As we go about our day-to-day lives, we are surrounded by history – something we may not be aware of or pay attention to on a regular basis.
February 13 to 19 is Heritage Week in British Columbia, which provides a chance to explore and celebrate our province and its rich history.
This year’s theme is My Canada! My BC! As Canadians celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation, this theme encourages British Columbians to reflect on Canada’s history as a whole as well as British Columbia’s place within it.
To celebrate Heritage Week, why not plan a trip to one of our province’s many historic sites? You may already have a favourite historic attraction, or you may wish to experience something new. With over 2,000 historic places in B.C., you’re sure to find something to pique your interest.
In Surrey, we are fortunate to be surrounded by history, with attractions ranging from the Surrey Museum and Archives, the BC Vintage Truck Museum, the Fraser Valley Heritage Railway or the Historic Stewart Farm.
For more information about Surrey’s heritage properties, visit www.surrey.ca.
For more heritage ideas in B.C. and across Canada, visit historicplaces.ca.
While Heritage Week is officially limited to seven days, celebrations for Canada’s 150th anniversary will be ongoing throughout the year. There are exciting events planned locally, with more still to come. Be sure to check the Surrey Celebrates Canada 150 website throughout the year as events are added.
Whether it’s this week or sometime this year, I encourage you to take some time and celebrate our collective past as Canadians and British Columbians – however you choose to do so.