Public Input Wanted: BC’s Stop of Interest Signs

Media release

Heritage BC Seeks Public Input to Locate and Assess BC’s Stop of Interest Signs

Are there BC Stop of Interest signs in your community? Heritage BC is giving B.C. residents the opportunity to share their opinions about B.C.’s Stop of Interest signs and the commemoration of historic people, places, and events across the province. Help us locate the B.C. Stop of Interest signs. There are lots of ways that you can participate. And prizes to be won!

Heritage BC wants your help to locate and visually assess the condition of the Stop of Interest signs found throughout British Columbia. Starting in 1958, Stop of Interest signs were erected across British Columbia to commemorate significant historic people, places, and events. Over 100 signs were erected from the 1950s through the 1990s. Since that time some signs have gone missing and some have been moved.

In partnership with the Heritage Branch of the Province of British Columbia, Heritage BC is seeking public input to gauge the present location, condition and content of the Stop of Interest signs. This is the first step in creating a contemporary inventory to start planning for the future of the Stop of Interest signs in British Columbia.

Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, Steve Thomson: “I’ve seen many of these signs during my travels in B.C. and admit that some are in decline. I’m glad we are able to partner with Heritage BC to inventory and plan for next steps for formative signs.”

“This is a fun and educational way for family, friends and colleagues to learn more about British Columbia’s history and discover some of the interesting “Stops of Interest” in our province,” says Heritage BC Executive Director Kathryn Molloy. “Send us your photos and notes about the Stop of Interest in your neighbourhood for a chance to win prizes.”

Are there Stop of Interest signs near your community? You can participate by taking pictures of the signs and the stop of interest they refer to, noting the location, then completing Heritage BC’s online form: www.heritagebc.ca/stops-of-interest-signs-condition-assessment-survey. Forms can be submitted online until December 18, 2015. The information submitted will be used to formulate a report for the Heritage Branch for the end of 2015.

You can also follow Heritage BC on Facebook and @HeritageBCanada on Instagram and Twitter and upload your Stop of Interest photos using the hashtag #bcstopsofinterest. Online form submissions as well as social media submissions will be entered into a prize draw.

Heritage BC is a not for profit charitable organization supporting heritage conservation across British Columbia through education, training and skills development, capacity building in heritage planning and funding through the Heritage Legacy Fund.