New exhibit helps promote heritage sites

Historic Grist Mill in Keremeos among sites showcased at Vancouver Convention Centre

  • Dec. 3, 2012 7:00 p.m.

A new exhibit promoting heritage sites in B.C. is being displayed at the Vancouver Convention Centre.

The display celebrates the province’s rich history and offers visitors intriguing insights into B.C.’s cultural development. It joins other exhibits that feature First Nations history and art creating a gallery that showcases British Columbia’s Aboriginal and heritage features.

The display features 11 of B.C.’s provincial heritage sites: Barkerville – B.C.’s Gold Rush town, Fort Steele Heritage Town, the Grist Mill at Keremeos, Historic Hat Creek Ranch, Kilby Historic Site, Point Ellice House, Cottonwood House, Craigflower Manor, Craigflower Schoolhouse, Emily Carr House and Historic Yale.

“B.C. offers an abundance of extraordinary tourism opportunities throughout every region of the province. This display will further promote our province’s intriguing history while at the same time contributing to our growing tourism sector,” said Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training Pat Bell.

The exhibit features QR codes that connect visitors to more information on each of the showcased properties as well as to both the Aboriginal Tourism and Heritage Tourism websites.

The exhibit is in the concourse of the east building of the Vancouver Convention Centre. The Vancouver Convention Centre sees approximately 790,000 visitors annually and the display’s location will help promote the province’s heritage sites to those visitors.

These heritage sites play a significant role in B.C.’s tourism sector, attracting over 200,000 visitors annually from around the globe. These sites create jobs for British Columbians, revenue for local communities, and provide residents and visitors a personal connection to the roots of British Columbia.

“B.C.’s heritage properties are an important part of our history and also help to generate local revenue and jobs in communities throughout the province. This new display will help promote B.C.’s historic jewels to hundreds of thousands of visitors each year.”  said Minister of Forests, Lands and Resource Operations Steve Thomson


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