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 2019 (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 fall 2021. (This document will be edited annually).

Professional Development Opportunities

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.

On April 26th, 2021 we hosted a full day with 5 speakers “Perspectives on Local History and Heritage Places”.

If you are interested in having VHF present to your organization or school  (free for VSB schools), please 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.


   VHF supports the Vancouver Heritage Fairs.