Historic & Heritage Sites
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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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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.
Vancouver, British Columbia
Discover Vancouver's dirty history. Now staging acclaimed walking tours Prohibition City, Lost Souls of Gastown and special event Secrets of the Penthouse. Our storytellers lead you on an adventure along cobblestone streets and down moonlit alleys to the little-known locations and hidden secrets of Vancouver's past. You'll relive tales of mobsters and bathtub gin, bejewelled showgirls and unsolved Victorian murders.
12138 Fourth Ave
Richmond, British Columbia
Situated atop wooden pilings over the mighty Fraser River, the Gulf of Georgia Cannery is one of the few remaining 19th century salmon canneries in BC. In its heyday, the Gulf of Georgia Cannery was the largest building of its kind & the leading producer of canned salmon in BC. Now a museum presenting the history of the West Coast fishing industry, step inside & become immersed in the sights, sounds & stories through our guided tours & interactive exhibits. Leave some time to browse our Gift Shop & the unique shops and restaurants in Steveston village.
43111 Trans Canada Hwy
Boston Bar, British Columbia
Drive the scenic Fraser Canyon with its 7 mountain tunnels through the historic heart of BC & relive the biggest 'rush' on the Gold Rush Trail. Hell's Gate Airtram is in a location so unique, the 'afterlife' have come back to use it as a playground. Early explorers refer to it as 'a place where no human being should venture' and man and nature battle here for supremacy. Experience this place for yourself as you exchange mountain ranges aboard one of the only descending gondolas in North America.
Hell's Gate Airtram was awarded the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence (2014).
Please note that your admission ticket is good any day during the season it was bought.
215 Kilby Rd
Harrison Mills, British Columbia
Your visit to Kilby General Store Museum will take you back to the 'good old days,' to the time when the Country Store was a familiar sight in rural British Columbia. You will see long forgotten brand names on the crowded shelves, goods of all descriptions hanging from the ceiling & the old pot-bellied stove near the traditional checker-board where you can match your skill with the storekeeper. From the time you open the squeaky screen door until you reluctantly leave to re-enter the hurried pace of modern day living, your experience will be an adventure into the past. This 2 hectare (5 acre) heritage attraction includes a 1906 General Store, Manchester House Hotel, Post Office, First Nations exhibit, friendly farm animals cafe & gift shop.
9135 King St
Langley, British Columbia
One of the oldest community museums in the province of British Columbia, its collection of artifacts began in 1928. Its doors have been open to the public since 1958 & its permanent displays range from a presentation of First Nation artifacts to stories of early Langley pioneers & merchants. Its rotating temporary exhibitions include contemporary & historic artwork to local history themes.
The Museum's gift shop features many unique items like glass, jewellery, clothing & artworks by local & provincial artisans intermingled with books about local & regional history. The Museum offers a wide range of public & school programs.
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.
4584 Blackcomb Way
Whistler, British Columbia
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.
31338 Dewdney Truck Rd
Mission, British Columbia
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.
750 Hornby Street
Vancouver, British Columbia
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.
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