Vancouver and the province of British Columbia have a rich maritime history that spans centuries. The Vancouver Maritime Museum features a collection of over 15,000 objects and artefacts with exhibits and informational programs detailing the fascinating maritime past of the arctic and Pacific Northwest region.
The museum is located on the stunning water front of Vancouver on the shores of English Bay, directly across False Creek from Downtown Vancouver. Visitors are able to get a first hand account of the importance of the sea to this region as they explore the many exhibits and hear tales of the sea from centuries past. Just some of the objects on display are navigational tools, charts and naval uniforms as well as scale models and even actual vessels.
Some of the most fascinating and historic items on display include a navigational chart from Captain Cook’s third and final voyage across the pacific. The chart includes detailed information on the route and even depth soundings which are quite rare for the time. One of the main exhibits is an historic arctic exploration ship named the St. Roch while the outdoor Heritage Harbour exhibit displays classic vessels as well as an authentic half-scale replica of a Viking ship from around 890 A.D.
Located in Vanier Park, the maritime museum can be reached from Downtown Vancouver on the False Creek Ferries. The ferry departs downtown from the Aquatic Centre Ferry Dock just off of Burrard Street. If driving from downtown, take Burrard Street and cross the bridge at False Creek. Turn right on Chestnut Street and follow it to the end.