The Skookumchuck Heritage Society will hold a grand opening ceremony on Saturday, June 17, for the new Egmont Heritage Centre. The ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. The centre is located at 6671 Egmont Road.
A welcoming speech by president Billy Griffith of the Skookumchuck Heritage Society will begin the day's events.After a ribbon cutting ceremony, the doors to the new centre will be open to the public and refreshments will be served.
The new Egmont Heritage Centre is a project and vision that began with the formation of the Skookumchuck Heritage Society in 1994. The museum tells the story of the Egmont area from the Sechelt Nation's settlements to the early explorers and pioneer settlers. The 3,400 sq. ft. building houses Native and early pioneer artifacts, including a collection of Vivian and Easthope engines, a collection of early logging and fishing equipment and an impressive antique bottle and Depression glass collection. The centre will remain open seven days a week during the summer season from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is $3 per person and $1 for children. There is also a gift shop that will feature local artwork and books. The centre is across the road from the Skookumchuck Provincial Park and will offer free parking and public restrooms for park visitors during museum hours.