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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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Burnaby Village Museum - Burnaby

6501 Deer Lake Ave
Burnaby, British Columbia
V5G 3T6
Toll-free
Phone604-297-4565

Where history comes to life. Stroll down the streets of our 1920s village exploring the heritage & replica buildings. Period costumed townsfolk give demonstrations in the homes, businesses and shops: watch the blacksmith at forge, listen to the rhythm of the platen press, mind the teacher in the schoolhouse, catch an old movie in the theatre and hear stories about the Love family and their Farmhouse. Be sure to take in the elegance of the Interurban #1223; a mode of transportation ahead of its time. A ride on the 1912 CW Parker Carousel is sure to please both the young and the young at heart. The village grounds include gardens, and grassy meadow and fish-bearing brook.

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Butchart Gardens - Brentwood Bay

800 Benvenuto Ave
Brentwood Bay, British Columbia
V8M 1J8
Toll-free866-652-4422
Phone250-652-4422

Open year-round, this world-renowned garden occupies 22 ha (55 ac) with stunning floral displays. Enjoy the Rose Carousel & Children's Pavilion! Great dining with casual & more formal dining using many local ingredients & an extensive BC wine list. Enjoy afternoon tea year-round, complete with lovely views. The Seed & Gift Shop carries many local artists' creations. Summer offers evening entertainment, Saturday night fireworks & eco-friendly electrically-operated boat tours of surrounding waters including historic landmarks of cement manufacturing days. Christmas - phenomenal lighting, entertainment, outdoor ice rink. National Historic Site of Canada & Canadian Tourism Commission Signature Experiences Collection® See website.

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Capilano Suspension Bridge Park - North Vancouver

3735 Capilano Rd
North Vancouver, British Columbia
V7R 4J1
Toll-free
Phone604-985-7474

Appreciate nature from three breathtaking perspectives - world famous Capilano Suspension Bridge, the seven bridges of Treetops Adventure & the thrilling new Cliffwalk, a heart-stopping journey along the granite cliff high above Capilano River.

The 137 m (450 ft) long, 70 m (230 ft) high Capilano Suspension Bridge has thrilled visitors since 1889. While the wobbly bridge has become a Vancouver landmark, Capilano Suspension Bridge Park offers an all-encompassing BC experience. History, culture & nature are presented through knowledgeable staff & interpretive signage. Seasonal events like Raptors Ridge birds of prey June to October & Canyon Lights in December enhance this year-round destination.

Free shuttle service offered daily (year-round) from Canada Place, Hyatt Regency, Blue Horizon and Westin Bayshore Hotel. See website for up to date schedule.

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Central BC Railway & Forestry Museum - Prince George

850 River Rd
Prince George, British Columbia
V2L 5S8
Toll-free
Phone250-563-7351

The Railway and Forestry Museum is a place to explore.

Climb aboard locomotives, plows, speeders, fire engines and railcars. Ever been inside a beehive burner? Tour Penny Station and relive 1915 through the eyes of the old Station Master. The museum also has an incredible selection of chainsaws dating back to 1938 as well as the really big forestry equipment used in the early logging days of Prince George.

See the whole park on the Cottonwood Mini Rail ride and leave some time to learn about what's in our latest exhibit and visit the unique 'trains' gift shop.

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Chilliwack Museum & Archives - Chilliwack

45820 Spadina Ave
Chilliwack, British Columbia
V2P 1T3
Toll-free
Phone604-795-5210

The Chilliwack Museum is located at the Chilliwack City Hall National Historic Site, a 1911 Beaux Arts building designed by architect Thomas Hooper. The temporary gallery presents exhibits on modern issues within an historical context, while permanent exhibits show how aboriginal people & newcomers got together after the 1858 gold rush to create a new culturally diverse community. The Chamber's Gallery offers a variety of changing art exhibits. Local history books & work by local artisans are available in the Gift Shop.

The Chilliwack Archives is the central repository for eastern Fraser Valley records & provides researchers with access to photographs, books, documents, government records, newspapers, sound recordings & maps. Our friendly staff can help answer almost any question on the history of the area.

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CVS Sightseeing - Victoria

721 Government Street
Victoria, British Columbia
V8W 2X2
Toll-free877-578-5552
Phone250-386-8652

CVS Sightseeing offers multiple daily departures to the Butchart Gardens with an optional stop at Butterfly Gardens + the very best in Deluxe City Sightseeing & seasonal Hop-On, Hop-Off.

The Butchart Gardens Express includes a fully narrated 35 minute ride with interesting facts & history of the area. For Deluxe City Sightseeing, travel around in a seasonal Open Top Double Decker buses or enclosed bus during the winter months (90 minute tour) with live narration about the past, present & future of Victoria. The Hop-On, Hop-Off trip offers 5 unique stops (Chinatown, Mt. Tolmie (stop) Craigdarroch Castle, Oak Bay Marina (stop), Cook Street Village & Beacon Hill Park) + We also offer The Best of Victoria Day Tours & Seasonal Holiday Tours along with group charter services

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Doukhobor Discovery Centre - Castlegar

112 Heritage Way
Castlegar, British Columbia
V1N 4M5
Toll-free
Phone250-365-5327

A rare heritage attraction nestled at the confluence of the Kootenay & Columbia rivers. This museum, on traditional orchard land, will introduce you to the unique skills, beliefs, culture & lifestyle of the Doukhobors as was lived circa 1908-1939.

This complete communal village offers videos, thousands of artifacts, the communal house with petch (oven), the banya (sauna), linen textiles and other crafts. The Village Gift Shop features art displays and Doukhobor Arts & Crafts for sale, CDs, books, videos and cards.

The Village Market (the blue building) is host to The Apple Guy who sells fresh produce and locally made borscht. The Village Bistro Restaurant is currently closed for renovations.

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EV Tours - Your personal tour guide in Victoria BC - Victoria

Toll-free877-358-7374
Phone778-433-5357

Private tours of Victoria BC and Salt Spring Island. We pick you up in a new vehicle anywhere near Victoria. Tours are customized just for you and your group, from solo to 40 people. Our personalized guided tours will suit your travel interests, pace, and schedule. Discover historical Victoria, the magic of Salt Spring Island, wine tasting, the Butchart Gardens, hiking in BC forest trails. Our local guides are knowledgeable and experienced. Whether you are looking for seaside excursions, walking in gardens and historical buildings, art, food, and our fabulous great outdoors, EV Tours has a special, personalized tour that is just right for you. See our website.

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Forbidden Vancouver - Vancouver

Cathedral Square
Vancouver, British Columbia
V6B 3A3
Toll-free
Phone604-839-3126

Discover Vancouver's dirty history. Now staging acclaimed walking tours Prohibition City, Lost Souls of Gastown and special event Secrets of the Penthouse. Our storytellers lead you on an adventure along cobblestone streets and down moonlit alleys to the little-known locations and hidden secrets of Vancouver's past. You'll relive tales of mobsters and bathtub gin, bejewelled showgirls and unsolved Victorian murders.

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Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site - Richmond

12138 Fourth Ave
Richmond, British Columbia
V7E 3J1
Toll-free
Phone604-664-9009

Situated atop wooden pilings over the mighty Fraser River, the Gulf of Georgia Cannery is one of the few remaining 19th century salmon canneries in BC. In its heyday, the Gulf of Georgia Cannery was the largest building of its kind & the leading producer of canned salmon in BC. Now a museum presenting the history of the West Coast fishing industry, step inside & become immersed in the sights, sounds & stories through our guided tours & interactive exhibits. Leave some time to browse our Gift Shop & the unique shops and restaurants in Steveston village.

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