British Columbia’s historic places – buildings, structures, landscapes, historic districts and other places of heritage value – are crucial to our understanding and appreciation of the identity and character of our communities. By conserving and celebrating these places, we contribute to the future of our communities.
Conservation and preservation of historic places is an important part of maintaining healthy communities across the province. Learn more about heritage conservation if you’re a:
- Local government representative
- Heritage conservation enthusiast
- Tourist or historic site visitor
- Teacher and/or student
- Property owner
British Columbia’s heritage includes historic places in communities across the province, providing a ‘sense of place’ and contributing to our Province’s unique identity. Our Heritage-Historic Places is government’s strategy for supporting heritage conservation in British Columbia over the next five to ten years. It has been written to help ensure British Columbia remains a leader in sustaining and benefitting from its heritage.
Renovation & Rehabilitation
Renovating or rehabilitating a heritage building offers a unique opportunity to protect the environment while keeping the character and identity of our communities intact.
Historic buildings are inherently sustainable. The conservation and rehabilitation of these buildings is extremely important to curbing climate change and other negative impacts on the environment.
Provincial Historic Places Recognition Program
The Provincial Historic Places Recognition Program seeks to identify and celebrate historic places for their diverse heritage values, with a goal to tell a more complete story of the people, places and events that have contributed to the development of British Columbia. Relationship-building with partners and focus communities has played a vital role in understanding the contributions of these communities to the evolution of British Columbia. Program results speak to the importance of acknowledging multiple narratives, the sharing of stories and expanding perceptions of our history.
Places formally recognized under Section 18 of the Heritage Conservation Act are added to the BC Register of Historic Places, and featured online as a cultural heritage map layer available through the web links below.
Francophone Historic Places Recognition Project - completed 2019
This project is a partnership between the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development’s Heritage Branch and the Intergovernmental Relations Secretariat’s Francophone Affairs Program.
The BC Heritage Branch recognizes the financial support of the Province of British Columbia and the Government of Canada through the Canada-British Columbia Agreement on Official Languages for French-language Services.
Le BC Heritage Branch reconnaît le soutien financier de la province de la Colombie-Britannique et du gouvernement du Canada par le biais de l'Entente Canada-Colombie-Britannique en matière de langues officielles pour les services en français.
- Francophone Historic Places in BC Cultural Map (available in French and English)
- Reconnaissance des lieux historiques francophones contexte historique − cadre thématique PDF 3MB
- Francophone Historical Context Framework PDF 3MB
South Asian Canadian Historic Places Recognition Project - completed 2017
- South Asian Canadian Historic Places in BC Cultural Map
- South Asian Canadian Historical Context Thematic Framework PDF 1.5 MB
Japanese Canadian Historic Places Recognition Project - completed 2017
- Japanese Canadian Historic Places in BC Cultural Map
- Japanese Canadian Historical Context Thematic Framework PDF 1.6 MB
Chinese Canadian Historic Places Recognition Project - completed 2015
- Chinese Canadian Historic Places in BC Cultural Map
- Chinese Canadian Historical Context Thematic Framework PDF 1.4 MB