It’s that time again! We are celebrating our history, our heritage sites and the unique culture that is found in Vancouver. Heritage Week is an annual celebration of heritage held on the third week of February, this year February 19th – 25th. Communities across Canada will hold events, workshops and lectures to help draw attention to their own unique heritage places. Vancouver Heritage Foundation has embraced this year’s theme of “Heritage Stands the Test of Time” with events highlighting our city’s diverse cultural stories and the evolving landscape of one of Vancouver’s heritage districts, Gastown. Join us at one of our free or low-cost events and celebrate Vancouver’s heritage!
Places That Matter: Community Celebration
Wednesday, February 21st
6:30pm – 9pm
Kitsilano Neighbourhood House, 2305 W 7th Ave
Celebrate the local, cultural and lesser known history of our city with a free evening of storytelling, community and refreshments. Local comedian Morgan Brayton will serve as MC introducing several speakers connected to memorable sites honoured through the Places That Matter program. There will be opportunities to share your own stories, explore community booths, and learn about the Places That Matter plaque project and the new Community History Resource website.
Saturday, February 24th
10am – 12pm
Register Here, $15 (limited availability)
Since its designation as a heritage district in 1971, Gastown has continued to evolve and adapt to a changing city. On this walking tour, historian John Atkin will explore some of the more recent interventions and discover there’s more to the district than initially meets the eye.
Sunday Morning at Punjabi Market
Sunday, February 25th
9:30am – 12pm
Register Here, $25
All India Sweets & Restaurant, 6560 Main St
Enjoy a morning of cultural stories and local history starting at All India Sweets and Restaurant, one of our Places That Matter sites. Enjoy authentic chai and treats and hear about the people, businesses and stories that make this part of town so special. Then enjoy a walking tour of the area that highlights the past and looks towards the future of this vibrant area.