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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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Agassiz-Harrison Museum & Visitor Info Centre - Agassiz

7011 Pioneer Ave
Agassiz, British Columbia
V0M 1A0
Toll-free
Phone604-796-3545

Agassiz is a friendly agricultural community known for healthy, country living & endless outdoor activities.

The Agassiz-Harrison Museum & Visitor Information Centre is housed in an 1893 CPR station. Our museum offers railway history, period clothing, artifacts, photographs & stories of pioneer life. In our Gift Shop you will find all things local; art, jewelry, preserves, books, pottery, woodwork & many more handcrafted items.

While visiting our area explore the Agassiz/Harrison Mills Circle Farm Tour, water sports, fishing, hiking, cycling, skiing in the picturesque Fraser Valley. Visit the Farmers Market every Thursday in the museum parking lot during the summer.

The Visitor Informaton Centre can help you find & plan your visit to the area.

Well worth the visit to our community!

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BC Farm Museum - Fort Langley

9131 King St
Fort Langley, British Columbia
V1M 2R6
Toll-free
Phone604-888-2273

Bring the children, grandchildren, or your tourist guests to see the largest collection of pioneer artifacts in Western Canada. Two large buildings in Fort Langley - near the HBC Fort. You will find the most interesting collection of pioneer effects, tractors, carriages, small engines, as well as model engines. See the farm kitchen, the parlour & the textile room exhibiting a historic loom & sewing machines. Check out the working windmills & the large steam engine. The archival reference library contains thousands of books, manuals, magazines & other agricultural documents plus early photos. A great reference source for students of all ages. In 2015 we are adding new exciting interactive computer tablet terminals so you can watch many of our items in operation. Take all the photos you like.

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Britannia Mine Museum - Britannia Beach

Hwy 99
Britannia Beach, British Columbia
V0N 1J0
Toll-free800-896-4044
Phone604-896-2233

A multi-million dollar make-over transformed this historic mine into a multi-award winning (2012 Mining and Sustainability Award) museum and National Historic Site. Just like miners, visitors don hardhats then climb aboard an underground train and experience a day in the life of a hard rock miner. Many surprises await, as you explore what was once the largest copper mine in the British Empire. Site includes "Groundbreaking" film, touchscreen exhibits, displays of rare minerals, entrance into the massive mill, gift shop and a unique opportunity to pan for gold. To reach the Britannia Mine Museum, head north on the Sea to Sky Highway. Watch for signs mid-way to Whistler.

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Burgess Shale Geoscience Foundation - Field

201 Kicking Horse Ave
Field, British Columbia
V0A 1G0
Toll-free1-800-343-3006
Phone250-343-6006

In 1886 Richard McConnell climbed to the fossil beds on Mt Stephen, the source of the 'stone bugs' that had been found near the Canadian Pacific Railway tracks. Charles Walcott learned about the fossil find, however it was in 1907 that he first visited the Fossil Beds. Clues led Charles Walcott to the Wapta Highline trail in the summer of 1909 where he made one of the most significant fossil discoveries in the world.

Stephen Jay Gould's Wonderful Life (1989) raised awareness about the exquisitely preserved fossils of the Burgess Shale. Jean-Bernard Caron's discovery of the Marble Canyon site heightened interest.

Fossils are in protected UNESCO World Heritage sites. Access is restricted to hikers who are in a group led by a certified licensed guide.

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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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