February 15 – 21, 2016
Heritage Week celebrates built heritage across BC and kicks off with Heritage Day across Canada. In 2016, the theme is “Distinctive Destinations: Experience Historic Places”. Heritage tourism offers adventure, storied history, vibrant culture and stunning landscapes for every age group and interest: from trendy neighbourhoods to sacred landmarks and grand hotels. VHF invites you to join us for a series of events that explore Vancouver’s unique heritage places – those that have long been a draw to the city and those that are waiting to be discovered.
Vancouver is unique in culture, history and natural environment, all of which have shaped our landscape, development and infrastructure. As soon as the railway reached the glistening shores of the West Coast, travelers near and far were fascinated with the incredible forests, mountains and mild climate so different from the rest of Canada. Vancouver has developed around its natural beauty with buildings and sites anchored to our passion for green and industry rooted in natural resources. Since the 1800s Vancouver has continued to be a popular tourist place with interest in historic architecture like the Marine Building and popular Gastown, pilgrimages of our lengthy music history including historic venues such as the Commodore Ballroom and an appreciation of the rich First Nations legacy seen all over the city.