Preserving our heritage

Ensuring we have a clear sense of identity and place — and a legacy that links our past, present, and future — is one of the objectives of our Official Community Plan.

We have a number of policies and programs in place that both encourage the protection and enhancement of historically significant buildings and sites, and enable everyone to understand and appreciate our rich and unique history.

A restored heritage home in the District

Community Heritage Register

The Community Heritage Register allows us to formally recognize the heritage value and character of certain properties in the District. If your property is on the register, you may be eligible for conservation incentives, provincial and federal funding, and more.

A historic building in Lynn Valley

Heritage Procedure Bylaw

The Heritage Procedure Bylaw allows us to withhold permits for a property on the community heritage register if the permits will negatively impact the heritage value of the property.

heritage award winning home

Community Heritage Commission Awards

The annual Community Heritage Commission Awards are given each year in recognition of the efforts of individuals and groups involved in promoting heritage within the District.

Interior of a mid-century modern house

Community Heritage Advisory Committee

The Community Heritage Advisory Committee advises on heritage conservation matters, and provides support for activities that benefit and advance heritage conservation in the District.

Two archive staff members standing in front of a book case

North Vancouver Museum and Archives

The North Vancouver Museum and Archives (NVMA) is the sole custodian of the community’s cultural, archival, and museum collections. The NVMA provides museum and archival services to the citizens of both the District and the City of North Vancouver.