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 charge of 20 students for all school programs and additional experiences listed below. (all prices include tax)

Junior Merchants | K – 4  

$11 plus GST per student (90 minutes)

Step into an original 1906 General Store and Hotel to uncover the role it played in early communities. Learn about needs versus wants while participating in a fun shopping activity. Help the farmer feed the animals and collect eggs.

Harrison Homesteaders | gr. 4-6 

$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, ESL Students

$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 & jam.

Guided Heritage Tour | All grades

$11 plus GST per student (90 minutes)

Bring your curriculum to life. These 90-minute guided tours are customized to align with your learning objectives and to provide your students with the most meaningful experiences. Tour focus can include farm animal care, flooding and dykes, where history and nature meet, or fun group building activities.

Add-on Experiences

$4 plus GST per student (each class must choose the same activity)
 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 & participation. The reward for their hard work is a sample of their freshly churned ice cream.

Butter Making (Year-Round) | 45 minutes

Using an original butter churn, all hands are needed to turn heavy cream into delicious butter. Fresh bread and self-made butter complete this program.

Apple Cider Pressing (September to November) | 45 minutes

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

Old Fashioned Games (Year-round) | 45 minutes

In this full participation add-on, students will enjoy foot-stomping dances, ducks and ptarmigan competition, an egg and spoon race, and a 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!

In-Class programming: minimum charge, 20 students

Charlotte’s Fur Trade | gr.4, gr. 9

$30/student – 8 visits (90 minutes/visit) | Oct – June

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 

$8/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.

Kilby Historic 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 Ext 101
Fax: 604-796-9592