Launched in 2011 as part of Vancouver’s 125th anniversary celebrations, Places That Matter commemorates and raises awareness about the people, places and events that shape our city. We continue to tell the lesser known histories of Vancouver’s unique communities, parks, buildings and neighbourhoods through community stories and research. Discover the layers of history at each site with archival images, current photos and online resources. Submit a personal story or photograph of a site and see the project grow!

We’re working on an educational heritage study guide for 2019. If you’re an educator, student or interested in learning more, please contact

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Please Share Your Places That Matter Stories With Us.

Why does this place matter to you?
Share your connection to one, two or more of our Places That Matter sites in Vancouver. Submit a story to add to the project or send us a question or comment. We'll be in touch about adding your story to the webpage. Please note that your story may be used in an edited form in the "Community Stories" section. Thank you.