PHOTOS: Historic look at Chilliwack activities we are missing in the pandemic

Some of the 19 craft of 11-man war canoes at the “Cultus Lake Indian Festival” on June 6, 1961. (Chilliwack Progress Press 1999.029.010.024)
A group of people, with a small black dog, sit on the diving board at the former Dayton’s Pool on the Hope Slough in 1931. Left to right: Edna (Culham) Carey, Daphne (Dayton), Ethel (Wildman) Webb, Bernie (Wildman) McConnell, Phylllis (Culham) Nelson, Martin Dayton, and Laura (Dayton) Pells. (Photograph courtesy of the Chilliwack Museum and Archives P1999 15 1)
William Ewart Chidlow, Harry J. Barber, and William Billy Dusterhoeft, inspect lawn bowling balls on the Chilliwack Lawn Bowling Club yard in the 1940s. (Photograph courtesy of the Chilliwack Museum and Archives P363)
Chilliwack girls hockey team on Feb. 12, 1964, from left to right, front row: Carol Wawryk, Donna Coldwell, Yvonne Percher, Heather Innes, Mavis Tetlock, Lynne Furnis, Fay Cross. Back row: Ann Hanna, Sandra Roach, Colleen Barrow, Bev Carmichael, Arlene Price, Joene Pyvis, Judy Caldwell, and Coach Fred Madde. (Chilliwack Progress Press Photograph 1999.029.042.018)
Field hockey face-off for secondary schools at Sports Day in Yarrow on Oct. 2, 1963. Coach Ken Littley and Annie Reimer (left) and Marilyn Garstang with her coach Pamela Searle of Chilliwack Senior Secondary. (Chilliwack Progress Press Photograph)
Chilliwack Coliseum ice is transformed into six sheets for the 11th Annual Chilliwack Bonspiel on March 2, 1964. (Chilliwack Progress Press Photograph 1999.029.043.008)
Vernon fullback Grant Kaulbauck (#74) in action during a winning football game with Chilliwack High School Frontiersmen on Nov. 10, 1964. (Chilliwack Progress Press Photograph 1999.029.051.021)
A monochrome photograph of the Coqualeetza Residential School’s basketball team in 1910. (Photograph courtesy of the Chilliwack Museum and Archives 2004.052.1011)

There is no doubt the COVID-19 pandemic has affected everyone in some way.

Jobs have been lost, schools closed, gyms a no-go. And although restrictions have eased and places have reopened as B.C. has moved through Phase 2 and into Phase 3, there are still a lot of activities that we’re missing.

Sports and recreation is just one of them.

Here’s a look back at some historic images taken from 1910 to the mid-60s in Chilliwack. Some are posed sports team photos like a girls hockey team and the Coqualeetza Residential School’s basketball team. Others are action shots like the “Cultus Lake Indian Festival” (now called the Cultus Lake Water Sports War Canoe Races) and the 11th annual Chilliwack Bonspiel.

Even though these images of sporting events are more than 50 years old, they’re still very relevant today.

They’re snapshots of the things some people miss the most.

People still enjoy playing baseball with their friends, kids still get excited when they lace up their ice skates, and parents still cheer when their child scores a goal.

We’ve missed all of that and much more during the pandemic, but let’s stay positive, Chilliwack.

One day soon these photographic moments will come to life again.

MORE: PHOTOS: Looking back at the floods of 1894 and 1948 in Chilliwack


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