"History isn’t a myth-making discipline, it’s a myth-busting discipline ..."

Sir Richard Evans FBA

Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Thursday, October 7, 2021

Anglican Church, 1957

Left behind the church, on what is now a parking lot, is the old church hall. To the right, behind the church, the vicarage. 

Anglican Church

Detail from an 1948 photo of Whonnock's "downtown" showing what was then called St. John the Evangelist. Note the old church hall above the church on what is now the parking lot. To the east the vicarage -- long gone. In front, in the left-hand corner of the picture is Henk Lee's house, 27090 River Rd,

Air photo taken at the time of the Fraser flood. 

Thursday, June 17, 2021


In 2021 the parishioners of the Holy Spirit Anglican Church in Whonnock will celebrate the centennial of the birth of their church on River Road. 

The precursor of the present church was St. Paul’s on 272nd Street, built in 1891. 

Already as early as 1909 the parishioners of this “English Church” wanted to build a new church once the necessary funds were collected. In 1913 they purchased the land but the First World War put their plans on hold.

Finally, in 1921, they built the new church, dedicated to St. John the Evangelist. It still stands there a century later. 

This little book might be of particular interest to the members of the Anglican Church, but anyone interested in Whonnock’s history will enjoy reading about St. Paul’s Church and its people.

Friday, August 21, 2020

Red & White Store

Ted and Rusty Ming and their son Wayne. 

The Ming family owned the Red and White store from 1956 to 1967

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Whonnock Lake -- a natural lake

Whonnock Lake is not as Wikipedia says, a man-made lake. 
It is a natural muskeg lake and, if left alone, it will slowly turn into a peat marsh.The only regular water input is from the north. There is an exit to Whonnock Creek on the south-east side originally closed off by a sandbar (beaver dam) that was replaced in 2008 by a man-made berm and fish channel. This is where the water escapes from the lake to Whonnock Creek. 
In the past beavers regulated the water level of the lake — now the city does that.

Saturday, May 2, 2020

Notes about MacBryer property

About the property on the south side of 96th Avenue between 272nd Street and the cemetery.

The original house was probably built ca. 1920 by carpenter Alexander Thomson MacBryer (or McBryer) for himself, his wife Helen and three sons Alexander Ainslie, George and William.

Alexander Sr., was born in Scotland and migrated in 1910 to Manitoba with his first wife Catherine and their newborn son Alexander Jr.  Catherine died in 1911.

In 1912 Alex Sr. married Helen. In November 1914 Alex Sr. joined the Canadian Expeditionary Force. The family then lived in Vancouver where son George was born in 1915. Not certain when and where William was born.

After the Fist World War ended the family moved to Whonnock where they lived until 1958 when the couple and son William moved to a place near Gibson. By that time Alexander Jr, and George had moved away. AT drowned near Gibson in 1961. Helen died in 1964 in Vancouver, George died in a plane crash near Alert Bay in 1966. Alex Jr. in Maple Ridge in 1989. William also rests at the Maple Ridge cemetery.