May 25 – 28, 2017  |   Land, Water, People  |  Chilliwack, B.C.

BCHD Conference 2017 Chilliwack

Conference Field Trips

Friday May 26

Afternoon Fieldtrips

1:00 pm – 3:00 – Downtown Heritage Walking Tour


Heritage Chilliwack Society‘s guided downtown walking tour provides a fascinating insight into the rich history of Chilliwack. This engaging tour will take you on a journey of Chilliwack’s past and present and showcases some of Chilliwack’s distinctive and vibrant built heritage. You will also learn about our connection to BC’s 1858 gold rush. Get inside a refurbished mid-century fire hall and hear how CHP architects repurposed the building for a new use, tour a designated heritage home and discover what the homeowners found during the renovation process, and visit a historic Anglican Church and learn how it was moved from Five Corners in 1909. Participants will also hear fun and interesting stories of the people and places that make our city unique; all in an informal and social setting. Volunteers of Heritage Chilliwack Society will lead the tour.

  • Where to Meet: Walking tour will leave from the Royal Hotel
  • Attire: This tour is both indoors and outdoors. Rain or Shine. Make sure to wear rain boots and bring an umbrella.
  • 30 person maximum

1:00 pm – 3:00 – Stó:lō Grounds Tour at the Stó:lō Research and Resource Management Centre

welcomefigures_2016You are invited to experience an authentic and guided tour of the Coqualeetza grounds. Step into the longhouse and be greeted by our Stó:lō cultural education team as we begin with a traditional welcome drumming song, then be captivated by the ancient stories of the Stó:lō people, traditions, and cultural teachings. Explore the Interpretive Centre’s unique fishing, weaving, and cultural exhibits, award winning Research and Resource Centre housing ancient artifacts, beautiful Coast Salish basket collection, Halq’eméylem language art, Stan Greene feature art piece and T’ixwelatsa, “Man Turned to Stone”. Immerse yourself as you walk through the grounds and discover the stories passed down through the generations of the indigenous peoples.

  • Where to Meet: Bus leaves from the Royal Hotel
  • Attire: This tour is both indoors and outdoors. Rain or Shine. Make sure to wear rain boots and bring an umbrella.

1:00 pm – 5:00 pm – Hops Beer Tour & Beer Tasting (19+ only)


P1999 31 12 Picking hopsThe fascinating history of the Hops industry is tied to migrant workers, many cultural groups, and events like prohibition and world wars. The Chilliwack chapter of this history is a microcosm of similar stories from all over the world. Now, with the growing popularity of craft breweries and of locally sourced and produced products, hops production in the Fraser Valley is making a comeback. Join us on a tour of some of the businesses at the forefront of this growth in Chilliwack: The Chilliwack Hop Farms and our two Chilliwack craft breweries, Old Yale Brewing and the Chaos and Solace Craft Brewing Company.

  • Where to Meet: Bus leaves from the Royal Hotel
  • Attire: This tour is both indoors and outdoors. Rain or Shine. Make sure to wear rain boots and bring an umbrella.

Saturday May 27

Morning Field Trips (for those not attending the AGM)

10:00 am – 12:00 noon – Tour of Chilliwack Archives

Join Chilliwack Museum and Archives’ Archivist and Curator on a behind the scenes tour of the archival and object collection. Complete a hands-on activity and have your chance to ask key collection management questions.

  • Where to Meet: Walk over to the Chilliwack Archives (approx. 10 minutes from the Coast Hotel)
  • Attire: This tour is indoors only.
  • Price: Included with the price of registration
  • 20 person maximum

10:00 am – 12:00 noon – Film Screening

Visit the Chilliwack Museum where the film: T’xwelatse is Almost Home will be showing. Tour the museum’s exhibit galleries on a self-guided visit. Admission is complimentary for delegates.

  • Where to Meet: Walk over to the Chilliwack Museum (approx 2 minutes from the Coast Hotel)
  • Attire: This tour is indoors only.
  • Price: Included with the price of registration

Afternoon Field Trips

1:30 pm – 4:00 pm – Balakshin’s Farm Tour and Tour of the Atchelitz Thresherman’s Museum

Pioneer-building-back-2008-1Discover the history of farming in Chilliwack at the Balakshin’s family farm established by Andrew Balakshin in 1925. Originally from Siberia, Andrew and Mary Balakshin arrived in Chilliwack in 1925 after fleeing from Russia during the Bolshevik revolution. Read more here.

Later, at the Atchelitz Thresherman’s Museum, you will visit the collection of steam and gasoline stationary engines, steam and gasoline tractors and machinery used for farming.

  • Where to Meet: Bus leaves from the Royal Hotel
  • Attire: This tour is both indoors and outdoors. Rain or Shine. Make sure to wear rain boots and bring an umbrella.

1:30 pm –2:20 pm – Thomas Hooper, Architect

  • Location: Chilliwack Museum
  • Presentation by Donald Luxton
don-luxtonThe story of Thomas Hooper echoes the boom and bust cycle of British Columbia’s resource-based economy. He had one of this province’s longest-running and most prolific architectural careers, but until recently the extent of his accomplishments was virtually unrecognized. By 1912, he had the largest architectural practice in western Canada, designed hundreds of buildings, and travelled extensively in pursuit of numerous institutional and commercial commissions. His importance to the profession in British Columbia lies in his introduction and promotion of new styles of architecture, and his continual development and improvement of commercial building types. He ran large offices that trained a generation of young designers, and was highly regarded for his business acumen, his personal drive, and his considerable design skills. Along with Francis Rattenbury, he was respected by many contractors as the most accomplished and competent of the local architects, but the First World War and the Great Depression conspired to end his career prematurely. This presentation of Hooper’s life and career is illustrated with numerous unpublished images that provide a broad overview of his accomplishments and his impact on our emerging province, and will be presented in a building that Thomas Hooper designed, the former Chilliwack City Hall.

1:30 pm – 3:00 pm – Historic Riverboat Landing Tour by Bus

P7038 Beaver WatermarkThis tour pays tribute to early beginnings of settlement in Chilliwack and includes stops at former steamboat/paddleboat landings in the area. Long before there were buses, cars, new roadways, and railways the most practical way to travel around British Columbia and to ship freight in the 19th and early 20th century was via waterways. In the case of the Chilliwack Valley, this meant the mighty Fraser River was the ‘highway’ and life-line to the growing community.

Reflecting its developing role as the economic and social centre of the region, Chilliwack had five distinct landings on the Fraser River where boats of various size and purpose would dock on a regular basis. These five landings were Chilliwack Landing (Upper), Chilliwack Landing (Lower), Miller’s Landing, Sumas Landing, and Minto Landing. This tour will explore each of these unique cultural landscapes – significant to Chilliwack’s early history and growth. Indigenous and Urban Planning perspectives will enrich this journey into landscape history.

Photo Caption: The S.S. Beaver riverboat approaching Chilliwack Landing, ca. 1912. [Chilliwack Museum and Archives P7038].

Sunday May 28

9:00 am – 10:30 am – Post-Conference Tours

Little Mountain Cemetery Tour, Chilliwack

  • Where to Meet: Meet at Main Office, Chilliwack Cemetery 10010 Hillcrest Dr, Chilliwack, BC V2P 7X1
  • Attire: This tour is outdoors. Rain or Shine. Make sure to sturdy walking boots as the cemetery is quite hilly and bring an umbrella.

Chilliwack Cemeteries is the fourth oldest registered cemetery in British Columbia (1873). President of the Maple Ridge Historical Society, Erica Williams, will tour delegates around Chilliwack Cemetery to uncover the lives of those buried there as well as discuss the symbolism, preservation and remediation of the headstones.

Fraser/Harrison River Boat Tour

Discover the beauty and secrets that the Harrison River holds on an outing that will not disappoint. Explore the shores of the river for wildlife, hear a bit about the more recent history of the area and enjoy the truly magnificent traditional lands of the Sts’ailes and the Scowlitz peoples. The boat is fully covered and heated, maximum 20 passengers.

**This trip is offered by Fraser River Safari company and must be purchased separately from conference packages.

  • Self-transportation to boat launch (near Kilby Provincial Park, Harrison Mills)
  • Price: $70/ person
  • 60 min tour on the Harrison River
  • Time: 10:00 am
  • Booking information (book with tour guides)- ONLINE HERE
  • Find more details on Fraser River Safari website

*May tours have a higher potential for high water due to the annual freshet so a launch at Harrison Mills makes the most sense to prevent high-water challenges.