Places That Matter Plaque Project

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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 stories of Vancouver’s history.

We continue to celebrate all 125 selected Places That Matter sites in Vancouver, but welcome further nominations. Please contact lisa@vancouverheritagefoundation.org for more details and read the PDF files at the bottom of the page.

Stay tuned for 2016 celebrations and updates! Our 125 Places That Matter sites are often in the news. Follow along for updates and stories, and connect with us! 

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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.


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 

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Past Plaque Presentations

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

2015

  • We celebrated a special series of 5 sites relating to the themes of West Hastings Street's history. See the map and archival images of all 5 West Hastings sites here.
  • 84 June 26 - Tourism  Harbour Centre, 555 W Hastings St
  • 83 June 26 - Financial District  Birks Building, 698 W Hastings St
  • 82 June 26 - It's a Parade!  802 W Hastings St
  • 81 June 26 - Along the Bluff  Lot 19 at the foot of Hornby and Hastings Street
  • 80 June 26 - "Canada's Magnificent Pacific Harbour"  Portal Park, at the corner of Thurlow and Hastings Sts

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2012

2011

Thank you to our plaque sponsors, in-kind donors and supporters!

Places That Matter plaques and free public events have been made possible with the generous support of individuals, local businesses, organizations, city, government, and many volunteers. 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. Sites currently 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 news clip on how the project began (1 min 30 sec) back in 2011

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