October 21, 2015


Help Heritage BC Locate and Assess B.C.'s Stop of Interest Signs

Heritage BC is hosting a fun photo competition to locate and assess B.C.'s Stop of Interest signs.

There are a number of ways you can take part. Share your photographs on Twitter or Instagram by following @HeritageBCanada or Heritage BC on Facebook and using #bcstopsofinterest and note the location of the stop.

For those less social media inclined, you can also submit your entries on the Heritage BC website by taking a photograph of the sign, a note of its location and filling out the online form using the link below.

This is a fun way to get the public out and exploring their local area and heritage sites, plus there are prizes to be won, so spread the word!

» Stops of Interest Competition

Spread the word about the competition by downloading our promotional poster:

 » Stops of Interest Photo Competition Poster for Print

 » Stops of Interest Media Release


Tickets Still Available for Charles Hill Speaking Events Sponsored by Heritage BC

Charles Hill began work at the National Gallery of Canada in 1972, and was appointed Curator of Canadian Art in 1980. He has had a consistent interest in the relationships between art and society, and in the integration of art in the public and private spheres. Hill was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada in 2000, and received an Honorary Doctorate from Concordia University, Montreal, in 2007.

Heritage BC is honoured to be sponsoring Charles Hill’s speaking tour taking place on October 24, 27 & 29 in Seattle, Vancouver and Victoria.

» Charles Hill Speaking Tour

 Find out more about Heritage BC news and events on our website:

 » Heritage BC Website


Heritage BC Conference 2015 The Main Thing: Let us know what you think!

Did you attend the 2015 Heritage BC Annual Conference? What did you enjoy? What do you think we could do better next year? 

Give us your valued input by filling out our 2015 Annual Conference evaluation form. It will only take five minutes of your time and your feedback will help us make our 2016 conference better than ever!

 » 2015 Conference Evaluation Form


Find out more about Heritage BC events on our website.

 » Heritage BC Events


Heritage BC November Webinars

We have a two new and interesting webinars coming up in November as well as a popular favourite recurring once again.

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. 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. 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.

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. 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. 

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.

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

 » Register for 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 Submission Deadline Extended!

The article and ad submission deadline for the Fall issue of the Heritage BC Quarterly has been extended. You now have until October 30 to submit 300 words on how you use the heritage in your community as a unique venue along with high resolution images (300dpi) to Anisa Musmary.

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, weddings, film locations and activities.

You are still also able to support Heritage BC and promote your venue to a number of B.C.'s architects, planners, heritage organizations and municipalities by taking an ad. See the advertising specifications below for more information.

 » Heritage BC Quarterly Advertising Specifications

 » View the Summer 2015 Quarterly online

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


Heritage Week: Distinctive Destination Photo Competition

Heritage BC is excited to announce the theme for Heritage Week 2016 is Distinctive Destinations: Experience Historic Places. 

Every year Heritage BC send hundreds of large colourful posters out to our members, community organizations and schools. 

This year Heritage BC is holding a photo contest to find images for our 2016 Heritage Week poster. Is there a historic place in B.C. that you love to visit? A place that attracts visitors from near and far? Send us images of your favourite Distinctive Destinations in British Columbia and your image could be featured on Heritage BC's Heritage Week poster. Other prizes will also be available.

To enter read the complete contest details, complete the fillable pdf form, and submit by email with your images. Entries will be received until the end of the day on Friday December 11, 2015.

» 2016 Heritage Week Poster Contest

If you are not on our mailing list but would like to receive a copy of the Heritage Week poster please contact us: info@heritagebc.ca 


» Heritage Week: Distinctive Destinations



The National Trust for Canada Launches a New Crowdfunding Tool Dedicated to Heritage!

Crowdfunding has proven to be an effective way to raise money and awareness for a cause. It can also mobilize broad community support and expand an organization’s reach. 

Do you have a heritage place in need of critical restoration work or an innovative plan for adaptive-reuse? Or are you in the final stretch of a fundraising campaign and need a boost to attract those final contributions? THIS PLACE MATTERS can be the catalyst that helps your organization reach its goals.

Register your project before October 23 and be first in line for a special promotion available to the first project teams to use this new crowdfunding site. 

 » This Place Matters

16th Annual Japanese Cultural Fair

This free event at the Esquimalt Recreation Centre in Victoria on October 24 features traditional Japanese entertainment, Japanese cuisine, kids’ activities, and craft tables. Visitors at the fair can enjoy Bon Odori dancing, Taiko drumming, live music, and martial arts demonstrations by local groups.  VNCS members will also demonstrate ikebana flower arrangements, a Japanese tea ceremony, traditional calligraphy and lots more.

 » Japanese Cultural Fair

Vancouver Chinatown & Dim Sum Walking Tour

Joining Vancouver Heritage Foundation on October 25 or November 22 you will explore a fascinating history and unique architecture, dispel some myths, explore a few nooks and crannies and look at the future of this important neighbourhood, including efforts to maintain and rehabilitate the historically significant Chinese Society Buildings that are indicative of the cultural history of the neighbourhood. Afterwards, keep the conversation going over a special menu of Dim Sum at a local restaurant. Tickets $35.

» Vancouver Heritage Foundation Walking Tours



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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