SEPTEMBER 23, 2015


It's The Final Countdown to the 2015 Heritage BC Annual Conference The Main Thing!

Just one week to go until the Heritage BC Annual Conference: The Main Thing, taking place in Rossland B.C., October 1-3.

Whether you have already registered for the conference or plan to do so in the next few days, this update will enlighten you with some fresh information to help enhance your experience.

Conference Program

The conference program is now complete! View session details and speaker bios on the Heritage BC website. Remember, if you can't make it to the whole conference, you can pick individual workshop sessions for just $35.

 » Conference Workshop Sessions

Optional Conference Talks & Tours 

We have a diverse program of activities taking place during the conference to get you exploring heritage downtowns and mingling with your fellow heritage professionals and enthusiasts. All talks, tours and socials require prior registration so make sure you put your name down before they sell out!

Bus Tour to Nelson

Our bus tour to Nelson includes a stop at the Brilliant Suspension Bridge in Castlegar, a walking tour of downtown Nelson by local historians Ron Welwood and Greg Scott, a guided tour of Nelson's newly renovated Canadian Pacific Railway Station by Construction Manager Joern Wingender, and a bagged lunch!

 » Bus Tour to Nelson

"How I Caught the Heritage Bug" - Mark Forsythe

Enjoy gold rush themed cocktails while mingling with fellow conference attendees before listening to the former host of CBC Radio's BC Almanac show and four time author, Mark Forsythe.  

Since retiring from CBC, the author spends his time exploring and learning about the landscape, history and people of B.C. Forsythe has written four books including The BC Almanac Book of Greatest British Columbians, From the West Coast to the Western Front: British Columbians and the Great War, and The Trail of 1858: British Columbia’s Gold Rush Past.

 » "How I Caught the Heritage Bug" - Mark Forsythe

Rossland & Trail Walking Tours

Get out and explore Rossland and Trail with our free walking tours. All you need to do is register in advance! The walking tours (and one carpooling tour) include:

  • Walking Tour of Downtown Rossland
  • Tour of Rossland Museum
  • Tour of Trail (car/carpooling)
  • Walking Tour of Columbia Cemetery

 » Rossland & Trail Walking Tours

Rosslander Rates

Are you local to Rossland, Trail or the surrounding areas in the Kootenays? Sign up to the conference and the Prospector's Dinner at our special 'Rosslander' rate. Savings of up to $50 can be made on regular rates!

» Conference Registration


Education is a top priority at the conference, this year we have selected top speakers and topics based on our members evaluations from past conferences. These new and exciting topics will help to expand your skill sets as well as giving you the opportunity to earn credits with the PIBC and AIBC.

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 and 1.5 Core & Non Core AIBC credits are now available for selected workshops!

Heritage BC Prospector's Dinner

Don't forget our conference social event - our Prospector's Dinner! This memorable evening will transport you back to the time of Rossland's gold rush with a themed dinner, entertainment from the Boomtown Garter Girls and the Golden City Fiddlers and a chance to mix with heritage enthusiasts at our Heritage Speed Meet.

We look forward to seeing you in Rossland!

 » Conference Registration


Sign up for Heritage BC November webinars!

Heritage BC Webinars can be accessed from anywhere in the world and one registration allows multiple staff members at your office to take part from the same location. Members of the Planning Institute of BC (PIBC) can receive 1.0 CPL Lus (Continuous Professional Learning Units) for each webinar.

NEW! Heritage Basics

Tuesday November 10, 2015 at 10:00am/ 7:00pm

For individuals or groups new to heritage conservation or those that want to incorporate new legislative tools or values-based management into existing heritage programs, this is the webinar version of Heritage BC's popular workshop. Great for heritage society members, planners, elected officials, community heritage commissions, heritage property owners, the business and tourism community and the general public. This webinar introduces values centred heritage conservation and benefits (social, environmental, economic) to help identify heritage values and guide decision-making.

Writing Statements of Significance

Tuesday November 17, 2015 at 10:00am/7:00pm

This webinar helps participants develop the necessary documentation for identified sites on a Community Heritage Register. As an essential component of historic place record documentation, the SOS functions as a key planning tool to inform decision-making in the heritage conservation process. It provides guidance to property owners, architects, developers and others who are making an intervention to an historic place. Gain an understanding of what an SOS is, how it can be used and what elements to include in a well-written document. This webinar is especially useful for those who are applying to the Heritage Legacy Fund, as an SOS for the chosen site is a compulsory element to the Heritage Conservation Program application.

NEW! Heritage Conservation, Sustainability and Climate Change

Tuesday November 24, 2015 at 10:00am/7:00pm

This webinar introduces the intersections between heritage conservation, sustainability, and climate change. Climate change may have potentially serious implications for the historic environment. Cultural heritage sites can be particularly sensitive to severe weather events and to changes in climate. How can we mitigate the adverse implications of climate change in heritage conservation, and integrate the best practices of sustainability into heritage conservation? This webinar will also examine some current programs being offered to assist with long-term sustainability in heritage conservation projects. 

Webinars are only $25 for Heritage BC members and $35 for non-members.

 » Find out more about Heritage BC webinars


Heritage BC will bring the expertise to your heritage organization, municipality or community group with our interactive workshops

 » Heritage BC Workshops


What topics would you like to see developed into Webinars? Contact Karen Dearlove to let us know.

 » Email Karen Dearlove



Quarterly Article Submission Theme: On Location

Heritage buildings and sites are increasingly being used as unique and innovative venues for weddings, anniversaries, parties, and film making.

The theme of the next issue of the Heritage BC Quarterly is Heritage: On Location.  We will explore the growing entrepreneurial use of heritage buildings and sites for a variety of events and activities.

Tell us about how you use the heritage in your community as a unique venue.

Send a short article (300 words) with images appropriate for print production to Anisa Musmary by October 19.

 » View the Summer 2015 Quarterly online

To reserve an ad and receive priority placement for your article in the Quarterly contact Anisa Musmary.


BC Bid Opportunity for Heritage Professionals

There is an opportunity to bid on writing Statements of Significance and register records that meet the documentation standards of the B.C. and Canadian Registers of Historic Places, for 9 historic places in B.C. Deadline September 30.

Here’s how to find this opportunity on BC Bid:

1.   Go to BC Bid website using the link below.

2.   Select Browse for Opportunities or Bid                   Results

3.   Select Browse Using The Advanced Search

4.   In the Title Search Word box enter                           “Statements”

 » BC Bid Website

Pecha Kucha Vol. 2

On September 26, explore ideas and insights into Nanaimo's history and heritage through the eyes of a diverse and engaged cultural community. A fun evening of "thinking and drinking" at the Port Theatre Lobby in the engaging Pecha Kucha format. 

» Pecha Kucha Vol. 2

13th Annual Field Trip Fair

A field trip fair for teachers at HR MacMillan Space Centre & Museum of Vancouver on September 28, 3-6 pm. Teachers will preview programs from 50 field trip sites. Exhibitor space available.

» 13th Annual Field Trip Fair

Approaching the Past

Join Old Hastings Mill Store Museum on October 7 for an evening of activities to explore the 2016 theme for Heritage Week, “Distinctive Destinations: Experience Historic Places,” with a focus on the history of Vancouver.

Activities will include:
•   tour of the Old Hastings Mill Store Museum
•   slide show presentation by Lisa Smith,                       Vancouver historian and author
•   introduction to a scavenger hunt                                 “Lumberjack Bingo” and game “Chinook Look” for      students

Free event for school educators, museums, heritage program developers, and the general public.

» Approaching the Past



We want to hear about our members heritage news and events!

Send your links and a brief description to Anisa Musmary.

 » Email Anisa Musmary

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