3 women and 1 man standing at table

Eunice Robinson, Sharon Bordeleau and Maureen Ross
Richmond High School 90th Anniversary - April 23, 2018
(Photo: Barb Nielsen)

The Sea Island Heritage Society is a small charity dedicated to recording the history of Sea Island, in British Columbia, Canada.

The Sea Island Heritage Society has a small group of dedicated directors who lived on Sea Island at various times, primarily from the 1940s to the 1970s. Their main focus is to research, gather and index information and collect donated items of memorabilia, photos, and artefacts about Sea Island's past. The Society has a Memorandum of Understanding with the City of Richmond Archives who will receive all the collections and indexed information when the Society is no longer active.

The Sea Island Heritage Society is also a member of the British Columbia Genealogical Society.

About Our Society

About Sea Island

The Coast Salish people were the first to come to Sea Island to fish, hunt and collect berries, establishing summer camps and year-long homes on the northwest corner of the island. The year-long homes were moved to different locations along the coast as needed. There is also some evidence of middens on Sea Island suggesting a village or permanent homes existed in one place for more than a year.

Many members of the Board of Directors were expropriated from their homes and neighbourhoods on Sea Island to make room for the expansion of the Vancouver International Airport. In the early days, Sea Island was a farming and fisheries area with neighbourhoods like Eburne, the Cora Brown subdivision and Burkeville. Burkeville is the only remaining residential area on the island, created by Boeing Canada during WWII. The Richmond Museum now offers a Self-Guided Historical Walking Tour of the aviation history of Sea Island.

Click any of the cards to learn more about the neighbourhoods of Sea Island.

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