Distinctive Destinations:

Experience Historic Places

distinctive (adjective): having a special quality, style, attractiveness; notable.

destination (noun): the place to which a person travels or is sent.

The theme for Heritage Week 2016 in British Columbia is Distinctive Destinations: Experience Historic Places. The week kicks off with the national Heritage Day on February 15, 2015, as designated by The National Trust for Canada.

British Columbia's Distinctive Destinations are as varied and abundant as the province, from the Haida village of Skidegate, to the Gold Rush town of Barkerville. Heritage and cultural tourism provides unique and authentic visitor experiences and British Columbia's historic places play a central role in these experiences.

This Heritage Week celebrate British Columbia's Distinctive Destinations, and plan your trip to a historic place.

Join the conversation: @HeritageBCanada #BCHeritageWeek


Heritage Week 2016 Poster

We're pleased to announce that the winner of our Heritage Week 2016 Poster Contest is Diane Mitchell, who submitted the inspiring image of the Britannia Mine Museum's Mine 3. Full sized print posters are being mailed out to all Heritage BC members. If you are a member and would like additional copies of the print poster, or if you are not a member and would like a print poster, contact Heritage BC: info@heritagebc.ca.

You can download a pdf of the Heritage Week 2016 poster here:

» Heritage Week 2016 Poster

Or, you can download a pdf of the Heritage Week 2016 poster with space to promote your own Heritage Week events and activities:

» Customizable Heritage Week 2016 Poster

Heritage Week Poster Contest

Thank you to everyone who entered our Heritage Week Poster Contest!

Every year we send hundreds of large colourful posters out to our members, community organizations and schools. 

This year Heritage BC is holding a photo contest to find images for our 2016 Heritage Week poster. Is there a historic place in B.C. that you love to visit? A place that attracts visitors from near and far? Send us images of your favourite Distinctive Destinations in British Columbia and your image could be featured on Heritage BC's Heritage Week poster. Other prizes will also be available.

The Heritage Week Poster Contest is now closed. Take a look at some of the great competition entries in our Facebook photo album.

» Heritage Week Poster Contest Photo Album