There is a great little piece of history located in the Fraser Valley. A gem where one can play with adorable animals, enjoy a delicious meal and be transported back to the early 1900’s.
Kilby Historic Site is located in the small town of Harrison Mills, BC. This five acre property is a step back in time, a place to enjoy a historical living story. Take a walk through the early century buildings and see life just as it was in 1906. From the antique stoves to the historical milk house, the early century clothing to the fully stocked general store, every piece of Kilby Historic Site tells an interesting tale.
Visitors enjoy a trip down memory lane as they explore a portrayal of the Kilby family’s living history. The general store was opened in 1906 by Thomas and Eliza Kilby, later run by their two sons. Since it closed, the store, post office and upstairs hotel rooms and living quarters have been kept just as they were. The store is fully stocked, the plates are on the table in the dining room… it is truly like stepping into a time capsule.
School and tour groups are welcome and invited to book ahead of time to enjoy hands on activities such as making old-fashioned ice cream and fresh apple cider, or playing junior merchant in the general store.
The property is home to a variety of animals including turkeys, chickens, playful pigs, goats, sheep, a mule and several cats. Guests can interact with the animals on this working farm; feed is available for purchase in the Waterloo Farm Gift Shop. The animals love attention and some of the turkeys and birds will be seen walking freely throughout the property.
This Sunday, August 29th, don’t miss the 2010 Kilby Kids Fest! From 11AM – 4PM kids will enjoy face painting, pinatas, live entertainment, craft tables and of course the friendly farm animals.
The Waterloo Farm Gift Shop features an abundance of artisanal works from local artists and a homestyle restaurant that serves sandwiches and comfort food specials. The pies at Kilby Historic Site are baked fresh daily using seasonal fruits.
Kilby Historic Site hosts fun events throughout the year including a ghoulishly Haunted Halloween, Kilby’s Kids Halloween Party, Christmas at Kilby and several other events at Easter, Mother/Father’s Day and an annual vintage car show. The site is open May long weekend through Labour Day 11AM – 5PM, but hours of operation vary at other time of the year. Be sure to check the website when planning your visit!
Kilby Historic Site is a great day of family fun in the Fraser Valley. When you are finished touring the site, be sure to head down the street to the beach at Kilby Provincial Park.
Kilby Historic Site
215 Kilby Road, Harrison Mills