Heritage Study Guide for Schools

A study guide 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 include:

  • 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!



2021 Professional Development Opportunities

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

Monday, April 26th from 9am – 3pm, $30

VHF is offering a full day Pro-D Day for educators 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.

Register HERE.

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.