February 10, 2016

Dear Subscriber


What do you have planned to celebrate your distinctive destination this Heritage Week?

The theme for Heritage Week 2016 in British Columbia is Distinctive Destinations: Experience Historic Places. The week kicks off with the national Heritage Day on February 15, 2015, as designated by The National Trust for Canada.

British Columbia's Distinctive Destinations are as varied and abundant as the province, from the Haida village of Skidegate, to the Gold Rush town of Barkerville. Heritage and cultural tourism provides unique and authentic visitor experiences and British Columbia's historic places play a central role in these experiences.

Heritage BC is compiling event listings for Heritage Week on the Heritage BC website. To have your event listed, please send a short description, photos or posters plus any web links to amusmary@heritagebc.ca

Make sure to tag us in your FacebookTwitter and Instagram posts,and send us photographs from your events for us to display.


You can find customizable Heritage Week posters, available for download, on the Heritage BC website.

 » Heritage Week 2016






Heritage BC 35th Anniversary Awards Gala: February 18!

Join the celebration at the Heritage BC 35th Anniversary Awards Gala, where the outstanding and significant achievements of British Columbia’s heritage conservation heroes are recognized. 

Enjoy drinks, appetizers and networking with B.C.’s heritage advocates, organizations, groups, businesses and government officials as we announce the winners of the Heritage BC 35th Anniversary Awards Gala.

Our awards gala venue, The Imperial in downtown Vancouver, is an excellent example of adaptive reuse of a culturally significant heritage building. The previously abandoned Chinese-language movie theatre has been transformed into a fabulously renovated venue that respectfully nods to its past.

Network with some of the most influential people in our sector, congratulate award winners and celebrate with fellow leading and up-and-coming heritage enthusiasts.

The Heritage BC 35th Anniversary Awards Gala
Thursday, February 18, 2016
The Imperial, 319 Main Street, Vancouver (map)
Networking Reception | 6pm-7pm
Awards Ceremony | 7pm-9pm
Tickets | $50.00 
Dress code | Cocktail Attire
Cash bar

If you work in or with the heritage or cultural sectors you won’t want to miss this spectacular celebration!

» Heritage BC Awards 2016


Discover more about the 2014 Heritage BC Awards Winners:

» Heritage BC Awards 2014



Last Call for Conference Presentation and Workshop Proposals

ArtsBC and Heritage BC are inviting proposals for workshops and presentations for our collaborative 2016 Conference "PlaceMaking: Where Arts and Heritage Collide", taking place May 5-7, 2016 on Vancouver's Granville Island.

We are inviting proposals for workshops and presentations that explore the range of intersections between the arts and heritage. Conference themes include: Building Places for the Arts and Heritage; Contesting and Caring for Places; New Frontiers and Collisions; Organizational Capacity and Partnership Building. 

Proposals are sought for presentations in the format of traditional format (15-30 minutes); conference sessions or roundtables (90 minutes); workshops (90 minutes). Deadline for proposal submission is February 15, 2016.

For more information about conference themes and possible topics go to Heritage BC's website:

» Call for Proposals

Download and share the Call for Proposals:

» Call for Proposals pdf

Become a Heritage BC member for reduced conference rates, with membership starting from only $15. Student, Individual, Group, Government and Corporate memberships are available. 

» Heritage BC Membership



Heritage and Cultural Tourism Webinar 

To coincide with the 2016 Heritage Week theme of Distinctive Destinations: Experience Historic Places, we are offering a new webinar on Heritage and Cultural Tourism. This webinar will introduce the topic and meaning of heritage and cultural tourism, the benefits of heritage and cultural tourism, and best practices for developing and delivering heritage and cultural tourism experiences. 

Using examples from British Columbia, this webinar will introduce case studies and several valuable resources. 

Register today for the next webinar at a special Heritage BC members price of $25, or $35 for non-members. 

Tuesday February 16, 2016 at 10:00 am and 7:00 pm

» Webinar Registration

Give us your feedback! Take a couple of minutes to fill out our membership survey

» Heritage BC 2015/16 Membership Survey 

Flag Day Celebration

Celebrate the 110th anniversary of the Canadian Club, the 51st birthday of our Canadian flag, the 35th anniversary of Heritage Canada and the start of Heritage week on Monday, February 15 at a special Canadian Club luncheon. 

Join Kathryn Molloy, Executive Director of Heritage BC, who will share information on Heritage Week and enjoy an all Canadian lunch as we commemorate the late Patrick Reid, OC, MC, CD, ORS, Honorary Colonel of The British Columbia Regiment (DCO), who was instrumental in helping to create the Maple Leaf flag in 1965. 

Register online using the link below or by phone (604 688 8260) by February 11, 2016.

» Canadian Club Flag Day Celebration Register Online

» Heritage Week 2016


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, stories and other information about 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



Thomas Hooper, Architect a presentation by Donald Luxton

Join Don Luxton, heritage consultant, architectural historian and writer for a free event at the Chilliwack Museum & Archives on February 19. He will be delving into the life and work of Thomas Hooper, architect of the Chilliwack Museum and other notable destinations in Chilliwack and B.C.


2016 Maple Ridge Heritage Awards

You are invited to join the City of Maple Ridge’s Community Heritage Commission in celebrating the contributions of citizens to the telling of the Maple Ridge story.

 » Maple Ridge Heritage Awards 2016

In line for Anne Frank Screening

The HMCS Alberni Museum and Memorial (HAMM) has received special permission in Canada to show the documentary In Line For Anne Frank. The free screenings take place February 16, 17, 18, 19.

 » In line for Anne Frank

Grosvenor Pacific | City-Led Open House

The City of Vancouver will be hosting an Open House regarding Grosvenor's Hornby & Pacific Rezoning Application:

DateWednesday, February 24th 
Time5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Georgia Room, Holiday Inn, 1110 Howe Street

Refreshments will be available.

 » Leslie House Rezoning Application

Call for nominations: Prince of Wales Prize

The National Trust for Canada is accepting nominations for the Prince of Wales Prize for Municipal Heritage Leadership. 

Under the generous patronage of His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, this prize is awarded to a municipal government, large or small, rural or urban, which has demonstrated a strong and sustained commitment to the conservation of its historic places. 

 » Submission criteria and details


My Sweet Spot Contest

In celebration of Heritage Day, the National Trust for Canada invites you to participate in their My Sweet Spot contest. Whether it’s one of Canada’s National Historic Sites, a beloved childhood vacation place or the best country inn for a weekend getaway – show a photo of your favourite distinctive destination and you could win over $3,000 in great travel prizes! 

 » My Sweet Spot



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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