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Museums & Heritage Sites, Indigenous Culture
Art Galleries, Museums & Heritage Sites, Attractions, Shopping, Indigenous Culture, Accessibility
The Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre is a three-storey, 30,400-square foot award-winning First Nations tourism facility. Guests are offered a guided tour from a local First Nation cultural ambassador who share their knowledge and stories while visiting the many displays and artifacts on display. Guests enjoy a cultural performance of drums and song as well as the chance to learn, hands-on, an indigenous craft. The facility is designed to evoke a traditional Squamish longhouse and a Lil’wat Istken (pit house) and is surrounded by dramatic mountain scenery. Designed to preserve and renew local First Nations’ cultures and to share these living cultures with the world; the experience includes Class A museum space to house rare artifacts, a gift gallery, a cafe and an 80 seat HD theatre.
Museums & Heritage Sites
Explore the natural and human history of Smithers and the surrounding Bulkley Valley at the Bulkley Valley Museum! Located in the historic Central Park Building, the Museum features engaging and informative temporary and permanent displays on local history and culture, including Driftwood Canyon fossils, and Smithers’ “gift to civilization” – the egg carton! Explore the streets of Smithers with our free Culture Crawl walking tour – your guide to historic buildings, gardens, and exhibits around the town. The Museum is fully accessible, has ample on-site parking for RVs, and has a kid-friendly scavenger hunt activity. The Bulkley Valley Museum is yours to discover.
Art Galleries, Museums & Heritage Sites
A great destination anytime, Abbotsford’s new 20,000 sq. ft. cultural centre features a gallery, museum, archives 7 studios. Experience regional, national & international art exhibitions, arts & heritage programs and an exciting array of special events. Detailed information on the website.We are an arts and heritage centre of excellence, built for the enrichment of our citizens and visitors and situated right in the heart of the community.The Reach Gallery Museum Abbotsford is both a centre for community use and an inspirational artist destination. Its outstanding design will draw people together to experience the past, interact with the present and dream of the future.
The Jewish Museum and Archives of BC offers walking tours of Vancouver’s historic neighbourhoods with a focus on Jewish community history. Join us for a scenic walk through Strathcona, Gastown, Oakridge, or Mountain View Cemetery. Full tour schedule on our website.
The Village & Marjorie’s Tea Room will open on Wednesday May 15th, 2019!! Hours of Operation will be Wednesday – Sunday from 10am-5pm until September 21st, 2019.
Museums & Heritage Sites, Attractions, Accessibility
The Nikkei Internment Memorial Centre is dedicated to preserving and sharing the history of the internment of over 22,000 Japanese Canadians during the Second World War. The Nikkei Internment Memorial Centre opened its doors in 1994 as an initiative from the New Denver Kyowakai Society to commemorate and honor the stories of over 22,000 Japanese Canadians who were stripped of their civil rights, labelled “enemy aliens” and uprooted from their coastal homes during the Second World War. Located on the site of a former internment camp, the original buildings, period artifacts, interpretive displays, and Heiwa Teien garden designed by the renowned Roy (Tomomichi) Sumi, chronicle this extraordinary episode in Canadian history.
Museums & Heritage Sites, Indigenous Culture, Accessibility
Through the Haida Heritage Centre at Kay Llnagaay we celebrate the living culture of the Haida. Through our language, art and stories we share our relationship with the land and sea that which shapes, nourishes and sustains us. Kay Llnagaay protects and fosters Haida culture by reaffirming our traditions and beliefs, encouraging artistic expression, and serving as a keeper of all that we are. Kay Llnagaay is a place for the Haida voice to be heard. The Haida Gwaii Museum opened in 1976 and continues to build an international reputation for showcasing Haida historical and contemporary art, All-Island artists and an outstanding collection of objects, artifacts and scientific material culture. The Museum is committed to encouraging and facilitating creative dialogue and exploring a more holistic and critical view of the multiple and diverse ways of understanding Haida Gwaii Ã¢ÂÂ home to one of the most prominent Northwest Coast First Nations cultures (Haida), and rich ecosystems in Canada.
Museums & Heritage Sites, Attractions, Indigenous Culture, Accessibility
The Nk’mip Desert Cultural Centre is a 9,000 square-foot interpretive centre that exhibits 2 films, the Inkameep Day School Art Collection, indoor and outdoor interactive exhibits, a 1.5 km walking trail, and reconstructed traditional Okanagan village, and (visitor favourite) interpreter hosted programs which boast a fun filled experience for all ages! The centre is also an architectural marvel, and was built from local, sustainable materials.
What was once the largest copper mine in the British Empire is now a multi-award winning attraction. Britannia Mine Museum opens up a little-seen world that fascinates all ages. Just like miners did, visitors climb aboard a mine train and rumble into an authentic tunnel. Entertaining guides describe the workings of drills and tools from the past century. Discover BOOM! A live-action experience inside the iconic Mill. Every visit includes gold panning with the chance to take home frequent findings. A captivating 15-minute film re-creates the past and reveals how families turned their isolated surroundings into pleasant experiences. The Family Play Area keeps young ones entertained. A glittering gift shop offers unique stones and carvings. To get there, head north on the Sea to Sky Highway. 1/2 way between Vancouver and Whistler.
Located in historic Fort Langley, The BC Farm Museum has the province’s largest collection of pioneer and agricultural artifacts. In 1953 the donation of a single high-cut walking hand plow by Mr. R. J. Coleman to the University of British Columbia started a planning process to establish an Agricultural Museum in the Fraser Valley. It was decided that Fort Langley would be a better location than UBC and work began by raising money and acquiring land. The ground breaking ceremony for the BC Farm Museum happened in 1966 when Archie Stevenson, BC President of the British Columbia Federation of Agriculture turned the first sod for the eight-thousand square foot building. It took nearly nine years to raise sufficient capital to erect the original building. The museum was officially opened on November 19, 1966 by Sir Robert Bellinger, Lord Mayor of London. Within a very short time a second building was erected to house a growing collection of agricultural artifacts.
Museums & Heritage Sites, Attractions
The Maritime Museum of BC engages people with the maritime culture and history of the Pacific Northwest through rotating exhibits, educational and community-based programs, research services, and more. Check out our featured winter exhibit, “The Lost Fleet: The Seizure of Japanese-Canadian Fishing Vessels in WWII” from January 12 – March 31! Join us every weekend for our craft workshops, kids programming, and inner harbour walking tour. We look forward to your visit!
For over fifty years, the Vancouver Maritime Museum has celebrated the profound significance of the ocean and waterways of the Pacific and Arctic. Located in on the waterfront in stunning Vanier Park, the Maritime Museum’s featured attraction is the St. Roch, a National Historic Site and RCMP vessel that was the first vessel to circumnavigate North America and the only link between distant communities in the Canadian Arctic in the early 20th century. The museum also has extensive galleries of model ships, including a particularly fine bone model of the French warship Vengeur du Peuple which was built around 1800 by French prisoners of war, a Children’s Maritime Discovery Centre, a recreation of the fo’c’sle (forecastle) of Vancouver’s ship Discovery, an extensive collection of maritime art, the boiler of the Beaver which was the first steamship in the Pacific Northwest, and many more wonders and treasures.
Museums & Heritage Sites, Accessibility
Home to the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia, the Parliament Buildings are open to the public from 8:30am to 4:30pm Mondays to Fridays year-round. They are open to the public on weekends from the 3rd weekend in May to the first weekend in September. We offer scheduled guided tours and self-guided tour booklets.