Provincial & Federal Registers

Besides local government Community Heritage Registers, there are two other registers of historic places in British Columbia: the BC Register of Historic Places and the Canadian Register of Historic Places. Together, these three types of registers record and celebrate the historic places that British Columbians value.

BC Register of Historic Places

The BC Register of Historic Places is the official provincial list of historic places in British Columbia. It includes heritage sites protected directly by the Province as well as many places recognized and protected by local governments. Over 3,400 historic places have been listed so far.

At the provincial level, heritage designation is rare, but is done under the Heritage Conservation Act. At the local government level, using the Local Government Act, the most common types of formal recognition are:

  • Community Heritage Register listing
  • Heritage designation
  • Heritage Conservation Areas
  • Heritage Revitalization Agreements

Each time a historic place is formally recognized or designated in BC, local governments must notify the Province (Heritage Branch) within 30 days so the site can be included on the BC Register.

As part of the process, the heritage values of each formally-recognized historic place  are recorded in a Statement of Significance. This document becomes a permanent record of the reasons why the historic place is formally recognized or protected.

Authorized local government representatives can view historic place and archaeological site listings via the Remote Access to Archaeological Data (RAAD) application.

Canadian Register of Historic Places

Sites from the BC Register of Historic Places that have been fully documented with a Statement of Significance are listed on the Canadian Register of Historic Places.

This searchable database contains over 12,500 recognized historic places of local, provincial, territorial and national significance. It’s maintained by Parks Canada to help build a culture of conservation across Canada. New sites are always being added so check back often to see what's new.