October 19, 2016

Dear Subscriber,

Do you have suggestions for new Stop of Interest Signs?

Last year, in partnership with the Heritage Branch of the Province of British Columbia, Heritage BC sought public input to gauge the present location, condition and content of Stop of Interest signs across the province.

Thank you for sharing your knowledge with us through email and through Facebook, Instagram and Twitter using the hashtag #bcstopsofinterest. With this information we created a contemporary inventory to start planning for the future of Stop of Interest signs in B.C.

The future is here!

In September 2016, the B.C. government announced that it is repairing existing signs, and looking to add 75 new signs to the Stops of Interest inventory to highlight other people, places and events that have defined our provincial identity and created an enduring impact on the lives of British Columbians!

For more information, visit:

» BC Gov Stop of Interest Signs

The B.C. government is looking for your ideas of landmarks and stories that should be recognized for their historical or cultural meaning to communities around B.C. and the province at large.

Fill out a Suggestion Form to share your ideas between September 26, 2016 to January 31, 2017. All suggestions will be reviewed by senior ministry staff from across government, and final selections will also be reviewed by cultural and historical experts for accuracy.

» Suggest a Stop of Interest Sign

Wait, what is a Stop of Interest Sign?

If you’ve travelled in B.C. or live close to a historic site, chances are that you have seen at least one of these signs. For many, following provincial routes and visiting these signs along the way has become a favourite summer vacation, passed down through generations since they were first displayed on our roads and highways in 1958.

Each of the 139 existing Stop of Interest signs tells the story of a person, place or event significant to provincial history. Over time however, a number of these signs have become dated, worn, or lost, and some care and attention is needed in order to replace or restore them to a standard that we can be proud to display to British Columbians and visitors, alike.

Earlier this year, Heritage BC completed the 2014 economic impact study, part of a larger project completed on behalf of the Heritage Branch. In the coming weeks, we will share with you some of the collected stories, showcasing the good heritage work that is going on throughout our province. Today, we feature the Potato House in Williams Lake.


Heritage buildings can enhance contemporary businesses

The Opsal Steel building is a noteworthy example of a contemporary business taking advantage of its building’s industrial past.

The 1918 structure first housed the Columbia Block and Tool Company and then Opsal Steel, which made logging equipment throughout much of the building’s history. Surviving the swift redevelopment of Vancouver’s Southeast False Creek area, the building’s heritage value inspired Bastion Development Corporation to rehabilitate and incorporate it into a mixed-use residential and commercial project, restoring and reusing much of the original materials. Barry McGinn, rehabilitation architect commented, “The building’s history makes it a hip, active place. It represents a strong memory of what that industrial area used to be.”

The newly rehabilitated heritage building was the perfect fit for Steel Toad Brewery, a craft microbrewery and restaurant. “We’re proud to call one of the city’s most unique and historic buildings our home,” states their website. Inspired by the memory of the industrial past, the brewery’s name is a reference to the workers who once labored in the building. The dining room takes full advantage of the building’s heritage character, original blueprints are used as an interior wall treatment, and information about the site’s history can be found in the bar menus.

“The heritage building draws customers to the restaurant,” says restaurant manager Tim James. “People read about the adaptive reuse of the building online, and they come in for that reason. We also have a plaque by the door showing it is a heritage building, and people often stop to read it and come in for a drink.”

“The building’s history makes it a hip, active place. It represents a strong memory of what that industrial area used to be.” — Barry McGinn, rehabilitation architect

Do you have a story that demonstrates the impact of heritage investment in the province? Contact Amy at acalder@heritagebc.ca.


Support a Heritage BC Program

When you donate to Heritage BC, you can directly support our programs, including 
Training and Skills Development, Heritage Legacy Fund, Annual ConferenceHeritage BC Awards or Heritage Week.




Nominations are now open for Heritage BC’s Annual Awards Program, recognizing the outstanding and significant achievements in heritage conservation of individuals, organizations, groups, businesses and governments in communities across B.C. The award-winners will be feted at the Awards Ceremony and Gala, held during Heritage Week in February 2017.

Awards will be presented in four categories: Heritage Conservation; Heritage Education and Awareness; Heritage Planning and Management, and the Distinguished Service Award.

Nominations can be submitted through Heritage BC’s website until the end of the day on Friday, November 4, 2016.



Members of PIBC and AIBC can earn Continuous Professional Learning Units for attending, see our website for more information about Heritage BC Workshops & Webinars:

November 4, 2016 at 12:00 PM
» Heritage Legislation in British Columbia Webinar

December 2, 2016 at 12:00 PM
» NEW: Heritage Conservation Areas in B.C. Webinar

NOTE: Once you register, please keep your registration link safe as this is unique to you.

For more information, contact Maxine Schleger at mschleger@heritagebc.ca, 1-855-349-7243 or 604-428-7243.



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Friday, November 25, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Register: at  http://cahp-acecp.ca/chapters/british-columbia/  by PayPal or send cheque before November 10 to:  BCAHP 1030 - 470 Granville Street, Vancouver, BC V6C 1V5

Please register early and help us in planning the meeting.

General attendance $40.00 (BCAHP $35.00) incl. coffee breaks & lunch 
No host wine & cheese reception at 4:00 pm

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