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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154 Tsulquate Reserve
Port Hardy, British Columbia
Fascinating cultural adventure aboard a 28' Transport Canada certified vessel provides great insights into the magnitude of the rapids, which can run up to 17 knots during the peak tidal changes, as well as the local Aboriginal culture & wildlife. This area is also the gateway to the southern part of the Great Bear Rainforest offering guests breathtaking views of its remote & mysterious coastline.
It's a 4 or 5 hour trip across Queen Charlotte Strait into some of the most remote wilderness in the world. Tours are conducted by a knowledgeable guide from the Gwa'sala-'Nakwaxda'xw Nations & are designed to entertain & educate.
215 Cow Bay Road
Prince Rupert, British Columbia
Located on the ground floor of the Atlin Terminal on the waterfront of Prince Rupert's historic Cow Bay district, the Port Interpretive Centre tells the story of the Port of Prince Rupert. It is a story that stretches from 10,000 years ago -- when the area was a trading hub for the Tsimshian First Nation -- to the present, with the rapid growth of the port's commerce in containers, coal, and grain. At the Port Interpretive Centre, explore where we come from and where we're going. Visit us for a free tour and discover a world of opportunity.
1720 4th Ave
Invermere, British Columbia
Pynelogs Cultural Centre & Art Gallery is the home to the Columbia Valley Arts Council & is the primary cultural venue for Invermere & the Columbia Valley. This log building features an Art Gallery, Gift Shop, Cafe, as well as space for concerts, films, workshops & special events. Built in 1914, this heritage building with a rich history will be celebrating its 100th Birthday in 2014, with all kinds of events throughout the summer. Located on the shores of Lake Windermere, Pynelogs is a cultural destination for visual, performing, culinary & literary arts.
5420 Hwy 93
Radium Hot Springs, British Columbia
Come relax in soothing, mineral-rich waters while you marvel at the dramatic rock walls of Sinclair Canyon. Enjoy the large hot pool or cooler swimming pool that is great for families. Your admission fee includes entry to Kootenay National Park for visit to the hot springs.
719 Track St
Revelstoke, British Columbia
Follow the tracks to Canada's Railway Past at the Revelstoke Railway Museum. History comes to life with fascinating artifacts & exhibits. Climb into the cab of a restored CPR steam locomotive. Discover the challenges encountered by the workers who helped build a nation. See rolling stock, a model railroad layout, kids' caboose play area & more. Enjoy the outdoor picnic area & large gift shop. Bus tours are welcome at British Columbia's premiere railway museum. Be sure to visit our companion historic site & gift shop at Craigellachie on the Trans-Canada Hwy, where the "Last Spike" was driven.
Your family can experience the thrill of finding crystal treasures in a spectacular wild mountain environment. Imagine a place where the ground is covered with beautiful green and purple fluorite, and the land owners are friendly, so you can pick up all you want! Our heritage 1920's mine property hosts a safe and exciting adventure. Your guide will show you how to collect sparkling quartz crystal geodes, green and purple fluorite crystals, and our famous yellow barite crystals, while enjoying the view from our mountain top above the Granby. We provide hammers and safety goggles. Please wear closed-toe shoes, rocks can be sharp. Rock Candy fluorite and barite specimens are prized by museums world wide!
1415 Barclay St
Vancouver, British Columbia
Roedde House Museum, in Vancouver's West End, is a late-Victorian house in the Queen Anne revival style. Built in 1893 for the family of Gustav Roedde, the city's first bookbinder, it has been faithfully restored to reflect the day-to-day life of a middle class pioneer family at the turn of the last century.
Unlike many heritage houses, the rooms are not roped off or behind glass & some of the artifacts may be handled with care.
The Museum offers guided Tea & Tour Sundays, concerts series, & other cultural events. Check our website for events & exceptional closures.
1100 Hwy 3B
Rossland, British Columbia
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.
675 Belleville St
Victoria, British Columbia
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. Visit a ceremonial Big House; see an impressive selection of First Nations totem poles & masks. Learn about BC's coastal marine life via a Victoria-era 'submarine' & see live creatures in the 360 litre aquarium. From a wide variety of optional guided tours, to ever-changing presentations by museum staff - there's something for everyone, every day.
401-37989 Cleveland Ave
Squamish, British Columbia
The Sea to Sky Gondola experience, scheduled to open in Spring 2014, weaves together the very essence of coastal BC-mountains, oceans, rivers, forests, culture & year round recreation.
The 8-minute gondola ride to over 2800 feet above sea level will provide sweeping views of Howe Sound, the forest & surrounding mountains. Once at the top, many adventures await. Guests will have access to a wide array of outdoor experiences including two interpretive loop trails with cantilevered viewing platforms, a spectacular suspension bridge, access trails to backcountry routes & much more.
In addition to the outdoor experiences, the lodge at the top will provide an opportunity for cultural exhibits, events, dining or a chance for friends to share a beer after a day of adventure in nature.