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The Quw'utsun' Cultural Centre near Duncan

(Tourism Vancouver Island photo)

Vancouver Island

Arts, Culture & History

Aboriginal artwork, Alert Bay (Tom Ryan photo)

Aboriginal artwork, Alert Bay (Tom Ryan photo)

The Vancouver Island region has a vibrant art scene and many opportunities to experience Aboriginal culture.

The powerful art and enthralling legends of Aboriginal history on Vancouver Island have captured the imaginations of visitors for more than 200 years, and are preserved today in various museums, cultural centres, and heritage sites.

Artists and artisans the world over are particularly drawn to the peace and beauty of the Vancouver Island region. There are studios and art galleries in virtually every community exhibiting and selling original art and craftwork inspired by the region's land and seascapes, history, and traditions. As well, numerous theatre and musical performances are staged year round, at both indoor and outdoor venues.

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