On a recent weekend, I decided to head out and look at Huble Homestead Historic Site, which is approximately 40 km north of Prince George, just off of Highway 97. To enter the homestead we had to pay admission by a donation, which helps to run the farm. The homestead is open from the Victoria Day long weekend in May until the Labour Day long weekend in September.
The Huble House was built in 1913 by Albert Huble – it’s the oldest building standing on its original location in the Regional District of Fraser-Fort George. On the historical site, there is the original house and the original Salmon Valley Post Office, the latter of which was saved and moved to the farm by the Huble Homestead/Giscome Portage Heritage Society. There are also reconstructions of the homestead barn, a blacksmith’s building, a First Nation’s Fishing camp, and a General Store that was originally near Huble’s land. The General Store sold supplies to the traffic on the Fraser River.
The public is allowed to look inside most of the buildings, including the house, which was lovingly restored by a group of dedicated volunteers. I love how the rooms are set up how they would have looked like 100 years ago, it really gave me an idea what it was like living on a homestead in Canada at that time in history. To make it feel like you really have stepped back into time, the volunteers are even dressed in period costume! The blacksmith shop is also set up like it is being used, and the barn is in fact, currently being used. The farm has a small herd of sheep that the volunteers take care of and they rest in the barn when they are not out in the local fields. Normally, you can also view the reconstructed First Nation’s Fishing Camp, but on the day we were there, we could not, as the river was too high to safely walk around the camp.
We really enjoyed spending the day out at Huble Homestead Site, it was a nice place to escape the city!
Arts, Culture & History in Prince George
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