History of Pitt Meadows

Understanding our history and heritage while respecting the lives of those who settled here before us, is an important consideration to shaping our cultural footprint and building a diverse community.  

The Pitt Meadows area takes its name from the nearby Pitt River, which was named by the Hudson Bay Company’s James McMillian in the 1820’s.  At that time the area was populated solely by the Katzie members of the Coast Salish people.

By the mid-1800’s, as an encouragement to the settlers, the government sold land in the area for as little as $1.00 per acre.  While speculators made up a large percentage of purchasers, some agricultural settlers did arrive, and by the 1800’s, a small community had formed.  Industry in the late 1800’s consisted primarily of logging and farming – particularly dairy farming.

Up until 1885 settlers in the area arrived by boat, using the waterways that surround Pitt Meadows on three of the community’s boarders.  In 1885, when the CPR line was completed through the area, Pitt Meadows had its first land transportation link to New Westminster.  Water based transportation became obsolete in 1914 when the first Pitt River traffic bridge was put in place.

Pitt Meadows was unincorporated territory up until 1874, when it became part of Maple Ridge, but reverted back to unincorporated territory in 1896 when its land owners petitioned for removal from Maple Ridge due to disputes over diking.  Pitt Meadows became incorporated as a municipality in its own right on April 24, 1914.  The community received its first post office in 1908, its first school in 1909, electrical service in 1928, and a water line in 1948.

In the early part of the 1900’s, Japanese-Canadian settlers arrived in the area, but their presence diminished after the internments of 1942.  They were followed by Dutch settlers who arrived shortly after World War II, and farmed in the Pitt Polder area.  Here, under the direction of Dr. Jan Blom and his company, Pitt Polder Ltd., the first truly successful attempts at diking the lowland areas were made, thus turning the once swampy land into prime, fertile farmland.

Pitt Meadows Museum & Archives

Thursday: 1:00pm – 4:00pm - General Store only
Sunday: 1:00pm – 4:00pm - General Store and Hoffmann Shop

Wednesday to Sunday: 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Additional hours for research visits and tours and can be arranged by calling 604.465.4322.

The Pitt Meadows Museum and Archives is located in the Old General Store building on Harris Road. The main part of the building dates to the 1880's and was moved from its original location near Herring Road to its present site in 1908.

The building housed Pitt Meadows' first post office (in use until 1944) and one of its earliest stores (in use until 1931).  After 1931 the building was used primarily as a residence and received municipal heritage status in 1988.

By the mid 1990s the building was vacant and had fallen into a state of disrepair.  It was purchased in 1997 by the City of Pitt Meadows, and, after eight months of restoration, the Pitt Meadows Heritage & Museum Society became its new tenant.

Artifacts relating to the pioneer and agricultural history of the community are located on the first floor of the Museum, with offices, work and storage areas and a small community archives and reference library located on the upper floor.

To learn more about the services and activities Pitt Meadows Museum and Archives provide, please visit their website.

Pitt Meadows Museum and Archives

Map List

Anderson Park Residence

12417 193B Street 
Built in 1914 for William James Park and his family, the house was originally located on a much larger parcel that was split due to…
Blaney Residenc

Blaney Residence

13074 Harris Road
The Blaney Residence was the home of John Blaney (1855-1948), the first Reeve of Pitt Meadows and his wife Mary Anne Blaney. The Blaneys…
Codd Island Wetlands

Codd Island Wetlands

The Codd Island Wetlands are situated within the Pitt Polder region of Pitt Meadows, approximately two kilometres downstream from Blaney…

Codd Island Wetlands

The Codd Island Wetlands are valued as the last remaining undiked floodplain wetlands within the Alouette River watershed, and are…
Ferry Slip Road Residence

Ferry Slip Road Residence

17858 Ferry Slip Road - No longer in existance. Property remains on registry.
While the building no longer exists, this one and one-half storey, wood-frame house had a side gabled roof and a large shed roof dormer. It…

Harold Sutton Residence

18389 Ford Road
Built in the 1940s, this was the family home of Harold Albert Sutton (1909-1973), the son of Albert and Anne Sutton, pioneers in Pitt…
Harris Residence

Harris Residence

12400 Harris Road
This house is significant for its association with Frank V. Harris (1875-1940), an early settler in Pitt Meadows, who built this residence…
Hoffmann Shop, 1934

Hoffmann & Son Shop and House

12265 Harris Road. Now the Pitt Meadows Museum and caretakers house.
Austrian-born Ladislaus Hoffmann (1872-1952) and his wife, Emilie (1874-1970), came to Pitt Meadows in 1933, with their children Elfriede…
Japanese Canadian Hall

Japanese Canadian Hall

19089 Advent Road
Built by the Pitt Meadows Japanese Canadian Farmers’ Association in the 1920’s in the heart of Pitt Meadows, this building served as the…

McElhinney Residence

19740 McNeil Road
From 1920 to 1945, this property was owned by Olonzo Patten McElhinney, who likely also built this house. He was born January 13, 1880 in…
McMyn/Masson House prior to relocation

McMyn/Mason House

19175 122nd Ave. (not original location)
This small farmhouse was originally located on the McMyn farm, at the southwest corner of Park Road and Bonson Road, now the Somerset area…

Menzies Residence

19963 McNeil Road
Raised areas, such as Menzies Island, were some of the first land to be pre-empted when the area was opened for settlers in the 1860s and…
Monstrenko Residence and barn, 1933

Mostrenko Residence and Barn

17305 Ford Road Detour
This modest but well-detailed house was built as the family home of Walter Mostrenko (1902-1978), a Ukrainian emigrant, and his wife, Anne…
Park Residence

Park Residence

19341 Lougheed Highway
This charming Period Revival house was built in 1929 by William James Park (1879-1964) and his wife, Mary Agnes (1888-1979), the daughter…
Pitt Meadows Community Church, 1954

Pitt Meadows Community Church

12109 Harris Road
This church was originally built by the Seventh Day Adventists. William Manson, a member of the Maple Ridge Dyking District and later…
Pitt Meadows General Store Post Office

Pitt Meadows General Store and Post Office

12294 Harris Road. Now the Pitt Meadows Museum.
Now the home of the Pitt Meadows Musueum, The General Store and Post Office building has stood next to the CPR tracks on Harris Road since…

Pitt Meadows Heritage Hall

12460 Harris Road
The Pitt Meadows Municipal Hall is a landmark on Harris Road, and reflects the growth and development of the community, which by the 1930s…

Pitt Meadows School House

13414 Harris Road
Built circa 1927, this former one-room rural school house is the most intact of the three early twentieth century schools that remain in…
Pitt Polder Pump Station

Pitt Polder Pump Station

The Pumping Station reflects the importance of diking systems to the agricultural industry, the growth of Pitt Meadows as a community, and…

Royal Oak Tree

12460 Harris Road
Royal Oak Trees are valued for their ties to the monarchy of the Commonwealth and as a commemoration of the coronation on May 12, 1937 of…
Schlick Hardware circa 1960s

Schlick Hardware

12534 Harris Road
The Schlick Hardware building dates to about 1933, when Austrian immigrant Ben Schlick (1894-1970) opened his garage and blacksmith shop on…
Struthers Family, circa mid-1930s

Struthers Residence

12229 Harris Road
William Struthers Jr. (1892-1970) came to Pitt Meadows in 1921 with his parents, William Sr. and Jeannie, and his brothers, Jack and Robert…
Sutton Residence

Sutton Residence and Outbuildings

18485 Ford Road
Albert and Anne Sutton were early settlers in Pitt Meadows, arriving in March 1910. They acquired a 70 acre farm property from John Stickle…

The Creeden Residence and Del Reo Farm

19981 Richardson Road
After the end of World War Two, a hunting lodge was built on this property by Victor J. Creeden, the General Manager of the Hedley Mascot…
Kinchler family, circa late 1910s or early 1920s

von Alvensleben House

14776 Harris Road
This house is associated with Alvo von Alvensleben, who owned substantial amounts of property in Pitt Meadows prior to the First World War…

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