Few British Columbians know about Kilby Historic Site and the family that settled here and then donated the historical site and park on the river to the Province of BC. It lies on a point of land where the Harrison River pours into the Mighty Fraser at Harrison Mills, just off Hwy 7 after the Harrison River bridge.
Geographically, it’s a spectacular spot; historically, it takes us back to BC’s pioneering days and beyond; and for families, it’s kid-friendly.
Kilby is a living museum centred on the authentic general store that was built by the Kilby family in about 1906 when the small town was a transportation hub for the logging and salmon industries.
On top of the store is the former Manchester Hotel that is the real museum and tells the story of the family and town, including the local First Nations contribution to its history.
The surrounding land was part of their farm and now has a Jersey cow, goats, sheep, chickens and turkeys, an old orchard, and outbuildings.
The horse barn houses an excellent gift shop and a cafe that serves hearty 1920s food.
As a history buff, I spent all morning here and ate lunch too. Staff are very knowledgeable and welcoming. I also walked through the small provincial park and campground and along the beach where the Kilby children played in the summers.
Good value at $10/ adult and very interesting; fun for kids too.
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