Heritage Study Guide for Schools

A study guide and grants for educators to engage young learners in Vancouver's diverse history and heritage places

Vancouver Heritage Foundation has developed a Heritage Study Guide and also offers grants for books and field trips. Our goals for this program are:

  • To increase students’ awareness and knowledge of local heritage places and history by providing learning opportunities inside and outside the classroom.
  • To encourage students and teachers to engage with Vancouver’s diverse heritage places, and contribute to meaningful discussions around their histories and future legacies.

Thank You to Our Project Partners

Andrew Mahon Foundation

GMR Foundation

VHF’s Heritage Study Guide for Schools Document (PDF)

This 28-page document provides context and an overview to VHF’s online resources, approach to heritage places and local history, and includes direct links to excellent online resources and teaching guides created by local organizations and individuals around cultural heritage and history, place-based learning and more!

Please let us know how you have used the Guide and share additional resources for the updated version you think all educators should know!

An updated version will be available in 2021. (This document will be edited annually).

2021 Professional Development Opportunities: Register Now!

New! Cultural Connections and Place Based Learning: Perspectives on Heritage Places and Local History
Monday, April 26th from 9am-3pm

Join us for the last full Pro-D Day of 2020/2021. This session will include historical context and current discussion for specific topics on: Musqueam Language Revitalization, Chinese-Canadian, Japanese-Canadian, Filipino-Canadian, African-Canadian, and Vancouver civic history and heritage places. Please see the event details below. If you cannot attend the full day but wish to receive a recording and resources afterwards, please sign up and you will be contacted.

Previous Pro-D Days have included walking tours, site histories, virtual walks and ways to engage with your school-specific local community and ways of understanding heritage; past, present and future. Each Pro-D day builds on past knowledge and educators’ input and requests help to shape future events. VHF has participated in the BCSSTA and VSB Pro-D Events, and hosted virtual events and in-person tours for educators.

If you are interested in having VHF present to your organization or school, please contact



Cultural Connections and Place Based Learning: Perspectives on Heritage Places and Local History

Monday, April 26th, 9am – 3pm

Join VHF for a full day Professional Development for Educators! Many historic places are visible in our streetscapes and neighbourhoods but often cultural histories and stories of resilience are lesser-known. What can we learn from the buildings, people, parks, monuments and place names around us? How do we connect the present with the past, and reshape the narratives around which students learn about local history?

2021 Professional Development Opportunities

New! Cultural Connections and Place Based Learning: Perspectives on Heritage Places and Local History

Monday, April 26th from 9am – 3pm

VHF is offering a full day Pro-D Day for educators on April 26th around cultural connections featuring resources and speakers on the following histories: Musqueam First Nation, Chinese-Canadian, Japanese-Canadian, Filipino-Canadian, and African-Canadian, and Vancouver civic history.

This full-day session will include historical context for specific cultural groups with a range of presentations. There will be time for Q&A and breakout groups to discuss speakers’ topics. VHF will share resources and additional local connections, and will also speak about the VHF Heritage Study Guide and Schools Grants for books and field trips.

Speakers include:

  • Panel Discussion on Language Revitalization hosted by Musqueam Language and Culture.
  • Dr. Leonora Angeles: Associate Professor, SCARP, and the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice at UBC.
  • John Atkin: Civic historian, walking tour guide, author and heritage consultant.
  • Lama Mugabo: Community Planner and co-founder of Hogan’s Alley Society.
  • Jeff Chiba Stearns: Japanese Canadian animation and documentary filmmaker, illustrator and author.
  • Aynsley Wong: Board member with the Wongs’ Benevolent Association.
  • Host, Jessica Quan, VHF Special Projects Manager.

For more information, contact


Places That Matter Community History Resource (100+ places in Vancouver, nominated and selected by the public. Blue oval plaques mark many sites and the website sources history, stories, videos and images)

Heritage Site Finder Interactive Map (over 2200 sites on the City’s heritage register, individual history, architectural details, images, and stories)

Research Guide (coming soon)

Vancouver House Styles (Coast Salish Plank House to current styles)

Printable PDF’s of a selection of Vancouver House Styles drawings of a selection of Vancouver House Styles drawings

VHF Youtube Channel: features virtual walking tour, evening lectures, shorts and a documentary on diverse heritage and history in Vancouver. Please inquire for access to “teacher only” materials.