Yale BC may now only have a resident population of under 200, but reputedly it once was the largest city North of San Francisco and West of Chicago. During the Gold Rush in 1858, the population may have been around 15,000 boosted by the discovery of gold in the Fraser Valley.
The Yale Historic Site tells the story of the growth of the community, and of the individuals who lived there during the reign of Queen Victoria. The Historic Site illustrates and depicts artifacts of the time, some included in a 'tented village' reminiscent of the accommodation of the period, together with a church, and allows the hands-on visitor an opportunity to experience gold-panning.
Within the main building at the Site, there is an excellent portrayal of the 'Untold Story' of the Fraser Canyon War between the resident First Nations and the prospectors/miners many of whom migrated North from California in search or riches, with little or no respect for the land or the lives or the values of the native peoples.
The Historic Site is presented and managed in a professional way and is a credit to all who are involved in it's upkeep.
Don't pass by. Stop off and take an hour or so to learn about the remarkable history of this little community in the Fraser Valley.
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