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Thursday, May 4



Cole Island and Naval Base: Tour this designated heritage park featuring naval buildings dating back to 1860 with Richard Linzey, Ben Gurley and Gord Macdonald. This tour will run from 12:30pm to 5:00pm. The tour of the Naval Base includes: visit to the Riggers Shop, and views of the Admiral’s House, Duntze Head QF battery, Bickford’s Tower, Works Yard and timber seasoning sheds, and dry dock and pump house. The conservation and buildings archeology tour of Cole Island includes the guardhouse, shell stores and powder magazines. Pre-registration is required; space is limited. Participants are responsible for transportation to and from the naval base. Pre-registration is required; space is limited. ($25)

Sponsored by Cultural Resource Management Program (CRMP), University of Victoria

1:00PM –5:00PM

Registration and Information Desk at Harbour Towers Hotel Lobby


Our Living Languages: Experience a personalized tour of the Royal BC Museum’s groundbreaking, interactive exhibition that celebrates the resilience and diversity of First Nations languages in BC in the face of change. The tour will be hosted by First Peoples’ Cultural Council, the co-partners in the creation of this exhibition. Pre-registration is required; space is limited. ($25)


Open Doors Victoria: Join John Somogyi on this exclusive walking tour of otherwise inaccessible buildings, including the Odd Fellows Hall, the Masonic Hall and Union Club, a recent heritage award winner recognizing excellence in heritage conservation. Pre-registration is required; space is limited. ($25)



Heritage SLAM!

Opening Night Reception at the Robert Bateman Centre

Welcome to Victoria and our 2017 conference, Heritage: Imagining Futures! Inspired by Pecha Kucha and Ignite events, Heritage Slam! gives delegates the opportunity to showcase their best, most innovative and exciting projects in a fast-paced and fun evening. Each presenter shows off their work with 15 slides and 15 seconds per slide. Slam!

Food and drink included.

Sponsored by The Salient Group


Friday, May 6



Complimentary Hot Breakfast



Imagining Futures

Opening keynote address with Lorna Williams, followed by a panel discussion and plenary workshop. “The future of heritage is…” With a few simple words, we shift our reflection from “what was” to imaginatively explore “what can be”.

Sponsored by Donald Luxton & Associates Ltd.



Lunch: join us behind the Royal BC Museum for a taste of Victoria – there will be lots of choice with six food trucks on site. Afterwards, come into the Museum to explore the BC Heritage Fairs regional exhibition. The youth will amaze you with their vision of heritage and its future.



Planning Without a (Heritage) Planner

Innovations for Heritage Properties (Sponsored by Macdonald & Lawrence Timber Framing Ltd.)

Collaborations: A Call to Action



Intersections: Archeology and Heritage (Sponsored by Macdonald & Lawrence Timber Framing Ltd.)

New Connections: Meaning and Significance

Digital Technologies & Building New Values for Cultural Heritage



Dine Around: Choose from our list of interesting restaurants (coming soon).


Saturday, May 6



Complimentary Hot Breakfast



Spreading the Word: Heritage Tourism Marketing 

Heritage in the Hands of the Next Generation (Sponsored by Cultural Resource Management Program (CRMP), University of Victoria)

Future Heritage: Future Access

Sponsored by Iredale Architecture 


Planners Roundtable (Sponsored by BC Association of Heritage Professionals.)

Help a Colleague: Ask an Expert

Heritage Commission and Committee Roundtable



Complimentary Lunch



Heritage BC Annual General Meeting



Buses to the Songhees Wellness Centre (a bus will be held for those attending the AGM)



Talking Stick: Moving Toward a Framework of Recognition, Commemoration and Reconciliation.

Presented with the First Peoples’ Cultural Council

Sponsored by Ravenstone Masonry and Conservation Inc.  



Reception at the Songhees Wellness Centre (cash bar) Sponsored by Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals.



Dinner and entertainment at the Songhees Wellness Centre (this event is ticketed)

Sponsored by Vintage Woodworks


Programming and schedule subject to change.



Culture-Heritage Maps