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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603 Fort Rodd Hill Rd
Victoria, British Columbia
Located 15 minutes west of downtown Victoria, these adjacent national historic sites offer acres of meadows & spectacular views of Esquimalt Harbour & Juan de Fuca Strait. Stroll along the ramparts of 3 coast artillery gun batteries built over 100 years ago. See original guns, intriguing underground magazines & camouflaged searchlight emplacements. Step inside Canada's oldest West Coast lighthouse. Play with its brand-new interactive exhibits.
While the kids investigate our tide pools or enjoy our new hand held spy game program, it's time to sit back & enjoy the moment. Check out our many special events throughout the year.
280 Kwah Rd W
Fort St. James, British Columbia
One of the most spectacular heritage sites in Canada, situated on the shores of Stuart Lake. Fort St. James is the largest collection of original wooden buildings representing the Fur Trade in Canada and appeals to young and old with family activities for everyone.
Living history programs daily. Costumed park interpreters deliver experiences for all ages. Special events on most weekends in summer. Sunday afternoon teas all summer long. On-site heritage accommodation available. Full service cafe and visitor centre.
Try the new Xplorers program for kids or visit the new refreshed museum exhibits.
Parks Canada Discovery passes redeemable here.
9851 Hwy 93/95
Fort Steele, British Columbia
With gold rush beginnings in 1864, Fort Steele has gone from boom town to regional centre to ghost town and is now one of the most important heritage attractions in British Columbia. The town site features over 60 buildings. Activities vary by season and include ice cream making, horse-drawn wagon tours, steam train rides, gold panning lessons, live theatre, museum displays and various demonstrations. See many varieties of heritage breed livestock. Fort Steele is perched on the western slopes of the Canadian Rocky Mountains.
3100 Kalum St
Terrace, British Columbia
George Little House, Terrace's premier heritage home, built in 1914, is now the place where Terrace's community & culture come together. It is the VIA Rail Station & the information hub for downtown Terrace & area. The house showcases & retails antiques, local art, jewellery, pottery, books, topography maps, concert ticket sales & hosts summer Sunday flea markets with vendors that have unique finds on treasure laden tables. The George Little House is only one of many historic & cultural attractions in the Terrace area that you won't want to miss; our knowledgeable staff will make sure you get to the rest.
3334 30th Avenue
Vernon, British Columbia
Visit Downtown Vernon and explore over 25 amazing murals that depict the history, culture, scenery, and folklore that made the city what it is today. Vernon boasts one of the largest outdoor public art galleries in Canada. All of the murals have been created from original photographs and depict actual Vernon and area residents. The murals cover many walls of our business district with some pieces as large as 91 m (300 ft) long & 9.1 m (30 ft) high! Pick up your self-guided map at the Vernon Visitors Centre or Downtown Vernon Association office.
9380 Hwy 97 N
Vernon, British Columbia
Founded in 1867, Historic O'Keefe Ranch tells the story of ranching in BC. Guests tour the opulent O'Keefe Mansion, the heritage boardwalk, visit artisans, view antique farm equipment, see ancient breed farm animals and can view a intricate model railway upstairs at the Greenhow Museum. Visit the Rose Garden and St. Anne's Church, both popular venues for weddings and enjoy some heritage candy at the site of the original Okanagan post office. Horse and pony rides are offered, events are hosted and visitors can also camp in our small on site and unserviced campground. Restaurant and gift shop on site.
40 Km North On Mitchell Rd
Prince George, British Columbia
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.
18404 Bathville Rd
Summerland, British Columbia
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!
Miniature Train In Stanley Park
Vancouver, British Columbia
Enjoy the warmth of our Aboriginal Summer Village in Stanley Park this summer. Klahowya Village welcomes you to celebrate & experience our vibrant culture through song, dance, art & cuisine. There will be dance performances Fridays through Sundays & programming throughout the day, every day, by artisans - wood carving & weaving, crafts for budding artisans, aboriginal cuisine & artisan kiosks. More lasting memories if you hop aboard the Spirit Catcher train for a fun ride through nature. Gate admission to the Village is FREE. Charges apply for Spirit Train rides.
1116 Brunette Ave
Coquitlam, British Columbia
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.