-6 

$15 plus GST per student (3 hours)

Experience a day in the life of a homesteading child. Step into the role of a child from 1906 where there is always work to be done. From candle-making to biscuit shaping and butter churning, these hands-on activities will illustrate the challenges in the everyday lives of children living in Harrison Mills. Classes are encouraged to dress up in period clothing. An Information Package is provided upon booking.

 Mind your P’s and Q’s! gr.5 and up

$9 plus GST per student (90 minutes)

Good manners are always in fashion! In this hands-on program, students will learn  proper manners and deportment expectations while sipping a warm beverage and tasting freshly made scones, butter, and jam.

Self-Guided Tour  plus optional add-on experience   All grades

$7 plus GST per student

Create your own field trip adventure! Self guided tours give you and your students access to all historic areas. Complete your trip with an add-on.

Add-on Experiences

$4 plus GST per student

 Ice Cream Making (April to June) (45 minutes)

Students have a first-hand experience at making ice cream the old-fashioned way!  This fun and interactive demonstration allows students to learn by instruction and participation.  The reward for their hard work is a sample of the real ice cream they themselves have made.

Walking Tour (Year-Round) (45 minutes)

Where Nature and History Meet! In this walking tour, students stretch their legs and learn about the unique natural habitat and dyke system surrounding Harrison Mills.

Apple Cider Pressing (Year-Round) (45 minutes)

Students try their hand at turning apples into juice using our century-old Apple Press. Stories and samples are the reward for their hard work.

Old Fashioned Games (Year-round) (45 minutes)

In this full participation add-on, students will enjoy foot stomping dances, a ducks and ptarmigan competition, egg  and spoon race, and thimble find. Games of the past have never been so much fun!

Can’t make it to our Site? Let us bring history to YOU!

Charlotte’s Fur Trade gr.4, gr.9 

$30/student, 8 visits (90 minutes per visit)

A program like no other! Jump into the world of Charlotte Thompson and explore the  Canadian Fur Trade of 1815. Students will experience sewing journals, using flint and steel, making voyageur pouches, hearing tales, and much more. The final lesson includes a three course Great Hall Tea presented in true Fur Trade style!! Reserve early as this program sells out.

Timeless Fun and Games gr. 1-6 

$7/student plus GST (90 minutes)

Toys and games have been used for centuries to educate and entertain. Students rotate through activity centres experimenting with optical illusions,  gravity toys, and table-top games. Students will make or colour their own take-home toy. Additional help is required.

Site facilities include

Picnic tables on the grounds which are great for having your own brown bag lunch. The museum is within walking distance of Kilby Park on the Harrison River. Some school groups choose this area to have lunch, or enjoy a walk to the beach. A third option is to have lunch indoors, in the Orientation Barn, should you experience inclement weather during your visit. The Kilby Cafe can always provide hotdogs, popcorn, fresh sandwiches, muffins, soft drinks and assorted juices.

We look forward to booking your class tour!

A collection of British Columbia Heritage resources useful to teachers, students, and history enthusiasts of any age. Our Digital Collection can be found at A Visit to the General Store .

Kilby Historic Site
215 Kilby Road, Box #55,
Harrison Mills, BC
V0M 1L0
Phone: 604-796-9576
Fax: 604-796-9592