Heritage Week 2020

Celebrating our cultural heritage and historic places

February 17 – 23, 2020

Heritage Week offers a chance to explore heritage across BC and Canada. In 2020 the theme is “2020 Vision: Bringing the Past into the Future”. Watch this page for details of events that celebrate the theme.

Heritage in all its forms has the power to bring people together and create a sense of belonging. Gathering places like community places, religious buildings, public squares and parks, and traditional sites, as well as cultural objects such as artifacts, memorabilia and family items are tangible touchstones with the past that connect us to history and can serve as a base for engaged communities. Intangible heritage, which includes languages, food, traditional rituals, music, dance, storytelling and more, is at the heart of family and community.


Thank you to everyone who joined us for Heritage Week 2019! We’ve created a short video with some highlights from the week. Enjoy!

To celebrate the week, VHF offered three events that explored Vancouver's cultural heritage and the important role intangible heritage plays in adding significance to sites and buildings. We started the week with a free event at Heritage Hall, Places That Matter Community Celebration, an evening of music, food, conversation and storytelling. We also enjoyed a special experience at Chinatown House, an innovative new curated co-working space where we learned about the significance of tea to the Chinese community during Tea at Chinatown House. Then we headed out to the Oakridge neighbourhood to learn about the vibrant Jewish community that has grown in this area, during Oakridge Community History Tour. We hope you enjoyed the week and are inspired to explore more heritage and history.