JULY 24, 2015


Registration Now Open for Heritage BC Annual Conference 'The Main Thing'!

We are delighted to announce that registration for the Heritage BC 2015 Annual Conference is now open!  Early bird rates are available now online on Heritage BC's website.

Join us in historic Rossland, B.C. October 1-3 for the Heritage BC Annual Conference. Network, learn and share with B.C. architects, planners, archivists, consultants, politicians and non-profit leaders at this year’s conference.

Come and learn how to create a dynamic downtown by refreshing and renewing your revitalization strategies. Get tangible tips on and to leverage your heritage assets to promote tourism opportunities and sustainability practices. Participants are eligible for up to 6.75 CPL LUs (Continuous Professional Learning Units) through the Planning Institute of BC (PIBC) for attending the entire conference.

Earlybird discounts are only available until August 4th so be sure to register now to get the best discount!

 » Conference Registration


Find out more about our conference tours, workshops, speakers, socials and more on our website.

 » Heritage BC Annual Conference



Conference Program & Workshops

There will be four different sessions of concurrent workshops throughout the three day conference, providing participants with hands-on and practical learning opportunities. Themes include:

  • Heritage and Cultural Tourism
  • Traditional Building Materials and Methods
  • Business Models for Heritage Organizations
  • Community Conversations on Heritage
  • Main Street Revitalization Projects
  • Heritage Conservation and Climate Change
  • Writing Statements of Significance
  • Ethnic and Cultural Communities in B.C.
  • New Technologies in Heritage Planning and Conservation

Find out more about our workshop topics and speakers on our website.

Talks & Tours

Delegates have several options for talks and tours throughout the conference. For those of you who wish to fly in to Kelowna, we will be offering a heritage bus tour driving through the Kootenay's heritage main streets and ending in our host city of Rossland. 

We will open the conference with a social event at Rossland Museum on Thursday October 1. Former CBC Broadcaster Mark Forsythe will be discussing how he caught the heritage bug and his growing awareness of heritage values in B.C.

On Saturday after a morning of interesting and informative workshops there will be a number of walking tours including  downtown Rossland, the Teck Interpretive Centre and rock walls of Trail and exploring the archives at Rossland Museum.

Or you could join us for a bus tour to the heritage sites in the city of Nelson. The journey includes a stop at the Brilliant Suspension Bridge and ends with a walking tour of downtown Nelson and a look at the restoration program taking place at Nelson Canadian Pacific Railway Station.

» Talks and Tours

Conference social: Prospector's Dinner

Get into the spirit of the time of Rossland's gold rush with our Prospector's Dinner at the Miners' Hall on Friday October 2.

Mingle with fellow delegates, local community while enjoying traditional fare with entertainment from the Boomtown Garter Girls and the Gold City Fiddlers.

This event is open to all!

» Conference social events


We welcome Jim Mountain, Director of Regeneration Projects at Heritage Canada as keynote speaker.

» Keynote Speaker 

Members of the Planning Institute of BC (PIBC) are eligible for up to 6.75 CPL LUs (Continuous Professional Learning Units), for attending all workshop sessions and the keynote speaker.


Please Donate Whatever You Can!

On Saturday, June 13, 2015 the staff and board of Heritage BC spent a sunny summer day together to develop a new 3 year Strategic Plan. It was a wildly productive and exciting day.

Sadly, at 1:00 a.m. our office was broken into and a laptop and projector were stolen.

We are a small team (2 FT, 1 PT staff and a student starting in July). We have limited resources and restricted funding. An extra $2500 is not in the budget! We need your help. For information on how you can help please visit our Indiegogo campaign.

Thank you.

» Indiegogo

Help support heritage conservation by signing up to make monthly donations.

» Donate


Support the Next Generation of Heritage Professionals by Becoming a Mentor

With our new Student Membership Mentor Program, we aim to give students of Architecture, Design, History, Archaeology, Municipal Planning or related building trades a leg-up in their career by providing them with a mentor in their chosen field when they become a Heritage BC student member.

We are currently looking for mentors. If you can donate just a couple of hours a month to provide guidance to a student by phone, email or face-to-face meetings, please contact Shirin Shad, Office and Program Coordinator.

» Email Shirin Shad

Heritage BC Student Membership is only $15 for the year and includes free access to our Student Membership Mentor Program.

» Become a Heritage BC student member



10th Anniversary of Hope Mountain Centre

Join Hope Mountain Centre for a celebration of their past 10 years on August 16th, Noon - 2pm. Bring kids, grandkids and friends to explore a number of interactive stations!

» HMC 10th Anniversary


Take a Glimpse Inside Fadden House

Shaw TV has done a segment on the restoration of the 1911 Fadden House in Chilliwack.

» Watch the video

Free Walking Tours of West Hastings Street

Vancouver Heritage Foundation are offering free Friday lunchtime walking tours of West Hastings Street on July 24th & 31st. You will learn about historic trends such as global trade, immigration and the transformation from wealthy residential area to financial centre.

All tours are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration will be at Lot 19, the parkette at the foot of Hornby St. at W. Hastings St, starting at 12pm each tour date.
» Vancouver Heritage Foundation Walking Tours





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