Summer heating up at historic sites

Two family events to enjoy this month in Upper Fraser Valley

Two of the province’s local historic sites have exciting family friendly events planned this summer. First up is the A Living History event at Yale this Saturday.

A Living History’s ‘Tent City’ takes you back to the early days of the 1858 Fraser River Gold Rush. Step back in time and stroll the boardwalk, check out the goods for sale in the General Store, swagger into the Saloon for an ice cold root beer or a game of poker, learn what life was like for the thousands of Chinese railway worker in the Chinese Boarding House and Bath house or try your hand at gold panning and ‘strike it rich’.

Visitors can even dress the part in an outfit from the site’s costume collection located in the Historic ‘Ward House’.

That event runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. tomorrow.

Also to come is the Kilby Kids’ Festival, located at the historic site just outside of Agassiz.

The Kids Festival features a craft workshop, pinata making and breaking, a dance workshop, old fashioned games held in the site’s orchard, along with clowns and face painting.

While visiting Kilby, notice the work being done to restore the main building — a major project for the province and for the Kilby staff and management.

The Kids Festival runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on August 28.

For more information about Yale, phone 604-863-2324. For more on Kilby, phone 604-796-9576.