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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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Roedde House Museum - Vancouver

1415 Barclay St
Vancouver, British Columbia
V6G 1J6
Toll-free
Phone604-684-7040

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.

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Rossland Museum & Discovery Centre - Rossland

1100 Hwy 3B
Rossland, British Columbia
V0G 1Y0
Toll-free888-448-7444
Phone250-362-7722

The mountaintop city of Rossland welcomes visitors to its museum complex and archives. Learn about Rossland's rich mining and skiing history along with a number of other permanent exhibits on the social and industrial history of the region. In the summer, enjoy a guided site tour of the museum's many outdoor displays, view our mine tour video, try your hand at gold panning and visit the amazing Geology Centre. The museum displays bring Rossland's remarkable story to life for your viewing pleasure.

We also have an on-site Visitor Centre, gift shop, picnic area, and kids' area.

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Royal British Columbia Museum - Victoria

675 Belleville St
Victoria, British Columbia
V8W 9W2
Toll-free888-447-7977
Phone250-356-7226

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.

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Sightseeing Victoria - Gray Line - Victoria

4196 Glanford Ave
Victoria, British Columbia
V8Z 4B6
Toll-free
Phone855-385-6553

Experience Victoria aboard one of our authentic British Double Deckers! Sightseeing Victoria tours are designed to allow you the flexibility of exploring the many points of interest Victoria has to offer. Our experienced driver-guides promise a personal, informative, and entertaining experience. We offer Double Decker Hop-On Hop-Off tours hourly (evenings thurs/fri/sat only) and an express coach to the Butchart and Buttefly Gardens, every two hours.

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Sparwood Visitor Centre - Sparwood

141A Aspen Dr
Sparwood, British Columbia
V0B 2G0
Toll-free877-485-8185
Phone250-425-2423

Located just off Hwy 3, the Sparwood Visitor Centre was modeled from the former train station in Natal, BC. We have a park like setting with picnic tables and the World's Largest 350 Ton Tandem Axle Dump Truck just outside our door. Come take a picture! And check out our great selection of souvenirs and brochures. In July and August, every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, we have Coal Mine Tours. Load the bus and take a ride to see an active open pit coal mine.

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Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre - Whistler

4584 Blackcomb Way
Whistler, British Columbia
V0N 1B4
Toll-free866-441-7522
Phone604-964-0990

2013 BC Cultural Centre of the Year, the Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre showcases Whistler's Aboriginal heritage through tours, singing & drumming, Native art, interactive & outdoor exhibits, crafts, food & film. The Centre features a Great Hall, museum, theatre, contemporary gallery, cafe offering infusions of First Nations indigenous fare & a spectacular gift shop showcasing authentic local art, jewellery, literature, housewares, clothing, etc. Our exhibit map is available in several languages. This world-class attraction is a fun, family-friendly activity that provides a genuine cultural experience. Check our website for programming updates & special events. Visit our online art gallery for our full store online!

Venue rental available for private receptions, weddings & corporate events. Please view floor plans & capacity charts on our website.

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Stave Falls Powerhouse - Mission

31338 Dewdney Truck Rd
Mission, British Columbia
V4S 1C4
Toll-free
Phone604-462-1222

Located within the picturesque Fraser Valley, BC Hydro's Stave Falls Visitor Centre offers an exciting experience for all ages. More than 100 years old, the Powerhouse is a National Historic Site.

Walk back in time with interactive games & historic displays telling the story of how power has helped build BC. Take in the awesome turbines & generators which give a unique perspective on how electricity is made. Learn about conservation & watch short films on BC Hydro's history in the Stave Falls area.

Come for a self-guided tour or call ahead to arrange a guided tour. Visit us online for information to plan your visit.

58

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.

59

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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