The Vancouver Heritage Site Finder Interactive Map is a project initiated by Vancouver Heritage Foundation in the fall of 2013. It is an interactive map of buildings (residential, commercial, mixed use, institutional) and sites (such as landscapes, parks and monuments) found on the Vancouver Heritage Register. Many sites will have current and archival images, sourced descriptions and further links and information. It can be used to explore and learn about heritage within the city of Vancouver. Use it from home or on a mobile device while exploring the city (add your location to see nearby sites).
* Addresses found on this website are sourced from the 2017 City of Vancouver Heritage Register. Updates are in progress and ongoing.
Vancouver Heritage Foundation will be launching a Heritage Study Guide with this Heritage Site Finder Interactive Map as one of the key online learning resources. See our current Schools Page.
For information on grants available from VHF: VHF Grants
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What does A, B,C, D, N mean?
The categories A, B or C indicate the level of heritage significance attributed to a site or structure for the purposes of the Register. The category D indicates that the site is protected by a legal heritage designation by the City of Vancouver or by the Province of British Columbia. The category N is for those sites recognized by the Government of Canada as National Historic Sites.
Why do some buildings have a grey marker?
These are important buildings or sites that do not have an A, B or C classification on the Register. This can include municipally designed buildings in Chinatown or Gastown, Parks and Landscapes and other heritage assets.
Who is responsible for the Heritage Register?
The Heritage Register is one of the heritage recognition and protection tools put in place and managed by the City of Vancouver. Vancouver Heritage Foundation has drawn on publicly available data as the basis for this interactive map to provide an easy-to-use research tool.
What kind of information is on the Vancouver Heritage Site Finder?
For each address on the Vancouver Heritage Site Finder map, the following information will be available: an image of the site, the neighbourhood it is in, the level of heritage significance where applicable, protection status (if any), any VHF grants received, a brief description, and sources for the description information.
So far, over 2200 sites have partial information. The map is a work-in-progress. Please contact us if you would like to help with further photography or research.
Are there restrictions on my property if it is on the Heritage Register?
VHF recommends consultation with a heritage specialist and with Heritage Planning staff at the City of Vancouver prior to making any alterations or considering demolition of any site listed on the Heritage Register. Restrictions may apply on alterations, both to the exterior and interior. Demolition permits will not be issued before development and building permits for the new development are approved, allowing the opportunity for discussion of alternatives.
How do I get a building or site added to the Heritage Register?
The first step is to contact Heritage Planning staff at the City of Vancouver. More information on this and other questions regarding the Register can be found here. VHF may also help with the associated costs of applying to add a property to the Heritage Register with the “Get on the Register” grant.
VHF would like to thank our project partners and volunteers who have helped to make this project possible.
SplitMango Media Inc.: Technical web services and sponsorship.
City of Vancouver: Provision of open source data.
Heritage BC: This project was funded in part by Heritage BC through the Heritage Legacy Fund.
Annie Liang, Alan Tang: Interactive map design and set-up.
Sources are acknowledged in the text. In particular: Canada’s Historic Sites, Changing Vancouver Then and Now images, City of Vancouver Heritage Department with the assistance of Hugh McLean, Bob Hare, James Johnstone, Harold Kalman and Robin Ward’s “Exploring Vancouver: The Essential Architectural Guide”. City of Vancouver Archives digital database.
Volunteer contributors of images, research and input: Christine Allen, Neil Armitage, John Atkin, Rob Atkins, Martin Bennett-Retei, Ed Biggs, Tammy Blair, Jessica Blesch, Marty Boechler, Barry Bogart, Kelly Borget, Carrie Chan, Jayce Chen, Jo-Ann Chiu, Jennifer Chow, Ada Con, Alison Cowling, Olivia D’Agostini, Sara dos Santos, Leanna Favaro, Janine Foan, Anjela Godber, Svonne Godeseth, Olivia Golden, Haiana Gomes Souza, Charles-Antoine Gravel, Alice Guo, Bob Hare, Anke Hurt, Robert Henrickson, Alistair Henning, Steve Hodder, Rick Horne, Rob Howatson, Jessie Huang, Livia Huang, Grant Hutchinson, Nurlaila Jamil, Christian Jarlos, Garry Johns, Ryan Jones, Brian Kipp, Michael Kluckner, Anne Lam, Ric Lam (roaming-the-planet), Shona Lam, Ji-Woo Lee, Joanna Lee, Andrea Lenke, Jean Lum, Simon Martin, Missy Martin, Priyanka Mehta, Samuel Mickelson, Karly Morgan, Kathryn Morrow, Brigitte Mueller, Christine Novosel, Mitchell Patterson, Alex Ramon, Christine Leviczky Riek, Jessica Sanchez, Karen Seaboyer, Sara dos Santos, Cassandra Sclauzero, Kevin Shackles, Haiana Gomes Souza, Ann-Marie Spicer, Charlotte Steele, Jarmila Storkova, Barbara Tili, Madeleine de Trenqualye, Jurian van der Horst, Gina Verster, Claudia von der Heyde, Stephanie Warner, Lisa Wilson, Andy Young, Jeff Yu.
VHF has tried wherever possible to verify sources and provide accurate information. However, despite these efforts, errors may exist on the website. Please contact us and let us know if you discover an error. VHF is not responsible for misuse of information on this site by others.
Zoom into an area of interest or use navigation buttons on the right of your screen.
Search by name or address. Click category ON/OFF buttons to direct your search. Explore the Legend in this section for information on levels of significance and heritage protection.
Click on each marker to learn more about a site. Click the LEARN MORE button for further information (where added)