On March 2, 2009 the District of Mission established a Community Heritage Register to officially recognize local buildings and heritage places. The first properties listed in the register are: Fraser River Heritage Park, Mission Memorial Centre, Mission Museum, Silverhill Hall, Stave Falls Power House, and Xá:ytem.
For more information about these sites and the Register visit our page on the District of Mission website.
Six properties included in the Community Heritage Register:
Fraser River Heritage Park
The Fraser River Heritage Park is a large park located on the former site of St. Mary’s Indian Residential School in Mission, British Columbia. The park has a panoramic view of the Fraser River Valley and Mount Baker. It is predominantly a large open space with mature trees, paths, benches, newer wooden structures, a restaurant and administration building. Special features of the park are the foundations of the school buildings, the original orchard, the heritage plants in the rhododendron and rose gardens, and the reconstructed Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes.
Mission Memorial Centre
The Mission Memorial Centre, also known as the Old Hospital, is a one storey building located on the corner of Fifth Street and James Street in Mission, British Columbia. It is easily identified by its symmetrical brick façade, hi-style roof, and formal driveway entry.
The Mission Museum is a two-storey wood–frame building with multiple dormers and a full-width covered front porch. A set of full width stairs leads up to the porch where there are three pair of Doric columns. It is located on Second Avenue at the intersection of Welton Street in Mission, British Columbia.
Silverhill Hall is a modest and rustic wooden structure with a simple gable roof. It is located on Silverhill Avenue, surrounded by trees, about 8 kilometres west of downtown Mission, British Columbia.
Stave Falls Power House
Built in phases over a period of time from 1909 – 1925, the Stave Falls Power House is valued for its historic, architectural and cultural significance. The Stave Falls Power House is a large rectangular building constructed of reinforced concrete and steel and located in Mission, British Columbia. Its south elevation has three rows of paired windows; its north elevation only one row. The building site wedged between the steeply banked gorges of Stave Falls on a switchyard tailrace deck.
Xá:ytem is located above the north banks of the Fraser River in Mission, British Columbia and is a traditional gathering place of the Sto:lo. It is a Coast Salish site of spiritual significance to the Sto:lo people because of it’s Transformer Rock – sometimes called Hatzic Rock. This beautiful site features the Transformer Stone, 2 contemporary skumels (pithouses), a contemporary longhouse interpretive centre and gift shop, an artisan shelter and gathering areas. It has been the site of numerous archaeological digs that confirm thousands of years of occupation. The site is a now marked with interpretive signage.
We are always interested in hearing about what things you value most about your community, what historic places you treasure, and what you would like to see happen in the future with regards to heritage conservation.
Your feedback may be used by the Commission in the development of Heritage Register context planning, and possibly future development and conservation objectives.
If you would like to contribute your ideas, please email us with answers to the following questions:
- If you moved to Mission from another location, what was the reason for moving to Mission? i.e. (Work, family, quality of life etc.)
- What do you think of, when you think of heritage?
- Why is the heritage of Mission important to you?
- Why is economic development important to Mission’s heritage?
- What is special about the social, cultural and community life in Mission?
- List your favourite places of heritage value