Historical Attractions in British Columbia with kids

You’ve heard the saying “History can be fun”…well, we think history IS fun (especially in British Columbia!)

British Columbia is filled with history, and what better way to learn about it with children than to experience the many places to visit in The Pacific Province  that can actually take you back in time!

Historical attractions come in all shapes and sizes. There are landmarks where iconic events happened. There are homes of historic figures filled with treasures and artifacts from their amazing lives. There are historic buildings whose walls are filled with stories from British Columbia’s past. 

The best way for kids to learn about history, is to actually visit the places where history happened. It makes sense! Kids can use their imagination as they read and hear all about events, people and places, and feel like they have gone back in time.

There are plenty of things to do with kids in British Columbia when it comes to history, so what are we waiting for - let’s GO! 

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  • Fort Langley National Historic Site of Canada

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    Fort Langley

    Fort Langley is the exact location where, a century and a half ago, a huge fur trade organization called the Hudson's Bay Company established a small post to trade with the First Nations of the West ...

  • Lonsdale Quay

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    North Vancouver

    Lonsdale Quay features a fresh food market with local products, an international food court, specialty shops featuring local designers, kids shops & play area, restaurants & a boutique hotel and spa, ...

  • Museum of Anthropology at UBC

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    Vancouver

    The Museum of Anthropology is located on the campus of the University of British Columbia, twenty minutes from downtown Vancouver. The museum is also a ten minute walk from the main bus loop on ...

  • New Westminster Museum and Irving House

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    New Westminster

    Get immersed in the treasures of our exciting past while exploring events and artefacts from the City's early days. From sternwheelers to maypoles, visitors can glimpse back in time and see what life ...

  • Vancouver Art Gallery

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    Vancouver

    The Gallery stands in the centre of a city recognized as a nurturing ground for artistic talent. Through cutting-edge exhibitions, we feature the work of leaders in the field of contemporary art and ...

  • Peace Canyon Dam Visitor Centre

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    Hudsons Hope

    In northeast British Columbia, near the town of Hudson's Hope, is Williston Lake, the largest reservoir in the province. The Peace River flows out of the eastern edge of Williston through the Peace ...

  • Barkerville Historic Town

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    Barkerville

    Each year, thousands of visitors from all over the world travel to the foothills of the Cariboo mountains to take in this one of a kind heritage attraction, much like miners and prospectors did ...

  • Fort Steel Heritage Town

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    Fort Steele

    Enjoy old-time farming demonstrations, ice-cream making, train rides and horse-drawn wagon tours. Try gold panning, watch live theatre performances and observe the museum displays. Or simply enjoy ...

  • Cottonwood House

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    Quesnel

    Cottonwood House Historic Site is located 26 kilometres east of Quesnel, BC, CANADA. It is a preserved road house on the Gold Rush Trail to Barkerville Historic Town.

  • Historic Hat Creek Ranch

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    Cache Creek

    Historic Hat Creek Ranch offers a rare opportunity to explore the original buildings of a key location in the transportation history of the Cariboo.The site also present the story of early use of the ...

  • The Exploration Place

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    Prince George

    The various galleries at the museum explore the history of various themes. Some of the galleries include the First Nations People, the Fort George Sports Hall of Fame, The Exploration Gallery, ...

  • The Huble Homestead Historic site

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    Prince George

    The Huble Homestead is a living historic site that offers tours of heritage buildings such as the Huble House, Salmon Valley Post Office, and the Animal Shelter.

  • Ksan Historical Village

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    Hazelton

    Found within Gitxan territory, Ksan Historical Village and MUseum stands where the village of Gitanmaax has excisted for centuries. As a replicated ancient village, Ksan illustrates many features of ...

  • Rogers Pass National Historic Site

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    Revelstoke

    In the late 19th century, the Selkirk Mountains of south-eastern British Columbia were the last great obstacle to the completion of a transcontinental railway line.

  • Fort St. James National Historic Site

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    Fort St. James

    Originally established by Simon Fraser for the North West Company in 1806, this place displays the largest group of original wooden buildings representing the fur trade in Canada. The story revolves ...

  • Kilby Historic Site

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    Harrison Mills

    A living history experience that takes you back to the 1920s, where you can explore the only reminder of the once thriving community of Harrison Mills.

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  • Playland Amusement Park

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    Vancouver

    Younger kids can enjoy over 11 gentle family rides including classic like merry go round, super slide and Honeybee Express. Older and braver types are spoilt for choice with 18 thrill seekers rides ...

  • Cyber City Adventures

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    Nanaimo

    We definitely know how to please all ages. The facility is open year-round & we offer everything from the toddler friendly Tube 'N' Tunnel, to the adrenaline pumping Quad Lessons.

  • Rattle Snake Canyon

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    Osoyoos

    Amusement park featuring an 18-hole mini golf, Go Karts (gas powered), bumper boats, Tumble Whirl, Tornado, rock climbing wall, bungee tree, tattoo parlour & ice cream parlour, gift store, arcade, ...

  • The Enchanted Forest

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    Revelstoke

    Discover over 350 handcrafted folk figurines of friendly and familiar characters hidden in the forest, plus Wildland Interpretive Nature Walk with elevated view points, and a self guided row boat ...

  • All Fun Recreation Park

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    Victoria

    Fun for all the family including batting cages, go karts, mini golf, RV Park, Mr.Tubbs Ice Cream Parlour and family fun zone and lots more.

  • Castle Fun Park

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    Abbotsford

    Year-round excitement awaits kids of all ages at Castle Fun Park! Offering three themed mini-golf courses (Coral Sea, Jungle and Outdoor), an exhilarating go-kart track, indoor batting cages, bumper ...

  • Cultus Lake Adventure Park

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    Cultus Lake

    Adventure is waiting just one hour from Vancouver with one of a kind rides and attractions from wave swingers to bumper boats, mine trains and more!

  • Splashdown Park

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    Tsawwassen

    Featuring intermediate and advanced body slides, plus huge ramp slide and several kiddie slides, plus 320 ft of lazy river tubing ride with splash down ending. Greater Vancouver's Only Waterslide ...

  • Newton Wave Pool

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    Surrey

    Indoor swimming with wave pool, 63m water slide, Pirates' Water Fortress interactive wet play zone.

  • Atlantis Waterslides

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    Vernon

    Located 5 km north of Vernon in beautiful British Columbia, this popular vacation activity provides hours of sun and water fun for all ages!

  • Watermania

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    Richmond

    A complete aquatic and fitness experience under one roof, including: 57 metre competition pool, 1 and 3 metre spring boards, 5 metre tower, wave pool with interactive water play structure, ...

  • Delta Vancouver Airport

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    Vancouver

    Only 20 mins from downtown Vancouver, this waterfront property is an oasis for all travellers. Cycle or take a leisurely stroll on 20 km of riverside trails that connect to the hotel.

  • Osoyoos RV Campground and Waterslides

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    Osoyoos

    One of the best places to be on those hot sunny summer days that Osoyoos is so famous for! We offer our guests grassy tent sites, shaded RV sites , all at very reasonable rates.

  • Cultus Lake Waterpark

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    Cultus Lake

    Make a splash at the LARGEST water park in British Columbia!

  • Aldor Acres Dairy Centre

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    Aldergrove

    We have many attractions including an educational dairy tour, hayrides, a fall pumpkin festival, apples from our orchard, and Christmas trees too! Check individual attractions for opening dates, ...

  • Capilano Salmon Hatchery

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    North Vancouver

    Capilano Salmon Hatchery was built below Cleveland Dam in order to rear and release the diminishing stock of both Coho Salmon and Steelhead Trout. The hatchery is an ideal environment for visitors to ...

  • Greater Vancouver Zoo

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    Aldergrove

    The Greater Vancouver Zoo is dedicated to preserving and protecting endangered species, and creating an educational environment that inspires appreciation and concern about wildlife and wild places, ...

  • Historic Stewart Farm

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    Surrey

    The Historic Stewart Farm is located in Elgin Heritage Park in South Surrey, BC. This picturesque site interprets the time period 1890-1920. Features include a furnished farmhouse, pole barn with ...

  • Honeyland Canada

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    Pitt Meadows

    At Honeyland we offer interactive and educational, private and public bee tours where kids and grown-ups will discover the marvelous world of honeybees and modern bee-keeping. The breathtaking view ...