Discover Heritage

Heritage Site Finder

The Vancouver Heritage Register on an Interactive Map

Visit the Map

The Heritage Site Finder is an interactive map of the Vancouver Heritage Register, previously only accessible to the public as a PDF. The Heritage Site Finder lets you search over 2200 locations by address or site name, with images and information for each site. The interactive map is compatible with both desktop and mobile devices.

New Features

  • A “Contact us” button has been added to each site’s overview page. Clicking on it brings the user to a form where you can contact VHF and share your personal connection to the address/site, upload a photo or share a comment/correction. We may contact you if we wish to add your story or image to the Heritage Site Finder project.
  • Learn More” button to see the “Overview” full page description of each site. This full page is now shareable with an independent webpage link, and searchable online by name/address.
  • Gallery” page has been updated, click to see current and archival images of each site.
  • New Icons: “other” category and “removed/losses“.
  • See all “National Historic Sites” (14) and all protected or designated sites (over 600) in Vancouver.
  • Vancouver Historic Areas are shown, currently including “Chinatown Historic Area” and “Gastown Historic Area”.

Thank You to Our Project Partners

SplitMango Media Inc

Heritage BC, Heritage Legacy Fund

Get Youth Working Grant from Province of BC

Notes about using the map

Please read the introductory page and refer to the FAQ section for help in navigating this web tool. We recommend that you use Firefox or Chrome web browser.

The Heritage Register is a key component in the City of Vancouver’s Heritage Conservation Program. Compiled in the 1980s and adopted by Council in 1986 to celebrate the City’s centenary, it has been under comprehensive review since 2015 to update it for the first time. The Heritage Site Finder provides a useful tool for all to better understand what is already on the Heritage Register and what could be added.

Visit the City of Vancouver Heritage Register PDF here.

Acknowledgements and Awards

Thank you to SplitMango Media Inc for their continued support and dedication on this project. This project was funded in part by Heritage BC through the Heritage Legacy Fund and in part by a Get Youth Working Grant from the Province of BC.

  • In 2016 Heritage BC, Award of Honour for Heritage Education and Awareness and in 2017, the Award of Honour from the City of Vancouver Heritage Awards.
  • If you are interested in becoming involved by supporting this project with a sponsorship or donation, please contact Executive Director, Emily Lonie.

Volunteer Opportunities

Thank you to that many research and photography volunteers who have contributed to this project.

It was an interesting experience volunteering for Vancouver Heritage Foundation, and the experience has changed my perception of looking at the city as a new immigrant to Canada. I have never been bored walking on the street in this city because there is always something new to think about, discover and explore. Thanks for the opportunity volunteering at VHF

Research Volunteer 2017-2018

My time volunteering at the VHF has been a great learning experience. It gave me an avenue to transfer and to apply some of the skills I have picked in school, and to discover more on the magnificent heritage buildings in the city. I enjoyed the creative challenge of choosing and analysing a plethora of resources, and in repackaging the stories of each building into a brand new tale. I highly encourage individuals who are interested in history, architecture, urban studies or similar fields to try out this valuable opportunity. You will learn a lot!

Volunteer 2016