UPDATE: First of 75 new Stop of Interest signs announced. View the news release.
If you’ve travelled in B.C. or live close to a historic site, chances are that you have seen at least one of the Province’s Stop of Interest signs. For many, following provincial routes and visiting these signs along the way has become a favourite summer vacation, passed down through generations since they were first displayed on our roads and highways in 1958.
Each of our 164 existing Stop of Interest signs tells the story of a person, place or event significant to provincial history. Over time however, a number of these signs have become dated, worn, or lost, and some care and attention is needed in order to replace or restore them to a standard that we can be proud to display to British Columbians and visitors, alike.
We are busy repairing the existing signs, and will be installing as many as 75 new Stops of Interest throughout 2017 and 2018, based on input received from British Columbians.
The ministry received over 500 ideas of landmarks and stories that could be recognized for their historic or cultural meaning to your communities and the province. Suggestions were collected between September 26, 2016 and January 31, 2017. Following an in depth evaluation by senior government staff, the final selections will be reviewed by historical experts for accuracy.
Then, following installation, British Columbians and visitors to our province will learn even more about the people, places and cultures that have shaped our remarkable history.
If you have any questions regarding nomination submissions, please email BCStopofInterest@gov.bc.ca or contact Samantha Eburne at 250-356-8780.