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

Sir Richard Evans FBA

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.

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Plan to wreck a train

Vancouver Sun, 17 December 1912

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Looking Back

This new book containing a collection of Fred's contributions about the past of Whonnock and Ruskin to the "Looking Back" column of the Maple Ridge News, is for sale at the Whonnock post office.
5.5 x 8.5 inches, 170 pages.

For sale at Black Bond Books, Valley Fair Mall, Maple Ridge

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Forest fires

From the MR Museum and Archives a map showing the location and years of the forest fires from  1919 to 1987. Click on image to enlarge.