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CHILLIWACK'S HERITAGE PARK
on FAIRFIELD ISLAND

Gwynne Vaughan Park and its gracious 1896 Heritage House was gifted to the City of Chilliwack by avid gardener, Gwynne Vaughan. 

The park features 6.8 acres of gardens featuring speciman trees, shrubs, an extensive formal perennial garden, sprawling lawns, a large field and a heritage orchard.  

Dozens of locals enjoy the peaceful beauty of the park every single day. 

The 30 community garden plots are allocated to local gardeners annually.

Heritage House at Gwynne Vaughan Park
Event Venue
Rotary Pavilion at Gwynne Vaughan Park

 A PLACE to
CELEBRATE

Weddings - Picnics - Parties

The Rotary Pavilion is a popular venue for weddings, picnics, family, club and community gatherings - and there are many other spots in the park - like the Heritage Orchard, the large field, or the Formal Gardens.

There are picnic tables at the Pavilon. Power, water and washrooms are available for booked events.

There is no set fee for picnics or parties - payment is by donation. Please check availability by clicking on our Calendar.

Individuals and small groups are welcome to visit any time!

Annual Plant Sale
Gwynne Vaughan Park Plant Sale Booth

ANNUAL 
PLANT 
SALE

 

Saturday 3 June 2023  
9am-3pm
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The 25th Annual Plant Sale at our park is sure to be a fun-filled day for the whole family! Admission is free, and there's plenty of parking so you can take your car home packed full of gardening goodies.

 

Enjoy live music and food while you browse through the artisan and plant vendors, and don't forget to take part in the silent auction.

There will be something for everyone, so join us at the park for a beautiful day of fun, food, music, and of course, plants

Community Gardens

Community Gardens

There are 30 Community Garden plots which are allocated on an annual basis. We always have a waiting list, so if you're interested, please use the contact form on our Community Garden page.
Community Gardeners must be paid-up members of the Gwynne Vaughan Park Society.
Maria in the Community Gardens at Gwynne Vaughan Park
Gwynne Vaughan

Adelaide Gwynne Vaughan

1907-1993

Adelaide Gwynne Vaughan was born to Welsh parents and lived almost all of her life in the house that the Gwynne Vaughan Park Society preserves today.

"Gwynnie" was an enthusiastic and knowledgeable gardener and most of the heritage and specimen trees were either planted by her, or under her direction. As an active member of the Chilliwack Horticultural Society (now the Chilliwack Garden Club) she established an award for the best Narcissus in its annual Spring Show, and it is still awarded in her name.

She enjoyed a good game of bridge and was an expert badminton player.

After marrying in the early 50's, she and husband Sam Bateman lived in Saskatchewan for a few years before returning to Chilliwack where they lived in her old home, enjoying their garden and a wide range of friends

Heritage House at Gwynne Vaughan Park
Board and Committees

2023 Board

PRESIDENT                     Don Forbes        

VICE PRESIDENT            Jo Hirschman         

TREASURER                    Beth Gillespie

SECRETARY                     Debora Soutar

GROUNDS                      Jack Allen

ARBORIST                       Dale Seguin

COMMUNITY GARDENS Lisa Ballam

COMMUNICATIONS       Lynne Goodwin

Committees

MEMBERSHIP                 Gordon Gillespie        

RESERVATIONS              Beth Gillespie / Lynne Goodwin

HOUSE & BUILDINGS    Jack Allen / Don Forbes / Lisa Ballam

PLANT SALE                   Beth Gillespie / Jack Allen / Lynne Goodwin / Debora Soutar

                  

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Friends

Friends OF The Park

March - October
Tueday mornings  9am-11am
(followed by coffee)

Our Park looks as good as it does because of the work and commitment of a group of enthusiastic gardeners who gather weekly to weed, trim, prune and plant. 

 

Friends of the Park was formed in 2003 by Ken Wilson (former chief horticulturalist for Parks Canada in Ottawa), when it became clear that the Spring and Fall work days could not meet the maintenance requirements of the Park.

“Friends” meets every Tuesday morning from 9:00 – 11:00, March to October, followed by coffee and socialising. Turnout varies every week, with anywhere from 8 to 20 gardeners. 

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To join this friendly group of keen gardeners, just show up at the Park any Tuesday morning! For more information email us by clicking the button.

"You can never have too many friends"

Membership

Become a Member

Gwynne Vaughan Park Society 

Annual Membership $10

Lifetime Membership $100

Make cheques payable to:

or etransfer gwynnevaughanpark@gmail.com

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A Park for All Seasons

Our gardens are lovingly and expertly curated and maintained by the Society's volunteers in close collaboration with the City of Chilliwack. No matter what the season, there is so much to see and experience at the Park.

We are extremely appreciative for the photography of David Gillespie, who has given us permission to use his incredible pictures on our site.

House
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Heritage House

Part of our Society's mandate is to preserve and maintain the distinctive heritage house in the park. Over the years we have done a great deal of restoration inside and outside the house.

Photographer: David Gillespie

Our events

Perennials
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Perennial Favourites

Enjoy some of the beautiful perennial plants from our Park!

Photographer: David Gillespie

Our events