Support Local Heritage During COVID-19

Businesses and sites you can support

Many local businesses and organizations have worked with VHF to recognize local history through the Places That Matter plaque project and many more work from and help sustain local heritage buildings and sites found on the Heritage Site Finder. We have reached out to contacts to find out who is open and in what capacity, as well as who has alternative ways to support them during this time. Many are striving to keep serving the community and, where possible, we encourage you to support these organizations and other local businesses in your area.

Please note that as of early June many businesses and organizations have been able to reopen with safety measures in place and/or modified hours and capacity. See below for updates!

If you are a legacy business, heritage site, or museum we invite you to contact us about inclusion on this webpage. The situation for many businesses and organizations can change quickly. Please confirm open hours and available programming with individual listings before visiting, and please let us know of any errors or corrections.

Places That Matter sites and project partners

All India Sweets & Restaurant – Open for pick up and delivery only

Arts Club Theatre Company – Venues and offices closed but there is online digital content available as well as ways to support

BC Heritage Fairs Virtual Fair 2020 – In-person fairs cancelled but a virtual fair is being offered. Sign up online.

Benny Foods – Open regular hours

Bloedel Conservatory – Currently closed to the public but they are sharing videos and photos of resident birds on their social media

Cartems Donuterie – Both locations are now open for take out, Thursday – Sunday from 9:30am to 3:30pm. Pre-ordering available online

Cedar Cottage Community Garden – Garden is open with safety and social distancing guidelines, group activities cancelled

Choices Markets – Open with safety and social distancing measures in place. Online orders are available for seniors, first responders, people in self isolation or immunocompromised

Chinese Canadian Historical Society of BC – Visit their Facebook page for posts about ways to support organizations in Chinatown, what restaurants are open and links to virtual lectures and experiences. As well, they are partnering with Modernize Tailors to provide custom, reusable masks.

Chinese Canadian Stories UBC – All resources are online. Please note that the physical libraries and learning centres at UBC are closed

City of Vancouver Archives – Public access to the Archives’ Reading Room is now by appointment only

COBS Bread – Locations are open with safety and physical distancing measures in place

Collingwood Neighbourhood House – Currently physical locations are closed but many services are still available by phone or online

Collingwood VPL – All Vancouver Public Library branches are closed but the digital library is available 24/7. Excellent online resources for all ages, e-books and more. The VPL Facebook page also offers live storytime

CULTCH – All public spaces are closed, however please visit their website for ways to support

David’s Tea – Currently all locations are closed but their online store is open

Dayton Boots – Open weekdays by appointment only. Their online store is also open

Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association – Via social media and e-newsletters, they are sharing many of resources about COVID-19, virtual downtown events and current information on downtown businesses

Dr. Sun Yat Sen Classical Chinese Garden – Currently closed, but offering online meditation sessions and art tour talks

East India Carpets – Showroom is open Monday – Saturday from 10am to 5pm with health and safety measures in place

First United Church – Supporting emergency shelter and housing for the homeless and community needs

Gathering Place Community Centre – Public indoor access is currently suspended. Take out meals, showers and laundry services are still available

Granville Island –  The public market is open from 9am to 5pm everyday, with senior only shopping from 9am to 10am. However not all businesses within the market are open, visit their website for a full list

Hamilton Harron Funeral Home – Open with special measures in place

Heatley Block – They are now open with physical distancing measures in place

Heritage Hall – Currently the hall is closed for large events, but offices and businesses are open with limited staff on site

Historic Joy Kogawa House – Open by appointment only. There is also virtual programming available

Jewish Museum and Archives of BC – Online exhibitions, extensive publications and research as well as a request for COVID-19 personal experiences

JJ Bean Coffee Roasters – All of their Vancouver cafes have now reopened with limited hours while continuing take-out only, physical distancing, and cleaning guidelines

Kerrisdale Business Association – Listing of businesses open for take out or delivery

Kitsilano Neighbourhood House – Essential child care for workers, food program (cafe) and community fund in place, many ways to volunteer and assist the wider community online

La Federation des francophones de la Colombie-Britannique – Maintaining a list of Francophone organizations that are offering resources, services and activities at this time

Mount Pleasant Business Improvement Area – Providing online support and resources for the neighbourhood

Mountain View Cemetery – Remains open with physical distancing measures in place, however memorial service bookings are currently cancelled

Murchie’s Tea and Coffee – Online store is open. Physical store locations are either operating on reduced hours or temporarily closed, please visit the website for more information

Naam Restaurant – Open for pick-up, delivery and have a limited number of dine-in tables with reduced hours

Nikkei National Museum and Archives – They are scheduled to reopen with appropriate safety measures in place on June 2nd. Their exhibitions, research and education programming is still available online

Northern Building Supply – Their office is now open

ONNI Group – Complied a list of COVID-19 resources

Pacific National Exhibition – Planning different forms of events and engagement for summer. They have begun drive thru PNE experiences

Purdy’s Chocolates – All shops are closed but curbside service and online orders available as well as the continuation of fundraising programs

Ruth Morton Baptist Church – Now called the Mountainview Christian Fellowship, they are currently closed but offer weekly online sermons and activities

Save-on-Meats – Public service is currently unavailable, however they are working to provide 1,000 meals daily to vulnerable people. You can support their efforts by donating to the Better Life Foundation or purchasing meal tokens

Science World – Currently closed, but online resources available for learning (videos, lessons and more), as well as ways to support

SFU Bookstore – Physical locations are currently closed, however their eshop is available for a selection of products, as well as online ordering for Summer 2020 course materials

Societe de developpement economique Colombie-Britannique – Resources and information about COVID-19 especially focused on small businesses

Societe historique francophone de la Colombie-Britannique – Many online collections and virtual exhibitions to explore

Solus Trust Company – Open however their physical offices are closed with staff work remotely

Starbucks – They are now open for walk-in take-out orders with drive-thru and delivery options still available

Strathcona Community Gardens – Open to gardeners following safety and social distancing guidelines, events cancelled

Tractor Fine Foods – All locations are open with online ordering and delivery still available

Trees Organic – All locations are open with safety measures in place

Unitarian Church – Currently closed but services and meetings continue virtually

Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Society – Currently closed to the public, but they are continuing to support vulnerable people experiencing homelessness, including with emergency supplies, food and shelter support and help with income assistance. You can donate on their website

Vancouver Art Gallery – They are planning to reopen on June 15, 2020, with advance access for members and donors and special hours for frontline workers.

Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation – Most outdoor recreation facilities are open for casual use. Visit their social media channels for information and updates on how to use and access parks/facilities during this time

Vancouver Historical Society – New online lectures are scheduled and past lectures available digitally as well as archived online newsletters, resources, projects and the “Story of Vancouver”

Vancouver International Film Festival Theatre – Currently closed to the public but films are available to rent for online streaming. They are planing to hold the 39th festival in September, 2020

VanDusen Botanical Garden – The gardens are now open under new, enhanced operational procedures to ensure everyone’s safety. You must book in advance and purchase an online ticket

Western Front – Currently closed to the public but available by email, browse their extensive online archives. Planning to recommence programs in mid-June

Local museums and heritage sites

Gulf of Georgia Cannery – Currently closed to the public but they have an online database and a collection of free herring fishing videos

Museum of Vancouver – They are scheduled to reopen June 11th with health and safety procedures in place and new hours. Tickets must be purchased online in advance. They are still offering a selection of online content including colouring pages and worksheets, online exhibitions and collection related videos

Roedde House Museum – Currently closed but they have archived exhibition guides and a good unit for Social Studies Grades 4+ “Windows of the Past”

Vancouver Maritime Museum – They are scheduled to reopen June 11th with health and safety procedures in place. Purchasing tickets online in advance is suggested.  #VirtualVMM offers a collection of online resources including artifacts and online catalogue as well as a virtual tour of the St. Roch

Other Resources

To discover other local businesses and organizations that are open, check out this additional resource:

Heritage Vancouver Society – They have created a map of local businesses that are open and operating

Scout Magazine – Local food and culture website with news and a map of restaurants with take out options