#MRHeritage - Inventory Project

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Project Details:

What sites do you want to see on the Heritage Inventory?

The Maple Ridge Community Heritage Commission (CHC) wants your input to help update the heritage sites listed on the Heritage Resources of Maple Ridge (aka Heritage Inventory). The Inventory contains a listing of 100 historic sites, which have been researched, photographed and described as special historic places within the community. It was completed in 1998 after a public nomination process, undertaken by Donald Luxton & Associates, and has served as an invaluable tool in the community’s heritage management program.

The review will determine which sites should remain on the listing and what new ones should be added. The CHC would like your input on the update by nominating sites based on their cultural, social, scientific and spiritual heritage. Some examples are buildings, landscapes, vistas, monuments, artifacts, gathering spaces, etc.

Watch as Maple Ridge Community Heritage Commission Vice Chair Steve Ranta introduces the #MRHeritage Inventory Project.

Public Open House:

An open house was held on October 3, 2016 at the Ridge Meadows Seniors Activity Centre to gather community input on the Heritage Inventory update.  You can view the open house display panels here.

Purpose of the Heritage Inventory:

The Heritage Resources of Maple Ridge is a valuable planning tool and listed sites are not legally protected. However, listed sites are community resources that may become candidates for more formal listings, protection, or recognition through:

  • Additions to the Maple Ridge Community Heritage Register;
  • A negotiated Heritage Revitalization Agreement;
  • A Municipal Heritage Designation; 
  • Celebration of heritage resources through the Heritage Commission’s annual heritage awards event, quarterly newsletter, or other celebratory opportunities as they arise.
Before you nominate:
  • Ensure the site you would like to nominate is not already listed on the Heritage Resources of Maple Ridge.
  • Consider specific sites that you feel are missing from the Heritage Inventory (example: local farms or equestrian sites). Also consider viewscapes, greenspaces, gardens, local ecology and culturally significant objects.

Nominate Your Favourite Sites Online:

Complete the #MRHeritage Nomination Form to nominate your favourite heritage site. Questions regarding this project can be submitted to Lisa Zosiak via email or phone at 604-467-7383. Nominations can be submitted by anyone.

The following are examples of what we are looking for to be included in the Heritage Resources of Maple Ridge.

Haney House

Haney House

Haney House is located just off the Haney Bypass on 224 Street. It is already listed on the Heritage Resources of Maple Ridge, the Community Heritage Register and is a Municipally Designated Heritage Resource. The house was originally owned by Thomas Haney, the founder of the historic community of Port Haney, and was constructed in 1883 by Thomas, Daniel Callaghan Jr., and Samuel Edge. The Haney family donated the house to the municipality in 1979 and it is now managed by the Maple Ridge Historical Society as a museum. Several community events are run out of Haney House each year including Mother’s Day Tea and seasonal tours.

Haney House is listed on the Heritage Resources of Maple Ridge (please do not nominate this site).
Christmas Bells

Christmas Bells

The Maple Ridge Christmas bells are an example of a historic artifact that is not listed in the Heritage Resources of Maple Ridge.

Since the 1960s when Owen Fuller and Ro Vienotte conceived the Christmas bell street lighting scheme, the rosy glow has been a favourite memory of downtown celebrations.
The originators of the themed lighting are commended for their civic contribution. Maple Ridge Parks & Leisure Services saw the heritage value of these lovely and unique evocations of the season and had them recreated to enliven the downtown during the Christmas season once again.

To quote Sheila Nickols in her Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows The News “Looking Back” column of December 18, 2013: “The Christmas bells have been a gift to us all ever since, with people … from all over the Lower Mainland driving here over the years to see and admire their glow.”

The Christmas Bells are not listed on the Heritage Resources of Maple Ridge.
MR Fire Truck

Maple Ridge Fire Truck

In 1945 the Maple Ridge Volunteer Fire Brigade was formed after a particularly devastating fire in the community. Since 2000, the Maple Ridge Fire Department has transitioned from the volunteer model to a combination of career firefighters supported by a team of paid on call firefighters. The original fire engine, which is not currently listed on the Heritage Resources of Maple Ridge, from the photo in 1945 has been painstakingly restored by the firefighters, on their own time, to preserve this piece of Maple Ridge history. The truck is brought out for community celebrations and parades and is a reminder to all of today’s firefighters about the brave men and women who served the community over 70 years ago. You can see the truck in a special parking bay in the lobby of Fire Hall No.1 when it’s not out in the community.

The Maple Ridge Fire Truck is not listed on the Heritage Resources of Maple Ridge.

St. Andrews Heritage Church

Saint Andrew's Heritage Church

This is one of the earliest surviving buildings from the first settlement of Port Haney. The land for this church was donated to the Presbyterian Church Trustees by Thomas Haney. The wood frame structure was faced with local brick. Decorative Gothic pointed arch insets crown the double assembly windows, and parged stringcourses encircle the structure.

The first service was held on March 20, 1889 by Reverend A. Tait. In 1925, the congregation merged with the Methodist Church on River Road to become St. Andrew’s United.

This church was closed in 1956 when the new St. Andrew’s was built on Lougheed Highway. To preserve the building, the Maple Ridge Historical Society and the B.C. Heritage Trust funded a restoration in 1983. The Church is owned by the District of Maple Ridge, and operated by the Maple Ridge Historical Society.

Saint Andrew's Heritage Church is listed on the Heritage Resources of Maple Ridge (please do not nominate this site).