The Places That Matter Community History Resource website is an information-rich website that expands on the original Places That Matter (PTM) plaque program – a project created in 2011 to celebrate Vancouver’s 125th anniversary as an incorporated city. PTM has helped recognize over 100 community-nominated sites, covering some of the people, places and events that tell the stories of Vancouver’s history. Each of the 100+ sites is profiled with their own webpage exhibiting the plaque text, historic research, oral histories, contemporary and historic photos, as well as opportunities for community contribution.

The aim is to further engage residents of Vancouver by providing an accessible digital space for sharing information, while telling inclusive stories about these significant places. We hope this website will appeal to Vancouver residents, newcomers, visitors, students, and researchers, who are interested in local cultural history. Users will access it as a resource guide and as a tool to increase awareness about our city’s past and present.

We welcome edits, comments, feedback, quotes, stories, information and questions in our “submit your story” form. Your contributions will help shape the webpage and its content. Thank you for your online submissions, via the “submit your story” section. We do reserve the right to edit, modify and omit content received.

For any inquiries related to Places That Matter please email Jessica Quan, Community Engagement Manager

The Places That Matter Community History Resource was made possible by generous support from our partners. Thanks to Heritage BC this project was partially funded by the Heritage Legacy Fund for Awareness and Education projects. Thanks to a grant from the Vancouver Historical Society, we were able to complete online research for 85 sites that received plaques. And, thanks to in-kind sponsorship from our web developers Split Mango Media for their continued support. In 2023, a grant from the Vancouver Historical Society and the GMR Foundation will support the creation of a Places That Matter Study Guide for Educators.

Please read through our working “About” PTM document for all aspects of the current project.




Free public presentations and community celebrations have provided opportunities to learn, engage and connect with the many people, places and events that have shaped and continue to shape our city. Presentations or installations are listed chronologically- for more information, please visit the individual pages.

  1. 2011– Stanley Park Rock Garden on October 23rd
  2. Out for Lunch Noon Hour Series on December 16th
  3. 2012- Penthouse Nightclub on April 5th 2012
  4. Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden on April 24th
  5. Original Jewish Community Centre on April 25th
  6. Louvre Hotel/Gospel Mission on April 28th
  7. Benny’s Market on June 3rd
  8. Ace Cycles on June 9th
  9. Lakeview Disaster on June 16th
  10. Cambie Heating and Plumbing Neon Sign on June 20th
  11. Elms of East 6th Avenue on June 22nd
  12. Ruth Morton Baptist Church on June 24th
  13. Historic Joy Kogawa House on June 26th
  14. Collingwood Neighbourhood House on June 27th
  15. Kensington Park View on July 1st
  16. Dayton Boots Factory on July 13th
  17. Vancouver Folk Music Festival on July 13th
  18. The Lee Building on July 15th
  19. Choklit Park on July 16th
  20. King Edward High School Wall (VGH) on July 25th
  21. VPL Collingwood Branch on July 26th
  22. 2300 Balaclava Block of 100 years old Craftsman style houses on July 28th
  23. Strathcona Community Gardens on August 1st
  24. Del Mar Inn on August 2nd
  25. Canada Place on August 3rd
  26. Former City Hall Sites (Four Sisters Co-op) on August 12th
  27. Arbutus Grocery (Arbutus Coffee) on August 19th
  28. Kitsilano Neighbourhood House on August 25th
  29. Davie Street Village on September 8th
  30. The Unitarian Church on September 9th
  31. The Gathering Place on September 9th
  32. First Sikh Temple on September 15th
  33. Mountain View Cemetery on September 15th
  34. Loretta Lynn and the Chicken Coop on September 16th
  35. Jericho Arts Centre on September 22nd
  36. First United Church on October 10th
  37. Cyclone Taylor Arena (Kerrisdale Arena) on October 13th
  38. Former Point Grey Municipal Hall (Kerrisdale Community Centre) on October 13th
  39. Hastings Race Course on October 14th
  40. Beatrice Lennie Reliefs (Shaughnessy Hospital) on October 19th
  41. Trout Lake on October 27th
  42. Walter and Mary Lee Chan House on November 3rd
  43. Spencer’s Department Store (Harbour Centre – SFU Campus) on November 7th
  44. Vancouver Free University (The CULTCH) on November 26th
  45. Livestock Building, Hastings Park on December 1st
  46. The Railway Club on December 8th
  47. Bloedel Conservatory on December 15th
  48. Burrard View Park (St James’ Cottage Hospice) on December 16th
  49. 2013 – China Creek Cycle Track on February 6th
  50. Hogan’s Alley on February 24th
  51. Russian Community Centre on March 23rd
  52. Arts Club Theatre Company original site (Vancity Film Theatre) on April 3rd
  53. Punjabi Market on April 13th
  54. Gibby’s Field on May 3rd
  55. Nellie Yip Quong House on May 25th
  56. Celtic Cannery on June 8th
  57. Maple Grove Park Stumps on June 15th
  58. The Western Front on June 16th
  59. Save on Meats on June 25th
  60. Expo Legacy- Science World on June 26th
  61. Celebrities on June 27th
  62. The First Gas Station in Canada on June 29th
  63. Lions Gate Bridge on July 17th
  64. WISE Hall on August 9th
  65. Arbutus Corridor on August 24th
  66. Shakespeare Garden on August 25th
  67. Pacific Coliseum on August 28th
  68. Wooden Roller Coaster on August 28th
  69. Nat Bailey Stadium on August 29th
  70. First City Hospital (Easy Park) on October 9th
  71. Smilin’ Buddha Cabaret on December 4th
  72. 2014 – Original Border of Vancouver at Nanaimo Street on February 2nd
  73. Canron Building on February 23rd
  74. Burrard Skytrain StationArt Phillips Park on April 24th
  75. VanDusen Botanical Garden on May 22nd
  76. Sunset Beach Park on May 27th
  77. Major Matthews House on June 12th
  78. Robson Square on June 20th
  79. The Commodore Ballroom on November 26th
  80. 2015- West Hastings Street “Canada’s Magnificent Pacific Harbour” on June 26th
  81. Along the Bluff  on June 26th
  82. It’s a Parade! on June 26th
  83. Financial District on June 26th
  84. Tourism on June 26th
  85. 2016Temple Sholom on October 23rd
  86. 2017Francophone Village on September 30th
  87. 2018 – J.W. Sexsmith Community School on September 21st
  88. 2019 – B.C. Place Stadium on November 8th
  89. 2021Mennonite Maids on June 17th (virtual)
  90. 2022 – Hamilton Harron Funeral Home in January
  91. Militant Mothers of Raymur on May 7th
  92. China Creek Bowls Skatepark on July 16th
  93. Seraphim “Joe” Fortes on October 1st


Vancouver Heritage Foundation

Vancouver Heritage Foundation is a registered charity that advances the appreciation and conservation of our city’s diverse heritage places and their stories, raising awareness of the vital contribution that heritage makes to a vibrant, inclusive, and sustainable community. VHF does this by creating opportunities and resources to learn about Vancouver’s history and heritage places, and providing practical support for the successful conservation of historic buildings and sites. Visit vancouverheritagefoundation.org

Your Stories!

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