Historic & Heritage Sites
Parliament Buildings, Victoria (Brendan van Son photo)
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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Trans Canada Hwy 1
Revelstoke, British Columbia
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.
14301 Hwy 26
Barkerville, British Columbia
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.
5180 Westwater Dr
Richmond, British Columbia
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.
201 Kicking Horse Ave
Field, British Columbia
In 1909 Charles Walcott discovered one of the most significant fossil locations in the world - the Burgess Shale, in Yoho National Park. These amazing fossils provide a window into what the world looked like half-a-billion years ago.
The Mt. Stephen Fossil Beds hike includes a fossil splitting session before the hike begins.
Access to all fossil sites can only be visited with certified licensed guides. Phone to register well ahead of your planned visit.
1050 Joan Cres
Victoria, British Columbia
Victoria's legendary landmark. Experience the lifestyles of the rich & powerful at the end of the 19th century. Completed in 1890, the Castle is now a historic house museum. Lavish Victorian era furnishings & decor, exquisite stained glass & detailed woodwork carved by artisans of days gone by... These all combine to create a warm & expansive entertainment experience. When you're finished, take time to browse the Gift Shop & relax in the newly restored (2010) grounds before moving on to your next destination. Open daily for self-guided tours.
23433 Mavis Ave
Fort Langley, British Columbia
Explore this exciting 1800s fur trade post where you are the explorer. Like discovering a time capsule, step inside the buildings & feel what it was like to be there.
Make a deal for furs on the very spot where First Nations people traded salmon, furs & cranberries for Hudson's Bay Company goods. Sign a proclamation where British Columbia was proclaimed a colony.
Visit with costumed interpreters, watch blacksmithing & barrel-making demonstrations & simply explore!
Enjoy cultural exhibits, a gift shop, Full Barrel Café (summer) & much more.
(Toute notre programmation est aussi disponible en français).
603 Fort Rodd Hill Rd
Victoria, British Columbia
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. Step inside Canada's oldest West Coast lighthouse. Play with its brand-new interactive exhibits.
While the kids investigate our tide pools or enjoy our new hand held spy game program, it's time to sit back & enjoy the moment. Check out our many special events throughout the year.
280 Kwah Rd W
Fort St. James, British Columbia
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.
9851 Hwy 93/95
Fort Steele, British Columbia
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.
3100 Kalum St
Terrace, British Columbia
George Little House, Terrace's premier heritage home, built in 1914, is now the place where Terrace's community & culture come together. It is the VIA Rail Station & the information hub for downtown Terrace & area. The house showcases & retails antiques, local art, jewellery, pottery, books, topography maps, concert ticket sales & hosts summer Sunday flea markets with vendors that have unique finds on treasure laden tables. The George Little House is only one of many historic & cultural attractions in the Terrace area that you won't want to miss; our knowledgeable staff will make sure you get to the rest.