Who's Doing What!

Communities all across B.C. are finding fun and interesting ways to celebrate Heritage Week, February 17-23, 2014.  Here's what some communities were up to! 

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» Facebook Event: Heritage Afloat!



Cammidge House, 

Boundary Bay Road, Delta, BC
1- 4 pm 
Everyone welcome

Delta is completely surrounded by water and thus the fishing industry became the communities rich heritage and economic backbone  from around 1870.  Governor James Douglas had recently selected ANNIEVILLE (in today's North Delta) as the site for the Provincial Capital.  In 1870 Alexander Loggie, David Hennessy, James Wise and Alexander Ewen rowed across the Fraser River and started the very first cannery in BC and thus gained an important part in history.  By today's standards methods were primitive but soon many more canneries sprung up.  In fact Thomas E. Ladner, whom the town was named after, was part of a group who opened a 3rd cannery where the Chilukthan Slough meets the Fraser River. 

Appropriately JOHN STEVENS, well known fisherman and son of Homer Stevens will be on hand at CAMMIDGE HOUSE  on February 23rd to discuss and inform visitors of the merits of the fishing industry, past and present.

DISPLAYS will be set up in the Main Room of the almost one hundred year old  CAMMIDGE HOUSE to reflect the importance of water surrounding  Delta  and incorporating B.C. FERRIES, the modern DELTAPORT, BIRD MIGRATION, Transportation and the MASSEY TUNNEL. 

The ever popular display of vintage cars will once again be located on the concourse surrounding Cammidge House.... although not of a maritime theme, visitors enjoy the vehicles each year. 

Everyone is welcome and refreshments will be served by volunteers attired in period costume. This is a free event however should any visitor wish to make a donation it is always welcome. Further information available from GEOF HACKER at 605. 943.1303 or email ghacker@dccnet.com.

Monday, February 17, 7 pm
Delta Municipal Hall
Council Chamber
Presentation of the Heritage Award of Merit and Friends of Heritage awards by Mayor Jackson 

Tuesday, February 18, 2 pm
Gibson Elementary School
11451 90 Avenue, North Delta
New Kennedy Trail sign unveiling  

Wednesday, February 19, 10 am
McCrea’s Pool Hall
4880 Delta Street, Ladner
Presentation of the Heritage Award of Merit plaque at McCrea’s Pool Hall 

Friday, February 21, 7 pm
McKee Seniors Recreation Centre
5155 47 Avenue, Ladner 
Delta Museum hosts a talk about Captain George Vancouver, providing insight into the navigation of the northwest coast.


Ladysmith Heritage Afloat
A Celebration of the Maritime Heritage of our Community
11 am to 3 pm
Free to all

Presented by the Ladysmith Maritime Society and the Heritage Revitalization Advisory Commission with participation from local groups and non-profit societies.

This is a great opportunity to learn about the history and fascinating life on our shores in Ladysmith Harbour, once known as Oyster Harbour. Signs for the event will be on the highway coming into Ladysmith. Greeters will be giving out brochure maps with the events and locations. Volunteers will be sharing stories and knowledge about our waterfront heritage at the various land and water sites.


  1. Heritage Boat Restoration Shop – guided tour
  2. Ladysmith Arts Council - Waterfront Gallery and Studios open
  3. LMS Office
    - Model ship display and local art/photography for sale
    - Vintage Outboard motor display with a special exhibit in remembrance of Gary Dalby plus a Cowichan Bay Wooden Boat Society dinghy display
  4. Harbour Heritage Centre – discover the canoes, ships, boats and scows used in our harbour
  5. Amphitheatre circle – Kids’ Model Boat building and sailing them in an on-shore tank and marine conservation interactive activities for all ages offered by the Cetus Research and Conservation Society


  1. Harbour Tours on the Maritimer by donation. Tours will run every half hour between 11:30 am and 2:30 pm.
  2. The Maritime Museum – See the Communication, Navigation and Safety exhibits, Shipwright Tools, and discover the story of the Rainbow Skiff Dinghy.
  3. The Welcome Centre - open with seating and a slideshow presentation

See a cedar dugout canoe and art displays from Stz úminus First Nations

Students’ art work on our theme will be displayed here and at other locations

Enjoy the lively music of Ewan’s group.
The Heritage Boat Shed – photographic panels sharing the history of the Saravan tug boat and the C. A. Kirkegaard, a classic wooden crew boat.

Enjoy a burger or hotdog and a drink at the Rotary Food Tent on the community dock . All Proceeds will go to help eradicate Polio in the World. 

Along the docks will be a wide array of moored boats including some special guests:

  1. The Coastal Mission’s Coastal Messenger and crew
  2. The Coast Guard‘s Ladysmith Responder and their brand new boat and crew
  3. Peter and Pat Moseley’s 1950 Wooden Troller Fishing Boat, named Blaze
  4. and others not confirmed yet.

HERITAGE AFLOAT is a MUST GO event with something for everyone in your family

For details visit: http://vanislelifestyle.ca/ladysmith-heritage-afloat-2014.html

New Westminster

New Westminster Public Library
Art Exhibition: Marking History Through Art Series: Heritage Afloat
Katherine Freund-Hainsworth

February 1- 28, 2014

For the month of February, the New Westminster Public Library’s Reference Gallery presents an art exhibition featuring noted local artist, author, & visual historian Katherine Freund-Hainsworth, and the recent recipient of the Bernie Legge Cultural award winner. With her Marking History Through Art Series, blending 2 dimensional mixed-media art on paper with written history, this exhibition follows the 2014 BC Heritage Week Theme with works illustrating the historical artefact of “afloat at home” within the city of New Westminster waters. The theme of the exhibition and the heritage week theme are both “Heritage Afloat”.  

This art show also works in unison with a library presentation 'A Sense of History Services' by historian Archie Miller, through his monthly series. Miller’s presentation is to be held in the library auditorium at 7:30 pm on Wednesday, February 1. With this combination of talents, Heritage BC’s 2013 Heritage Week Theme is well represented through the library. This heritage celebration of art and writing in the Reference Gallery is free to attend. Come into the library for a magical history tour between February 1-28, 2014.


Central Okanagan Heritage Society

From the Heritage Week Kick-off Breakfast to presentations, lectures, exhibits, tea and exploring, there is a lot of fun events in and around the Okanagan. 
For all the details, invitations and the poster, click here:
» okheritagesociety.com

Monday February 17:

  • Heritage Week Kick-off Breakfast. With guest speaker Ann Bostock. Hosted by the Central Okanagan Heritage Society and Rutland Residents Association at the Central Okanagan Sailing Association, 4220 Hobson Road. Suggested donation $5. 8:00 a.m. RSVP required to cohs@telus.net.
  • Presentations to Kelowna City Council by the Central Okanagan Heritage Society on Heritage Week activities & by the Kelowna Heritage Grants Program. Supporters are encouraged to attend Council Chambers at 1435 Water Street. 1:30 p.m.
  • Guided Tour of Lake Country Museum. Tours also available on Wednesday February 19 and Saturday February 22. 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. 11255 Okanagan Centre Road West. By donation. 250-766-0111

Tuesday February 18: 

  • Preschool Storytime at the EECO. Free storytime for children ages 3-5 and their caregivers. Hear stories and make old-fashioned walnut shell boats. Presented by Regional Parks Services at the EECO, 2363A Springfield Road. 10:00 a.m. 250-469-6140.
  • Conservation Workshop. Do you have a precious paper item that you would like to preserve? Join the Kelowna Museums’ Curator of Collections for a Conservation Workshop and make a preservation pocket for your memories. Registration is a must. Suggested donation $3. 3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.-7:00p.m. 470 Queensway Avenue. 250-763-2417

Wednesday February 19: 

  • Lunchbox Lecture Series. Join Peter Ord, Curator of Penticton Museum, for a talk about the S.S. Sicamous at the Okanagan Heritage Museum, 470 Queensway Avenue. By donation. 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. 250-763-2417
  • Goldfinger: Charles Sydney Goldman. Lake Country Museum invites you to the launch of a new exhibit case. Introduction and talk by Museum Curator, Dan Bruce. Lake Country Museum, 11255 Okanagan Centre Road West. Admission by donation. 7:00 p.m.  250-766-0111

Thursday February 20: 

  • 30th Annual Heritage Awards & Central Okanagan Heritage Society Annual General Meeting. The public is welcome to attend. Benvoulin Heritage Church, 2279 Benvoulin Road. 7:00 p.m. cohs@telus.net

Friday February 21:

  • Heritage Tea. Okanagan Mission Resident’s Association invites you to a Heritage Tea at the Hotel Eldorado in the Sun Room, 500 Cook Road. Tea service 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Saturday February 22:

  • Making History with Kelowna Museums. Visit the Kelowna Museums and make history come alive with fun filled activities for the whole family. For more information visit www.kelownamuseums.ca or call 250-763-2417.

Sunday February 23:

  • Explore Your Parks: Scenic Canyon Regional Park. Join a Regional Parks Interpreter for this easy hike through a portion of this beautiful park. Meet at the Field Road entrance. Free. 10:00 a.m. Call to pre-register: 250-469-6139.

Tuesday to Saturday: 

  • Water and Play at Westbank Museum. The Westbank Museum invites you to view a display depicting the heritage of Water and Play of the West Kelowna area. 2376 Dobbin Road. By donation. 250-768-0110

All Week Long: 

  • Heritage on the Water. The Kelowna & District Genealogical Society presents several displays on Heritage Personalities with the theme Heritage on the Water. These displays will rotate through the following venues all week: Parkinson Recreation Centre, Okanagan Heritage Museum, and Okanagan Regional Library (Kelowna Branch).


Heritage Afloat in Steveston in Richmond

Heritage Afloat in Steveston in Richmond
• Tour the SS Masters and the Boats of Britannia Shipyards.
• See the exhibit at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery – Ryoshi: Nikkei Fishermen of the West Coast
• Guided Walks at London Heritage Farm
• Find out more about the Steveston Interurban Tram 
Sounds like fun!

» Heritage Afloat in Steveston Poster


Dr. Barry Gough: History of the Pacific Coast

Wednesday, February 19, 7-8 pm

In celebration of BC Heritage Week, we welcome Dr. Barry Gough, distinguished historian and author of "Juan de Fuca's Strait: Voyages in the Waterways of Forgotten Dreams". Dr. Gough is also an avid sailor and his talk will touch on his youthful experiences on our coast in what promises to be a most engaging and informative talk. Register at gvpl.ca or call the library for more information. Registration begins January 2. Offered in partnership with Saanich Archives.

Captain J.C. Voss and his Venturesome Voyages
Saanich Centennial Library 
Thursday, Feb 20 7-8:30 pm

Join Jan Drent, retired naval officer and small boat enthusiast, for an enlightening talk on one of BC's most notable vessels. The Tilikum, a former Nuu-chah-nulth dugout canoe captained by J.C. Voss, nearly circumnavigated the globe in 1901 garnering worldwide attention.

Co-sponsored by the GVPL and presented in partnership with the Maritime Museum of BC.
Register at gvpl.ca
For more info contact Sonia Nicholson at Saanich Archives
Tel: 250-475-1775 ext. 3479, Email: archives@saanich.ca

Wednesday, February 19 & Thursday, February 20 from 8-9 pm

Join us at Saanich Archives after the Heritage Week history talks for a special evening opening. Explore displays of old photographs, discover Saanich stories, and learn about your community archives. Saanich Archives staff will be available to answer questions. No registration required. Everyone welcome.


February 17: Baseball, the Olympics and an Arboretum

A look at the Riley Park neighbourhood with John Atkin
10 am - Noon

Heritage Day in Canada this year celebrates 'Places Made for Play' and we are exploring the very diverse Riley Park neighbourhood. From the former rock quarry that is now Queen Elizabeth Park to 62 years of baseball at Nat Bailey, it’s an eclectic look at this neighbourhood. As a special bonus, we'll get to peak inside Nat Bailey Stadium.

February 22: Up the Coast and Overseas
A short history of shipping in Burrard Inlet with John Atkin

1:30 - 3:30pm

From the earliest lumber schooners to the Trans-Pacific liners and coastal ferries, Burrard Inlet has been an important factor in the city’s growth. On this tour we’ll be looking at the history and evolution of the downtown waterfront between Burrard and Main Streets.

February 23: Sunday Morning at Hinge Park
Coffee and history in Vancouver's industrial heritage

9 - 11am (coffee service from 8:30am - 9am)

Hinge Park is a newly designed public space which combines a century of industrial heritage with the creation of a naturalized wetland in Southeast False Creek. Join us at the new JJ Bean location nestled in the heart of this historically significant area for a morning of coffee and history. The morning includes a JJ Bean specialty coffee and baked good, a coffee tasting led by JJ Bean founder and owner John Neate, and a talk about the cafe's design by Brady Dunlop, Associate Architect with DIALOG. Derek Lee of PWL Partnership Landscape Architects will then talk about the industrial history of Southeast False Creek and lead a guided tour of Hinge Park.

February 23: The Kitsilano Shoreline
A History of the Kitsilano shoreline with Amy Adams

1:00pm - 3:30pm

Following the Kitsilano shoreline from False Creek along English Bay to Trafalgar Street, this walk will explore how the water and land have changed over time, influenced by each other and the people living on the shores. Hear about the people who have called this area home, find out what could have dramatically altered the area, and about when smelt were so plentiful they sounded like bacon sizzling in the waves!

Please note this walk is up to 2.5 hours in length and there are stairs along the route. The walk starts under Burrard Bridge and ends at Trafalgar Street which is about 30 minutes west on foot.

To celebrate 
Heritage Week in BC, Vancouver Heritage Foundation is offering a whole week of events that focus on this year’s theme ‘Heritage Afloat’. BC in general, and Vancouver specifically, has been shaped by our connection to waterways including our industry, recreation and transportation. Click here for more:

» www.vancouverheritagefoundation.org


West Vancouver

West Vancouver has been celebrating Heritage Week since 1989. Here are some of this week's activities:

Streams of Colour
The Silk Purse, WV Community Arts Council
A dynamic group art exhibit with artists who share their life journeys through artwork that embraces the imagery and symbolism of water.

Thursday Feb 20
A Walk On The Wild Side:
Exploring the ethno-botanical riches of Wreck Beach and human wellness
A free public talk with Judy Williams, Botany Section of Nature Vancouver, Vancouver Natural History Society

Friday Feb 21
2:30 - 4:30
Heritage Cream Tea with Gleneagles Choir
Seniors' Centre

Saturday Feb 22
2:00 - 4:00
Heritage Fayre
WV Community Centre
Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue
Displays, maps, books

Sunday Feb 23
Hike in Lighthouse Park
10:00 am
A three-hour field trip for Nature Vancouver (Vancouver Natural History Society)

For more info, contact Heritage West Van, Carolanne Reynolds:
604 922 4400



The Maritime Museum of BC

Lecture: Heritage Afloat! Dorothy Sails

February 19, 1-2 pm
By donation

In early 1897, work commenced on a sleek 30ft yacht in the James Bay boatyard of John J. Robinson.  Although nothing remains of Robinson’s busy shop — now the site of the Laurel Point Inn — the vessel he built is still ‘above the waves’. Today, Dorothy is considered the oldest sailing yacht on the Pacific Northwest Coast and a major artifact in the Maritime Museum's collection.  Dorothy is being restored on Gabriola Island by shipwright and artist, Tony Grove.  Join is for an update on Tony's immaculate restoration during Heritage Week: Heritage Afloat
For more information on the restoration:
» www.dorothysails.com  

Adult Workshop: Driftwood Boats

February 22, 3-4pm
$10 +GST

Celebrate Heritage Afloat! at the Maritime on February 22 with this crafty driftwood boat building workshop. Whether you are an avid sailor or like to enjoy viewing the ocean from your living room window, you will be able to appreciate our local maritime history as you build yourself a boat from driftwood collected off local beaches. This is a guided workshop.

History Sunk – Shipwrecks along the West Coast Tour

February 22, 1pm

How many ships can you name that came to a watery end? Did you get stuck after the Titanic? Join us at the Maritime, where you can add a few more names to your list during a tour of our galleries, focusing on local shipwrecks. Hear tales filled with tragedy, and outcomes you may not believe! Included with regular admission.

Trial Island Display

February 10 – 23

A small exhibit will be displayed in our Coast Guard Gallery to bring awareness to the historic Trial Island Lighthouse. Members from the Oak Bay Heritage Foundation are currently working to get the lighthouse Heritage Designation under the Heritage Lighthouse Protection Act. During History Afloat! week, we encourage the public to view the artistic collage of Trial Island Lighthouse, created by students of Monterey Middle School in Oak Bay, and discover the history and culture this lighthouse has to offer, and what is being done to protect it. Included with regular admission.

Visit The Maritime Museum of BC for more info about these events: 
» mmbc.bc.ca