How To Tell BC’s Story with a Stop of Interest Sign

blog visualOur province has so many stories to tell; historic, impactful stories that show the diversity, pride, quirkiness and impact of British Columbia’s people, places and historical events. To share those stories, we’re refreshing and rejuvenating the BC Stop of Interest signs…and we need your help.

We’re looking to take this on in two ways; first, to renew some of our older signs, and second, to create new ones that reflect the local stories and cultures that are part of British Columbia.

Why the Refresh and Why Now?

We did an inventory and a review of the 139 existing signs last year (fall of 2015) and found 75 per cent of them either require repairs or reinstallation. In some cases, they need to be replaced because the language is out of date. Really, really out of date. So we’ll work to update these signs and start replacing them this fall.

Your Suggestions Here

Bristish Columbia tourismWe’re also asking you to provide your suggestions for about 75 new signs, sharing your local stories that mark a special place in BC’s history. It’s a great way to demonstrate our provincial pride, to enrich the trip for travellers, and show off BC as a premier tourism destination and great place to do business.

Visit the website and nominate places, events or people that you think could be showcased. (In the case of people, they must have been deceased for 30 years). Give us the essentials — the who, what, when, where and why of the story. Attaching scanned photos or other supporting documents will also help us review your suggestion. We’re accepting submissions from Sept. 26, 2016, to Jan. 31, 2017, to make sure you have your say in that time.

What We’re Looking for in New Stop of Interest Signs

Once you share your suggested story, it will be reviewed by a panel based on specific criteria. These include:

  • Completion of the online form explaining your reason for the nomination.
    • The impact the person, place or event has had on the lives of British Columbians.
    • What makes this an interesting stop of interest — any extraordinary circumstances or challenges the person, place or event has faced.
    • If it’s an individual, they must have been deceased more than 30 years.
    • How it’s of outstanding interest to the travelling public, both tourists and British Columbians.
    • A consideration that new signs are evenly distributed around the province, between all regions.

A Little History

The Stop of Interest signage program was introduced in 1958, to commemorate the Colony of BC’s centenary and recognize significant historical places, people and events. More than 100 signs were erected from the 1950s through the 1990s. Click for a map listing Stops of Interest signs.

We’re really looking forward to hearing your suggestions and to your help to kickstart this program, and show off why BC is such a colourful place to live and visit.SOI_Sign

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14 Responses to How To Tell BC’s Story with a Stop of Interest Sign

  1. Ken on October 8, 2016 at 10:16 am

    Ok these signs of interest are great and all…but I’d like to suggest an addition to them. How about placing a smartphone readable QR code to link to more information on the web about the specific spot? Probably be useful in areas where cell data is available. Just an idea is all.

    • tranbceditor on October 11, 2016 at 2:21 pm

      A great idea Ken. We will share forward on your behalf.

  2. Phyllis Stelting on October 18, 2016 at 7:40 pm

    ny Dad passed away this year & I found his book which he dated 1986. I had no idea he had this & had marked in a coloured highlighter the ones he had seen in his life. I have taken on this book & am doing mine in a different colour to continue the tradition. Im learning alot about the province’s history & i a neat legacy for our family.

    • tranbceditor on October 19, 2016 at 10:01 am

      Wow Phyllis – what a treasure! We hope you submit a suggestion and can add something special to your piece of the legacy.

  3. WhitcherLady on November 3, 2016 at 2:31 am

    I always stop whenever I can when we see these signs! We don’t travel nearly as quickly as other people do to their destinations, but we have fun and learn lots! My kids end up enjoying travelling much more than I did when it was nonstop between points on our vacations.

    • tranbceditor on November 3, 2016 at 10:52 am

      Awesome to hear! We hope you consider putting forward a submission for a new sign too.

  4. David Chesney on November 20, 2016 at 6:26 am

    White Rock’s pier is the longest wooden pier in Canada.

  5. David & Penny Cyr on November 27, 2016 at 4:23 pm

    Well, that is a very interesting fact!
    *White Rock Pier – the longest wooden pier in Canada*
    This would be a fantastic slogan for White Rock tourism advertising purposes.

  6. Jim on December 21, 2016 at 10:58 am
  7. Terry calhoun on January 14, 2017 at 5:11 pm

    How about an app for your smartphone with all the historical points of interest and viewpoints etc along all the Bc highways.

    • tranbceditor on January 17, 2017 at 4:47 pm

      Hi Terry,

      Great suggestion! We have shared it forward with the Stop of Interest team.

  8. ann green on February 17, 2017 at 11:00 am

    Manson Creek famous gold mine town still active mining going on . I know I am late but hope you will consider us. as a stop of interest as we have an Historical Society with many members. We have many historic buildings Hudson Bay Post ,old town buildings , cemetery , museum , monument to old time mining inspector , chapel and lots more history at or registered historic town site . We are lacking a stop of interest recognition sign , lots of company over christmus and still woking time fiew by .Our mailing address is Manson Creek Historic Society , Box 520 , Fort Saint James , BC V0J 1PO

    • tranbceditor on February 17, 2017 at 2:42 pm

      Hi Ann,

      Unfortunately, the intake for submissions is now closed. 🙁
      Your town sounds wonderful though – is it possible someone else might have submitted on your behalf?

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