About Yale Historic Site

Our history.

Yale, B.C. was once the largest city north of San Francisco and west of Chicago.

Originally established in 1848 as a Hudson’s Bay Company trading post, Yale grew with the influx of an estimated 30,000 gold miners during the gold rush of 1858.

In the 1860’s, with the construction of the Cariboo Wagon Road, Yale became the main terminal for one of the largest sternwheeler routes in North America.

The 1880’s saw the building of the Canadian Pacific Railway, with construction headquarters housed in Yale.

About  the Yale and District Historical Society.

The Yale Historic Site is a Province of British Columbia Heritage Site and is managed by the Yale and District Historical Society. The Society was formed in 1977 to gather, preserve, record and exhibit Yale’s history. The ‘Historic Yale’ story is told through the preservation and maintenance of the ‘Creighton House’ Museum, 1863 St. John the Divine Church, the On Lee property and the 1880’s Ward Tea House and B and B.

The Yale and District Historical Society (YDHS) is a non-profit, registered charitable organization, holding the current contract with the BC Heritage Branch of the Provincial Government to maintain and operate the Heritage Site and buildings.

Society Membership
If you are interesting in becoming a member of the Yale and District Historical Society please contact us.

Featured activities.

Explore some of our featured activities and historic experiences at Yale Historic Site

Yale – A Living History

Yale – A Living History ‘Tent City’ takes you back to the early days of the 1858 Fraser River Gold Rush. Step back ...

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The Ward Tea House

The Ward Tea House is a delightful recent addition to Yale. Initiated by the Yale Historic Society (Yale Historic Site), under the ...

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Gold Panning at Yale

Feel first hand, the thrill of hunting for gold. Transcend time and experience the full range of emotions that thousands of men ...

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History of the Ward House

William Henry Ward (also known as “Johnny”), was born in 1823 and came to Yale from Digby, Nova Scotia, during the gold ...

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Yale Pioneer Cemetery

Located just west of Yale, on the Trans Canada Highway, the cemetery was established in 1858. The original cemetery was located next ...

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1870′s Creighton House

A heritage building built in the 1870’s, the ‘Creighton House’ is home to our museum, gift shop, archives and Beth Clare garden. It’s a fitting showcase ...

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