Cammidge House celebrated a landmark recently, achieving the grand old age of 100. At the anniversary celebration, volunteers in period costume talked about the house’s history and the literal and figurative journey it has taken on its way to becoming a beloved part of Boundary Bay Regional Park.
The event marking the occasion was well attended by folks of all ages. There were displays by some local organizations as well as information about the history of Cammidge House itself.
The house was built in 1914 at its original location elsewhere in south Delta. It was donated to the regional government by the Century real estate group, which also gave a hundred thousand dollars to the restoration project. Cammidge House was moved to its current location, renovated, and reopened for community use in the year 2000. The local Lions club was responsible for raising half the funds.
“The end cost of the project was $450,000 and we had committed 50% of that cost,” explains Harry Caine of the Tsawwassen/Boundary Bay Lions Club. “We thought the idea was fantastic and the results are what you’re seeing today.”
Cammidge House is one of many heritage buildings that are situated on properties within Metro Vancouver’s regional parks system.
“In some instances when a municipality isn’t able to preserve a building and there’s a good spot for a community historic markers such as Cammidge House, we can take it into our parks and build a program around them,” explains Metro Vancouver Regional Parks director Mitch Sokalski. “What we like to do though is make sure there’s a strong adaptive use so that the public can enjoy these facilities. They’re not museums, they’re active restored buildings.”
“If you wanted to have a small family wedding or a birthday party, it’s right here. You don’t have to go downtown, you don’t have to go to Richmond, we are right here in Tsawwassen, and now fourteen years later I guess it speaks for itself because that’s exactly what happens and it’s used by the community and I love it!” says Caine, breaking into a wide grin.
The commemorative event was put on by members of the Boundary Bay Park Association, which includes the Cammidge House Committee. Volunteers wearing period costumes were on hand to talk about the house’s history, and how it’s become a beloved feature of this regional park.
“The Cammidge house has been a tremendous addition to the park program, it’s not only brought more activities to the regional park in terms of rentals, and events and programs for families and friends, it’s added to the community spirit,” says Sokalski. “Engaging citizens from Tsawwassen and beyond has been a real bonus and that wouldn’t have happened without Cammidge House and the volunteers that have helped to furnish the Cammidge House.”
Fittingly, the Lions club, whose fundraising efforts were vital to this project, holds its monthly meetings here. The house can also be rented for parties and other events. To learn how you can book Cammidge House please visit the Metro Vancouver Indoor Facilities reservation page.