What was life like for British Columbia’s nineteenth-century lower Mainland settlers? All you have to do is visit the grounds of the Historic Stewart Farm to find out. There’s a pole barn with farm implements; apple and pear trees; heritage gardens bursting with scarlet runner beans, roses, snapdragons, calendulas and sunflowers; there’s even an old Hadden crab boat – a relic from the oyster farming and crab fishing days of old. And though the farmhouse itself remains closed, there is still lots to see and explore, and informative guides will be happy to show you around on a free guided outdoor tour!
Located in Elgin Heritage Park (13723 Crescent Road), the farm is situated amidst gorgeous wetland, meadows and walking trails. Picnic areas are also abundant, so pack a lunch and once your tour is finished you’re welcome to stay and enjoy the grounds. You can even walk down to the Nicomekl River and take in the sights of the mountains.
Wondering where to pick up picnic supplies? Swing by nearby Beast & Brine in Crescent Beach (12823 Crescent Road) and order a mouthwatering charcuterie board featuring delicious cured meats, cheeses and dried fruit.
Each tour lasts approximately 30-minutes and they are perfect for families (please note that there is a 10 person limit). During the tour, guides will share the history of the area, the Stewart family and the farm itself, and highlights include
- Outside of the 1894 Farmhouse
- Heirloom Gardens
- Outbuildings, including a walk through the Pole Barn and visits to the Root Cellar, Boat Building and former Threshing Shed
Tours available Tuesday to Friday afternoons from 1 pm to 3:30 pm.
Registration times will be available every 30 minutes with the final tour beginning at 3 pm. Guests are required to pre-register online. Registration is now open with tours beginning July 14.