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Vancouver Island

Historic & Heritage Sites

Heritage buildings  (Picture BC photo)

Heritage buildings (Picture BC photo)

From Aboriginal cultural centres to maritime museums, Vancouver Island’s rich past is reflected in its historic and heritage sites.

Aboriginal people have lived on Vancouver Island for centuries; learn about their culture and traditions at sites like the U’mista Cultural Centre in Alert Bay or the Quw’utsun’ Cultural Centre in Duncan.

European settlement didn’t begin here until the early 18th century, but that history is manifested today in stately architectural monuments, such as the Fairmont Empress Hotel, Craigdarroch Castle, the BC Parliament Buildings and the Bastion in Nanaimo.

Other sites on Vancouver Island celebrate the region’s rich natural resources. Fishing, forestry, and logging are industries that helped build this island and are featured at the McLean Mill in Port Alberni and the Marine Heritage Centre in Campbell River.

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