Chilliwack Times

Heritage Walk takes visitors on a trip to Chilliwack’s past

 

The Royal Hotel on Wellington Avenue in Chilliwack in 1912 and 2016. - Chilliwack Museum & Archives 1977.006.035/ Paul J. Henderson

The Royal Hotel on Wellington Avenue in Chilliwack in 1912 and 2016.

— Image Credit: Chilliwack Museum & Archives 1977.006.035/ Paul J. Henderson

As the decades pass, more 100 years in some cases, urban buildings and intersections and locations change immeasurably.

Downtown Chilliwack has a rich history, shadows of which can still be seen at Five Corners, along Wellington Avenue, Young Road and elsewhere.

Last week Heritage Chilliwack launched its self-guided walking tour brochure to give residents a glimpse into the past right now in the present. The brochure came out in advance of Heritage Week this week (Feb. 15 to 21).

“Our overnight guests come wanting to explore the heritage and culture that is found in Chilliwack’s downtown,” Royal Hotel general manager Leonard Wiens said. “This brochure is the kind of thing that our hotel guests have been looking for and will enjoy using, enriching their experience and appreciation of Chilliwack’s history.”

It was around 1873 when Five Corners became Chilliwack’s business hub with a church, blacksmith, flour mill and general store. This central and iconic location is the first stop on the tour that takes visitors along Wellington past the shops and the Royal Hotel, up College and around to the top of Mill Street, through Central Community Park and up to Central elementary and back down to the old Chilliwack Fire Hall No. 1, now home to Craven Huston Powers Architects.

The self-guided tour brochure put together by the Heritage Chilliwack Society includes the history of the stops along the way, and is available at the Royal Hotel on Wellington, at Cornerstone Custom Picture Framing on Mill Street or at the Tourism Chilliwack visitor centre on Luckakuck Way.

A PDF of the brochure can be downloaded at www.tourismchilliwack.com.

• For more on heritage week in B.C. visitwww.heritagebc.ca.

Imperial Theatre in downtown Chilliwack once a venue for vaudeville

Newly elected Chilliwack city councillor Sam Waddington recently moved into the upstairs apartment of what was formerly known as the Imperial Theatre building. - Greg Laychak/TIMES

Image Credit: Greg Laychak

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Widow’s walk a Webb feature

The Webb house on Reece Avenue is 106 years old. - Ken Goudswaard/TIMES

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One room schoolhouse still around.

Front view of the one-room Promontory Heights school, ca.191-. - Courtesy of the Chilliwack Museum and Archives - P4664

Image Credit: Courtesy of the Chilliwack Museum and Archives p4664

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SEE DOWNTOWN CHILLIWACK ON TOUR

Chilliwack

IMAGE CREDIT: PAUL J. HENDERSON

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CHILLIWACK HERITAGE UP FOR DISCUSSION AT ROYAL HOTEL

Heritage Chilliwack Society logo. - Heritage Chilliwack Society

HERITAGE CHILLIWACK SOCIETY LOGO IMAGE CREDIT : HERITAGE CHILLIWACK SOCIETY

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CHILLIWACK HISTORY ON DISPLAY DURING HERITAGE WEEK

Chilliwack Bakery Float for the Cherry Carnival parade. - Photograph courtesy of the Chilliwack Museum and Archives, photograph number P915

IMAGE CREDIT : PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF THE CHILLIWACK MUSEUM AND ARCHIVES PHOTOGRAPH NO.P915

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CHILLIWACK HERITAGE SOCIETY FORMED

A new not-for-profit heritage society has been formed in Chilliwack. - Paul J. Henderson/FILE

IMAGE CREDIT PAUL J. HENDERSON

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