Celebrating History and Heritage in the Basin Region

What places do you feel reveal the history and heritage of the Elk Valley region or within the larger Columbia Basin region? Have your say and contribute to the Columbia Basin Region Historic Places interactive mapping project to record the Basin Region’s rich stories. Nominations close on May 24, 2019.

The Columbia Basin Trust and Heritage BC are launching the Columbia Basin Region Historic Places project to collect the places and sites that tell the history of the Basin Region. Everyone is invited to describe the importance of a structure, building, group of buildings, district, or landscape. Nominations are even open to people or events if it is directly associated with a specific physical location.

Nominated places and sites do not have to be grand, or even very old. What matters is the importance and value that is placed on the site. Heritage value may be defined as the aesthetic, historic, scientific, cultural, social or spiritual importance or significance of a place as recognized by a community for past, present, or future generations.

Nominations can be made through Heritage BC’s website: https://heritagebc.ca/columbia-basin-region-historic-places-nominations/. The closing date for nominations is May 24, 2019

After the nominations period has closed, an interactive, online map will be developed. The new Columbia Basin Region Historic Places map will join the other popular cultural and heritage maps on Heritage BC’s website, including the Japanese Canadian Map and the Chinese Historic Places Map.

“Heritage describes the rich stories of place, time and people. It reminds us of our past and present. It tells us about our relationship with the environment and about our culture,” says Paul Gravett, Executive Director of Heritage BC “The Columbia Basin Region Historic Places interactive map will be one of the most important ways we can tell future generations about who we are and what we most value.”

The Columbia Basin Region Historic Places interactive map is made possible through Columbia Basin Trust funding.  The Trust supports the ideas and efforts of the people of the Columbia Basin through a range of services, programs, initiatives and financial investments on behalf of the social, economic, and environmental well-being of the Basin, now and for generations to come.


Heritage BC is a charitable not-for-profit supporting heritage conservation across British Columbia through education, training and skills development, capacity building in heritage planning and funding. We are passionate about building links between heritage conservation and tourism, economic and environmental sustainability, community pride and an appreciation of our common history.

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