British Columbia Historic Sites

Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Site of Canada
First permanent lighthouse on Canada’s West Coast, 1859-60
Colwood, British Columbia
Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Site

Fort Langley National Historic Site
Rising from the mist of the Fraser River, the palisades of Fort Langley stand tall. Inside the walls, rough-hewn timber buildings recreate the rugged 1800s. See where Hudson’s Bay Company fur traders mingled with California gold prospectors and hear First Nations interpreters tell century-old tales. Feel the blast of the musket fire, pan for gold dust dreams and dress up to play a historic trading boss.

Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites
Tour through secret bunkers, military command posts and original 19th century buildings at Fort Rodd Hill, a west coast artillery fortress on active duty from 1895 to 1956. Be touched by the personal stories of soldiers and their families. Camp overnight in a group-friendly oTENTik. Grab the wheel as a “master mariner” at Fisgard Lighthouse, the oldest on the Canadian west coast, and wander through a rare Garry Oak meadow.

Fort St. James National Historic Site
Travel back to 1896 when wealth was measured in fur pelts and salmon, the natural bounty bartered by the Carrier First Nations and European fur traders at Fort St. James. Tour Canada’s largest collection of wooden buildings faithfully restored to the fur trade era. Spend the night in the historic Murray house warmed by a wood stove and memories of the family who lived here more than a century ago.

Gitwangak Battle Hill National Historic Site
At Gitwangak Battle Hill National Historic Site (formerly Kitwanga Fort), scan wide-open views of the scenic Kitwanga River valley and a high grassy knoll, once the site of a fortified village where the Gitwangak people defended their domain in the mid-1700s to 1800s. Hear the whisper of First Nations legends in the air around you as you stand beneath a line of majestic age-old totem poles at nearby Gitwangak Village.

Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site
Explore the rise of the West Coast fishing industry at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery in colourful Steveston village. Learn about the multicultural workers who kept the salmon canning lines and a herring reduction plant moving through changing times. Learn about fishing methods from net to can. On a self-guided tour of the historic Fraser River cannery, hear fascinating fish tales revealed through photographs, recordings and fun interactive displays.

Kicking Horse Pass National Historic Site
Cross the Kicking Horse Pass, the highest point on the Trans-Canada Highway, and stare down onto a spectacular mountain corridor in Yoho National Park. The legendary pass opened British Columbia to the rest of Canada by rail in the 19th century. From the Spiral Tunnels viewpoint, watch a Canadian engineering phenomenon in action as trains disappear into one Rocky Mountain tunnel and emerge from another at a different elevation on the steep slopes.

Kootenae House National Historic Site
Stand on the historic spot where trade began between the Ktunaxa (Kootenay) people and European fur traders in 1807, forever changing the course of First Nations and Canadian history. On this terraced grassland overlooking the Columbia Valley, the North West Company built the first fur trading post in the region and legendary explorer and surveyor David Thompson set off to survey the Columbia, the renowned “Great River of the West.”

Nan Sdins National Historic Site
Remains of Haïda longhouses and totem poles
Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve, National Marine Conservation Area Reserve, and Haida Heritage Site

Rogers Pass National Historic Site

Rogers Pass National Historic Site, the cultural heart of Glacier National Park

Hike along the abandoned Canadian Pacific Railway line that in 1885 sliced through the Selkirk Mountains and connected a nation from coast-to-coast. Explore the stone ruins of a mountain resort once reached by horse-drawn carriage. Picnic among giant old-growth cedars. Ski-tour along deep powder trails. Sight black bears and mountain goats. Experience the unfolding of Canada’s past at Rogers Pass National Historic Site, the cultural heart of Glacier National Park.

Stanley Park National Historic Site
Outstanding large urban park, 1890s
Vancouver, British Columbia

Twin Falls Tea House National Historic Site
When train whistles first blew through the Rocky Mountains in the early 1900s, the Canadian Pacific Railway built grand hotels, rustic lodges and backcountry chalets amid some of Canada’s most spectacular natural landscapes. Today, Twin Falls Tea House is a seasonal overnight retreat for registered guests. Stop at the historic log building while day-hiking to enjoy its rustic architecture and breathtaking views of the dual cascades of Twin Falls.

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