Vancouver is the perfect spot for anyone who enjoys learning about history and culture. The city has a deeply diverse and rich history, and it’s mixed with the perfect amount of art and nature to create a culture that’s truly unique.
Below are five must-see spots for visitors who want a true taste of Vancouver culture.
The UBC Museum of Anthropology
Visiting the University of British Columbia’s Museum of Anthropology is an unforgettable experience. The MOA is home to a stunningly large collection of First Nations art and objects. You can see intricate totem poles, pottery, jewelry and ceremonial objects.
The museum also houses the famous Raven and The First Men sculpture, which is depicted on the Canadian $20 bill.
Located in beautiful Stanley Park, Klahowya Village is another tribute to the First Nations people. While the MOA allows you to observe parts of the town’s ancient culture, Klahowya Village immerses you in it.
Here, you can experience traditional dances, cultural performances and authentic craft demonstrations. Visitors can even purchase an authentic Aboriginal souvenir to take home.
Vancouver’s Chinatown district is truly unique. The area is a hotbed of beautiful landmarks including the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Garden as well as authentic shops, restaurants and even what is known as the world’s narrowest building!
The Chinatown district is also the epicenter of the city’s annual Chinese New Year celebrations.
The Empress Hotel
For a fun side trip, take a scenic ferry ride on V2V from downtown Vancouver to downtown Victoria to experience the full scope of cultural offerings. For the cost of a ferry from Vancouver to Victoria, you can explore the renowned Fairmont Empress Hotel.
When you go, be sure to reserve a spot for traditional afternoon tea. The famous Victorian-era ritual is both delicious and a wonderful cultural experience.
Maritime Museum of British Columbia
When you take the time to cruise from Vancouver to Victoria, we highly recommend visiting the Maritime Museum of British Columbia. It’s the oldest maritime museum in Western Canada, and it showcases the nuanced relationship between the province, its people and the sea.
Whether you are a local looking for a weekend trip or have never visited before, touring Vancouver and Victoria is a fun way to broaden your cultural horizons.
Take a Day Trip to Victoria
Want to add a side-trip to your Vancouver adventure? Instead of taking BC Ferries from Vancouver to Victoria or taking a seaplane, take a journey on the V2V Empress, which offers returns trips, downtown to downtown