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Museums in British Columbia have collections for all passions and interests: Aboriginal art, maritime history, railways, cowboys, gold rush relics, dinosaurs, toasters and farming equipment.

Large museums, such as Vancouver's Museum of Anthropology and Victoria's Royal BC Museum, are home to impressive displays of Aboriginal art and culture. Smaller community museums are bursting with a wealth of local artifacts, photos and stories.

Learn about trains at the Canadian Museum of Rail Travel in Cranbrook, Arctic exploration at the Vancouver Maritime Museum or the building of the Alaska Highway at Dawson Creek.

Explore the past at the Dinosaur Discovery Gallery in Tumbler Ridge and discover Aboriginal culture at Haida Heritage Centre. The cowboy lifestyle is on display at the Museum of the Cariboo Chilcotin, a gold rush boomtown comes to life in Barkerville Historic Town, and the fur trade era is preserved at Fort Langley National Historic Site.

There are also some unique museums: mechanical musical instruments (in Revelstoke) and even toasters (in Stewart).

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Craigdarroch Castle - Victoria

1050 Joan Cres
Victoria, British Columbia
V8S 3L5
Websitehttp://www.thecastle.ca
Toll-free
Phone250-592-5323

Victoria's legendary landmark. Experience the lifestyles of the rich & powerful at the end of the 19th century. Completed in 1890, the Castle is now a historic house museum. Lavish Victorian era furnishings & decor, exquisite stained glass & detailed woodwork carved by artisans of days gone by... These all combine to create a warm & expansive entertainment experience. When you're finished, take time to browse the Gift Shop & relax in the newly restored (2010) grounds before moving on to your next destination. Open daily for self-guided tours.

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Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden - Vancouver

578 Carrall St
Vancouver, British Columbia
V6B 5K2
Websitehttp://www.vancouverchinesegarden.com
Toll-free
Phone604-662-3207

Built in 1986, the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden is the first full-scale Scholar garden built outside China using traditional techniques. Covered walkways & exquisite architecture make it a delight in any weather or season, with the same relaxing, serene landscape as found in the old, private gardens of China's ancient elite. This living museum promotes the understanding of cultures through daily tours, festivals, monthly art exhibitions, music concerts & unique live theatre productions in summer. One-of-a-kind finds in the Eight Treasures Shop. Located in the heart of Chinatown, a short walk from downtown Vancouver & historic Gastown, near parking & public transit.

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Fort Langley National Historic Site - Fort Langley

23433 Mavis Ave
Fort Langley, British Columbia
V1M 2R5
Websitehttp://www.parkscanada.gc.ca/fortlangley
Toll-free
Phone604-513-4777

Explore this exciting 1800s fur trade post where you are the explorer. Like discovering a time capsule, step inside the buildings & feel what it was like to be there.

Make a deal for furs on the very spot where First Nations people traded salmon, furs & cranberries for Hudson's Bay Company goods. Sign a proclamation where British Columbia was proclaimed a colony.

Visit with costumed interpreters, watch blacksmithing & barrel-making demonstrations & simply explore!

Enjoy cultural exhibits, a gift shop, Full Barrel Café (summer) & much more.

(Toute notre programmation est aussi disponible en français).

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Fort Rodd Hill & Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Site - Victoria

603 Fort Rodd Hill Rd
Victoria, British Columbia
V9C 2W8
Websitehttp://www.pc.gc.ca/fortroddhill
Toll-free
Phone250-478-5849

Located 15 minutes west of downtown Victoria, these adjacent national historic sites offer acres of meadows & spectacular views of Esquimalt Harbour & Juan de Fuca Strait. Stroll along the ramparts of 3 coast artillery gun batteries built over 100 years ago. See original guns, intriguing underground magazines & camouflaged searchlight emplacements. Step inside Canada's oldest West Coast lighthouse. Play with its brand-new interactive exhibits. While the kids investigate our tide pools or enjoy our new hand held spy game program, it's time to sit back & enjoy the moment. Check out our many special events throughout the year.

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Fort Steele Heritage Town - Fort Steele

9851 Hwy 93/95
Fort Steele, British Columbia
V0B 1N0
Websitehttp://www.fortsteele.ca
Toll-free
Phone250-417-6000

With gold rush beginnings in 1864, Fort Steele has gone from boom town to regional centre to ghost town and is now one of the most important heritage attractions in British Columbia. The town site features over 60 buildings. Activities vary by season and include ice cream making, horse-drawn wagon tours, steam train rides, gold panning lessons, live theatre, museum displays and various demonstrations. See many varieties of heritage breed livestock. Fort Steele is perched on the western slopes of the Canadian Rocky Mountains.

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Hell's Gate Airtram - Boston Bar

43111 Trans Canada Hwy
Boston Bar, British Columbia
V0K 1C0
Websitehttp://www.hellsgateairtram.com
Toll-free
Phone604-867-9277

Drive the scenic Fraser Canyon with its 7 mountain tunnels through the historic heart of BC & relive the biggest 'rush' on the Gold Rush Trail. Hell's Gate Airtram is in a location so unique, the 'afterlife' have come back to use it as a playground. Early explorers refer to it as 'a place where no human being should venture' and man & nature battle here for supremacy. Experience this place for yourself as you exchange mountain ranges aboard one of the only descending gondolas in North America.

Hell's Gate Airtram was awarded the Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence (2014).

Please note that your admission ticket is good any day during the season it was bought.

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Huble Homestead Historic Site - Prince George

40 Km North On Mitchell Rd
Prince George, British Columbia
V2L 3G5
Websitehttp://www.hublehomestead.ca
Toll-free
Phone250-564-7033

Huble Homestead is a heritage site located at the base of the historic Giscome Portage. Originally a homestead & fur trading post, the site has been restored to its 1915 condition & is open to the public from May to October for guided tours, lunch & shopping in the General Store. Special events are held throughout the summer featuring blacksmithing & pioneer demonstrations, entertainment, games & contests for the whole family. Huble Homestead is located 40 km north of Prince George, just off Hwy 97 on Mitchell Road.

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Kelowna Art Gallery - Kelowna

1315 Water St
Kelowna, British Columbia
V1Y 9R3
Websitehttp://www.kelownaartgallery.com
Toll-free
Phone250-762-2226

Located in the heart of Kelowna's Cultural District, the Kelowna Art Gallery features 3 exhibition spaces, an inner courtyard and a hands-on activity area.

We also offer a variety of classes, workshops, art camps talks and events for people of all ages, while serving the Central Okanagan Valley with a variety of exhibitions throughout the year, primarily showcasing contemporary Canadian artists.

Join us for Family Sundays from 1:00-4:00 pm while we explore a weekly theme with hands-on activities led by friendly artist-instructors. Another popular program is our "Free Admission Thursdays" from 3:00- 9:00 pm!

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Klahowya Village in Stanley Park - Vancouver

Miniature Train In Stanley Park
Vancouver, British Columbia
V6B 3X8
Websitehttp://www.aboriginalbc.com/klahowya-village
Toll-free
Phone604-921-1070

Enjoy the warmth of our Aboriginal Summer Village in Stanley Park this summer. Klahowya Village is a family-friendly Aboriginal cultural experience that features daily Aboriginal cultural performances, artisans & demonstrations. After a successful fourth season in 2013, the Village now features more than 20 interactive & visual displays linked to a Klahowya Village 'passport' that includes a download code for the audio story of the 'Journey of the Salmon' on iTunes, a season pass to ride the miniature train, admission to a craft workshop, colouring pages, & an area to collect stamps from interactive display stations.

This season's story, 'Journey of the Salmon', focuses on the significance of the salmon from an Aboriginal culture point of view as we celebrate the four-year cycle of the returning salmon.

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Ktunaxa Interpretive Centre - Cranbrook

7468 Mission Rd
Cranbrook, British Columbia
V1C 7E6
Website
Toll-free
Phone250-417-4001

Hoodoos and other geological features are prominent in the Ktunaxa creation story, which reveals much about the Ktunaxa history. This fascinating story can be heard at the Ktunaxa Interpretive Centre at the St. Eugene Mission Resort, a Spanish colonial building constructed in 1910 (which operated for 60 years as a residential school for Aboriginal children). The Ktunaxa Kinbasket Tribal Council has transformed the building into a modern full-service resort. On-site is the Interpretive Centre that showcases Aboriginal contemporary arts, culture and heritage. On display are historic photographs, scale models of traditional tipis, a sturgeon-nosed canoe and many other artifacts.

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