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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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Rossland Museum - Rossland

1100 Hwy 3B
Rossland, British Columbia
V0G 1Y0
Websitehttp://www.rosslandmuseum.ca
Toll-free888-448-7444
Phone250-362-7722

The mountaintop city of Rossland welcomes visitors to its museum & outdoor history park. Enjoy a guided site tour of the museum outdoor displays, a mine tour video, try your hand at gold panning & visit the amazing Geology Centre. The museum displays bring Rossland's remarkable story to life for your viewing pleasure. Several new displays have been added for 2014.

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Royal British Columbia Museum - Victoria

675 Belleville St
Victoria, British Columbia
V8W 9W2
Websitehttp://www.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca
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. May 16, 2014-Nov 11, 2014 the Viking Invasion begins. With more than 500 artifacts - jewellery, swords, axes & clothing -some rare & many which have never before been shown outside Scandinavia. Providing insights on domestic life, death rituals, the significance of craft, the power of mythology & the symbolism of ships, some of which challenge our commonly held beliefs about Vikings.

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Salmon Trails - Smithers

1425 Main Street
Smithers, British Columbia
V0J 2N0
Websitehttp://www.salmontrails.com
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
Websitehttp://www.sightseeingvictoria.com
Toll-free855-385-6553
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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Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre - Whistler

4584 Blackcomb Way
Whistler, British Columbia
V0N 1B4
Websitehttp://www.slcc.ca
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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T'ashii Paddle School and Tofino SUP - Tofino

Websitehttp://www.tofinopaddle.com
Toll-free855-883-3787
Phone250-266-3787

A unique Aboriginal Cultural experience. One of the most unique trips in Tofino!

Dug-out Canoe Tours: Join your Nuu-chah-nulth guide and paddle a hand crafted dug out cedar canoe. Learn about local aboriginal culture and history. Walk along 1000 year old red cedars on the Big Tree Trail on Meares Island.

Paddle board Tours: Try stand up paddle boarding in the pristine wildlife sanctuary of Grice Bay, in Tla-o-qui-aht Tribal Park.

Hop on our special touring boards for a sleek and stable ride. Explore the unique ecology of the mudflats and beautiful grassy estuaries of Grice Bay.

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Talaysay Tours - Sechelt

Sechelt Inlet Rd
Sechelt, British Columbia
V0N 3A0
Websitehttp://www.talaysay.com
Toll-free800-605-4643
Phone604-628-8555

Experienced guides help visitors discover & experience traditional Salish ways of life on the Sunshine Coast & various Lower Mainland locations by appointment. Hear traditional stories connected to local pictographs, native plants & wildlife & explore the water & land in all of its glory. Our guides will show you pristine sites with an array of wildlife.

Kayaking, canoe, stand up paddle board, hiking tours & lessons are offered May, June, July, August, early September. We will entertain the avid paddler in the off-season. Hiking, snowshoeing, site seeing is in the fall & winter. Co-create a unique cultural experience with us & your group. Talaysay customized events include cultural activities, museum & longhouse visits with heritage songs, stories & drumming with First Nation guides.

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The Exploration Place - Science Centre & Museum - Prince George

333 Becott Pl
Prince George, British Columbia
V2L 4V7
Websitehttp://www.theexplorationplace.com
Toll-free866-562-1612
Phone250-562-1612

Our galleries showcase local heritage, First Nations, natural history, science & paleontological exhibits. Visit in the Biome Gallery with our collection of live arthropods, fish, amphibians & reptiles. Play billiards on the first table in the North. Our shortest visitors will love our dino dig pit, sternwheeler play structure & water table. The George Phillips Exhibit Gallery features travelling exhibitions that change with the seasons. Some days in the summer we are operating Canada's shortest railroad featuring our 1912 narrow gauge steam engine The Little Prince - call for dates & times.

Come stretch your legs & your brains; located along the Fraser River in beautiful Fort George Park. We can't wait to welcome you!

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Vancouver Maritime Museum - Vancouver

1905 Ogden Ave
Vancouver, British Columbia
V6J 1A3
Websitehttp://www.vanmaritime.com
Toll-free
Phone604-257-8300

Discover the history & maritime traditions of the Pacific Coast. Step back in time to 1944 on board St Roch, Canada's celebrated RCMP Arctic schooner. Wander the ship's narrow corridors where you are one of the crew on her second & most famous voyage through the treacherous Northwest Passage. Explore many exhibits such as shipwrecks, early fur trade, deep ocean exploration & more. Young at heart will entertain & experience the fun of Children's Maritime Discovery Centre & classic vessels in Heritage Harbour. Minutes from downtown at south end of Burrard St Bridge & a short stroll to Granville Island.

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West Coast Railway Heritage Park - Squamish

39645 Government Rd
Squamish, British Columbia
V8B 0B6
Websitehttp://www.wcra.org
Toll-free
Phone604-898-9336

Home of the Royal Hudson steam locomotive, as well as Western Canada's largest collection of Heritage Railway equipment, the West Coast Railway Heritage Park is located at Squamish. Ride the 3 km Miniature Railway. Climb aboard snowplows, cabooses & locomotives. Learn how Canada's mail was processed on rails in the only authentic restored Railway Post Office car in Canada. Town centre featuring the Brightbill Heritage House & the Squamish station designed in 1915, but not built until 2000. Please call ahead to confirm information for special events.

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