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Vancouver, Coast & Mountains

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Antiques in a window (David Gluns photo)

Exploration, settlement, and industry are themes at museums in the Vancouver, Coast & Mountains region.

Step into 19th century British Columbia at Fort Langley National Historic Site, a bustling outdoor "living museum," or don 19th century garb at the historic townsite of Yale.

Ride down a dark mining tunnel at the Britannia Mine Museum, or look to the skies to see restored aircraft at the Canadian Museum of Flight. Vintage railcars are firmly rooted on the ground at the West Coast Railway Heritage Park.

Visitor Centres have information on local museums and historic sites. Check the hours of operation for museums, as they may vary by season.

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Museum of Vancouver - Vancouver

1100 Chestnut St
Vancouver, British Columbia
V6J 3J9
Toll-free
Phone604-736-4431

The Museum of Vancouver (MOV) creates Vancouver focused exhibitions and programs that encourage dynamic conversations about what was, is, and can be Vancouver. Permanent exhibitions tell the city's stories, starting with an exhibition on the Musqueam First Nation's ancient landscape and living culture, continuing through the late 1970s. These displays are complemented by contemporary, groundbreaking feature exhibitions, including "Stefan Sagmeister's The Happy Show" (April 23- September 7, 2015). Our beautiful building is a must see for architecture lovers. MOV is located in scenic Vanier Park beside Kitsilano Beach - with HR MacMillan Space Centre and Vancouver Maritime Museum - a 5 minute drive from downtown and Granville Island. You can also take the Vancouver Trolley, False Creek Ferries, or public transit buses to get here.

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Roedde House Museum - Vancouver

1415 Barclay St
Vancouver, British Columbia
V6G 1J6
Toll-free
Phone604-684-7040

Roedde House Museum, in Vancouver's West End, is a late-Victorian house in the Queen Anne revival style. Built in 1893 for the family of Gustav Roedde, the city's first bookbinder, it has been faithfully restored to reflect the day-to-day life of a middle class pioneer family at the turn of the last century. Unlike many heritage houses, the rooms are not roped off or behind glass & some of the artifacts may be handled with care.

The museum offers guided Tea & Tour Sundays, concerts series, & other cultural events. Check our website for events & exceptional closures.

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Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre - Whistler

4584 Blackcomb Way
Whistler, British Columbia
V0N 1B4
Toll-free866-441-7522
Phone604-964-0990

2013 BC Cultural Centre of the Year, the Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre showcases Whistler's Aboriginal heritage through tours, singing & drumming, Native art, interactive & outdoor exhibits, crafts, food & film. The Centre features a Great Hall, museum, theatre, contemporary gallery, cafe offering infusions of First Nations indigenous fare & a spectacular gift shop showcasing authentic local art, jewellery, literature, housewares, clothing, etc. Our exhibit map is available in several languages. This world-class attraction is a fun, family-friendly activity that provides a genuine cultural experience. Check our website for programming updates & special events. Visit our online art gallery for our full store online!

Venue rental available for private receptions, weddings & corporate events. Please view floor plans & capacity charts on our website.

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Vancouver Maritime Museum - Vancouver

1905 Ogden Ave
Vancouver, British Columbia
V6J 1A3
Toll-free
Phone604-257-8300

Discover the history & maritime traditions of the Pacific Coast. Step back in time to 1944 on board St Roch, Canada's celebrated RCMP Arctic schooner. Wander the ship's narrow corridors where you are one of the crew on her second & most famous voyage through the treacherous Northwest Passage. Explore many exhibits such as shipwrecks, early fur trade, deep ocean exploration & more. Young at heart will entertain & experience the fun of Children's Maritime Discovery Centre & classic vessels in Heritage Harbour. Minutes from downtown at the south end of Burrard St Bridge & a short stroll to Granville Island.

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Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art - Vancouver

639 Hornby St
Vancouver, British Columbia
V6C 2G3
Toll-free
Phone604-682-3455

A public gallery for Contemporary Aboriginal Art of the Northwest Coast named after the acclaimed Haida artist Bill Reid (1920-1998). The Gallery showcases the permanent collection of Bill Reid alongside changing exhibitions of contemporary Northwest Coast art. Highlights include stunning gold & silver jewelry, monumental sculptures & a towering totem pole by James Hart of Haida Gwaii. Visit the Gallery Gift Shop for a selection of original works & prints by local Northwest Coast artists, distinctive jewelry, accessories, books, cards & more. Located in the heart of downtown, just steps from the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver & Canada Line skytrain.

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Britannia Mine Museum - Britannia Beach

Hwy 99
Britannia Beach, British Columbia
V0N 1J0
Toll-free800-896-4044
Phone604-896-2233

A multi-million dollar make-over transformed this historic mine into a multi-award winning (2012 Mining and Sustainability Award) museum and National Historic Site. Just like miners, visitors don hardhats then climb aboard an underground train and experience a day in the life of a hard rock miner. Many surprises await, as you explore what was once the largest copper mine in the British Empire. Site includes "Groundbreaking" film, touchscreen exhibits, displays of rare minerals, entrance into the massive mill, gift shop and a unique opportunity to pan for gold. To reach the Britannia Mine Museum, head north on the Sea to Sky Highway. Watch for signs mid-way to Whistler.

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Britannia Shipyards, National Historic Site - Richmond

5180 Westwater Dr
Richmond, British Columbia
V7E 6P3
Toll-free
Phone604-718-8050

Britannia Shipyards, National Historic Site is an authentic representation of a once thriving community of canneries, boatyards, residences & stores. Tour the oldest shipyard buildings in BC & observe ongoing boat restoration projects in this active waterfront park along the Fraser River. Explore exhibits & take part in programs that interpret life on the river & the experiences of the multicultural community that called Britannia home.

Many of the buildings date back to 1885 & tell the stories of multi-ethnic residents & workers at the Britannia Cannery & Britannia Shipyard: Chinese, European, First Nations & Japanese. This collection of buildings has national value & was designated a National Historic Site in 1992 by the National Historic Sites & Monuments Board.

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Capilano Suspension Bridge Park - North Vancouver

3735 Capilano Rd
North Vancouver, British Columbia
V7R 4J1
Toll-free
Phone604-985-7474

Appreciate nature from three breathtaking perspectives - world famous Capilano Suspension Bridge, the seven bridges of Treetops Adventure & the thrilling new Cliffwalk, a heart-stopping journey along the granite cliff high above Capilano River.

The 137 m (450 ft) long, 70 m (230 ft) high Capilano Suspension Bridge has thrilled visitors since 1889. While the wobbly bridge has become a Vancouver landmark, Capilano Suspension Bridge Park offers an all-encompassing BC experience. History, culture & nature are presented through knowledgeable staff & interpretive signage. Seasonal events like Raptors Ridge birds of prey June to October & Canyon Lights in December enhance this year-round destination.

Free shuttle service offered daily (year-round) from Canada Place, Hyatt Regency, Blue Horizon and Westin Bayshore Hotel. See website for up to date schedule.

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Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden - Vancouver

578 Carrall St
Vancouver, British Columbia
V6B 5K2
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
Toll-free
Phone604-513-4777

Experience life as a 19th century voyageur at Fort Langley, where the colony of British Columbia was born. Hear past echoes of musket fire, pan for gold dust dreams and dress up to play pioneer. Mingle with fur traders, learn the blacksmith's art and camp in a historically-themed oTENTiks. Satisfy your curiosity with the audio tour, available in six languages, as well as demonstrations of blacksmithing and barrel-making.

(Toute notre programmation est aussi disponible en français).

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