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Discover Historic Sites in BC
Learn about Canadian history and its rich heritage with a tour of historic sites. Bakerville Historic Town gives you a chance to walk back in time and learn about the Gold Rush era. Spend the day at Fort Steele Heritage Town to learn about the boom town development with interactive displays and farming demonstrations. Hatley Park & Castle was built in the early 1900s and the 40-room mansion is open for tours.
You can hop into the vintage passenger coach or open air car of the Kettle Valley Steam Railway when visiting Penticton and explore ten miles of orchards and vineyards on the route. Take a tour of Craigdorroch Castle, a National Historic Site of Canada, when visiting Vancouver Island and admire the intricate stained glass windows and original decor.
A trip to Gastown will give you a chance to experience local culture, fashion, and food in a charming historical district. Another important part of Canadian history is Fort Todd Hill, a 19th century artillery fort where visitors can search for hidden artifacts with a handheld GPS device. Take a tour of St. Ann’s Academy in Victoria, a chapel that serves as an example of Quebec Colonial style architecture.
Barkerville Historic Town
Step back into real history when you visit Barkerville Historic Town. Located east of Quesnel in Northern British Columbia, this meticulously restored attraction brings back the glory of the 1860's British Columbia Gold Rush. Visitors can observe or walk into interpretive exhibitions or take part in several special activities.
Barkerville's streets are lined with authentic dry goods stores, general stores, confectioneries, and an old fashioned post office. Other landmarks include the famous Cornish water wheel, stagecoach tours, gold panning, the Barkerville cemetery, the Theatre Royal, Judge Begbie's courthouse, and a blacksmith shop and bakery hard at work.
Fort Steele Heritage Town
There's a wealth of history to see in BC. Fort Steele Heritage Town was a booming town in 1864 during the Kootenay gold rush. This historic town, located north of Cranbrook, in the Canadian Rocky Mountains, is now a vital eastern British Columbia attraction. The interactive displays at the museum help paint the picture of the town in its hey-day.
Relive the town's historic past during a fun-filled day of farming demonstrations, horse-drawn wagon rides, train rides, ice-cream making, live theatre performances and gold-panning. Schedule enough time to see it all. Kick up your feet and relax while visiting Cranbrook.
Hatley Park & Castle
Constructed in the early 1900s, Hatley Park & Castle is a historic landmark located in Victoria on Vancouver Island. The 40-room mansion, as well as Hatley Gardens, were designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 1995.
Specific sites and landmarks at Hatley Park include the Millward Building, Belmont Road Main Gatehouse, and the Grant Building. Hatley Park has been shown in a collection of television shows and movies, including the "X-Men" films, "Smallville," and "The Duke."
Kettle Valley Steam Railway
An iconic historical landmark, the Kettle Valley Steam Railway near Penticton runs across ten miles of beautiful country, orchards, and vineyards.
Built in the 1910's, the railway preserves the track that used to carry the region's fruit to the Pacific Ocean and beyond - today, it now offers visitors a 90 minute ride through some of British Columbia's pristine countryside.
A vintage passenger coach, an open air car, observation games, musical entertainment, and exuberant anecdotes meticulously recapture life in 1912, the railroad's main era.
Departures times vary per season and day – the train is regularly open from May to October and hosts several special events, including the Easter train, the Great Train Robbery, and the Christmas Express.
Originally constructed in 1890, the Craigdarroch Castle is a historic site located in Victoria open to the public since 1979. The castle is a National Historic Site of Canada on Vancouver Island, originally built as a resident for coal baron Robert Dusmuir.
The castle delights tourists with partially original décor from the 1890s with very intricate stained glass windows. Since 2000, the castle has been known to put on theatre productions as well.
Named after local legend “Gassy” Jack Deighton, Gastown is now a historical district found in brimming downtown Vancouver. Attracting year round visitors for its abundance of sights and entertainment, Gastown was once the locale of the region’s first saloon as well, giving way to its growth and historical significance.
Still, Gastown has plenty of modern charm and fun to offer visitors year round. Gastown proudly acts the central location for great culture, food, and fashion representing Vancouver. With a bustling nightlife and frequent local events, you’ll want to visit Gastown as soon as possible.
Fort Rodd Hill
Officially named a National Historic Site of Canada in 1958, Fort Rodd Hill is a 19th century artillery fort located near the greater Victoria area. Used as a defence post for Victoria and Vancouver Island, Fort Hill is a proud part of Canadian history and the Royal Navy.
The site has been delighting tourists year round since it became managed by Parks Canada. One of the most enticing activities is GPSpy – visitors use a handheld GPS device provide by the park and search for hidden artifacts and message throughout the tunnels and trenches.
St. Ann’s Academy
Constructed in the mid 1800s, St. Ann’s Academy in Victoria was originally all-girls Roman Catholic Chapel and school. Today, the chapel is a designated National Historic Site of Canada and a historic staple of the southern Vancouver Island communities.
Visitors are encouraged catch a glimpse of the building, known to a great example of Quebec Colonial style architecture. Once inside, historic structures abound, like the Casavant Freres organ, Anne & Joachim sculpture, and many paintings.