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Most heritage sites in BC tell stories of determined people that carved out lives among a landscape of gigantic mountains, thick forests and the vast Pacific Ocean.

Ninety-one National Historic Sites, ten Provincial Historic Sites and three UNESCO World Heritage sites provide a wide range of experiences, many of them interactive and at well-maintained, restored locations.

Hop in a stagecoach and pan for gold at Barkerville Historic Town, or ride a clattering rail car at the Britannia Mine Museum. Learn about fur traders at Fort Langley National Historic Site and fishermen at the North Pacific Cannery. The Kettle Valley Rail Trail follows a historic route through tunnels and over trestles – cycle a section or hop on the 1912 Kettle Valley Steam Railway.

Other historic sites in BC are off the beaten path – perfect for adventurous types with vivid imaginations. Step in ancient dinosaur tracks at Tumbler Ridge, or hike to the Burgess Shale and uncover bizarre fossils in Yoho National Park. Wander through weathered wood cabins in ghost towns such as Sandon. Or, tread softly between massive Haida First Nations mortuary totem poles on the Queen Charlotte Islands.

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3 Valley Gap Heritage Ghost Town - Revelstoke

Trans Canada Hwy 1
Revelstoke, British Columbia
V0E 2S0
Toll-free888-667-2109
Phone250-837-2109

Experience life in the 1800s while exploring over 25 historic buildings in our Heritage Ghost Town. These restored & fully furnished buildings have been gathered from around BC & assembled near the site of the original town of Three Valley, which swelled & subsided in the 1880s. Highlights of your visit will include the Antique Car Museum, Monashee Mining exhibit & a huge Railway Roundhouse - home to steam engines, railway coaches & one of the largest covered turntables in North America.

The Heritage Ghost Town is located next to Three Valley Lake Chateau, an extraordinary resort destination on the Trans-Canada Hwy.

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Barkerville Historic Town - Barkerville

14301 Hwy 26
Barkerville, British Columbia
V0K 1B0
Toll-free888-994-3332
Phone250-994-3332

Barkerville is the largest heritage site in Western North America & a National Historic Site of Canada. Founded in 1862, Barkerville is an adventure destination like no other; rich in history, full of life. Meet colourful characters from Barkerville's past, watch Judge Begbie hold Victorian criminals accountable, see authentic gold rush theatre & witness a Cornish Waterwheel in action. Pan for gold, visit exotic Chinatown, go to school 1800s-style or tour the town at your own pace while visiting 140+ historic buildings & displays. Barkerville's merchants, restaurants & accommodations will provide everything you need for a genuinely comfortable trip into BC's golden age.

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Britannia Shipyards, National Historic Site - Richmond

5180 Westwater Dr
Richmond, British Columbia
V7E 6P3
Toll-free
Phone604-718-8050

Britannia Shipyards, National Historic Site is an authentic representation of a once thriving community of canneries, boatyards, residences & stores. Tour the oldest shipyard buildings in BC & observe ongoing boat restoration projects in this active waterfront park along the Fraser River. Explore exhibits & take part in programs that interpret life on the river & the experiences of the multicultural community that called Britannia home.

Many of the buildings date back to 1885 & tell the stories of multi-ethnic residents & workers at the Britannia Cannery & Britannia Shipyard: Chinese, European, First Nations & Japanese. This collection of buildings has national value & was designated a National Historic Site in 1992 by the National Historic Sites & Monuments Board.

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Craigdarroch Castle - Victoria

1050 Joan Cres
Victoria, British Columbia
V8S 3L5
Toll-free
Phone250-592-5323

Built by coal baron Robert Dunsmuir during the reign of Queen Victoria and now a National Historic Site, Craigdarroch Castle has been meticulously restored, giving visitors a glimpse of privileged life in the 1890s. The Castle weaves a fascinating tale of an intriguing family - their achievements, their relationships and even their quirks. You'll find us just off Fort Street at 1050 Joan Crescent just a short drive or leisurely walk from Victoria's inner harbour. Open daily for self-guided tours.

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Fort Langley National Historic Site - Fort Langley

23433 Mavis Ave
Fort Langley, British Columbia
V1M 2R5
Toll-free
Phone604-513-4777

Experience life as a 19th century voyageur at Fort Langley, where the colony of British Columbia was born. Hear past echoes of musket fire, pan for gold dust dreams and dress up to play pioneer. Mingle with fur traders, learn the blacksmith's art and camp in a historically-themed oTENTiks. Satisfy your curiosity with the audio tour, available in six languages, as well as demonstrations of blacksmithing and barrel-making.

(Toute notre programmation est aussi disponible en français).

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Fort Rodd Hill & Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Site - Victoria

603 Fort Rodd Hill Rd
Victoria, British Columbia
V9C 2W8
Toll-free
Phone250-478-5849

Located 15 minutes west of downtown Victoria, these adjacent national historic sites offer acres of meadows & spectacular views of Esquimalt Harbour & Juan de Fuca Strait. Stroll along the ramparts of 3 coast artillery gun batteries built over 100 years ago. See original guns, intriguing underground magazines & camouflaged searchlight emplacements. Request an Audio-tour to listen to authentic stories of the people who lives there. On summer weekends, take your best shot with the Airsoft Challenge. Step inside Canada's oldest West Coast lighthouse and play with its interactive exhibits. While the kids investigate our tide pools, it's time to sit back & enjoy the moment. Check out our spring and summer events and programs.

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Fort St. James National Historic Site - Fort St. James

280 Kwah Rd W
Fort St. James, British Columbia
V0J 1P0
Toll-free
Phone250-996-7191

One of the most spectacular heritage sites in Canada, situated on the shores of Stuart Lake. Fort St. James is the largest collection of original wooden buildings representing the Fur Trade in Canada and appeals to young and old with family activities for everyone.

Living history programs daily. Costumed park interpreters deliver experiences for all ages. Special events on most weekends in summer. Sunday afternoon teas all summer long. On-site heritage accommodation available. Full service cafe and visitor centre.

Try the new Xplorers program for kids or visit the new refreshed museum exhibits.

Parks Canada Discovery passes redeemable here.

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Fort Steele Heritage Town - Fort Steele

9851 Hwy 93/95
Fort Steele, British Columbia
V0B 1N0
Toll-free
Phone250-417-6000

With gold rush beginnings in 1864, Fort Steele has gone from boom town to regional centre to ghost town and is now one of the most important heritage attractions in British Columbia. The town site features over 60 buildings. Activities vary by season and include ice cream making, horse-drawn wagon tours, steam train rides, gold panning lessons, live theatre, museum displays and various demonstrations. See many varieties of heritage breed livestock. Fort Steele is perched on the western slopes of the Canadian Rocky Mountains.

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Huble Homestead Historic Site - Prince George

40 Km North On Mitchell Rd
Prince George, British Columbia
V2L 3G5
Toll-free
Phone250-564-7033

Huble Homestead is a heritage site located at the base of the historic Giscome Portage. Originally a homestead & fur trading post, the site has been restored to its 1915 condition & is open to the public from May to October for guided tours, lunch & shopping in the General Store. Special events are held throughout the summer featuring blacksmithing & pioneer demonstrations, entertainment, games & contests for the whole family. Huble Homestead is located 40 km north of Prince George, just off Hwy 97 on Mitchell Road.

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Kettle Valley Steam Railway - Summerland

18404 Bathville Rd
Summerland, British Columbia
V0H 1Z8
Toll-free877-494-8424
Phone250-494-8422

Celebrate the Kettle Valley Railways Centennial in 2015 with a ride on the Kettle Valley Steam Railway! Operating on the only remaining section of the historic Kettle Valley Railway (KVR) - this unique 90 minute journey takes you through beautiful, rural Summerland and onto the Trout Creek Bridge with a stunning view of Okanagan Lake and canyon below.

The sight and sound of our restored century old steam locomotive (the 3716/Spirit of Summerland), an observation game for kids and lively musical entertainment, make every run memorable for the whole family. Book early for our special events which include Easter Trains, our thrilling Great Train Robbery & BBQs and our magical Summerland Christmas Express Trains.

There's nothing else like it in the Okanagan Valley!

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