I had the pleasure of staying overnight at the Yale Historic Site in the Ward house and it was amazing. Walking through the front door of the house was literally like stepping back in time, as soon as we drove onto the property we could feel the nostalgia from the old buildings.
There is much to explore on the Heritage Site and despite being closed we enjoyed walking around the accessible areas reading the Historic signs.
The Creighton House is home to the Museum and Gift Shop, Archives, and Beth Clare Memorial garden and is a Heritage building built in the 1870s,
The Ward Tea House serves tea, coffee, cold beverages, hot lunches, sandwiches, soups and desserts. I have driven through Yale many times in my life, and had no idea this little gem existed!
Another amazing artifact on the site is St John the Divine, one of the oldest churches in British Columbia, it was built in 1863. You can go inside but unfortunately the Site was closed when we stayed over.
Outdoor exhibits include a Tent City, showcasing life during the gold rush of 1858. There is even gold panning on site! With the Site being closed during our stay, we did not get to experience all that it has to offer, but we will definitely be back!
The Site could not be in a better location as the Cascade Mountains make a spectacular backdrop both in the morning and the evening.
Staying at the Ward house was an amazing experience but I definitely plan to visit the Yale Historic Site again to explore everything it has to offer. I think my kids would enjoy gold panning and would likely be blown away by some of the antiques and artifacts.
I had planned to return to Yale and take a tour of the Historic Site to finish this post, but that will have to wait for next year! In the meantime I just wanted to share this amazing little spot lots of people probably drive right past, as I have done so many times over the years.
Sadly due to Covid-19 they have decided to close the Historic Site early this year, however the Ward House is still available to rent nightly. To learn more about Historic Yale, visit their website Here.
As always, thank you for reading! This was a short one, but I hope you enjoyed reading it nevertheless.