April 18th is International Day for Heritage Monuments and Sites, also familiarly known as World Heritage Day!

ICOMOS, the International Council for Monuments and Sites first proposed the celebration at the United Nations Economic and Social Council in 1983. The goal of World Heritage Day is to celebrate the diversity of the world’s history and heritage, and raise public awareness of the efforts to protect and conserve it.

This year’s theme is “The Heritage of Sport”! In celebration, enjoy a few photos (courtesy of the Vancouver Archives) of some historic sports teams who played in our province.

St. George’s high school rowing team, 1938


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The original Vancouver ladies’ hockey team, 1914
Hudson’s Bay Company cricket team, 1917
The Musqueam Nation lacrosse team, 1930
The Vancouver Post Office’s golf team, 1931
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Provincial high school girls basketball team, 1933
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Japanese rugby team (playing a tournament in BC), 1930 
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The Connaught’s 1912 tug of war team (military)
The Commodore girls bowling team, 1931
The Chinese Students’ Athletic Association’s soccer team, 1926

Do you practice or play a sport? Why is it important to you? Or what (or whom) do you think is important to the history of sport in Canada? Share it today using the hashtags #worldheritageday and #heritagefair on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram!