Places That Matter Plaque Project

Join VHF in celebrating people, places and events that matter!

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Upcoming Presentations – dates and details to be determined

    • The Commodore
    • VanDusen Gardens
    • Pauline Johnson
    • Robson Square

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. 

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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. Celebrations are open to everyone and we welcome the chance to bring people together to celebrate our shared history! Join us for a presentation!

If you would like to support our Places That Matter plaque project, why not sponsor a plaque or make a donation? (*See above for upcoming events with plaques available). View the Sponsorship PDF here or email for more details. Other sites available for sponsorship are indicated in “past presentations” with an *asterisk. To donate any amount, click here.

See all 125 sites on the Google map


To Be Confirmed for 2014

White Spot Drive-In, Sunset Beach, The Commodore, Pauline Johnson, Athletic Park (now Granville Loop), Burrard Street Bridge,   Cyberspace (Granville St), Heatley Block, Loggers’ Social Hall, Musqueam Nation historic sites, Recreation Park (Yaletown Park), Robson Square, the Viaducts, and many more!


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*Sites marked with an asterisk are available for sponsorship. Contact us if you're interested!


Thank you to the Site Selection Committee members!

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

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