King George Highway and Royal Oak Trees
These royal oak trees were grown from seedlings sent to Surrey from in England in 1937.
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.