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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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.
43111 Trans Canada Hwy
Boston Bar, British Columbia
Drive the scenic Fraser Canyon with its 7 mountain tunnels through the historic heart of BC & relive the biggest 'rush' on the Gold Rush Trail. Hell's Gate Airtram is in a location so unique, the 'afterlife' have come back to use it as a playground. Early explorers refer to it as 'a place where no human being should venture' and man & nature battle here for supremacy. Experience this place for yourself as you exchange mountain ranges aboard one of the only descending gondolas in North America.
Hell's Gate Airtram was awarded the Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence (2014).
Please note that your admission ticket is good any day during the season it was bought.
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 trip's entertainment providing some exciting wild-west horsemanship at the finish of the journey.
Guided walking tours, seasonal events & 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 28 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 am.
9135 King St
Langley, British Columbia
One of the oldest community museums in the province of British Columbia, its collection of artifacts began in 1928. Its doors have been open to the public since 1958 & its permanent displays range from a presentation of First Nation artifacts to stories of early Langley pioneers & merchants. It's rotating temporary exhibitions include contemporary & historic artwork to local history themes.
The Museum's giftshop features many unique items like glass, jewellery, clothing & artworks by local & provincial artisans intermingled with books about local & regional history. The Museum offers a wide range of public & school programs.
28 Bastion Square
Victoria, British Columbia
Explore British Columbia's rich maritime history through themed galleries where you will learn about explorers, fur traders and pirates. Discover the adventure of whaling and seal hunting and relive an era of graceful travel aboard Canadian Pacific ocean liners. A family friendly Museum, children can pick up their scavenger hunt and discover hidden treasures through this 20,000 square foot museum.
Visitors can also feel the history of the building in the restored Vice-Admiralty Courtroom where Judge Matthew Baillie Begbie once presided as Chief Justice of BC and take a ride in the ornate birdcage elevator.
Want a more personalized visit? Check out our tour schedule for public tours available on a variety of topics or host your event at the Maritime.
2179 W Island Hwy
Qualicum Beach, British Columbia
Escape back in time & experience a retreat once reserved for Royalty.
Discover Milner Gardens, a one-of-a kind woodland estate & gardens nestled in the peace that only an old-growth forest can provide; an oasis that rejuvenates the soul. Stroll the winding pathways and magical surroundings of an ancient coastal Douglas fir forest. Find peace & tranquility as you meander through the woodland gardens lined with rhododendrons, cyclamen & trilliums. Indulge in afternoon tea in the historic house overlooking the Strait of Georgia. Please visit our website for listings of special events.
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.
Commercial Street & 100 Museum Way
Nanaimo, British Columbia
Discover our fascinating history & modern day contributions to Canada's West Coast in our 1,486 sq m (16,000 sq ft) museum located in the Vancouver Island Conference Centre. Stroll through time in our main gallery to get a sense of what life was like for Nanaimo's earliest settlers & hear stories of the Snuneymuxw First Nation. Feel what it was like below the surface in our new replica Coal Mine exhibit. The museum also manages the Bastion, an original Hudson's Bay Company outpost built in 1853. Don't miss the cannon firing at noon daily in the summer.