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Historic & Heritage Sites

Heritage buildings  (Picture BC photo)

Heritage buildings (Picture BC photo)

Vancouver’s historic and heritage sites highlight the city’s diverse culture.

Stroll through the “original Vancouver” in Gastown, enter one of North America’s largest and most vibrant Chinatowns, and see a 19th-century fishing cannery at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery in nearby Richmond.

Other sites preserve the city’s pioneer and Aboriginal history and the architecture of the Victorian and Edwardian eras. More modern sites reflect Vancouver’s emergence as a world-class city with cultural and sporting events.

Historic Neighbourhoods

As Vancouver’s oldest neighbourhood and a National Historic Site, Gastown features charming cobblestone streets, an antique steam clock, and brick facades. A statue commemorates Gastown’s founder – “Gassy Jack” Deighton – who opened a saloon here in 1867. Tempting shops and restaurants round out the experience.

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Vancouver Maritime Museum - Vancouver

1905 Ogden Ave
Vancouver, British Columbia
V6J 1A3

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.

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