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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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Point Ellice House - Victoria

2616 Pleasant St
Victoria, British Columbia
V8T 4V3
Toll-free
Phone250-380-6506

Historic house museum built in 1861; home of the O'Reilly family for 3 generations. Original furnishings & personal effects displayed as in the 1890-1920 period. Early Victoria pioneers. Heritage garden presently being restored to original plan. Afternoon tea served on the lawn overlooking the water 5 days a week May-August. Visitors can arrive by Harbour Ferries from Inner Harbour to our dock for $5. Admission to house & gardens is $6 (adults), $4 for students, $3 for those 6-12. Tea includes tour; $25 plus tax. Site available for wedding & other special event rentals.

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RJ Haney Heritage Village & Museum - Salmon Arm

751 Hwy 97B NE
Salmon Arm, British Columbia
V1E 4P7
Toll-free
Phone250-832-5243

R.J. Haney Heritage Village and Museum is the Shuswap's largest heritage attraction. Tour through the restored 1910 Haney House and explore the village, rich in history with 14 historical or replicated buildings. Discover interesting exhibits in the museum, the kids can pan for "Haney Gold" and visit the gift shop. Take a walk on our beautiful nature trails. Visit the heritage gardens. Marjorie's Tea Room offers a daily lunch special and homemade desserts.

Sure to be a highlight of your visit, reserve your seat at Villains and Vittles Dinner Theatre during July and August with shows, Wednesday, Friday & Sunday. A homestyle meal and play promises to delight audiences.

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Secwepemc Museum & Heritage Park - Kamloops

200-355 Yellowhead Hwy
Kamloops, British Columbia
V2H 1H1
Toll-free
Phone250-828-9749

Museum exhibits feature oral history and legends of the Secwepemc (Shuswap) with historical photos and artifacts. Visit archaeological remains of a 2000 year old village, reconstructed pithouses, ethnobotanical gardens showing traditional plant use. A marsh attracts many birds for viewing.

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Spirit Eagle Experiences - Ahousat

House 741
Ahousat, British Columbia
V0R 1A0
Toll-free
Phone250-670-2319

Aboriginal First Nations Eco-Cultural Experiences. Join us for a guided experience that will last for a lifetime: Experience our First Nations culture, our home & what we do today. Exchange stories with elders, local artists & singers. Enjoy traditional Aboriginal foods. Gather seafood, harvest hystuup from the reefs & fish for the tyee. Explore the Ahosuaht Hahoothee for spiritual connections, eagles, whales & other local happenings. Friends, Family & Storytelling.....See you soon!

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SS Moyie - Kaslo

324 Front St
Kaslo, British Columbia
V0G 1M0
Toll-free
Phone250-353-2525

An International treasure, the SS Moyie is the oldest surviving intact vessel of her type in the world. At the edge of Kootenay Lake, the sternwheeler rests permanently in her former port of call at Kaslo. Owned & operated by the Canadian Pacific Railway, the SS Moyie plied the waters of Kootenay Lake for nearly 60 years. The ship has been restored with special attention to preserve her unique & elegant features. Launched in 1898 to provide connecting service to Nelson from the CPR's Crowsnest Pass line from the east, the Moyie remained a fixture on Kootenay Lake until 1957.

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St. Ann's Academy National Historic Site - Victoria

835 Humboldt St
Victoria, British Columbia
V8W 1N8
Toll-free
Phone250-953-8829

Former girls school & convent, St. Ann's Academy National Historic site is located just 1 block from the Inner Harbour. St. Ann's features 2.5 ha (6.25 ac) of restored grounds & historic interiors featuring the 1858 restored chapel, Victoria's original Catholic cathedral. Self-guided tours available in Interpretive Centre. Restored grounds are open dawn to dusk daily; great for a break from shopping with the kids & the dog. Bilingual outdoor interpretive signage new in 2012. Seasonal programing include Christmas concert series & ghostly walking tours for Halloween.

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Tuckkwiowhum Heritage Interpretive Village - Boston Bar

4971 Hicks Rd
Boston Bar, British Columbia
V0K 1C0
Toll-free
Phone604-867-9107

Tuckkwiowhum Village (pronounced Tuck-we-ohm) is a First Nations heritage site & village located in Nlaka'pamux territory, 5-km south of Boston Bar, BC.

Tuckkwiowhum was given its name by our people, and means "great berry picking place". The area still boasts rolling hills & lush forests of wild huckleberries, blueberries & medicinal plants.

We offer our guests an opportunity to experience the Nlaka'pamux village lifestyle before the arrival of Europeans. See the summer lodges, smoke house, food caches, sweat lodge, earth ovens & an awe-inspiring pit house. Whether you're looking for a peaceful weekend getaway, a quick stop on the way through the canyon, or to immerse yourself in our rich lifestyle & culture, you'll find what you're looking for at Tuckkwiowhum Village.

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Xat'sull Heritage Village - Williams Lake

Soda Creek
Williams Lake, British Columbia
V2G 5L5
Toll-free
Phone250-297-6502

The Xat'sull community invites you to visit and experience our spiritual, cultural and traditional way of life. We offer daily tours and cultural workshops where you take part in a variety of educational and recreational activities. We are situated on a sunny plateau overlooking the Fraser River. Meet our friendly, knowledgeable guides who will take you on a memorable journey through the history of the Northern Secwepemc people. Learn to cook a traditional meal, listen to stories around an open fire and fall asleep to the beautiful sound of the Fraser River in the distance.

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Yale Historic Site & Museum - Yale

31187 Douglas St
Yale, British Columbia
V0K 2S0
Toll-free
Phone604-863-2324

Visit our 1870's 'Creighton House' museum where artifacts & collections from Yale's historic past are on display. Tour St. John the Divine Church (1863) & then step back in time to the Living History 'tent city' & learn what life was like in the early days of the 1858 gold rush. Try your hand at gold panning, take a historic walking tour or just relax & absorb the history in our beautiful setting surrounded by mountains and the Fraser River. There are several picnic areas & historic trails within the town. Pioneer Cemetery tours are also available.

Our gift store carries a wide selection of items for all ages.

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Aboriginal Journeys: Wildlife Viewing & Adventure Tours - Campbell River

3 1371 Island Hwy
Campbell River, British Columbia
V9W 5T5
Toll-free888-455-8101
Phone250-850-1101

Family owned business offering Whale Watching, Wildlife & Adventure Tours & Grizzly bear viewing. Our Grizzly Bear Journey is on Aboriginal lands with viewing platforms at Orford River, in the Bute Inlet. Explore with us the beautiful water ways of the Discovery Islands. Possibly view killer whales (Orca), humpback whales, dolphins, sea lions, seals, black bears, eagles & so much more!

In operation since 2000 & is one of Campbell River's most experienced tour operators with over 40 years experience on these waters. Transport Canada certified. Guaranteed sightings; see website for details.

Rated by TripAdvisor as the #1 attraction in Campbell River.

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