Heritage Week 2018

Celebrating our heritage sites and buildings

February 19 – 25, 2018


Heritage Week celebrates built heritage across BC and Canada. In 2018, the theme is “Heritage Stands the Test of Time”. Heritage sites and buildings offer insight and education about our past and can be enjoyed and utilized by all generations. This February, we hosted a series of events honouring our historic legacy and offering a chance to explore and learn about Vancouver’s special heritage spaces. Below is a short video highlighting some moments from the week. We hope you enjoy and are inspired to celebrate heritage places and local history all year long.

Thank you to everyone who joined us for Heritage Week 2018! We've created a short video with some highlights from the week. Enjoy!

Places That Matter: Community Celebration
Wednesday, February 21st

Celebrate the local, cultural and lesser known history of our city with a free evening of storytelling, community and refreshments. Local comedian Morgan Brayton will serve as MC introducing several speakers connected to memorable sites honoured through the Places That Matter program. There will be opportunities to share your own stories, explore community booths, and learn about the Places That Matter plaque project and the new Community History Resource website.

Gastown Revisited
A second date has been added, for more information and to register please click here.

Since its designation as a heritage district in 1971, Gastown has continued to evolve and adapt to a changing city. On this walking tour, John Atkin will explore some of the more recent interventions and discover there’s more to the district than initially meets the eye.

Sunday Morning at Punjabi Market
Sunday, February 25th

Enjoy a morning of cultural stories and local history in the historic Punjabi Market, one of our Places That Matter sites. Naveen Girn, Community Engagement Specialist and co-founder of the South Asian Canadian Histories Association (SACHA) and Steve Ram, owner of long-time local establishment, All India Sweets & Restaurant will speak to Punjabi Market's unique history and cultural legacy. Enjoy authentic chai, treats and hear about the people, businesses and stories that make this part of town so special. Then enjoy a walking tour of the area that highlights the past and looks towards the future of this vibrant area.