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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1000 Rancher Creek Rd
Osoyoos, British Columbia
Experience "The Land, the Legends and the People" at Nk'Mip Desert Cultural Centre, a cultural and outdoor desert experience. View arts and cultural exhibits, audio-visual presentations and interactive displays featuring Okanagan First Nations culture and desert plants and animals. The 22 ha site features walking trails through the sagebrush habitat, outdoor sculptures & hands-on displays. Highlights include a reconstructed aboriginal village and in the summer, features daily guided walks, cultural programs and rattlesnake demonstrations. Visit Coyote's Gifts for First Nations art, jewelry, books, clothing and giftware. Located in an award winning, sustainable building.
1245 E Island Hwy
Parksville, British Columbia
Situated on the the beautiful grounds of Craig Heritage Park, the Parksville Museum & Archives is a gateway to the past. The museum is home to eight restored heritage buildings (including a turn-of-the-century schoolhouse & the town's original firehall) as well as hundreds of artifacts that help bring the past to life. The museum is also host to an extensive archival collection chronicling the lives of early pioneers in the area. With fun activities for all ages, including seniors & children, the Parksville Museum & Archives is a unique & exciting destination where the past comes alive!
2616 Pleasant St
Victoria, British Columbia
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.
751 Hwy 97B NE
Salmon Arm, British Columbia
R.J. Haney Heritage Village and Museum is the Shuswap's largest heritage attraction. Tour through the restored 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 and antique store. Take a walk on our beautiful nature trails. 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 home style meal and play promises to delight audiences.
200-355 Yellowhead Hwy
Kamloops, British Columbia
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.
House 741 Box 128
Ahousat, British Columbia
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!
324 Front St
Kaslo, British Columbia
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.
835 Humboldt St
Victoria, British Columbia
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.
4971 Hicks Rd
Boston Bar, British Columbia
This is our invitation to tour the original site where Fraser Canyon legends were born. See the summer lodges, smoke house, food caches, sweat lodge, earth ovens and an awe-inspiring pit house. Enjoy an historical adventure that will evoke deep memories of the old ways. Come enjoy some of our traditional stories. Walk our village and share sacred memories of our Nlaka'pamux culture.
Williams Lake, British Columbia
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.