View of Locarno Beach in 1917.
View of Locarno Beach circa 1917 (City of Vancouver Archives)

Locarno heritage and archaeology

The Locarno Beach site is situated within the unceded territories of, and is culturally significant to, the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. 

It is located along the south shore of English Bay within the contemporary residential neighbourhood known as West Point Grey, between Jericho Beach to the east and Spanish Banks Beach to the west.

Locarno area looking north, 2011. (Source: Hartley Odwak)

Developing responsibly in the Locarno area

Protecting cultural heritage resources within the City of Vancouver is integral to our goals of Reconciliation with First Nations, specifically xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh). One step in our reconciliation journey with local First Nations is to protect sacred cultural sites.

This involves:

  • Raising awareness of the significance of cultural heritage and archaeological sites to property owners and development community
  • Encouraging best practices to avoid inadvertent disturbance of cultural materials
  • Practicing due diligence in efforts toward compliance with British Columbia’s Heritage Conservation Act (HCA)

Archaeological site protection

All archaeological sites, whether registered in the Provincial Heritage Register, or unregistered, are protected under the BC Heritage Conservation Act. If there are no registered archaeological sites on or near a property, there could still be potential for the presence of an archaeological site.

Archaeological sites in BC are protected for their historical, cultural, scientific, and educational value to the general public, local communities, and First Nations.

Learn more about protecting archaeological sites and heritage resources

Encountering suspected archaeological materials

If known or suspected archaeological materials (For example: belongings or artifacts, human or animal bone, and so on) are encountered during ground-disturbing activities, you must:

  • Stop all work in the immediate area 
  • Contact the Provincial Archaeology Branch for further direction at 250-953-3334

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