A Heritage Fair is a nation-wide, educational initiative that encourages the exploration of Canadian heritage in a dynamic, hands-on learning environment. Fairs bring together schools, communities and more than 200,000 students, gr. 4-10, across Canada each year.
How do they work?
From music to cutting-edge media, Canadian youth use the medium of their choice to tell stories about Canadian heroes, contributions, sacrifices and tragedies. Stories are then presented at public exhibitions in more than 80 communities across the country.
Heritage Fairs have been held in our province for over 20 years, and today 14 communities proudly host over 4,000 participating students and 700 volunteers each spring! Some of these students are then selected to attend the annual Provincial Heritage Fair, a five-day long history camp hosted in different parts of the province in July each year.
Classroom and School Fairs are exciting and open to all grades and education levels in Canada.
Are you excited to start your Heritage Fair Project, but not sure exactly where to start, or even what the creation of a Fair project involves? Student resources provides a step-by-step guideline to help you plan your project, as well as some useful tips, advice and access to invaluable resources to assist your Heritage Fair Project.
Participation in a Heritage Fair can help teachers meet their teaching goals, satisfy BC’s curriculum requirements, and give youth the confidence to become active citizens who shape the future of our country. Find resources to assist with the preparation of Heritage Fair projects, and great tips and links to help students learn more about Canada’s rich history.
Lieutenant Governor of BC, The Honourable Janet Austin, OBC
The BC Heritage Fairs Society (BCHFS) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the history education of Canada’s young people. For over 20 years, the Society has hosted Heritage Fairs in communities across the province, drawing some 4000 students and a vast network of volunteers and supporters together to recognize the importance of history and celebrate student learning. Learn More