Sometimes we need a little sunshine and a long stretch in the evening to inspire new adventures. And summer is the perfect time to start exploring the activities waiting beyond your doorstep in Vancouver.
That’s why we recommend checking out the Vancouver Maritime Museum this season. Located in the beautiful Vanier Park just west of False Creek on the waterfront, it’s the perfect place to immerse yourself in local culture and history.
This year, the museum is celebrating 60 years, and on June 8, you can attend an incredible free anniversary event to mark the occasion. This is set to include an Indigenous welcome ceremony, followed by food trucks, live music performances, a beer garden, and more.
To further celebrate this milestone, the museum is giving away a free kayak tour, which could be yours by entering the contest below. But before you RSVP to attend the upcoming anniversary event, here’s a look at four things you’ve been missing out on at the museum.
A visual voyage
On display until June 16, ‘The Girls Are Coming!: A visual voyage of Bride Ship Tynemouth features emotive work by multidisciplinary artist Tracy McMenemy. The artist’s research on the Bride Ship Tynemouth and the journey of its young passengers inspired her own journey. Explore the symbolism of a single bridal dress and how it reflects on history dating back to Victoria in 1862 in this exhibition curated by the Vancouver Maritime Museum’s Duncan Macleod.
Step aboard an Arctic ship
One of the only ships in service in the Arctic in the early part of the 20th century, the St. Roch, is now part of a permanent exhibition at the Vancouver Maritime Museum! Made of thick Douglas Fir planks reinforced with heavy beams to withstand ice pressure, the ship’s outer shell is made of some of the hardest wood in the world, Australian Eucalyptus ‘iron bark.’
Tours of the St. Roch take place throughout the day, during which you can walk the decks, tour the interior cabins, and marvel at the ice-bucket. You can even get a tour of the below deck every third Sunday and wonder at the close-knit quarters as well as the engine room. This is something you’ll appreciate whether you’re a fan of science or simply curious!
If you would love the opportunity to develop your skills in an immersive educational environment, why not volunteer at the Vancouver Maritime Museum? The museum is looking for individuals who like working with children and are available during the day. Your role would be to facilitate education programs for students in pre-school to grade seven, exploring a working harbour, coastal exploration, and boats of all types. All training is provided and it’s an invaluable experience that will stay with you for a lifetime!
The exciting future move
That’s right, Vancouver’s Maritime Museum will be moving to a high-traffic site in Coal Harbour where the roots of the modern-day port remain. This massive move and redevelopment are set to highlight Vancouver’s status as the home of Canada’s largest port, according to Dr. Joost Schokkenbroek, the executive director of the museum. For locals and tourists alike, this means the introduction of exciting new programs down the line.
Enter for your chance to win a free kayak tour courtesy of Vancouver Maritime Museum.
To enter for your chance to win a free kayak tour courtesy of Vancouver Maritime Museum, do the following;
1. Follow Vancouver Maritime Museum on Instagram – @vanmaritime and leave a comment on the following IG post tagging which friend you would like to win a free kayak tour with, alongside the hashtag #dhcontest. (1 entry)
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Contest entries will be accepted from the time and date of publishing until 11:59 pm on July 31, 2019. One winner will be chosen at random and contacted through the platform they used to enter.
When: Saturday, June 8
Time: 10 am to 9 pm
Where: 1905 Ogden Avenue, Vancouver