July 14, 2016

Dear Subscriber,


Japanese Canadian Historic Places Recognition Project

We are pleased to announce the Heritage BC Japanese Canadian Historic Places Recognition Project to be completed on behalf of the British Columbia Ministry of International Trade and the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations.

Following a 2012 provincial apology to Japanese-Canadians by the government of B.C. for its part in their internment during the 1940s, the Japanese Canadian Historic Places Recognition Project builds on proactive engagement to recognize contributions of the Japanese-Canadian community in British Columbia.

We are asking the public to nominate historic places or places with heritage values they believe are significant or important to the Japanese community from across B.C.

A selection of the nominated places will be officially recognized by the Government of British Columbia and placed on both the B.C. Register of Historic Places and the Canadian Register of Historic Places.

To nominate a historic place complete the online form by September 9, 2016.

» Nominate a Japanese-Canadian historic place

» Download and share our project poster

Photo Credit: Vancouver Archives. North Pacific Cannery [showing a] Japanese house, jacks and rollers (1910). AM870-S2---: CVA 783-171


Is Your Community's World War Monument or Memorial Missing From Our Map?

The World Wars Monuments and Memorials Map launched this April. The interactive map included sites of British Columbia's World War Monuments and Memorials which had all been submitted by active members of communities across B.C. We have now mapped 221 sites across the province with more still to be added! 

If the World War Monument or Memorial in your community is missing from the map, let us know!

Email getonthemap@heritagebc.ca with as much of the following information as you can:

1.     Memorial or Monument name
2.     Memorial or Monument address and postal code
3.     What you know about the Memorial or Monument, the world wars it is related to and any stories, background, traditions or details you can tell us about it.
4.     A photograph of the site (include as many as you like, old photos are interesting too!)
5.     Photo captions if you’d like to credit the photographer or source.

» Get on the Map


An Update from HLF project The Potato House

Based in the downtown core of Williams Lake is the 1940s heritage property, and 2015 Heritage Legacy Fund project, The Potato House.

The house was built by true Cariboo Pioneers, the Borkowski Brothers, who learnt their trade through a railway library loan, reading by lamplight at night and setting to work building houses the next day.  Eventually creating a whole block, which became known as the “Borkowski Block”.

The Potato House was set in the middle of the block and was eventually given its nickname when a later owner and his wife became known for their subsistence garden and the plentiful potatoes that grew there.

Thanks in part to the Heritage Legacy Fund, the house is now being restored to its former glory, respectfully replacing the wooden windows and roof. The community project is preserving not only the history of the building which will be used for community events, but also its gardens as once again the land is being used to grow food, including those infamous potatoes!

You can find out more about the Potato House and the artifacts found within its walls, in the ten Time Capsule episodes using the below link. 

» Heritage Legacy Fund


Heritage Legacy Fund 2016 Application Deadline!

The 2016 Heritage Legacy Fund application deadline has now passed. All applicants will receive funding notification by the end of August, 2016. Good luck!

» Heritage Legacy Fund


Heritage Branch RFP

As part of the Japanese Canadian Historic Places Project, the Heritage Branch, Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, requires a Context Study, Nomination Report and related research to support this initiative.The Request for Proposals for these contracted works is now available on BC Bid under opportunity HER112. 

» BC Bid

YLG Cascadia Regional Conference: The 21st Century City

ULI BC’s Young Leaders Group host the 2016 Cascadia Regional Conference on Friday July 22nd, and Saturday July 23rd. Through exciting project tours and provocative panels, we will explore the similar challenges and opportunities that face Vancouver, Seattle, and Portland as they undergo rapid growth in a constantly changing urban and economic landscape, and come into their own as modern 21st Century cities.

» Cascadia Regional Conference


This Place Matters

The National Trust for Canada invites community groups undertaking main street projects to participate in a national crowdfunding competition this fall. The 2016 This Place Matters competition will give community groups the chance to raise funds, reach new audiences and compete for two $40,000 prizes. You can submit a project idea by August 30, 2016, and the competition will run from October 4, 2016 to November 15, 2016.

» This Place Matters


The Chinese Canadian Artifacts Project is Complete

BC’s first-ever computerized inventory of Chinese historical records and artifacts is now complete, giving easy access to anyone interested in learning more about the rich cultural history of Chinese Canadians in BC.



Heritage Vancouver Walking Tour: A History of Granville Street

Join historian and Senior Planner for Downtown Vancouver, Michael Gordon, and Vancouver Heritage Commission member, Anthony Norfolk in an exploration of one of Vancouver’s most famous streets – Granville Street, south of West Georgia Street on July 23. Tickets are $10 for Heritage Vancouver members.

» A History of Granville Street Walking Tour


AIBC Architectural Walking Tours

Six unique architectural walking tours will run in Victoria and Vancouver Thursdays to Mondays throughout July and August. Walking tours are $10.

» Architectural Walking Tours


Mountain Stories Along the Trail

The Elders Council for Parks are hosting a unique heritage event in celebration of the District of North Vancouver's 125 birthday on July 16. "Mountain Stories Along the Trail" is an outdoor storytelling experience on Mount Seymour, where you travel through time with historical characters. 



North Vancouver Museum & Archives Story Walks

This July and August the North Vancouver Museum and Archives will present free, drop-in, story-filled walks at the Burrard Dry Dock site and in Lynn Canyon Park. Free drop-in tours at the Shipyards are offered Friday, Saturday and Sundays at 1.30 and 3pm from July 8th to August 28th. Free drop-in tours in Lynn Valley are offered Wednesdays and Thursdays from July 7th to August 25th at 1:30 and 3:00 pm


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Photo credit: Vancouver Archives. Grand opening night at Lonsdale Theatre (1911). Ref: AM54-S4-: LP 362.



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