Places That Matter

Celebrating the people, places and events that tell the stories of Vancouver.

  • On February 21st during Heritage Week 2018, we officially launched the Places That Matter Community History Resource website with a “Places That Matter: Community Celebration” at Kits House. Thank you to all speakers, participants and our host. We hope to repeat this community celebration as an annual tradition.
  • On June 21st we attended National Aboriginal Day at Musqueam and shared the 5 Musqueam sites selected by the community.
  • Stay tuned! We are working on plaque presentations for 5 Musqueam Sites, BC Place Stadium and J.W. Sexsmith Community School.
  • Get involved! We are in the process of developing a VHF Heritage Study Guide for students and teachers, with the new BC Curriculum. If you are an educator or student with input on lessons plans and study guides we would love to hear from you. Please contact:

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. 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 the 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 125 Vancouver stories were selected to be celebrated with a researched blue plaque. The Community History Resource website was created in 2017 and is a content-rich site with individual pages for each of the PTM sites. Discover the layers of history at each site through archival images, current photos and online resources. Submit a personal story or photograph of a site and see the project grow!

Between 2011-2017 we celebrated and presented 86 plaques in public events around the city.
(In alphabetical order)

Ace Cycles
Along the Bluff
Arbutus Corridor
Arbutus Grocery
Balaclava Block of Houses
Benny's Market
Bloedel Conservatory
Burrard Skytrain Station- Art Phillips Park
Burrard View Park
Cambie Plumbing and Heating- Neon Sign
Canada Place
Canada's Magnificent Pacific Harbour
Canron Building
Celtic Cannery
Commodore Ballroom
The Chicken Coop
China Creek Cycle Track
Choklit Park
Collingwood Branch of the VPL
Collingwood Neighbourhood House
Davie Street Village
Dayton Boots Factory
Del Mar Inn
Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Chinese Classical Garden
Elms of East 6th Avenue
Expo-Legacy: Science World
Financial District
First City Hospital
First Gas Station in Canada
First Sikh Temple in North America
First United Church
Francophone Village
Gathering Place Community Centre
Gibby's Field
Hastings Park Race Course
Historic Joy Kogawa House
Hogan's Alley
It's A Parade!
Jericho Arts Centre
Kensington Park View
Kerrisdale Community Centre- Point Grey Municipal Hall
Kerrisdale Cyclone Taylor Arena
King Edward High School Wall
Kitsilano Neighbourhood House
Lakeview Disaster
The Lee Buildng
Lions Gate Bridge
Livestock Building- Hastings Park
Louvre Hotel
Major Matthews' House
Mountain View Cemetery
Nat Bailey Stadium
Nellie Yip Quong House
Original City Hall Sites
Original Jewish Community Centre
Original Border of Vancouver at Nanaimo Street
Original Site of the Arts Club Theatre Company
Out for Lunch Noon Hour Concert Series
Pacific Coliseum
The Penthouse Cabaret
Punjabi Market
The Railway Club
Robson Square
Russian Community Centre
Ruth Morton Church
Save on Meats
Shakespeare Garden
Shaughessy Hospital Beatrice Lennie Reliefs
Smilin' Buddha Cabaret
Spencer's Department Store
Stanley Park Rock Garden
Strathcona Community Gardens
Stumps at Maple Grove Park
Sunset Beach Park
Temple Sholom
Trout Lake
Unitarian Church of Vancouver
Vancouver Folk Music Festival
Vancouver Free University- the Cultch
VanDusen Botanical Garden
Walter and Mary Lee Chan House
The Western Front
Wooden Rollercoaster

Thank you to the site selection committee!

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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