Historic & Heritage Sites
Heritage buildings (Picture BC photo)
The history of the Vancouver, Coast & Mountains region is full of colourful characters.
It’s left a legacy of eclectic historic and heritage sites, from Aboriginal culture and Gold Rush pioneers to cannery workers and the famed explorer Simon Fraser.
Visit Vancouver’s historic Chinatown and Gastown districts. Tour Fort Langley, the “Birthplace of British Columbia.” Or explore Aboriginal culture and history at the Museum of Anthropology or Whistler’s Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre.
Walk through the Shakespeare-inspired Othello Tunnels near Hope. In Mission, contemplate a working Benedictine monastery. Or descend underground into an old mining tunnel at the Britannia Mine Museum near Squamish.
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1905 Ogden Ave
Vancouver, British Columbia
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 south end of Burrard St Bridge & a short stroll to Granville Island.
39645 Government Rd
Squamish, British Columbia
Home of the Royal Hudson steam locomotive, as well as Western Canada's largest collection of Heritage Railway equipment, the West Coast Railway Heritage Park is located at Squamish. Ride the 3 km Miniature Railway. Climb aboard snowplows, cabooses & locomotives. Learn how Canada's mail was processed on rails in the only authentic restored Railway Post Office car in Canada. Town centre featuring the Brightbill Heritage House & the Squamish station designed in 1915, but not built until 2000. Please call ahead to confirm information for special events.