Kilby Historic Site Harrison Mills
Where are we going today?
Did you know that Harrison Mills once had a thriving community living there? Can you imagine what it was like? No need to imagine that hard, because Kilby Historic Site is the place for you to visit if you want to step back in time!
Kilby Historic Site will take you to a place that was once a bustling village. Now, only the General Store is all that remains of this moment in time. The store, kids, was the hub of the town. People used to use it as all sorts of things! It was the post office, hotel, gas station, and even meeting place.
The store was built in 1906, and during your time there, you can experience a fascinating gallery of packaging from the 1920s and 1930s. Your grandparents, or great grand parents, might remember some of them!
Today, interpreters are dressed in period costuming from the 1920s, so you can ask all the questions you like, or even pretend to be in the 1920s too! It's an amazing insight for kids into the early 20th century life in rural British Columbia.
The General Store was even the Kilby family home. They lived just in the back! This area is fully restored, and just as it was when the Kilby family lived there, so you can just imagine the kind of life they had!
With events, restaurants, and a sweet farm to explore, Kilby Historic Site will really give you a trip back into history - and everything you are learning about happened right under your feet! Amazing.
How much does it cost?
- Free Under: 5 years and under
When can we go?
11am - 4pm. Daily June to Sept. Days vary rest of season.
April to Halloween.
With a minimum of 20 students they will help you set up your ideal school field trip! They have a number of programs and experiences you can choose from .
The gift shop has items like pies and candy, but there is a restaurant that you can sit down at and enjoy lunch, from sandwiches, pies, pastries, and even ice cream!.
They have soups, salads and sandwiches at the restaurant for you .
Doing our bit
They have preserved this historic site to ensure generations to come can enjoy it and learn from it. If they have any regulations, please follow as it is for the longevity of the site.
Need a little extra help?
All of the facilities are wheelchair accessible, but to preserve the historic integrity of the site, they have kept the stairs up to the Manchester House Hotel. Restrooms and parking are accessible too .
Can I get one of those?
There is a gift shop! It's filled with local produce, as well as toys, candy, art, and historic items!.
If you love the site and would visit frequently, then check out the season passes or membership! .
What people are saying?
by David Sims
I enjoy having ice cream here, but aftetr a while I gets old. It is really nice to have outdoor fun space though.
by Bill Lawson
Love this place. Great place to go for fresh milk and ice cream. They put some of their baby cows out in a little petting zoo when the cows are babies. And the sunsets are awesome!
by Catherine Brooks
Love the chocolate milk and all their ice creams. I even got to see the barn with the cows during the fall. I would go back in a heartbeat!
by A Google User
Ice cream is awesome. We love getting farm fresh milk here too. Can't beat Kilby's.
by A Google User
Awesome!!! Best Ice Cream anywhere.