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Museums & Heritage Sites

British Columbia's historic places - buildings, other structures, landscapes, historic districts, and other places — are crucial to the understanding, appreciation, and sustainability of BC communities.

From annual heritage tours to the Royal BC Museum in Victoria, heritage villages to countless community museums throughout the province, British Columbia's history is well-preserved.

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Aboriginal Tourism BC


Vancouver BC
www.aboriginalbc.com

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The First Nations of British Columbia, Canada welcome you! British Columbia has known the footsteps of Aboriginal people from time immemorial. We are the indigenous peoples of this land whose traditions and culture remain strong, rich and diverse and whose life has been shaped by the land, oceans, climate and creatures within.

Our land is British Columbia. A vast beautiful landscape that is as diverse as its people. From the rocky shoreline carved by the ocean to the peaks of the highest mountains and the beautiful plains of the interiorthis is our home.

Here in BC you can watch native artists carve a totem pole, explore our traditional lands and waters with an Aboriginal guide, experience a traditional First Nations healing and purification lodge with a native elder, view exquisite Pacific Northwest native art in art galleries, cultural centers and museums, sample traditional foods and award-winning wines, relax in native-owned resorts, campgrounds, log cabins and bed & breakfast inns and even enjoy a round of golf on a native-owned championship golf course!

The Aboriginal Tourism Association of British Columbia (ATBC) and its members invite you to travel to British Columbia this year to experience our rich First Nations culture, traditions and warm hospitality.

Barkerville Historic Town


Barkerville BC
1.888.994.3332
www.barkerville.ca

Once the largest city west of Chicago and north of San Francisco, Barkerville is now BC's largest heritage site, boasting more than 135 heritage buildings and displays, chronicling the Cariboo gold rush. A living museum with period gift shops, Heritage B&B;'s, live theatre, gold panning, dining and stage coach rides.
You will treasure the experience!

Interpretive Programs
Richfield Courthouse, Cornish Waterwheel, St. Saviour's Church, Blacksmith's Shop, Wendle House, Schoolhouse, Main Street, Chinatown
Operating Businesses
Stagecoach Rides, Bed & Breakfasts, Theatre Royal, Gold Panning, Restaurants, Gift Shops

For the first time since the first time, Billy Barker has taken up residence in Barkerville! As of May 2014, visitors to Barkerville will have a chance to meet ‘Billy Barker’ himself, up close and personal, for the first time since Barkerville became a National Historic Site in 1923.

Burnaby Village Museum & Carousel

6501 Deer Lake Avenue
Burnaby BC V5G 3T6
604.297.4565
www.burnabyvillagemuseum.ca

Gate admission is free, Carousel Rides are $2.50 each

Where History Comes to Life – Stroll down the streets of our 1920s village exploring at your own pace. The village is a combination of heritage and replica buildings on a 10-acre site. Chat to the period costumed townsfolk who welcome visitors and give demonstrations in the homes, businesses and shops. Popular stops include the blacksmith, the print shop, the General Store, and the garden at the farmhouse. Take a ride on the vintage carousel and indulge in a treat from the Ice Cream Parlour.

Campbell River Museum


470 Island Hwy Campbell River BC V9W 4Z9
250.287.3103

www.crmuseum.ca

Come and visit our award winning, regional history museum! A vast collection comprising of ethnographic, historic, archaeological and archival material of the northern Vancouver Island.Dive deep into the region's aboriginal culture, it's salmon fishing, and logging roots presented in walk in exhibits.

Heritage Park Museum

4702 Kerby Ave
Terrace BC
250.635.4546
www.heritageparkmuseum.com

Summer Hours: May- Aug, 10am- 6pm Daily; Off Season: Sept- Apr, by appointment 7 days a week.

Experience early Terrace history through log buildings set up as themed displays on agriculture, communication, forestry, transportation, trapping, mining, and homesteading.
Guided and self-guided tours all day in the summer.

Kelowna Museums


470 Queensway Ave. Kelowna BC V1Y 6S7
250.763.2417
www.kelownamuseums.ca

Come and discover the storied past of the Okanagan at the KELOWNA MUSEUMS. Visit Kelowna’s vibrant Cultural District and spark an adventure at our five museums. Bring the kids for a weekend craft, sip a new wine or join a guided walking tour. Come Alive with Our History!

Mackin House Museum


1116 Brunette Avenue Coquitlam BC
604.516.6151
www.coquitlamheritage.ca

Operated by the Coquitlam Heritage Society, the museum has been restored to depict life in the house at the time of its initial occupation by the Mackin family in 1909. Mr. Mackin, of Irish decent, was the general manager of the Fraser Mills. Drop by for a visit or contact us to book a tour for a group in French or English to learn more about the house and the community. Entrance is by donation.

Nisga'a Museum/Hli Goothl Wilp Adokshl Nisga'a

810 Highway Drive, PO Box 300, Laxgalts'ap
New Aiyansh BC VOJ 1X0
250-633-3050

www.nisgaamuseum.ca

Welcome to Hli Goothl Wilp-Adokshl Nisga’a, which means “The Heart of Nisga’a House Crests,” a name that acknowledges and celebrates the importance of the four tribes that make up the Nisga’a Nation. The museum displays and incorporates all the Nisga’a crests and the people they represent within its permanent exhibition. The museum’s permanent collection is an assemblage of 300+ art objects that left the Nass Valley in the latter part of the 19th Century and early part of the 20th Century. This unique collection of carved masks, bentwood boxes, headdresses, soul catchers, and other artifacts are Anhooya’ahl Ga’angigatgum’ — the Ancestors’ Collection. (Photo by Gary Fiegehen, 2011)

Pemberton & District Museum & Archives

7455 Prospect Street
PO Box 267 Pemberton BC V0N 2K0
604.894.5504

www.pembertonmuseum.org

May 1 to Sep 30, 10 am to 5 pm *some seasonal closures

The Pemberton and District Museum and Archives Society (in partnership with the Village of Pemberton) has a collection of artifacts and permanent exhibition’s on site. Pemberton was on the route of the Gold Rush. In 1858 30,000 Gold Rushers passed through Pemberton Valley. Come for a visit and learn about those who came before us in Pemberton and District.

Check our website for current information

R.J. Haney Heritage Park & Museum

751 Highway 97B NE
Salmon Arm BC
250.832.5243

www.facebook.com/Haneyheritage

Village Open May 14– Sept. 20
Museum & Archive open year round
Wed & Thurs 10am–4pm

Explore this beautiful park set on 40-acres of Shuswap farm land. The heritage village features buildings dating back to the early 1900’s. Tour the Haney House, stroll the easy walking trails, visit the Gift Shop, Antique Store, and Marjorie’s Tea Room serving daily lunch specials. Dinner Theatre: Wednesday, Friday, Sunday, July and August. Reservations required.

British Columbia Heritage Sites
Time Travel BC


Victoria BC
www.timetravelbc.com

Discover unique histories while shopping on main street, hiking an old wagon road, dining in Chinatown or exploring down by the docks. Heritage is everywhere and in every town - just look around! And for a sure bet in finding a special experience visit one of British Columbia's Provincial Historic Sites:

South Okanagan Heritage Alliance

785 Main Street
Penticton BC V2A 5E3
250.490.2451

www.penticton.ca/museum

The history of the South Okanagan - Similkameen can be found in four unique communities which offer you a chance to experience the days of old. Neighbouring Summerland and Penticton at the southern end of Okanagan Lake, Okanagan Falls which takes its place at the southern end of Skaha Lake, Oliver a little further south on Highway 97. These thriving agricultural and tourism based communities offer you a chance to discover their past during a leisurely tour of six heritage attractions.

BC Farm Machinery & Agricultural Museum

9131 King Street
Fort Langley BC
604.888.2273

www.bcfma.com

BC's largest pioneer collection, featuring vintage tractors & farming equipment as well as a library, historical photos and much more. Check out the website for admission prices, and upcoming Events including special displays and family-friendly activities.

Open 10am-4:30pm, 7 days a week from April 1 to Thanksgiving Monday in October.

BC Forest Discovery Centre

2892 Drinkwater Road
Duncan BC V9L 6C2
250.715.1113
Toll Free 1.866.715.1113
www.discoveryforest.com

Let one of our historic trains take you on a tour around our 100-acre wooded site!

At the BC Forest Discovery Centre, a stroll around the grounds will quickly transform one into an exciting, educational experience. With many exhibits for the whole family, there is always something new to explore.

We're one of the most "eventful" museums in BC!
Thousands enjoy the diverse special activities and exhibits at the many events during our 6-month season. See live eagles, try out kids' logging activities, face-painting, wagon rides, crafts, scavenger hunts and more and more and more!

Britannia Mine Museum


Britannia Beach BC
1.800.896.4044; 604.896.2233
www.bcmm.ca

The Britannia Mine Museum has unveiled its newly transformed visitor attraction and has been revitalized with a major $14.7-million redevelopment. Located along the Sea-to-Sky highway, the museum offers fun family entertainment and engagement about mining, local arts and culture. The ever popular underground mine and gold panning will thrill adventure seekers of all ages.

Top 10
Ride a train deep inside a real mining tunnel
Explore underground in a real mine
Pan for REAL gold
Explore modern and interactive exhibits
View rare and unique gems
Explore the new Kids Play Area
Ignite a dynamite "explosion"
Step inside the historic 20-story Mill
Climb the Super Haul truck
Enjoy an entertaining movie in the Museum theatre

Britannia Shipyard - National Historic Site

5180 Westwater Drive
Richmond BC V7E 6P3
604.718.8050
Fax 604.718.8040

www.richmond.ca

Britannia Heritage Shipyard is a rare surviving example of a once thriving mixture of canneries, boatyards and residences. It is an eight acre National Historic Site with some of the oldest remaining heritage buildings found along the Fraser River.

Bulkley Valley (BV) Museum

1425 Main Street
Smithers BC
250-847-5322

The Bulkley Valley Museum concentrates story of the Bulkley Valley communities, the construction of the railroad, and the effects on the agricultural and forest industries in the area.

The Bulkley Valley Museum is yours to discover.

Connect to the Bulkley Valley Museum Website!

Chilliwack Museum and Archives

45820 Spadina Avenue
Chilliwack BC V2P 1T3
604.795.5210

www.chilliwackmuseum.ca

Mon to Fri: 9am - 4:30pm

"Our Window to the Past"
The Chilliwack Museum is located in downtown Chilliwack. Exhibit galleries show how a community of small villages evolved to become a city. Videos, films, a kid's corner and objects are used to tell the Chilliwack story. The Chambers Gallery features changing art displays of local and B.C. artists.

CN Station

Glover Road and Mavis Avenue
Fort Langley BC V1M 2R5
604.888.1759
www.fortlangley.com/attractions.html

1915 CN Station relocated to the corner of Mavis and Glover in Fort Langley and refurbished from 1983-1985 - designed by the Great Northern RR it was bought by the CNR in l918.


Today it houses the Fort Langley Artists Group, F.L.A.G. in the baggage room and has a small museum in the ticket office and waiting room. The 'site' also has a l920's Caboose with original furnishings and with a well equipped working model RR. It is manned by summer students for July and August and by "site" volunteers for May, June, Sept and October (until Thanksgiving).Summer & Fall Weekends from 12 to 4p.m.

Craigflower Manor And Schoolhouse National Historic Site


Victoria BC
250.383.4627
www.conservancy.bc.ca/content.asp?sectionack=craigflower

May 0 to Sep 0, Daily, 11 am to 5 pm Also open during Holidays

Craigflower Farm was established on land purchased in 1850 from the chiefs of the Kosapsom people, who had lived in the area for millennia. The farm was one of four original farms set up by the Hudson's Bay Company as part of their obligations in settling Vancouver Island.

Cottonwood House Historic Site

4660 Barkerville Highway
Quesnel BC V2J 2R3
250.992.2071
www.cottonwoodhouse.ca

May to August

Cottonwood House Historic Site is located 26 kilometres east of Quesnel, BC. It is a preserved road house on the Gold Rush Trail to Barkerville Historic Town.

Emily Carr House

207 Government Street
Victoria BC V8V 2K3
250.383.5843
www.emilycarr.com

Visit the home of the Canadian legend, Emily Carr, one of our first and best known artists and authors. Her birthplace has been restored to reflect its appearance in the 1870s and features contemporary art shows.

Centrally located only four blocks from the Inner Harbour and the Provincial Legislature, the house offers its visitors a chance to gain an insight into Canada's first - and best known - independent artist and writer.

The Exploration Place

333 Becott Place
Prince George BC
250.562.1612
www.theexplorationplace.com

Surround yourself with the extraordinary, the historical, the amazing, the past and the future at The Exploration Place, Prince George’s number one adventure spot for the entire family!

It’s a strictly hands-on experience where children and adults can touch, feel and thoroughly learn about a diverse range of subjects. Innovative exhibits allow visitors to explore the last days of the Titanic, learn about Canada’s Indian Residential Schools, the prison system and the evolution of the motorcycle.

Experience Golden Raven Cultural Projects

Fort Langley National Historic Site

23433 Mavis Avenue
Fort Langley BC V1M 2R5
604.513.4777
www.parkscanada.gc.ca/fortlangley

Explore Fort Langley, Vancouver’s only fort, first built in 1827. Swap stories with our costumed interpreters, watch the blacksmith bend steel, and pan for gold. Enjoy year round activities at the site where British Columbia was proclaimed a colony in 1858. New — stay overnight in a furnished tent!

Fraser River Discovery Centre

788 Quayside Drive
(next to the public market) New Westminster BC
604.521.8401

www.fraserriverdiscovery.org

Discover the living, working Fraser River with interactive exhibits & hands-on programs.

Come…Play…Explore and Discover the stories and diversity of the Mighty Fraser River through fun, hands-on, interactive exhibits, programs and events. The Fraser River Discovery Centre presents the economic, environmental and socio-cultural contributions of the Fraser River to the life, history and future of British Columbia and its people.