Crowd of people attending our Heritage Reboot event, that included nominating sites to the Heritage Register

Nominate a site to the Heritage Register

We're updating the Vancouver Heritage Register!

We have received your nominations and our consultant is now in the process of reviewing them and will provide a report later in the year.

This will help us to update the Heritage Register and work on the Heritage Action Plan.

The Vancouver Heritage Register is a valuable record of our heritage

The Heritage Register is a list of about 2,200 sites with architectural or heritage value, such as:

  • Buildings and structures
  • Streetscapes
  • Landscape resources (parks and landscapes, trees, monuments, public works)
  • Archaeological sites

This list documents key examples of Vancouver’s heritage and is a planning tool to help manage our heritage resources.

While sites on the register aren't legally protected, they're acknowledged as Vancouver’s special places that link to our city's past and should be retained.

The Vancouver Heritage Register was formally adopted by City Council in 1994.

Themes for our Heritage Register

The following themes have been prepared to inform the Vancouver Heritage Register upgrade.

They'll be reviewed and updated as part of the Heritage Action Plan.

These themes will help us understand the heritage value of sites on the register and of sites you nominate.

Our themes are based on Parks Canada's national themes

To develop a framework of historic themes for Vancouver, we're guided by the historic themes of the National Historic Sites of Canada Systems Plan .

Learn about the themes that Parks Canada uses to organize Canadian history.

Theme 1: Settling Vancouver

Subthemes: First Nations; Coastal Geography; and The Developing City.

Theme 2: Resource Economy

Subthemes: Terminal City; Resource Extraction and Industrial Production; Infrastructure and Transportation; and Labour.

Theme 3: Community Life and Neighbourhoods

Subthemes: Community Associations; Fraternal Assocations; Social Movements; Religious Institutions; Education; Health Care; and City of Neighbourhoods.

Theme 4: Governing the City

Subthemes: Civic Institutions; Provincial and Federal Connections; Planning the City; and Law, Order, and Security.

Theme 5: Building a Coastal Culture

Subthemes: Arts and Culture; Architecture; Philosophy and Spirituality; Leisure and Tourism; and Media.

Every Heritage Register site connects to one or more themes

However, many sites that aren't on the register also connect to the themes.

By nominating a site, you help raise awareness of these connections.

View an example of a site that's on the Heritage Register, and one that's not. You might be surprised.