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Barkerville Historic Town

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Parliament Buildings, Victoria (Brendan van Son photo)

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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T'ashii Paddle School & Tofino SUP - Tofino

Toll-free1-855-883-3787
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 and Lessons: Try stand up paddle boarding and explore the ecology in the little known Tofino Inlet, a calm and relaxing place to paddle right in Tofino.

If it's your first time paddle boarding or you looking to explore new areas of Tofino, our guides provide instruction and cater paddle board tours to your abilities.

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Talaysay Tours - Sechelt

Sechelt Inlet Rd
Sechelt, British Columbia
V0N 3A0
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
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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Urban Adventure Quest - Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure Vancouver - Vancouver

750 Hornby Street
Vancouver, British Columbia
V6Z 2H7
Toll-free
Phone805-603-5620

Turn Vancouver into a giant game board with this interactive scavenger hunt that combines the fun of The Amazing Race with a three-hour sightseeing tour of Vancouver. Guided from any smart phone, groups make their way among well-known & overlooked gems of the city, solving clues & completing challenges while learning local history. Play anytime during daylight hours.

The adventure begins in the heart of downtown Vancouver & takes you on a fun Quest among monuments, through Chinatown & then down to the waterfront. Using your smart phone as your guide allows you to start when you want & play at your own pace.

Receive 20% off. Only $39.20 for a team of 2-5 people with promotion code HELLOBC. Sign up online.

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Vancouver Maritime Museum - Vancouver

1905 Ogden Ave
Vancouver, British Columbia
V6J 1A3
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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White Rock Visitor Centre - White Rock

1459B Johnston Road
White Rock, British Columbia
V4B 3Z4
Toll-free855-536-4951
Phone604-536-4951

Looking for places to Eat, Shop, Play and Stay in White rock? With two convenient locations - Uptown and long the Waterfront - White Rock's Visitor Centres provide you with everything you need for your visit and travel plans. Whether you need maps or help planning activities in our community or around the province, our knowledgeable and friendly staff will be happy to assist. We'll help you navigate through our local services, amenities and a variety of travel guides and publications so that you can make the most of your travel experience. We look forward to serving you!

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Xwisten Experience Tours - Lillooet

5202 Moha Rd
Lillooet, British Columbia
V0K 1V0
Toll-free
Phone250-256-7844

Witness the St'at'imc people harvesting salmon and preserving it through the wind-dried method. The tour includes a walk along the Xwisten fishing grounds, a demonstration of the wind-dried method, a sample of wind-dried fish (ts'wan), and a BBQ Salmon meal. Tours can also include a walk around an archaeological village site and a replica underground pit house (S7istken).

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Yoho National Park - Field

Yoho National Park
Field, British Columbia
V0A 1G0
Toll-free
Phone250-343-6783

Named for a Cree expression of 'awe and wonder', a trip to Yoho is truly awesome! The park's towering peaks, expansive glaciers and impressive waterfalls have attracted visitors for over a century.

These same features were the curse of railway engineers and inspired the construction of the Spiral Tunnels, an engineering marvel. Although many of its highlights are accessible by road, Yoho is also a hiker's dream. Discover half a billion year old fossils on a guided hike to the restricted Burgess Shale fossil beds or take an afternoon stroll around Emerald Lake or to Wapta Falls. Grab your hiking boots for an epic day or multi-day adventure on the park's high-elevation Iceline Trail.

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