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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18404 Bathville Rd
Summerland, British Columbia
Celebrate the Kettle Valley Railways Centennial in 2015 with a ride on the Kettle Valley Steam Railway! Operating on the only remaining section of the historic Kettle Valley Railway (KVR) - this unique 90 minute journey takes you through beautiful, rural Summerland and onto the Trout Creek Bridge with a stunning view of Okanagan Lake and canyon below.
The sight and sound of our restored century old steam locomotive (the 3716/Spirit of Summerland), an observation game for kids and 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 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.
7468 Mission Rd
Cranbrook, British Columbia
Hoodoos and other geological features are prominent in the Ktunaxa creation story, which reveals much about the Ktunaxa history. This fascinating story can be heard at the Ktunaxa Interpretive Centre at the St. Eugene Mission Resort, a Spanish colonial building constructed in 1910 (which operated for 60 years as a residential school for Aboriginal children). The Ktunaxa Kinbasket Tribal Council has transformed the building into a modern full-service resort. On-site is the Interpretive Centre that showcases Aboriginal contemporary arts, culture and heritage. On display are historic photographs, scale models of traditional tipis, a sturgeon-nosed canoe and many other artifacts.
6511 Dyke Rd
Richmond, British Columbia
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, tea room, gift shop 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.
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.
306 Josephine St
New Denver, British Columbia
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 original buildings, period artifacts, interpretive displays, and Heiwa Teien (Peace) garden chronicle this extraordinary episode in Canadian history.
1000 Rancher Creek Rd
Osoyoos, British Columbia
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.
1889 Skeena Dr
Port Edward, British Columbia
Located on the outskirts of Port Edward, 20 km from Prince Rupert, the North Pacific Cannery's history is unique and comparable to few of the other canneries on the west coast of North America. Established in 1889, it had almost 90 years of continuous salmon 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, restaurant and accommodations are also available.
1245 E Island Hwy
Parksville, British Columbia
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!
2616 Pleasant St
Victoria, British Columbia
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.