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King George Highway and Royal Oak Trees

King George Highway Royal Oak  King George Highway Royal Oak

Heritage Area: Douglas, Sunnyside, Elgin, Mud Bay, Panorama Ridge, Newton, Green Timbers, Kennedy, Whalley, Port Mann, Bridgeview, South Westminster

Site #: 214

Location: From Patullo Bridge to 8 Ave; Trees located between Nicomekl River and 8 Ave

Registered: January 12, 2004

Significance: Historical, Environmental

Description: Following a portion of the original alignment of the Semiahmoo Trail from the Fraser River to the Nicomekl River, this road was renamed to King George VI Highway when opened in October 1940 to honour the reigning monarch. Oak tree seedlings from Great Windsor Park in England were sent to members of the Commonwealth throughout the world, to commemorate the coronation of King George VI that took place in 1937. Most of the surviving trees are located along the King George Highway between the Nicomekl River and the Highway 99 junction at 8 Avenue.

Listed on the Canadian Register of Historic Places