First Nations canoe trip with Takaya Tours

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Aboriginal Experiences

Museum of Anthropology, Vancouver (Kevin Arnold photo)

Museum of Anthropology, Vancouver (Kevin Arnold photo)

Vancouver is a vibrant, multicultural city characterized by strong Aboriginal influences and several First Nations are represented in the Metro Vancouver area.

See galleries of traditional Aboriginal artwork and towering totems in the Museum of Anthropology. In Stanley Park, take photos at the famous totem poles and in summer, explore Aboriginal culture on a guided kayak tourView the works of renowned Haida artist Bill Reid at the Bill Reid Gallery.

Wondering where to begin? Read on below or check out Aboriginal culture trip ideas in Vancouver.

Museum of Anthropology

Just west of Vancouver, the University of British Columbia’s architecturally stunning Museum of Anthropology boasts an acclaimed collection of Aboriginal art and artifacts from BC and around the world. See traditional canoes, masks, jewellery, carvings, longhouse replicas and totem poles – including the world’s smallest, which measures just 4.4cm/1.7in.

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Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art - Vancouver

639 Hornby St
Vancouver, British Columbia
V6C 2G3

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.


Museum of Anthropology - Vancouver

6393 NW Marine Dr
Vancouver, British Columbia
V6T 1Z2

The Museum of Anthropology houses one of the world's finest displays of First Nations art in a spectacular building overlooking mountains & sea. We also host major temporary exhibits & display over 10,000 objects from around the world in our new Multiversity Galleries. Enjoy gallery tours (free with admission), exciting public programs, an elegant shop, Cafe MOA & our beautiful new outdoor reflecting pool.


Museum of Vancouver - Vancouver

1100 Chestnut St
Vancouver, British Columbia
V6J 3J9

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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