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  Church of St. John the Divine @ Yale
by balhannah

Our last stop on our round day trip was at the historic town of Yale, one of southwestern British Columbia's oldest and most historic areas. It was once the bustling steamship navigation capital during the Gold Rush days. Yale became very important, as it was the
inland terminus of the Fraser River sternwheelers and a waystation for those travelling up and down the Fraser River.

In 1858 gold was discovered on a gravel bar just 2 miles south of Yale on the Fraser River. People arrived in hordes, with 20,000 being here at the height of the gold rush. There is nothing like that number living there now, only 200 people!

I was pretty happy here, as I found the delightful little Church of St. John the Divine, the oldest church in British Columbia, built in 1863.

Not only that, there is the 1868 heritage home that is the Yale Museum, with exhibits dating back to the times of the gold rush, the Cariboo Wagon Road and the railway construction.
The historic town is easy to walk, another find was the historic cemetery, I always find these interesting! Headstone's dated back until the 1860's.

I read this later that..................
During Saturday evenings throughout August volunteers from the Yale Museum offer guided lantern tours of the Pioneer Cemetery.

Directions: Historic Yale is only a 15-minute drive north from Hope on the Trans-Canada Highway 1.

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  • Written May 25, 2010
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