Who We Are

VHF advances the appreciation and conservation of our city’s diverse heritage places and their stories. We raise awareness of the vital contribution that heritage makes to a vibrant, inclusive, and sustainable community.

We host informative events and workshops, create resources about Vancouver’s history and heritage places, and provide financial and practical support for the successful conservation of historic buildings and sites.

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Join us on Saturday, June 22nd at 11am for a Places that Matter Plaque Presentation at Douglas Park! Visit us at the VHF PTM table and stay for the family-friendly entertainment and activities and lunch options.

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Upcoming Events

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May 21 Heritage HourIn Person

It’s been 50 years since the very first heritage designations were made by City Council in 1974. Those first 22 buildings were some of the city’s most notable landmarks including the Post Office at Hastings and Granville, Hycroft in Shaughnessy and the iconic Sun Tower. Join John Atkin and Jeannette Hlavach to explore those designations, the rationale for their selection and how our thinking about heritage resources and what we value has evolved over the half century.

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May 25 Walking TourIn Person

The place we call Vancouver was a varied landscape of forest, bogs and streams that flowed into the surrounding waters. The streams and the bogs were an important source of food for the Indigenous population. However, settlement and resource extraction saw the destruction of these waterways so that today there are only 2 open streams within the city. On this series of walks we’ll walk the courses of some lost streams and find the traces that reveal their location and look at the development of the area over time. This walk will focus on the area around 17th Avenue and St. George Street.

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Jun 1 House TourIn Person

From a 1913 Arts and Crafts church in Arbutus Ridge and a Dutch Colonial Revival home in Marpole to a stunning Mid-Century modern home and 1925 Tudor Revival Style house in Kerrisdale, take a peek inside a selection of eight unique heritage properties and learn about their history, architecture, and design. Participants will also have the opportunity to explore other lesser-known places and spaces that have shaped each neighbourhood, as well as connect with local businesses and community organizations. The tour is self-guided and ticket holders can choose which stops to visit and in which order.

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Discover Vancouver's Heritage

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Places That Matter sites recognize some of the people, places and events that tell the story of Vancouver’s history.

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Resources and Guides

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