A stream and a short bridge separate Burnaby Village Museum from the outside world. Crossing over is like stepping into a time machine, one that transports visitors back to a tram-stop community in the early 20th century. In fact, an original electric tram is still there, as is an entire town of living, breathing historical characters.
Size: a 10-acre living history town, with approximately 40 attractions and more than 50,000 artifacts that bring the the roaring 1920s back to life
Eye Catchers: Townsfolk—dressed in period costumes—who chat with visitors, give blacksmithing demonstrations, and show how to operate a printing press without a single lifehack
Crown Jewel: the C.W. Parker Carousel, a restored attraction from 1912 that sends riders around at 7 mph and plays music via a 1925 Wurlitzer Military band organ
Where to Eat: the old-fashioned ice cream parlor
Iconic Building: the 1893 Love Farmhouse, which is the oldest building in Burnaby
Special Programs: tours, black-and-white movie screenings, and seasonal Market Mondays that sell locally made goods
240 East Cordova Street used to be the address where Vancouver’s police officers, morticians, judges, and dead converged. The building, which was built in 1932, served as the city’s coroner’s court and morgue until the 1980s and the city analyst’s lab until 1995. Countless toxicology tests and several high-profile investigations have taken place between the building’s walls, including the Castellani Milkshake Murder and Errol Flynn’s autopsy. Fittingly, given the building’s significance to Vancouver's criminal-justice history, it is now home to the Vancouver Police Museum.
To date, the museum staff has curated a selection of approximately 20,000 historical artifacts, including confiscated weapons, counterfeit currency, photographs, paperwork, and vintage police vehicles. Currently, 40 percent of the collection is on display in the museum’s several exhibits, one of which allows visitors to explore a coroner’s forensic lab. The museum also offers educational programs such as walking tours and a two-hour forensic-science program. During this program, guests scour a faux crime scene for clues and try to prevent the brash, young rookie cop from running off into the night to find the perpetrator.
When she came to Canada from Peru, Maria Anduanet couldn't fit her favourite dance clubs in her luggage. Rather than sink into homesickness, however, she threw herself into learning and teaching Zumba. She became licensed in several styles of the dance workout, from traditional Zumba to Aqua Zumba and Zumbatomic for children.
Today, her classes radiate the same celebratory energy that she remembers from her nights out in South America. During the hour-long classes, she and her fellow instructors lead lively spins, steps, and shimmies to the tune of Latin music, rather than to the boring opera songs that most gyms play. The team also hosts Zumba parties for different events, such as birthdays and corporate gatherings. No matter the class setting, they emphasize that you don't need dance experience to benefit from the routines—having a good time remains the top priority.
The Museum of Vancouver (MOV) creates Vancouver-focused exhibitions and programs that encourage dynamic conversations about what was, is, and can be Vancouver. Permanent exhibitions tell the city’s stories from the early 1900s to the late 1970s and are complemented by contemporary, groundbreaking feature exhibits.
Since its rebranding in 2009 the MOV has become a leader in the reimagining of museums. Our exhibitions are Vancouver centric and designed to make the viewer think not just about the objects, but their greater context. We've played host to two Venice Biennale in Architecture projects. We've even gone so far as to hire a Curator of Contemporary Issues. We are a bold, contemporary museum, and we can't wait for you to visit.
After more than 60 years, the University of British Columbia Museum of Anthropology could almost do an anthropological study on its own history, from its humble basement beginnings in 1949 to its present-day status as Canada's largest teaching museum. Today, it is home to thousands of ethnographic objects—objects gathered from indigenous cultures around the world—including totem poles, silver, and masks from the First Nations. The array of artifacts from the province’s northwest coast is eclipsed only by the museum’s Asian collections, which transport visitors back in time with historical Cantonese opera costumes, ceramics, and paintings.
With all the facets of an exquisite museum, Vancouver Opera offers a great day of culture in Vancouver.
With a sizzling plate of terrific food, this museum boasts among the best eats this side of the city.
Bring the whole family to this museum, where kiddos are welcomed with open arms.
Parking is plentiful, so guests can feel free to bring their vehicles.