Heritage Fair

What is a Heritage Fair?

Think Science Fair, but for History!
The Heritage Fairs are showcases of history project displays created by local students about Canadian history.
Students choose a topic (often a family or local story), develop an inquiry question that stems from their curiosity about that topic, and present their findings to the public.
Projects can be poster boards, plays, videos, comics, and more.

Classroom/School Heritage Fair
Students work on their Heritage Fairs in their classes. They will first present their Heritage Fair projects to their peers and teachers in class.

Regional Heritage Fair
Teachers select stand-out projects from their classes to continue to the Regional Fair Level. At the East Kootenay Regional Fair, students will be interviewed by judges about their Heritage Fair project, and will take part in unique heritage activities throughout the Heritage Fair Day. Awards will be given to certain students for their projects based on their strength.

Provincial Heritage Fair
Judges will nominate 3 students from the Regional Heritage Fair to present their projects at the Provincial Heritage Fair. This annual fair typically takes place in-person at a selected BC city, however in 2020 and 2021 it took place virtually.

Every year over 6000 students take part in Heritage Fairs across BC, and thousands more across Canada.

Why Participate?

The Heritage Fair is an amazing opportunity for students to get curious, creative and confident with history.

For Teachers

  • Supports cross-curricular teaching goals in Social Studies, Art, English Language Arts, Math, and French
  • Supports Core Competencies in communicating, critical and reflective thinking, positive personal and cultural identity, and social awareness and responsibility

For Students

  • Student led learning
  • Fosters inquiry-based critical and historical thinking skills
  • Produces engaged citizens

For Parents

  • Builds your child’s confidence and pride in their learning
  • Develops your child’s communication skills, from researching to presenting.

How to Participate:

Eligibility requirements

  • Grade 4 – 10
  • Projects can be by individual, partners or small groups. (Only individual projects can continue to the BC Provincial Fair)
  • Projects must be in English or French
  • Read full guidelines here.

Timeline for Teachers

September – December 2021:

Learn about the Heritage Fair and decide if it’s right for your class.

Teachers can download lesson plans that help you introduce Heritage Fairs: How to choose a topic, write a good inquiry question, conduct research with primary and secondary sources and how to present information in a display.

Teachers can download editable student workbooks, made by the Richmond Regional Heritage Fair, that provide a framework to guide younger students.

January 2021:

Register your class for the Heritage Fair by January 28th.

Schedule a classroom visit with the coordinator to introduce Heritage Fairs to your students

Students select a topic, and develop an inquiry question. There are a number of topic lists that students can use to choose a subject.

February 2022:

Students begin research for their project.

Students begin writing the first draft for their project.

March 2022:

Students design their Heritage Fair display and practice for interview Qs.

Museum informs teachers how many spaces are available for each class at the fair.

April 2022:

Students present their projects in their classroom

Teachers evaluate projects, select Heritage Fair participants. Multiple rubrics are available to use or base your own off.

May 6, 2022:

Heritage Fair Day.

Free class visits to museum available to all teachers who participate. Must schedule time with museum.