Visitor Info

Welcome to the Kilby Historic Site!

We encourage you to take a few moments to browse through our web site and discover this wonderful five acre BC Heritage site in Harrison Mills. We are nestled against the mountains on the north shore of the Fraser River, in the Fraser Valley, just 90 minutes from the hustle and bustle of Greater Vancouver.

You will be pleasantly surprised with the preservation of the only remaining buildings of a once thriving mill town from the turn of the last century. Costumed interpreters encourage you to step back in time as you relive history during your visit. Whether you are visiting the shopkeeper in the general store, or having a conversation with the farmhand, you will experience first hand just how life was in the 1920s in rural British Columbia.

We guarantee your visit will bring a smile to your face. Reflect back on a time you lived through, reminiscing of days gone by, or learn of a lifestyle that is hard to comprehend in today’s fast-paced age of technology and computers. The past comes alive in the common household objects we now call artifacts. Entering the General Store or petting our many farm animals will connect you to the past and let you embrace the pioneering spirit we strive to convey.

I look forward to meeting you in person, shaking your hand and invite you to slow down your life, if only for a short break in your journey during your visit the Kilby Historic Site. In the meantime our friends at TELUS Optik Local made this lovely video to tell you more about us!

Jo-Anne Leon
Executive Director

Reconnect with the Past: 50/50 Raffle 2021…The Fundraising Committee  of the Fraser Heritage Society is holding a 50/50 Raffle with a potential jackpot of $60,000! Winner takes half! Don’t miss out on this opportunity to become caretakes of the past and builders of the future through your purchase of tickets. 

Click here for more information and to purchase your ticket: Be Apart of Something Historic!

Kilby Historic Site exists to encourage the next generation to be inspired by and learn about the rural history of Harrison Mills. Visitors learn about the early days of this small but thriving mill community on the Harrison River by participating in hands-on activities and events. Its’ stories are of great importance to British Columbia and we rely on the generous support of those who share our passion to keep our site alive. Please spread the word and be part of something historic!

Accessibility

All of our facilities are wheelchair accessible. Except: to preserve the historic integrity of the site there are stairs leading to the Manchester House Hotel. The hotel is located above the General Store and is the only location where wheelchairs are not able to go. The pathways around the working farm allow all visitors to be able to interact with our friendly farm animals.

Parking
We have a large parking lot here at the Kilby Historic Site, complete with designated handicap spaces. There are oversize parking areas for buses or campers, with easy turn about areas. Down at the Kilby Park we have three main areas; the campground, the boat launch and the day-use area. Public parking is only permitted in the day-use area. The long stalls are used by the folks who launch their boats, and yes, you have to pay to launch your boat, not to park.

Restrooms
Restrooms are accessible by wheelchair. There are restrooms in the main admission area, as well as on site.

Rest Areas
There are rest benches randomly situated throughout the site. Whether you rest on the veranda of the General Store to watch the trains pass by, or on the porch of our 1880s log cabin, we are sure you will be transported back in time for a spell.

Hours of Operation in 2021

April 3 – May 2 ~ Saturday & Sunday 11 am to 4 pm 

May 6 to  June 21 ~ Thursday to Monday 11 am to 4 pm

June 24 – Sept 6 ~ Open Daily 11 am to 4 pm

Sept 10 – Oct 31 ~ Friday to Sunday 11 am to 4 pm

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Backgrounder _Kilby Historic Site