June 22, 2018
Picnic in the Past at Historic Stewart Farm in South Surrey offers old-time, unplugged fun in a picturesque setting. There’s no better place to capture memories with your camera.
I recently moved to Surrey from a small town on Vancouver Island, and had the misconception that it was all super-urban. I had NO idea how many amazing parks there are, and was thrilled to find this one in particular.
Even though we live only 5 mins away from Stewart Farm, I was surprised to hear that its grounds are open every day, even if the farmhouse is not. Now that we know, we’ll be spending a LOT more time here with our family! It’s great to have such a fun and relaxing place so close to home in South Surrey.
Until September 3rd 2018, borrow one of Stewart Farm’s FREE picnic kits to use on site during your visit to the farm.
You bring the food, and Stewart Farm will provide a truly unique setting that’s prime for picnicking! All you need to bring is company and some food to fill the basket.
Reserve your picnic kit to avoid disappointment. Phone: 604-592-6956
Stewart Farm and Elgin Heritage Park are located at 13723 Crescent Rd., Surrey BC Canada
First of all, Elgin Heritage Park offers a wide variety of winding trails that we love to explore. The Nicomekl river and ‘tippy’ boat dock are always a favorite destination for the little guy. The river is bustling with action with kayakers paddling around and boats coming and going. The scenic river offers a stunning waterfront ambiance, and little guy loves running around in the spacious open fields.
This heritage house captures the story of a local family circa 1900. It’s been restored to its original storybook condition, and offers a unique glimpse at the past… not to mention the fact that it adds some cool vintage architectural flair to your photos!
“The house itself was built in 1894 by John and Annie Stewart. It is possible that the plans were purchased in San Francisco, as it reflects the Victorian style popular in California in the late 19th century. There is a high level of craftsmanship, particularly in the veranda, which was not common for early homes in the Lower Mainland” (The City of Surrey Website).
When the farmhouse is open, why not pop in to take a tour, see the costumed staff, eat fresh baking, or try your hand at some old fashioned crafts?
Yes, this working water pump deserves its own feature mention. Anyone who’s been around kids and water pumps knows why— they LOVE them! Moms do too, as it keeps them HAPPY and BUSY! We may have gotten a bit wet during this photoshoot, but we didn’t mind one little bit.
Next, the rustic machinery in the barn provides a view into the area’s agricultural past and history of honest hard work. It’s sure humbling to think about all of the time and effort that went into running a family farm at the turn of the century. It makes our modern daily chores such as taking out the garbage or folding the laundry seem like just minor inconveniences! The little guy also loves to explore the machinery in the orchard!
Last but not least, the orchard is home to a grove of gnarly heritage apple trees and is a great place for the parents to relax while the kids run around. My old house had an apple tree in the backyard and we loved sitting underneath its dappled sunlight. Many of these apples are also used for baking at the farmhouse— now, what’s not to love about that? This entire place full of old fashioned charm!
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