Heritage Week begins Monday, Feb. 17 and continues through to Sunday, Feb. 23.
This year’s theme, Heritage Afloat, makes this a great time to explore local maritime heritage and learn more about the role B.C.’s waterways and maritime vessels played in building B.C.
The week is focused on waterways and maritime tradition, transportation, navigation, fisheries, recreation and sport, and settlement. Many communities in B.C. benefited economically from one or more of these activities in the past, and some still do today.
B.C.’s maritime history is vast. By participating in one or more of the events around the province, British Columbians can gain a better understanding and appreciation of the province’s heritage from a marine standpoint. Some provincially designated heritage properties include the sternwheeler SS Naramata in Penticton and a number of shipwrecks including the Ericsson– at the entrance of Barkley sound, the Iroquois – off Roberts Point in Sidney and the Zephyr – off the northeast shore of Mayne Island.
Many heritage organizations are hosting events during Heritage Week. To find an event in your community, visit: http://www.heritagebc.ca/events/heritage-week/community-events