Historic Places

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:

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.

Environmental Sustainability

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.

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.

Current Project

Francophone Historic Places Recognition Project

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 final outcome of this project will be to formally recognize historic places under Section 18 of the Heritage Conservation Act.

The recognition of historic places in all geographic regions, and in both rural and urban areas, acknowledges the province’s diverse heritage values; it strengthens BC’s identity as a multicultural province and ensures that historic places continue to contribute to community identity, economic health, and environmental stewardship.

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Previous Projects

  • South Asian Canadian Historic Places Recognition Project - completed 2017
  • Japanese Canadian Historic Places Recognition Project - completed 2017
  • Chinese Canadian Historic Places Recognition Project - completed 2015