Without boats, man would have never discovered the Far East, seen a humpback whale in its natural habitat, or filmed music videos that make you want to shake it. Investigate the ship's illustrious past with today's Groupon: for $6, you get admission for one to the Vancouver Maritime Museum (up to a $12.32 value, including HST), located on Ogden Avenue in Vanier Park.
The Vancouver Maritime Museum fills its bodice with exhibits that reveal the maritime history of Vancouver and the Canadian Arctic. St. Roch, one of the museum's main attractions and the first ship to circumnavigate North America, stands proud and tall, telling of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police's past adventures on the open, illimitable ocean. Inspect the vessel's robust bow, intimate bridge, engineer's cabin, engine controls, foremast, kitten hold, and engine room. The current Canadian Navy exhibit We Stand on Guard for Thee honours the institution's 100th birthday. Featuring the work of maritime artist John Horton, the exhibit explains the nascent days of the nation's navy, primarily focusing on burping it after feeding.
The Vancouver Maritime Museum provides educational opportunities and a library stocked with vast resources concerning Pacific Northwest, Arctic, and Antarctic exploration, along with naval architecture and more. Education, preservation, and inspiration are the cornerstones of the Maritime Museum, and the Maritime Store and Model Shop provide a plethora of souvenirs, including books, gift items, and censored pet sailors.
Vancouver Maritime Museum received very good Zagat ratings, and the Inside Vancouver blog listed it as one of the Top 5 Spring Break Activities for Kids in Vancouver. About.com featured the destination, and three Virtual Tourists give it a 3.5-star average rating:
- Boats, boats, and more boats: The Vancouver Maritime Museum is Canada's premiere Pacific Coast maritime museum and one of the best such museums on the west coast of North America. – Dana Lynch, About.com
- …a highlight is a climb aboard the historic schooner St. Roch, the first vessel to navigate the Northwest Passage both ways… – Zagat
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