by Jessica Peters, The Abbotsford News, March 22, 2023

The Freemasons in British Columbia and the Yukon are commemorating their 150 years of history by launching the Masonic Markers Project, which involves placing bronze plaques etched with QR codes at every Masonic building in the area.

The plaques will allow visitors to scan the code and access an interactive website featuring the history of the Masonic movement’s role in shaping communities in British Columbia and the Yukon.

The Grand Lodge of British Columbia was formed in 1871, three months after British Columbia became a province, and some of the first buildings constructed by colonists were Masonic halls.

Freemasonry promotes deeper moral character, civic responsibility, and spirituality among its members, regardless of their heritage, vocation, or faith.

The Abbotsford Masonic Hall, built in 1912, was repositioned by members in 1951.