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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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Revelstoke Railway Museum - Revelstoke

719 Track St
Revelstoke, British Columbia
V0E 2S0
Toll-free877-837-6060
Phone250-837-6060

Follow the tracks to Canada's Railway Past at the Revelstoke Railway Museum. History comes to life with fascinating artifacts & exhibits. Climb into the cab of a restored CPR steam locomotive. Discover the challenges encountered by the workers who helped build a nation. See rolling stock, a model railroad layout, kids' caboose play area & more. Enjoy the outdoor picnic area & large gift shop. Bus tours are welcome at British Columbia's premiere railway museum. Be sure to visit our companion historic site & gift shop at Craigellachie on the Trans-Canada Hwy, where the "Last Spike" was driven.

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Rock Candy Mine - Grand Forks

Toll-free866-442-5835
Phone250-442-5835

Your family can experience the thrill of finding crystal treasures in a spectacular wild mountain environment. Imagine a place where the ground is covered with beautiful green and purple fluorite, and the land owners are friendly, so you can pick up all you want! Our heritage 1920's mine property hosts a safe and exciting adventure. Your guide will show you how to collect sparkling quartz crystal geodes, green and purple fluorite crystals, and our famous yellow barite crystals, while enjoying the view from our mountain top above the Granby. We provide hammers and safety goggles. Please wear closed-toe shoes, rocks can be sharp. Rock Candy fluorite and barite specimens are prized by museums world wide!

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Roedde House Museum - Vancouver

1415 Barclay St
Vancouver, British Columbia
V6G 1J6
Toll-free
Phone604-684-7040

Roedde House Museum, in Vancouver's West End, is a late-Victorian house in the Queen Anne revival style. Built in 1893 for the family of Gustav Roedde, the city's first bookbinder, it has been faithfully restored to reflect the day-to-day life of a middle class pioneer family at the turn of the last century. Unlike many heritage houses, the rooms are not roped off or behind glass & some of the artifacts may be handled with care.

The Museum offers guided Tea & Tour Sundays, concerts series, & other cultural events. Check our website for events & exceptional closures.

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Rossland Museum - Rossland

1100 Hwy 3B
Rossland, British Columbia
V0G 1Y0
Toll-free888-448-7444
Phone250-362-7722

The mountaintop city of Rossland welcomes visitors to its museum complex and archives. Enjoy a guided site tour of the museum's many outdoor displays, view our mine tour video, try your hand at gold panning and visit the amazing Geology Centre. The museum displays bring Rossland's remarkable story to life for your viewing pleasure.

We also have an on-site Visitor Centre, gift shop, picnic area, and kids' area.

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Royal British Columbia Museum - Victoria

675 Belleville St
Victoria, British Columbia
V8W 9W2
Toll-free888-447-7977
Phone250-356-7226

See all of BC at the Royal BC Museum. Experience galleries & immerse yourself in the tales of where we've been & where we are going. Discover things & people you never knew before. Experience authentic artifacts in highly realistic immersive settings - from Woolly Mammoth in his rocky, icy world; to a trip on the tar-scented HMS Discovery. Stroll through Old Town's wood-cobbled street, enjoy its shops, cinema & railway station.

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Salmon Trails - Smithers

1425 Main Street
Smithers, British Columbia
V0J 2N0
Toll-free
Phone250-877-9529

Explore the cultures of northwest British Columbia. Enjoy the the adventure of discovering the places less well known in this beautiful part of Canada at your own speed. Discover the uniqueness of culture which we call rural Canadiana. Follow the locations on Salmon Trails and discover a truly unique part of Canada. Unspoiled, stunning landscapes filled with warm & friendly people. Travel Salmon Trails and see a part of British Columbia which is less well traveled. Discover our cultures and our people. Be your own navigator. Only Salmon Trails lets you discover our territory at your own leisure. We look forward to meeting you.

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Sightseeing Victoria - Gray Line - Victoria

4196 Glanford Ave
Victoria, British Columbia
V8Z 4B6
Toll-free
Phone855-385-6553

Experience Victoria aboard one of our authentic British Double Deckers! Sightseeing Victoria tours are designed to allow you the flexibility of exploring the many points of interest Victoria has to offer. Our experienced driver-guides promise a personal, informative, and entertaining experience. We offer Double Decker Hop-On Hop-Off tours hourly (evenings thurs/fri/sat only) and an express coach to the Butchart and Buttefly Gardens, every two hours.

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Sparwood Visitor Centre - Sparwood

141A Aspen Dr
Sparwood, British Columbia
V0B 2G0
Toll-free877-485-8185
Phone250-425-2423

Located just off Hwy 3, the Sparwood Visitor Centre was modeled from the former train station in Natal, BC. We have a park like setting with picnic tables and the World's Largest 350 Ton Tandem Axle Dump Truck just outside our door. Come take a picture! And check out our great selection of souvenirs and brochures. In July and August, every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, we have Coal Mine Tours. Load the bus and take a ride to see an active open pit coal mine.

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Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre - Whistler

4584 Blackcomb Way
Whistler, British Columbia
V0N 1B4
Toll-free866-441-7522
Phone604-964-0990

2013 BC Cultural Centre of the Year, the Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre showcases Whistler's Aboriginal heritage through tours, singing & drumming, Native art, interactive & outdoor exhibits, crafts, food & film. The Centre features a great hall, museum, theatre, contemporary gallery, cafe & gift shop. Our exhibit map is available in several languages. This world-class attraction is a fun, family-friendly activity that provides a genuine cultural experience. Check our website for programming updates & special events. Visit our online art gallery for our full store online!

Venue rental available for private receptions, weddings & events. Please view floor plans & capacity charts on our website.

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Stave Falls Powerhouse - Mission

31338 Dewdney Truck Rd
Mission, British Columbia
V4S 1C4
Toll-free
Phone604-462-1222

Located within the picturesque Fraser Valley, BC Hydro's Stave Falls Visitor Centre offers an exciting experience for all ages. More than 100 years old, the Powerhouse is a National Historic Site.

Walk back in time with interactive games & historic displays telling the story of how power has helped build BC. Take in the awesome turbines & generators which give a unique perspective on how electricity is made. Learn about conservation & watch short films on BC Hydro's history in the Stave Falls area.

Come for a self-guided tour or call ahead to arrange a guided tour. Visit us online for information to plan your visit.

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