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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7011 Pioneer Ave
Agassiz, British Columbia
Agassiz is a friendly agricultural community known for healthy, country living & endless outdoor activities.
The Agassiz-Harrison Museum & Visitor Information Centre is housed in an 1893 CPR station. Our museum offers railway history, period clothing, artifacts, photographs & stories of pioneer life. In our Gift Shop you will find all things local; art, jewelry, preserves, books, pottery, woodwork & many more handcrafted items.
While visiting our area explore the Agassiz/Harrison Mills Circle Farm Tour, water sports, fishing, hiking, cycling, skiing in the picturesque Fraser Valley.
Visit the Farmers Market every Thursday in the museum parking lot during the summer.
The Visitor Informaton Centre can help you find & plan your visit to the area.
Well worth the visit to our community!
Britannia Beach, British Columbia
Last century, it was a working mine. It turned out massive amounts of copper & other minerals. Today, it's a National Historic Site & a bustling, award-winning Museum, turning out awe-inspiring sights & memorable family experiences.
So much to see & do. Take a trip similar to miners in 1914. Climb aboard our mine train & chug into a real haulage tunnel. Inside, tour guides describe early mining efforts with actual working drills. Pan for real gold! Wander freely & examine much of the mine's equipment left intact. Come on up. See why Trip Advisor gave it 4.5 stars! To reach the Britannia Mine Museum, head north on the Sea to Sky Highway. Watch for signs mid-way to Whistler.
6501 Deer Lake Ave
Burnaby, British Columbia
Where history comes to life. Stroll down the streets of our 1920s village exploring the heritage & replica buildings. Period costumed townsfolk give demonstrations in the homes, businesses & shops: watch the blacksmith at forge, listen to the rhythm of the platen press, mind the teacher in the schoolhouse, catch an old movie in the theatre & hear stories about the Love family and their Farmhouse. Be sure to take in the elegance of the Interurban #1223; a mode of transportation ahead of its time. A ride on the 1912 CW Parker Carousel is sure to please both the young and the young at heart. The village grounds include gardens, and grassy meadow and fish-bearing brook.
800 Benvenuto Ave
Brentwood Bay, British Columbia
Open year-round, this world-renowned garden occupies 22 ha (55 ac) with stunning floral displays. Enjoy the Rose Carousel & Children's Pavilion! Great dining with casual & more formal dining using many local ingredients & an extensive BC wine list. Enjoy afternoon tea year-round, complete with lovely views. The Seed & Gift Shop carries many local artists' creations. Summer offers evening entertainment, Saturday night fireworks & eco-friendly electrically-operated boat tours of surrounding waters including historic landmarks of cement manufacturing days. Christmas - phenomenal lighting, entertainment, outdoor ice rink. National Historic Site of Canada & Canadian Tourism Commission Signature Experiences Collection® See website.
3735 Capilano Rd
North Vancouver, British Columbia
Appreciate nature from three breathtaking perspectives - world famous Capilano Suspension Bridge, the seven bridges of Treetops Adventure & the thrilling new Cliffwalk, a heart-stopping journey along the granite cliff high above Capilano River.
The 137 m (450 ft) long, 70 m (230 ft) high Capilano Suspension Bridge has thrilled visitors since 1889. While the wobbly bridge has become a Vancouver landmark, Capilano Suspension Bridge Park offers an all-encompassing BC experience. History, culture & nature are presented through knowledgeable staff & interpretive signage. Seasonal events like Raptors Ridge birds of prey June to October & Canyon Lights in December enhance this year-round destination.
850 River Rd
Prince George, British Columbia
The Railway and Forestry Museum is a place to explore.
Climb aboard locomotives, plows, speeders, fire engines and railcars. Ever been inside a beehive burner? Tour Penny Station and relive 1915 through the eyes of the old Station Master. The museum also has an incredible selection of chainsaws dating back to 1938 as well as the really big forestry equipment used in the early logging days of Prince George.
See the whole park on the Cottonwood Mini Rail ride and leave some time to learn about what's in our latest exhibit and visit the unique 'trains' gift shop.
45820 Spadina Ave
Chilliwack, British Columbia
The Chilliwack Museum is located at the Chilliwack City Hall National Historic Site, a 1911 Beaux Arts building designed by architect Thomas Hooper. The temporary gallery presents exhibits on modern issues within an historical context, while permanent exhibits show how aboriginal people & newcomers got together after the 1858 gold rush to create a new culturally diverse community. The Chamber's Gallery offers a variety of changing art exhibits. Local history books & work by local artisans are available in the Gift Shop.
The Chilliwack Archives is the central repository for eastern Fraser Valley records & provides researchers with access to photographs, books, documents, government records, newspapers, sound recordings & maps. Our friendly staff can help answer almost any question on the history of the area.
721 Government Street
Victoria, British Columbia
CVS Sightseeing offers multiple daily departures to world-famous Butchart Gardens & the very best in Deluxe City Sightseeing.
The Butchart Gardens tour includes a fully narrated 35 minute ride with interesting facts & history of the area. For city sightseeing, travel around in a seasonal Open air & Open Top Double Decker buses or enclosed bus during the winter months (90 minute tour) with live narration about the past, present & future of Victoria. The Hop-On, Hop-Off trip offers 5 unique stops (Chinatown, Craigdarroch Castle, Oak Bay Village, Cook Street Village & Beacon Hill Park) + locations like Mt. Tolmie & The University Of Victoria! We also offer other discounted add-ons to select attractions.
Seasonal Holiday Tours also available!
112 Heritage Way
Castlegar, British Columbia
A rare heritage attraction nestled at the confluence of the Kootenay & Columbia rivers, this museum, on traditional orchard land, will introduce you to the unique skills, beliefs, culture & lifestyle of the Doukhobors as it was lived 1908-1938. The museum is a complete communal village which features videos, thousands of artifacts, the communal house with petch (oven), the banya (sauna), linen textiles & other crafts. The Village Gift Shop features art displays and Doukhobor Arts & Crafts for sale, CDs, books, videos & cards. The Village Bistro Restaurant is closed for renovations but the Village Market (the blue building) is host to The Apple Guy who sells fresh produce and locally made borshch.
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