Local History Advent Calendar 2022 – Day 10 – Creamo

It’s back! I has been 3 years since I published my last Local History Advent Calendar! So much has happened since that last time—including the publication of my first book, Mount Pleasant Stories—that I figured it was about time to dust off the Local History Advent Calendar once again. Similar to a regular advent calendar but instead of chocolate treats, each day you “open” a new historical treat. Think of them as holiday cocktail party fodder– 24 facts or stories about local history that can be used as conversation starters at your next social event.

“The Milk Supreme that tastes like Cream”

“Creamo” ad on dairy wagon outside Associated Dairies Ltd., 1934. CoV Archives, CVA 99-4690

If you are enjoying a cup of coffee as you read this post maybe you added some Creamo to it? Did you know Creamo is a made in BC product invented in Mount Pleasant?

Creamo advert in The Province, 1926.

The Fraser Valley Milk Producers Association (wholesale dairy products) had several buildings on Yukon between 7th and 8th Avenues with the main office accessed at 425 West 8th Avenue. It was at this location where Creamo was developed around 1920.

Creamo, with 10% milk fat, is made by specially combining “pure” milk and cream—aka “half and half”.

A dairy venture operated at this location starting with the Standard Milk Co. Plant in the 1910s, followed by the Associated Dairies Ltd and Fraser Valley Milk Producers Association (now Dairyland) from the 1920s through the 1950s.

Fraser Valley Milk Producers plant at 8th and Yukon in 1956, Photo: CoV Archives, VanSc P159.2.

Fun Fact: In the 1920s there was a local Football (Soccer) League team named the Creamos.

You can find more Mount Pleasant stories in my walking tour book, Mount Pleasant Stories. Copies are available for purchase in Mount Pleasant at Pulpfiction Books – 2422 Main Street and in Chinatown at Massy Books – 229 E Georgia St. It makes a great gift or stocking stuffer for your favourite local history buff!

2 thoughts on “Local History Advent Calendar 2022 – Day 10 – Creamo

  1. Interesting to see the dairy wagon had been in an accident. Note the roofline is bent down and the side opening is greatly kinked inward on the right side.

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