Places That Matter Plaque Project

Celebrating the people, places and events that tell the story of Vancouver


Vancouver Heritage Foundation’s Places That Matter plaque project began in 2011 to celebrate Vancouver’s 125th anniversary of incorporation as a City, and the goal of the project is to raise awareness about the people, places and events that tell the story of Vancouver’s history.

Thank you for joining us in celebrating our latest 5 Places That Matter plaques on West Hastings Street! See photos here. Join a free West Hastings walking tour Fridays in July!

 And a huge thank you to our volunteers, and event contributors: David’s Tea, EasyPark, Ingledew’s, Walter’s Shoe Products, Murchie’s Tea and Coffee, Purdy’s Chocolatiers, SFU Bookstore, Tractor Foods, Trees Organics, Vancouver Lookout, Vancouver Ice Cream Co., Hastings West and the Downtown Vancouver BIA, and music by Doreen Bender Trio.

 Photos from Plaque Presentations

Thank you to our plaque presentation volunteer photographers: Alex Salaveria and Rick Horne. To view photos from all presentations, join and visit our VHF’s Places That Matter facebook page albums.

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PTM-logoPlaces That Matter is all about collaboration – and sharing the unique and lesser known history of the people, places and events that have shaped Vancouver since its incorporation as a city in 1886. Places That Matter evolved from the Vancouver 125th Anniversary celebrations in 2011.  VHF asked the public to nominate a place, person, or event that is important to City of Vancouver but that has yet to receive the acknowledgement it deserves. An independent committee made up of local historians, artists, students, heritage consultants, writers and educators reviewed the nominations and eventually 125 Vancouver stories were selected to be celebrated with a researched blue plaque. Each plaque with a QR code brings the smartphone user directly to this page. All plaques can be viewed digitally in past presentations below (click on the number).

See all 125 sites on the Google map 


Past Plaque Presentations

To view a digital version of each plaque, click on the numbers below.


  • #84 June 26 Tourism West Hastings 5. Harbour Centre, 555 W Hastings St.
  • #83 June 26 Financial District West Hastings 5. Birks Building, 698 W Hastings St.
  • #82 June 26 It's a Parade! West Hastings 5. 802 W Hastings St.
  • #81 June 26  Along the Bluff West Hastings Street 5. Lot 19, Hornby and Hastings.
  • #80 June 26 "Canada's Magnificent Pacific Harbour" West Hastings Street series of 5. Portal Park, Thurlow and Hastings St.





If you would like to support the Places That Matter plaque project, help us by sponsoring a plaque or making a donation. View the sponsorship PDF here or email for more details. To donate any amount, click hereOther sites available for sponsorship are indicated in "past presentations" with an *asterisk. 

Thank you to the site selection committee:

John Atkin, Rebecca Bolwitt, Arabella Campbell, Marguerite Ford, Charles Gauthier, Michael Kluckner, Kamala Todd, Hal Wake, Catherine Wang and Bruce Watson

WATCH the clip on how the project began (1 min 30 sec)

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