Yale Historic Site

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Yale Historic Site
4.5
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
The Yale Historic Site encompasses several properties in the town of Yale. A heritage building built in the 1870’s, the ‘Creighton House’ is home to our museum, gift shop, archives and Beth Clare garden. Indoor exhibits include artifacts and photographs showcasing the diverse history of Yale. Outdoor exhibits include a ‘Tent City’, showing life during the gold rush of 1858 and St John the Divine, built in 1863, one of the oldest church's in BC. The Ward Tea House serves tea, coffee, cold beverages, hot lunches, sandwiches, soups and desserts and The Johnny Ward Guest House originally built as a family home in 1863 by William ‘Johnny’ H. Ward but now dating to 1880, is a Bed and Breakfast.
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Dave
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Highly underrated
Jun. 2019
This museum is an absolute treasure. Lots of artifacts, exhibits and photos highlighting the glorious history of the town, colony, and province. The exhibit tents outside are great for kids to explore. The church is also very interesting. Stop here in for the strawberry social in June for a real special event.
Written May 27, 2020
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johnny2bc
Burnaby, Canada13,920 contributions
Some early-morning, early-fall sights!
Sep. 2019
We did a 3-night stay in Hope last week, and on Sunday morning, our last day in the area, took a drive up Highway #1 as far as Yale, to get a peak at the area, and first autumn colours. When in Yale itself, we did a sort of self-sightseeing tour, with a drive and walkabout around and into some parts of ‘Historic Yale’.

It was the end of the season for all the tourist ‘Heritage Attractions’ there that day, and an early-am visit for us, and none of these attractions had opened for the day as yet, and the area itself, was very quiet. This was no surprise, we had not expected anything more, and by going there, had really only wanted to drive around, catch some of the sights, and capture a few photos.

On the way into Yale, we stopped on a highway pullover, to read some of the ‘tourist info signage’ posted, and got some lovely, distant, and slightly elevated views of the town. From there, we drove to, and down into the ‘Historic Yale’ site area, for some up close viewings of attractions — which included: signages on the highway and within the site, back & front views of the ‘Yale Historic Museum’ (‘The Creighton House’), parking lot & public restrooms, fenced walkway and signage to the Museum, and when driving out of the site, to go back up to the highway, a couple of views of ’St. John The Divine Church’.

For us, it was an opportunity to catch some early-autumn views from Hope to, and within Yale. A quiet, peaceful, much-enjoyed, early-morning experience, with many wonderful sights in such a beautiful and historical area.
Written October 6, 2019
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Peter G
Dublin, Ireland127 contributions
Well put together
Jul. 2019 • Couples
Something to do on a wild and windy Thursday in July. Rather than have all 19th century artefacts sitting in a museum, the organisers of the site have tried to recreate a flavor of the gold-rush boom town. So, there is the main house, jammed pack full of memorabilia and photographers and then outside there are tents with a barber's shop, a saloon etc, a jail house and the original church. It deserves to be invested in by the local tourist board. The place was hardly heaving when we went and yet we learned so much, wandering in and out of the different areas. The lady at reception was very helpful and friendly.
Written August 2, 2019
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PrincessFi88
Vancouver, Canada244 contributions
Hidden gem
Sep. 2018 • Couples
We stopped here on a whim because we were in the area and it was raining. Admission was around $10 and it was worth the money. They had an old house filled with historical artifacts of the Gold Rush era. Outside you can explore the tents and other buildings set up in the spirit of that period. You can easily spend one to two hours here as the museum is very content-rich. I wish we had more time to explore the town itself.
Written October 6, 2018
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smrgeog
Vancouver, Canada1,948 contributions
Interesting bit of local history
Aug. 2018 • Solo
The historic site is a great stop in the Fraser Canyon. Admission is a reasonable $10 and a good look about an hour or two although if you walk around town that will take longer.

A lot of the buildings have largely been recreated except for the St. John the Divine Church. The recreations, however are done very tastefully and gives a sense of the era.

Be sure to walk around the town to see get a sense of its history. Other sites worth checking out is Ward House and the remnants of On Lee Home and is now a memorial to the Chinese workers of the time.

The site is closed in the winter after October 1 and is open 10-5 daily. Worth the visit if combining it with Hell's Gate.
Written August 16, 2018
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Jason H
Kelowna, Canada137 contributions
Interactive History!
Jul. 2018 • Family
A wonderful place to stop and check out if you're interested in a piece of BC history, or history in general. Reasonable prices for admission, and well maintained. Interactive tents for the kids and gold panning to try out (although we forget how!). I advise following their FB page for events, and was disappointed to see we were a day early for a special event that weekend. Had we had more advanced notice we may have adjusted our travel plans (the kids would have loved it!). Sadly I would have liked to see more of the museum, but the kids just looked at the artifacts and left while I wanted to read what exactly everything was! Oh well, guess it's an excuse to come back!
Written August 1, 2018
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Vacaplannr
Canada8 contributions
Interesting stop for museum junkies like me!
Jul. 2018 • Family
This place is chock full of local history and the admission price is very reasonable. Especially enjoyed the incredibly detailed stories of the amazing women pioneers who populated this quaint place. Great place to stop on your way to or from Hope.
Written July 24, 2018
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AlbertSalichs
Manresa, Spain8,075 contributions
A little and historical museum
Aug. 2017 • Family
Yale Historic Site is a little museum located in the middle of nature, where you can learn about the first anglosaxon people come here: how they lived, why they came here (they were gold searchers), the history of the first town founded in this zone, etc. It is a recommendable place, if you come here, but it is not indispensable. The natural zone is better.
(See also Fraser River and Canyon and Alexandra Bridge)
Written July 22, 2018
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Spenkier
Coquitlam, Canada5 contributions
Exceeded our Expectations!
Jul. 2018 • Family
Highly recommend this place. The indoor museum was well laid out and very informative and the outdoor tents in the tent city were so interesting! We have been to many museums and none of them ever let you go up and touch the artifacts, but this one did! Dressing in the time period costumes was also so much fun for my kids (8 and 4). Spent over 3 hours there when we thought it would only be a brief stop!
Written July 4, 2018
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johnpE908TO
Miami, FL127 contributions
History Museum
Jun. 2018 • Couples
Better than I expected. The whole town is historic, and there is a walking tour (which can be a driving tour if you prefer) of the town. But the fee section is small (equivalent to three or four building lots), and contains most of the “good stuff”. If they called the fee section the “Yale Museum”, the situation might be clearer. The museum complex consists of a well done local history museum, a historic church, and a “tent city” representing Yale during the gold rush years. The tents are furnished in period, as boarding “houses”, stores, barber shops, and such. There is also a café (“teahouse”), which I presume that you can patronize without paying admission.
Written June 25, 2018
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  • Yale Historic Site is open:
    • Fri - Mon 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.