Creator(s): Hedley Heritage Museum
Tenacity: the Story of Hedley, Then and Today begins with the 1897 Gold Rush boom in the Similkameen Valley, where hundreds of men and women came in search of fortunes, or a wage paying job and a touch of luck. Today the community continues with generational lineages that span not only the past hundred years, but those families whose earliest ancestors came to the Similkameen Valley thousands of years before, the Upper Similkameen People.
Hedley today is a vibrant village with population nearing three hundred, including the Upper Similkameen Indian Band, a thriving community of 75 band members. Every spring, Twenty Mile Creek roars into the Similkameen River, and rocks still tumble into town from Stemwinder and the Nickel Plate, covering trails along the creek and nearing homes - reminders to townsfolk that nature can only be appreciated and not restrained.
Community memories, including written history, shared stories and photographic evidence, paint the inhabitants of Hedley as imaginative, tenacious and as tough as the mountain they were determined to triumph over in order to secure their riches.