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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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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.

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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.

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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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Vancouver Maritime Museum - Vancouver

1905 Ogden Ave
Vancouver, British Columbia
V6J 1A3
Toll-free
Phone604-257-8300

Discover the history & maritime traditions of the Pacific Coast. Step back in time to 1944 on board St Roch, Canada's celebrated RCMP Arctic schooner. Wander the ship's narrow corridors where you are one of the crew on her second & most famous voyage through the treacherous Northwest Passage. Explore many exhibits such as shipwrecks, early fur trade, deep ocean exploration & more. Young at heart will entertain & experience the fun of Children's Maritime Discovery Centre & classic vessels in Heritage Harbour. Minutes from downtown at the south end of Burrard St Bridge & a short stroll to Granville Island.

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Xwisten Experience Tours - Lillooet

5202 Moha Rd
Lillooet, British Columbia
V0K 1V0
Toll-free
Phone250-256-7844

Witness the St'at'imc people harvesting salmon and preserving it through the wind-dried method. The tour includes a walk along the Xwisten fishing grounds, a demonstration of the wind-dried method, a sample of wind-dried fish (ts'wan), and a BBQ Salmon meal. Tours can also include a walk around an archaeological village site and a replica underground pit house (S7istken).

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Yoho National Park - Field

Yoho National Park
Field, British Columbia
V0A 1G0
Toll-free
Phone250-343-6783

Named for a Cree expression of 'awe and wonder', a trip to Yoho is truly awesome! The park's towering peaks, expansive glaciers and impressive waterfalls have attracted visitors for over a century.

These same features were the curse of railway engineers and inspired the construction of the Spiral Tunnels, an engineering marvel. Although many of its highlights are accessible by road, Yoho is also a hiker's dream. Discover half a billion year old fossils on a guided hike to the restricted Burgess Shale fossil beds or take an afternoon stroll around Emerald Lake or to Wapta Falls. Grab your hiking boots for an epic day or multi-day adventure on the park's high-elevation Iceline Trail.

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