Join the Vancouver Maritime Museum in celebration of Canada’s 148th birthday with free, fun and family-friendly activities.
Situated in Vanier Park, the Museum is offering free admission to visitors all day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Throughout the day they will be running Canada Day crafts with a nautical twist where you can learn about maritime signal flags and make your own Canada Day signal flag necklace.
There will be stories from the Canadian Arctic with Inuit storyteller and children’s author Michael Kusugak, with sessions starting at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Kusugak grew up living in igloos, sod huts and skin tents. He traveled by dog team following the caribou, or living on the sea ice so that his family can hunt seals, whales, walrus and catch fish to eat. Kusugak uses his experiences growing up listening to stories told by his grandmother in his storytelling sessions. He weaves these experiences with experiences of what life was like living a nomadic traditional life of Inuit along with the tremendous change that has occurred in the past 60 years.
On top of these special activities there is also the whole Museum to explore. Exhibits will thrill all ages with the rich maritime traditions of the Pacific Coast. Discover the world of shipwrecks and explorers; step back in time to 1944 on board St. Roch, Canada’s celebrated RCMP schooner; explore the Children’s Maritime Discovery Centre; and visit historic vessels in the Heritage Harbour.
Be transported to the Arctic with our latest exhibit Across the Top of the World: the Quest for the Northwest Passage. This is also your last chance to explore Invisible Threads: Life Saving Sugihara Visas and the Journey to Vancouver, which tells the fascinating story of Chiune Sugihara and the thousands of Jewish refugees he helped travel to safety during World War II.
And don’t miss out on the Canada Day cupcakes at 2 p.m. (until they’re gone!).
Canada Day at the Vancouver Maritime Museum
When: Wednesday, July 1
Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Vancouver Maritime Museum – 1905 Ogden Ave, Vancouver