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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31187 Douglas St
Yale, British Columbia
Visit our 1870's 'Creighton House' museum where artifacts and collections from Yale's historic past are on display. For 2012, our special exhibit, 'The Sasquatch Mystery' is on site. Tour St. John the Divine Church (1863) and then step back in time to the Living History 'tent city', and learn what life was like in the early days of the 1858 gold rush. Try your hand at gold panning or take a historic walking tour. Pioneer Cemetery tours are also available.
Our gift store carries a wide selection of items for all ages. Be sure to take away a Sasquatch souvenir!
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We offer multi-day cruises through Haida Gwaii's (Queen Charlotte Islands') Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve, Northern Vancouver Island, the Great Bear Rainforest, North Coast/ Khutzeymateen and Southeast Alaska. Our 68' vessels provide the perfect base from which to tour remote coastlines. On these world-class learning journeys we expect to see whales, bears, rich intertidal zones, and a great number of birds. With our First Nations guides we visit ancient villages, see totem poles and hope to catch a glimpse of the Kermode. Our experienced Crew and on-board naturalist will take you places that few have visited on our award-winning expeditions.
Britannia Beach, British Columbia
It was once the largest copper mine in the British Empire. Today, the Britannia Mine Museum opens up a little-seen world that fascinates all ages. Just like miners did, you'll climb aboard a mine train and rumble into an authentic tunnel. Entertaining guides describe the workings of drills and tools from the past century. Every visit includes gold panning with the chance to take home frequent findings. The Family Play area keeps young ones entertained. A glittering gift shop offers unique stones and giftware. To reach the Britannia Mine Museum, head north on the Sea to Sky Highway. Watch for signs mid-way to Whistler.
3735 Capilano Rd
North Vancouver, British Columbia
Appreciate nature from three breathtaking perspectives - world famous Capilano Suspension Bridge, the seven bridges of Treetops Adventure & the thrilling new Cliffwalk, a heart-stopping journey along the granite cliff high above Capilano River.
The 137 m (450 ft) long, 70 m (230 ft) high Capilano Suspension Bridge has thrilled visitors since 1889. While the wobbly bridge has become a Vancouver landmark, Capilano Suspension Bridge Park offers an all-encompassing BC experience. History, culture & nature are presented through knowledgeable staff and interpretive signage. Seasonal events like Raptors Ridge birds of prey June to October & Canyon Lights in December enhance this year-round destination.
Buildings 37 & 39
Victoria, British Columbia
Museum exhibits focus on 4 areas - Canada's Navy on the West Coast; the Canadian Women's Army Corps (CWAC); the Women's Royal Canadian Naval Service (WRCNS); army defence of Canada's West Coast. The Museum is part of a National Historic District & its heritage buildings date from the 1890s. In addition to exhibits & displays, the museum houses an expanding archive that include thousands of photographs & documents, histories of Canadian naval vessels, navigation charts, biographies of important leaders in the Canadian Navy & copies of the Navy List.
Museum tours by arrangement - contact staff.
2 Second Beach Rd
Skidegate, British Columbia
The Haida Heritage Centre at Kaay Llnagaay in Skidegate on Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands), opened in July, 2007. The Centre, located at the site of the old Haida seaside village of Kaay Llnagaay, or "Sea Lion Town", showcases the living culture of the Haida, dating back over 12,000 years. Six monumental cedar totem poles carved by Haida artists stand in front of the Haida longhouses, which are connected by interior walkways & atrium space. The Centre incorporates the Haida Gwaii Museum, a gift shop, canoe house, carving shed, performing house, the Bill Reid Teaching Centre & a cafe.
3 - 510 Lorne St
Kamloops, British Columbia
Spirit of Kamloops Ghost Train & Spirit of Christmas Special Events Rolling Stock: Steam Locomotive #2141 is unavailable in 2013 due to mechanical repairs being required. We hope to be back for 2014!
Journey back in time aboard our steam-powered heritage train. On the "Spirit of Kamloops" railtour, visitors enjoy reenactments of railway operations as they were in the past, including staff in period uniforms.
In 1906, just east of Kamloops, Bill Miner & his gang robbed a CPR train & made off with the loot. The reenactment of the Bill Miner Train Robbery is a big part of the entertainment on this trip providing some exciting wild-west horsemanship at the finish of the journey.
Guided walking tours of the KRH Park site, seasonal special events, group rates, private charters are also available.
215 Kilby Rd
Harrison Mills, British Columbia
1920s Fraser Valley living history site with costumed interpreters. This 2 ha (5 ac) BC Heritage attraction includes our 1906 General Store Museum, Manchester House Hotel, Post Office & First Nations exhibit. Friendly farm animals & wonderful Orchard Playground. Restaurant, Gift Shop & Special Events. Harrison Mills is also home to the Kilby Park, located within walking distance of the historic site at the confluence of the Fraser & Harrison Rivers, on Harrison Bay. The park features our scenic 22 site campground, a day-use area, sandy beaches, nature trails & a boat launch which is open year-round. Both operated by a non profit society.
115 Gerry Sorensen Way
Kimberley, British Columbia
Take a ride on Kimberley's Underground Mining Railway as it winds through the Mark Creek Valley. It continues its route through a 750 m (2,475 ft) tunnel to the Underground Interpretive Centre, where the history of the Sullivan Mine & mining are preserved & visitors will experience what it was like working underground. On the return trip, we stop for a guided tour of the Sullivan Mine Powerhouse to learn more history & to see the huge compressors & generators that powered the mine. A Resort Express train is available Friday, Saturday & Sunday at 10:00 a.m.
Based In Heriot Bay
Quadra Island, British Columbia
Join us for the exhilarating & unforgettable mothership adventure of your dreams. Extraordinary wildlife viewing, breathtaking landscapes & warm, hospitable crew combine to thoroughly satisfy & delight every guest. We offer a variety of sea kayak tours where we paddle each day & return to the mothership each night. Accompanied by qualified naturalists, we explore the remote wilderness areas of coastal British Columbia, kayak through glacial fed waters, amongst lushly forested islands dotted with ancient First Nations village sites & observe numerous species of wildlife including orca killer whales, dolphins, harbour seals, black bears, grizzly bears, bald eagles & deer.