History & Heritage of Maple Ridge

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Past and Present

Maple Ridge is located on the traditional territory of the Katzie First Nation and Kwantlen First Nation. Archeological data shows that their ancestors have been stewards of this land for at least 10,000 years. Traditionally, Maple Ridge was known by its Halkomelem name 'Z'wa?acstan' which translates into "place where the golden eagles are".  Indeed, a downtown art mural created by Kwantlen First Nation artist, Brandon Gabriel, celebrates the rich culture and history by depicting two golden eagles superimposed over the Golden Ears Mountains.

Colonial settlers began to arrive in the area during the 1850's. Early colonial records show that a community of Hawaiians, known as “Kanakas” (the Hawaiian word for “person” or “human being”), were among the first settlers on the north side of the Fraser River. Kanaka Creek was named after this community, who first came to Fort Langley as labourers for the Hudson's Bay Company.

Maple Ridge has many neighbourhoods that have unique historical roots. Explore the many neighbourhoods of Maple Ridge for a look at the past, present and future.  Explore our Heritage Resources of Maple Ridge App.

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Haney House Museum

Thomas Haney, with the help of Samuel Edge and Daniel Callaghan, built this home for his family in 1883. It was patterned after the Haney family home in Ontario. The Haney family and their descendants occupied the house until 1979 when the last occupants donated the home and property to District of Maple Ridge as a museum of family life. Mary Hawley Isaac, the last Haney descendant to live in the house, was well known for opening her home to tours and visitors, long before she donated the land, building and its contents to the District of Maple Ridge. In 1981, the building was opened to the public on a regular basis for tours. Haney House Museum also hosts an annual series of events including a Mother’s Day Tea and summer, Halloween and Christmas events.

Port Haney Heritage Walk

If you are looking for a heritage tour, the City of Maple Ridge has a self-guided Port Haney Heritage Walk. The walk connects the Port Haney area heritage sites on a scenic tour near the Fraser River. The walk is approximately 1.4 km one way and is moderately difficult with some inclines. Download the Port Haney Heritage Walk (PDF) brochure.

Historic Tile Mosaics

The City of Maple Ridge's Downtown Enhancement Project to promote awareness of the rich history of Maple Ridge. The City staff worked closely with the Maple Ridge Museum & Archives and the artist, Bruce Walther, to achieve the details of the history and scenery in each mosaic. Take a stroll through the town centre to view our Tile Mosaics.
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