The Stop of Interest signage program was introduced in 1958 as a British Columbia Centennial Project. Most of the signs erected at that time related to themes of settlement, industry or transportation within British Columbia. Since the start of the program, 164 signs have been installed throughout all regions of the province, often as initiatives associated with the celebration of national or provincial anniversaries.
Stop of Interest signs are intended to provide a familiar, durable and highly-visible roadside format for the interpretation of people, places and events that shaped British Columbia. One of the fundamental objectives of historic commemoration is to give everyone an opportunity to reflect on the people, places and events which have helped to mold the heritage shared by British Columbians.
The signs have become iconic to generations of road travellers of citizens and visitors to British Columbia, and are considered heritage features in their own right, reflecting the history of travel and tourism in B.C.
- 1958 – 49 Stop of Interest plaques were erected throughout the province under a co-operative program between the British Columbia Centennial Committee and the Provincial Parks Branch.
- 1966 – 40 Stop of Interest signs were distributed around the province in commemoration of the centenary of the union of the Crown Colonies of British Columbia and Vancouver Island.
- 1967 – 15 plaques were put up in commemoration of the Centenary of Canadian Confederation.
- 1969 – Another 8 were erected. 10 more were cast in 1970 and another 5 put in in 1971.
- 1995 – 25 Stop of Interest signs were installed along Highway 3 and one on Vancouver Island as part of a pilot project.
- 2008 – 12 signs were installed for the British Columbia sesquicentennial celebrations.