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.
Places 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 with information and images
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 here. Other sites available for sponsorship are indicated in “past presentations” with an *asterisk.
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