Kilby Historic Site
Kilby Historic Site is the perfect place for a trip down memory lane. Kilby General Store is all that remains of the original town of Harrison Mills, a once bustling community. The store was the hub of the town, serving as the general supply store, post office, gas station, hotel and meeting place. The people of Chilliwack would take the ferry to Harrison Mills and then the train into Vancouver. With saw mills and the train station close by, the store catered to everyone from locals to vacationers.
Thomas Kilby opened Kilby General Store in 1906. His son, Acton, took over the store in 1922, which is reflected in the era that Kilby Historic Site represents. After a lifetime of collecting memorabilia, Acton turned the store into a museum in 1977. His favourite saying was, “You never know; some day, somebody may want it.” Today, the Kilby General Store Museum is packed with fascinating products from the 1920s and ‘30s. Kilby Historic Site celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2006, marking a century of serving the people of the Fraser Valley.
Harrison Mills suffered many floods, which is why the town had connecting boardwalks. Kilby General Store still has its boardwalks intact, which is a very prominent feature of this historic site. Since dykes now hold back the floodwaters, only the unique architecture of Kilby Historic Site reminds visitors and townspeople alike of what this area endured.
Harrison Mills is nestled in a rural valley just west of Agassiz and is the picture of rustic beauty. This area is surrounded by mountains and at the confluence of Fraser and Harrison Rivers. Eagles are often seen soaring overhead or perched in the trees at Kilby Park along scenic Harrison River during the winter months.
Today the Kilby general store is a world class 1920s Fraser Valley living history site, complete with costumed interpreters. This 5 acre BC Heritage attraction includes our 1906 General Store Museum, Manchester House Hotel & Post Office, as well as friendly farm animals and orchard playground. Other site facilities include our quaint home-style restaurant, unique country gift shop and 22-site campground (open year round) on the scenic Harrison Bay.
Fishing, beaching, and boating; facilities include boat launch, museum, restaurant, and gift shop. Pets allowed! $25 per vehicle.
The Historic Site is Open Daily 11am - 5pm April 9th to September; Open Thursday to Monday 11 am to 5 pm April, September through to November.
Thirty minutes east of Mission or west of Harrison Hot Springs on scenic Highway 7. For more information on our special events, school programming or group rates call 604-796-9576 or visit www.kilby.ca. 215 Kilby Road, Harrison Mills V0M 1L0.
Amenities / Features:
|Food Available||Yes, restaurant on site|
|Price Range||Adults - $9, Seniors - $8, Youth/Children - $7, Children 5 + under are free|
|Season of Operation||April 21 - Oct 17 2011|
|Food Type||Homestyle Country Cooking|
|Open - Days of Week||Varies - See website|
|Open - Hours||11am-5pm (seasonal)|
|Private Function Room||No|
|Take Out / Delivery||Yes|
|Type of Restaurant||Family|
RV Park / Campground Amenities:
|Fitness / Spa Facilities||No|
|Full Hook Ups||No|
|Hot Tub / Sauna / Jacuzzi||No|
|Number of Sites||22|
|Season of Operation||Year Round|
215 Kilby Road
Harrison Mills, BC