Saturday, June 27, 2009

What's in a name? Chilliwack BC Real Estate

There is a lot in a name and in the case of “Chilliwack BC Real Estate” you might surmise that this blog will be about the decisions that people need to be made when considering a purchase or sale of real estate in Chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada, North America, and Earth. You would be mainly right.

However, this blog will not be solely confined to Chilliwack it will also include most of a surrounding area called the “Upper Fraser Valley” which begins about 125 km east of Vancouver BC and encompasses an area about twice the size of P.E.I. (one of 10 Canadian provinces). Communities within the Upper Fraser Valley include: Chilliwack, Sardis, Vedder Crossing, Yarrow, Cultus Lake, Promontory, Rosedale, Popkum, Bridal Falls, Agassiz, Harrison Hot Springs, Harrison Mills, Silver Creek and Hope. These place names come in part from First Nation sources, the Bible, last names of early European settlers, plants and prominent features which will be discussed in time.

It is hoped that a better appreciation of the natural beauty of this region, an understanding of its inhabitants and a more specific discussion on real estate will bring you back to explore with me this incredible area.


  1. I actually hadn't realized where the names of each place had come from.

    I live in Rosedale, I wonder which one my town's name came from!

  2. Andrew,

    I did look into your question and received this valuable information from Shannon Anderson of the Chilliwack Museum and Archive, there are two explanations for the origin of the place name Rosedale:

    1) David Greyell chose Rosedale since he came from a community with a similar name in Ontario. Greyell, an early landowner, was the person who first laid out the village into lots.

    2) The more popular story centers around Mrs. Eliza Nevin. Mrs. Nevin was well-known for her love of flowers and the environment. At the turn of the century and before, wild roses grew in abundance along every roadside and creek bank and in pasture fields. The story credits Mrs. Nevin for naming the village after this beautiful, fragrant shrub.

    What’s known for certain is that by 1894 the name Rosedale was official. The first post office was opened in that year, and was named Rosedale.

    The above is taken from the book: “In the Shadow of Mt. Cheam: A History of Rosedale, Popkum and Camp River”.