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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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Huble Homestead Historic Site - Prince George

40 Km North On Mitchell Rd
Prince George, British Columbia
V2L 3G5
Websitehttp://www.hublehomestead.ca
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
Websitehttp://www.kettlevalleyrail.org
Toll-free877-494-8424
Phone250-494-8422

The Kettle Valley Steam Railway offers you the nostalgia of steam, the romance of trains; the preservation of an era. Operating on the only remaining section of the historic Kettle Valley Railway - this unique 90 minute journey takes you through beautiful rural Summerland and onto the Trout Creek Bridge with a stunning view of Okanagan Lake & canyon below. The sight & sound of our restored century old steam locomotive (the 3716/Spirit of Summerland), an observation game for kids & 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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Klahowya Village in Stanley Park - Vancouver

Miniature Train In Stanley Park
Vancouver, British Columbia
V6B 3X8
Websitehttp://www.aboriginalbc.com/klahowya-village
Toll-free
Phone604-921-1070

Enjoy the warmth of our Aboriginal Summer Village in Stanley Park this summer. Klahowya Village is a family-friendly Aboriginal cultural experience that features daily Aboriginal cultural performances, artisans & demonstrations. After a successful fourth season in 2013, the Village now features more than 20 interactive & visual displays linked to a Klahowya Village 'passport' that includes a download code for the audio story of the 'Journey of the Salmon' on iTunes, a season pass to ride the miniature train, admission to a craft workshop, colouring pages, & an area to collect stamps from interactive display stations.

This season's story, 'Journey of the Salmon', focuses on the significance of the salmon from an Aboriginal culture point of view as we celebrate the four-year cycle of the returning salmon.

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London Heritage Farm - Richmond

6511 Dyke Rd
Richmond, British Columbia
V7E 3R3
Websitehttp://www.londonheritagefarm.ca
Toll-free
Phone604-271-5220

London Heritage Farm is a 4 acre (1.6 hectare) historical site that overlooks the south arm of the Fraser River. The site offers an 1890s farmhouse in a park-like setting with lovely heritage & herb gardens, the restored Spragg family barn, old farming equipment, a small hand tool museum, chickens, bees, allotments & large lawns as well as picnic tables & public washrooms.

The Farmhouse has been fully restored & furnished to reflect life in Richmond during the 1880 to 1930 era. Rooms display the furniture, pictures, clothing, quilts & everyday articles of the era & many London family photographs hang throughout the house, giving you a glimpse into their history.

Owned by the City of Richmond & operated by the London Heritage Farm Society.

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Mackin House Museum - Coquitlam

1116 Brunette Ave
Coquitlam, British Columbia
V3K 1G3
Websitehttp://www.coquitlamheritage.ca
Toll-free
Phone604-516-6151

Built in 1909 for the General Manager of Fraser Mills, the largest mill in the British Empire at the time. It is restored to depict life in the early 1900s. Mackin House is located in the historic French neighbourhood of Maillardville in Heritage Square. Many of the local streets have French names. We offer tours of the old Fraser Mills train station & everyone loves the old caboose for photo ops. Guided walking tours available of this historic town site. There is a great city park across the street to play in & restaurants are close by.

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Nikkei Internment Memorial Centre - New Denver

306 Josephine St
New Denver, British Columbia
V0G 1S0
Websitehttp://www.nikkeinewdenver.ca
Toll-free
Phone250-358-7288

The Nikkei Internment Memorial Centre (NIMC) is a National Historic Site dedicated to preserving and sharing the history of the internment of over 22,000 Japanese Canadians during the Second World War.

The Centre opened in 1994 as an initiative from the New Denver Kyowakai Society and is located on the site of a former internment camp. The original buildings, period artifacts, interpretive displays, and Heiwa Teien (Peace) garden chronicle this extraordinary episode in Canadian history.

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Nk'Mip Desert Cultural Centre - Osoyoos

1000 Rancher Creek Rd
Osoyoos, British Columbia
V0H 1V6
Websitehttp://www.nkmipdesert.com
Toll-free888-495-8555
Phone250-495-7901

Experience "The Land, the Legends and the People" at Nk'Mip Desert Cultural Centre, a cultural and outdoor desert experience. View arts and cultural exhibits, audio-visual presentations and interactive displays featuring Okanagan First Nations culture and desert plants and animals. The 22 ha site features walking trails through the sagebrush habitat, outdoor sculptures & hands-on displays. Highlights include a reconstructed aboriginal village and in the summer, features daily guided walks, cultural programs and rattlesnake demonstrations. Visit Coyote's Gifts for First Nations art, jewelry, books, clothing and giftware. Located in an award-winning, sustainable building.

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Parksville Museum & Archives - Parksville

1245 E Island Hwy
Parksville, British Columbia
V9P 2E5
Websitehttp://www.parksvillemuseum.ca
Toll-free
Phone250-248-6966

Situated on the the beautiful grounds of Craig Heritage Park, the Parksville Museum & Archives is a gateway to the past. The museum is home to eight restored heritage buildings (including a turn-of-the-century schoolhouse & the town's original firehall) as well as hundreds of artifacts that help bring the past to life. The museum is also host to an extensive archival collection chronicling the lives of early pioneers in the area. With fun activities for all ages, including seniors & children, the Parksville Museum & Archives is a unique & exciting destination where the past comes alive!

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Point Ellice House - Victoria

2616 Pleasant St
Victoria, British Columbia
V8T 4V3
Websitehttp://www.pointellicehouse.ca
Toll-free
Phone250-380-6506

Historic house museum built in 1861; home of the O'Reilly family for 3 generations. Original furnishings & personal effects displayed as in the 1890-1920 period. Early Victoria pioneers. Heritage garden presently being restored to original plan. Afternoon tea served on the lawn overlooking the water 5 days a week May-August. Visitors can arrive by Harbour Ferries from Inner Harbour to our dock for $5. Admission to house & gardens is $6 (adults), $4 for students, $3 for those 6-12. Tea includes tour; $25 plus tax. Site available for wedding & other special event rentals.

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RJ Haney Heritage Village & Museum - Salmon Arm

751 Hwy 97B NE
Salmon Arm, British Columbia
V1E 4P7
Websitehttp://www.salmonarmmuseum.org
Toll-free
Phone250-832-5243

R.J. Haney Heritage Village and Museum is the Shuswap's largest heritage attraction. Tour through the restored Haney House and explore the Village rich in history with 14 historical or replicated buildings. Discover interesting exhibits in the Museum, the kids can pan for "Haney Gold" and visit the gift shop and antique store. Take a walk on our beautiful nature trails. Marjorie's Tea Room offers a daily lunch special and homemade desserts. Sure to be a highlight of your visit reserve your seat at Villains and Vittles Dinner Theatre during July and August with shows, Wednesday, Friday & Sunday. A home style meal and play promises to delight audiences.

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