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Semiahmoo Trail

Semiahmoo Trail

Heritage Area: Elgin

Site #: 1

Location: From 16 Avenue north to Nicomekl River

Description: June 3, 1997

Significance: Historical

Description: Used as early as 1858 during the Gold Rush as an overland entry route for Americans attempting to avoid the official licensing cost and miners head tax. The trail was later established by European settlers in the 1860's. In 1872, the provincial government widened the trail to accommodate wagons and to formalize the route between Blaine and Fort Langley, serving as the main road leading to the U.S. border throughout the remainder of the century. When the 'Peace Arch Highway' was surveyed in 1932, the portion of the trail south of the Nicomekl River was shifted eastward and left the trail in a natural state. Today, Semiahmoo Trail serves as a greenspace that has remained largely unpaved and that provides a peaceful place to walk and interact with wildlife.

Protected by Heritage Designation By-law, 2004, No. 15280 (PDF).

Listed on the Canadian Register of Historic Places.