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 and 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 and a huge Railway Roundhouse - home to steam engines, railway coaches and the largest covered turntable in North America. The Heritage Ghost Town is located next to Three Valley Lake Chateau Ltd., an extraordinary resort destination on the Trans Canada Hwy.
Port Alberni, British Columbia
The Alberni Pacific Railway, located in downtown Port Alberni, is one of Vancouver Island's premiere attractions. From the fully-restored 1912 CPR Train Station, guests will board the train pulled by a 1929 Baldwin steam locomotive. The track winds through the City of Port Alberni, past the Chase & Warren Estate Winery, and through the surrounding forest for approximately 10 kms, before arriving at the McLean Mill National Historic Site, the only commercially operating steam sawmill in Canada. The trip takes 35 minutes so you'll have the opportunity to sit back & enjoy the scenery as you're serenaded by the sound of steam whistles & the clatter of steel wheels on steel rails.
14301 Hwy 26
Barkerville, British Columbia
Barkerville is the largest heritage site in Western North America, and 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 and take part in programs that interpret life on the river and the experiences of the multicultural community that called Britannia home.
201 Kicking Horse Ave
Field, British Columbia
In 1909 Charles Walcott discovered one of the most important fossil locations in the world, the Burgess Shale, in Yoho National Park, providing an amazing window into what the world looked like half-a-billion years ago.
It is not possible to visit the fossil sites on your own! They are protected sites within the Rocky Mountain Parks World Heritage Site, and can only be visited with licensed guides.
New for Summer 2012: Geo-Walk: 1.5 hour presentation & 15 minute geo-walk. Participate in a journey of discovery & view the Burgess Shale fossil collection.
553 Main St
Lillooet, British Columbia
Built in 1861 to house the 23 Camels Frank Laumeister brought from San Francisco to serve as pack animals on the Cariboo Trail to the gold fields. The project failed, but the barn survived: briefly as a mortician's storehouse, then from 1938 as the Log Cabin Movie Theatre. It closed in 1985 and has been reopened as an historic building, a performance space and a gift shop. It contains the original theatre seating, the projectors and a 24x11 ft. wide screen.
34866 Clayburn Rd
Abbotsford, British Columbia
Inspired by the restoration of our heritage home in historic Clayburn Village, our soap bricks are hand-poured individually, in small batches, for consistency & excellence. We specialize in natural products made with vegetable-based ingredients and therapeutic-grade essential oils, including deodorants, solid hand creams, foot, skin and baby care. Try our wonderful Travel Easy 3-in-1 bar: shampoo, conditioner, body soap - all in one light, compact travel tin. Earth-friendly with a convenient cotton cord for hanging indoors or out. Enriched with herbs and essential oils for fabulous hair and skin - it's all you need!
1245 East Island Hwy
Parksville, British Columbia
Craig Heritage Museum your gateway to the past. Take a trip into yesteryear & see how our early settlers lived. This unique grouping of period buildings & area artifacts makes Craig Heritage Park a museum with a difference. The tools, utensils, fashions & curios of an earlier time, plus an extensive archival collection chronicling the lives of Vancouver Island pioneers. The Craig Heritage Park is a place to visit the past & to gain a very real glimpse of the way life was experienced by those who came before us.
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, and feel what it was like to be there.
Make a deal for furs on the very spot where First Nations people traded salmon, furs and cranberries for Hudson's Bay Company goods. Sign a proclamation where British Columbia was proclaimed a colony.
Visit with costumed interpreters, watch blacksmithing and barrel-making demonstrations and simply explore!
Enjoy cultural exhibits, a gift shop, Full Barrel Café (summer) & much more.
(Toute notre programmation est aussi disponible en français).