History in the Making
Port Hammond is the location of John McIver’s family home. McIver was born in Scotland and started his journey to Canada when he was 19 years old. The sailing ship went as far as Churchill, Manitoba and from there, he and his friend Keith Morrison accompanied by several other men walked to Fort Langley. It was with great thanks to the First Nation people who helped the party along the way from freezing and starving to death.
In the beginning, when Port Hammond was first being developed, it was thought that its location would be the end of the line for CPR and would also be the location for the major port in the area. The Hammond brothers and the Mohun family started planning for a booming Town of Port Hammond in 1882 when a contract to build the railroad to Port Moody would cut through both families’ properties. There was a bright future for this town and people were purchasing properties and opening businesses, but in 1887 when the CPR line was extended farther west and the terminus ended up being in the future location of the City of Vancouver, the boom collapsed. Port Hammond survived the collapse of the boom only to suffer from a major fire in 1926.
Learn more about the history and the pioneer families of Port Hammond at the Maple Ridge Museum.
The Heritage Resources of Maple Ridge is a great resource for additional information about the Port Hammond area.
Historical Buildings in Port Hammond
- Bank of Hamilton | 20617 Maple Crescent | Circa 1919 | Today: Bank of Montreal
- B.C. Telephone Company Exchange | 20605 Maple Crescent | Circa 1908
- Dr. Broe Residence | 11339 Dartford Street | Circa 1927
- Hammond Elementary School | 11520 203 Street | Circa 1912
- Harry Residence | 20591 114 Avenue | Circa 1928
- Hartnell Residence | 11224 Maple Crescent | Circa 1920s
- Ito Residence | 20285 Dewdney Trunk Road | Circa 1932 | Today: St. Luke’s Catholic Church
- John Hammond House | 20541 Lorne Avenue | Circa 1893
- Katzie Cemetery | 203 Street | Circa 1880s
- Latvalla Lane
- McFarlane Residence | 11395 205 Street | Circa 1920
- Olson Residence | 11406 205 Street | Circa 1923
- Olson Residence | 20340 Lorne Avenue | Circa 1925
- Omura Residence | 20233 Dewdney Trunk Road | Circa 1926
- Original Stand of Maple Trees | 20818 Golf Crescent | Circa Pre-1874 | Today: Maple Ridge Golf Course
- Renstrom Residence | 20540 Lorne Avenue | Circa 1929
- Residence | 11414 205 Street | Circa 1923
- Smith Residence | 11391 207 Street | Circa 1921
- Thompson Residence | 11329 Dartford Street | Circa 1910
Port Hammond is rich with history and has an abundance of character. It is a popular film location and TV series like Arrow and Flash return year after year to film in the Maple Meadows Business Park.
Baseball has always been a popular sport in Port Hammond and on July 30, 2016, the City of Maple Ridge unveiled a public art display titled “Play Ball” at the Hammond Stadium to pay homage to the extensive history of baseball. Hammond Stadium Park is also a year-round training facility for minor baseball.
The sports enthusiast can take in a full day of activities in the Port Hammond area including soccer, baseball, golf and cycling and then replenish their energy at one of the many restaurant or pub options.