Crescent Beach

Crescent Beach

In the South Surrey town centre, Crescent Beach is a coastal neighborhood near Boundary Bay and Mud Bay, just across the border from Delta, British Columbia. It has a population of 1,200 people, most of whom live in single-family houses in the community.

For generations, Crescent Beach has been a popular summer getaway. Prior to colonization, it served as an important summer camp for the area’s indigenous population. Clam digging was popular on intertidal mudflats. Nearby, Nicomekl River and Serpentine River areas have wild berries, particularly cranberries and a weir. Smallpox prompted the Semiahmoo First Nation to merge with Snokomish territory in 1850, resulting in the area’s incorporation into Snokomish territory. Bands from the Musqueam Nation also traveled around the region to gather resources. Several artifacts, such as arrowheads and jade, have been found on current beaches. This area would be little more than a sandspit without archaeological deposits of clams, charcoal, and fire-cracked rocks, which account for three to five metres of land depth.

Spanish sailors were the first Europeans to map the area. He referred to it as San Rafael Point on Captain Galiano’s map.

Crescent Beach was first owned by a member of the Royal Engineers, John Musselwaite, in 1871, when the province of British Columbia was established.

Great Northern Railway from Blaine, Washington to New Westminster was built in 1909, making it easier for Vancouver residents to reach the beach. Subdivision development was made possible in 1913 when permanent dikes (today known as the waterfront boardwalk) were built. Development of piers occurred in 1912, which led to Crescent Beach Development Company marketing the resort area as a tourist destination. Some of Vancouver’s most famous residents built summer homes in the area. While Captain Watkin Williams was erecting the Crescent Beach Hotel that year, he simultaneously established the post office and restaurant in the structure’s 21 rooms. In February 1950, the hotel was destroyed by fire.

The Crescent Oyster Company was shut down in 1961 due to river pollution and worries about shellfish paralytic poisoning, which had been imported from Japan at the time.

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