Not everyone knows the history of Maple Ridge.
Tours are offered this week of seniors so that residents learn a little more about the city in which they live.
Erica Williams, president of the Maple Ridge Historical Society, hosts a tour of downtown Maple Ridge as well as a tour of Maple Ridge Cemetery.
“Erica is very knowledgeable about local history and has been on walks for many years,” said Shea Henry, executive director of the Maple Ridge Museum and Community Archives.
At Maple Ridge Cemetery, Williams will walk guests through the old section where early settlers are buried.
“It really is a very holistic tour,” noted Henry, explaining that Williams will not only talk about the history of the people buried there, but also touch on the geology of the headstones, the different brands of headstones and history. of them.
The historic downtown tour will run the same way, Henry said.
In this sense, the visit will not only go through the history of the city center, but Williams will talk about the different murals and the images they represent in addition to the location of the buildings.
Henry notes that the buildings surrounding Memorial Peace Park have changed every 20 to 30 years over the past 120 years. The library has moved several times, as well as the city hall, she said.
“One of Maple Ridge’s first elementary schools, Haney Central Elementary, was located exactly where the Haney Place Mall is today,” Henry noted.
“There’s a lot of depth to this – historically and physically,” she added.
Both tours have a lot to offer people of all ages.
And they’re both outdoors in a relatively small space, so there’s not a lot of walking for people with reduced mobility, Henry said.
The historic cemetery walking tour will take place at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 4 at Maple Ridge Cemetery, 21404 Dewdney Trunk Road.
The Historic Downtown Maple Ridge Walking Tour operates at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 5, from Horse Clock, 22470 Dewdney Trunk Road.
Space is limited for both tours, so registration is required at mapleridgemuseum.org/mrhscemeterytours/ or mapleridgemuseum.org/historical-downtown-maple-ridge-walking-tour/ or by simply calling the museum at 604-463 -5311.
Tours are also weather dependent.
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