The Boundary Bay Park Association hosted approximately 300 visitors to the Cammidge House 100th Anniversary celebration on a beautiful sunny day. To you and to all of the organizations who provided exhibits, we send a great big thank you. The day wouldn’t have been a success without you.
THE ORIGIN OF THE BOOT SALE
The founding President of the Cammidge House Committee was on holiday in New Zealand when he drove past a farmer’s field filled with cars selling a variety of household items. On making enquiries he was told it was a Boot Sale. People would load up their cars with unwanted “stuff” and for a small fee could park in the field and prospective buyers would arrive and haggle, buy and go happily on their way.
It should be explained that a Boot sale has nothing to do with boots. A boot is English for the Canadian car trunk.
On his return to Tsawwassen he started the Cammidge House Committee’s Boot Sale located in the parking lot adjacent to the old Centennial Beach Concession and change rooms.
For a fee of $10 each car was allocated two parking spaces, one for the car the other for displaying the owners “junk” or “treasures” depending on whether you were buying or selling. The Boot Sale went from 8.30am till 12.30am on the second and fourth Saturdays of the summer months June, July, August and September.
Over the past twelve years the Event has become increasingly popular not only with the local citizens but with sellers coming from all parts of the Lower Mainland. With over a million visitors to the Park every year there is no shortage of enthusiastic buyers looking for a bargain. After numerous requests the event was renamed Car Boot Sale to clarify what was happening!
The money raised is used to improve and finance the public events that take place at Cammidge House every year such as “Santa comes to Cammidge”,” Heritage Day”, “Sunday in the Park”, “Birds in Focus” and other events that highlight the wildlife in the Park.
In 2008 enough money had been raised to furnish an upstairs bedroom with 1914 Era furniture in honour of Edwin Cammidge’s daughter Laura. The House is rented for weddings, receptions,and Laura’s Room is used by the brides and their party.
The most recent use of these funds was the celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the House commemorated by the planting of 100 Nootka rose bushes along the Park’s access road.