November 18, 2015


Nominations Open For Heritage BC 2016 Awards

We are now accepting nominations for our 2016 Heritage BC Awards. The 2016 Awards Gala will take place during Heritage Week in February.

Heritage BC's Annual Awards Program recognizes the outstanding and significant achievements in heritage conservation of individuals, organizations, groups, businesses, and governments in communities across B.C.

There are four categories for Heritage BC Awards: Heritage Conservation; Heritage Education and Awareness; Heritage Planning and Management; Ruby Nobbs Volunteer Award. Nominations for all categories can be submitted through Heritage BC's website. Nominations will be accepted until the end of the day on Friday December 18, 2016. For more information and to submit an awards nomination:

» Heritage BC Awards Program

Find out more about Heritage Week 2016 and the theme of Distinctive Destinations

» Heritage Week 2016



Save the Dates!

We are pleased to announce that our 2016 annual conference is in partnership with Arts BC. Our 35th conference - PlaceMaking: Where Arts and Heritage Collide, will be two provincial organizations, one giant conference, all taking place on Vancouver's Granville Island, May 5-7, 2016. 


Stay tuned for more information!



Last Webinar this November

There is only one more webinar taking place this month - Heritage Conservation, Sustainability and Climate Change. This webinar is only $25 for Heritage BC members and $35 for non-members. 

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 CPLUs (Continuous Professional Learning Units) for each webinar.

 » Register for Heritage BC Webinars

NEW! Heritage Conservation, Sustainability and Climate Change

Tuesday November 24, 2015-10:00am and 7:00pm

An introduction to 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 current programs being offered to assist with long-term sustainability in heritage conservation projects. 


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



Get on the Map: War Monuments and Memorials in B.C.

Heritage BC is excited to announce a new mapping project, Get on the Map: War Monuments and Memorials in British Columbia. Across Canada there are over 6,000 monuments and memorials dedicated to Canada's war dead as the First and Second World Wars touched nearly every community in Canada, big or small. Heritage BC is seeking the public's help to collect information about all the World War monuments and memorials in communities across British Columbia.

This information will be used to create an interactive online map that will serve as a valuable educational resource about Canada's war effort and the effects on local communities. It will also provide opportunities for local communities to share their stories, heritage, and history.

Submit photographs and information regarding the War Monuments and Memorials near you using the online form before 5pm on March 1, 2016.

This project is funded in part through the Department of Canadian Heritage's World War Commemorations Community Fund, Young Canada Works and generous in-kind support from Split Mango Web Designs (who supported the Vancouver Heritage Foundations' Heritage Register map).

» Get on the Map - Submissions


» Get on the Map: War Monuments and Memorials in B.C. media release

» Get on the Map: War Monuments and Memorials in B.C. English poster pdf

» Get on the Map: War Monuments and Memorials in B.C. French poster pdf



Heritage Week: Distinctive Destination Photo Competition

Is there a historic place in B.C. that you love to visit? A place that attracts visitors from near and far? The theme for Heritage Week 2016 is Distinctive Destinations: Experience Historic Places. We are celebrating this announcement by holding a photo competition. Send us images of your favourite Distinctive Destinations in British Columbia and your image could be featured on Heritage BC's 2016 Heritage Week poster, which is displayed across the province. Other prizes will also be available.

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




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 before the deadline of December 18, 2015. 

Prizes include: One free conference registration for our May 2016 Conference in Vancouver - Arts BC & Heritage BC, four different games from Electronic Arts, two free webinars of your choice (more prizes coming available soon - watch our website for details).

» Stops of Interest Competition

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

Have a look at the entries so far on our Stops of Interest Pinterest board!

» Stops of Interest Pinterest board 

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

 » Stops of Interest Photo Competition Poster for Print

 » Stops of Interest Media Release


Neighbourhood Character and Heritage in West Vancouver

West Vancouver Historical Society is hosting a talk as part of their speaker series on November 18. Discuss neighborhood character and heritage in West Vancouver from 7pm at West Vancouver's Senior's Centre.

 » WVHS Speaker Series

Global Climate March

In the context of the Paris Climate Talks become part of a worldwide movement and build an unprecedented global mobilization to demand real action! 1pm, November 29 at Vancouver Art Gallery.
 » Global Climate March

Approaching the Past

The next Vancouver Approaching the Past event will be held on Thursday, November 26 from 5:00 to 7:30 pm at the Vancouver Maritime Museum and St. Roch National Historic Site. There will be a presentation on the museum's education programs followed by a guided tour of the RCMPV St. Roch. RSVP using the below link.

 » Approaching the Past

2015 Heritage & Cultural Planners & Professionals Meeting

The 2015 Heritage & Cultural Planners & Professionals Meeting is to be held at the Shadbolt Centre in Burnaby, on Friday, November 27 from 8:30 am till 5:00 pm. The program includes brief presentations by the Musqueam Nation, BC Alliance for Arts + Culture, BC Museums Association, National, Provincial and Municipal Heritage organizations, as well as planners from several municipalities.

 » 2015 Heritage & Cultural Planners Meeting

2016 Courses from the Cultural Resource Management Program at the University of Victoria

In the spring of 2016 the Cultural Resource Management Program at the University of Victoria is offering two new, 6-day, professional development courses.

Condition Assessment, Recording and Measured Survey; March 14-19, Victoria BC 
 » Find out more

Cultural Landscapes; May 9- 14, 2016; Victoria BC
» Find out more



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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