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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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Mackie Lake House - Coldstream

7804 Kidston Rd
Coldstream, British Columbia
V1B 1S2
Toll-free
Phone250-545-1019

Mackie Lake House takes you back to the era of exquisite craftsmanship & features unusual styling combining arts & crafts elements with a stately chateau-style roof. Inside, pick your favourite spot - the attention to detail & the finely crafted elements welcome you as a special guest & invite you in. Nestled on the shores of Kalamalka Lake in Coldstream the Mackie Lake House is set into spacious grounds with a spectacular view.

The Mackie Lake House Foundation opens this 1910 Heritage Home & Grounds for meetings & seminars, weddings & small receptions. An event attended or booked at Mackie Lake House offers a unique & memorable experience.

Join us in the summer months for regularly scheduled tours, Artist-in-Residence & Writer-in-Residence programs, plus other special events.

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Mackin House Museum - Coquitlam

1116 Brunette Ave
Coquitlam, British Columbia
V3K 1G3
Toll-free
Phone604-516-6151

Built in 1909 for the General Manager of Fraser Mills, one of the largest mills in the British Empire at the time. It is restored to depict life in the early 1900s of Coquitlam. Mackin House is located in the historic French neighbourhood of Maillardville in Heritage Square. Many of the local streets have French names. We offer drop-in tours of the house and scheduled tours of the surrounding neighbourhood. 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
Toll-free
Phone250-358-7288

The Nikkei Internment Memorial Centre (NIMC) is a National Historic Site dedicated to preserving and sharing of 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 site is now operated by the Village of New Denver. 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
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 and hands-on displays. Highlights include a reconstructed aboriginal village and in the summer, 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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North Pacific Cannery National Historic Site - Port Edward

1889 Skeena Dr
Port Edward, British Columbia
V0V 1G0
Toll-free
Phone250-628-3538

Located on the outskirts of Port Edward, 20 km from Prince Rupert, the North Pacific Cannery's history is unique on the west coast of North America. Established in 1889, it had almost 90 years of continuous salmon canning production and fish processing until ending in the late 1970s. Experience the history of BC's oldest surviving salmon cannery. Take a walk along the boardwalks and experience early coastal lifestyle. Tours are offered daily and are included in admission. Gift shop, cafe and accommodations are also available.

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Point Ellice House - Victoria

2616 Pleasant St
Victoria, British Columbia
V8T 4V3
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. 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
Toll-free
Phone250-832-5243

R.J. Haney Heritage Village and Museum is the Shuswap's largest heritage attraction. Tour through the restored 1910 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. Take a walk on our beautiful nature trails. Visit the heritage gardens. 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 homestyle meal and play promises to delight audiences.

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Shuswap Native Village - Cache Creek

Junction Hwy 97/99
Cache Creek, British Columbia
V0K 1H0
Toll-free800-782-0922
Phone250-457-9722

Long before the Gold Rush miners, settlers & ranchers arrived in this valley, people of the Shuswap Nation followed a nomadic lifestyle here. The Shuswap Native village is operated by members of the local Bonaparte (Stuctwesemc) Band & features traditional shelters, hunting & fishing gear, cook pits & a "kekuli" pit house, built half above & half underground. Our guides will show you the crafts, tools & technologies of a self-sufficient culture that has always closely integrated the natural resources of this region into their lifestyle.

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Spirit Eagle Experiences - Ahousat

House 741
Ahousat, British Columbia
V0R 1A0
Toll-free
Phone250-670-2319

Aboriginal First Nations Eco-Cultural Experiences. Join us for a guided experience that will last for a lifetime. Experience our First Nations culture, our home & what we do today. Exchange stories with elders, local artists & singers. Enjoy traditional Aboriginal foods. Gather seafood, harvest hystuup from the reefs & fish for the tyee. Explore the Ahosuaht Hahoothee for spiritual connections, eagles, whales & other local happenings. Friends, Family & Storytelling.....See you soon.

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SS Moyie - Kaslo

324 Front St
Kaslo, British Columbia
V0G 1M0
Toll-free
Phone250-353-2525

An International treasure, the SS Moyie is the oldest surviving intact vessel of her type in the world. At the edge of Kootenay Lake, the sternwheeler rests permanently in her former port of call at Kaslo. Owned & operated by the Canadian Pacific Railway, the SS Moyie plied the waters of Kootenay Lake for nearly 60 years. The ship has been restored with special attention to preserve her unique & elegant features. Launched in 1898 to provide connecting service to Nelson from the CPR's Crowsnest Pass line from the east, the Moyie remained a fixture on Kootenay Lake until 1957.

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