Stay Local January

Stay Local January

For sure there will be rain, and sometimes there is snow, but that doesn’t mean we can’t get out and explore our city and our backyard!  Take advantage of the quieter months, before the visiting hordes arrive, and enjoy the hands-on features including guided tours, scavenger hunts and personal challenges that are included at these great attractions.  So, after a brisk walk around the seawall, or a morning at the rink or on the sidelines of the soccer field gather your family, or friends, and head out to a Vancouver attraction and experience something extra.   

The Museum of Vancouver, located in Vanier Park, connects Vancouverites to each other and connects the city to the world. Permanent historical galleries take you from c̓əsnaʔəm, an important ancestral village of the Musqueam First Nation, right to the 60’s and70’s, a time of activism and action in Vancouver’s history.  Each era is depicted with artifacts, personal stories, hands on displays and shared experiences.   While the permanent collection focuses on Vancouver, the ever-changing temporary exhibit galleries explore important cultures, events and social influences that have played a role in our city’s development.   Haida Now, on display until next December, features over 450 pieces of Haida art.  Join a 30-minute highlight tour, that focuses on the key themes and works within the gallery.  Tours run at 11:30am and 1:30pm Friday to Monday through the winter.

For a downtown adventure, head to the Vancouver Lookout, their glass elevator takes you 553 feet above the city to their 360-degree observation deck.  Take in the views as far west as Vancouver Island or look south to Mount Baker and beyond before you challenge your crew to earn their Sky Scout badge.  Explore Vancouver’s landmarks and history from this bird’s eye view or learn about the science of clouds, and cloud formations, all included with admission, and available daily, more information here.

Then head over to the BC Sports Hall of Fame, a great place to burn off some energy and explore BC’s sports heroes, including Rick Hansen and Terry Fox.  Climb the wall, shoot hoops and test your sprinting skills in the Participation Zone, no coins required to play the tabletop hockey game!   For the complete Vancouver in door sports experience, add a visit to the Richmond Olympic Experience, where you can immerse yourself in state-of-the-art Olympic and Sport simulators, each developed so that you can experience what a world-class athlete braves as they compete on the international stage.  Book both attractions here and save 20%.   While both attractions are easily reached by SkyTrain and Canada Line, tickets can be enjoyed on different days.   

 
For an all-day adventure, a drive up the spectacular Sea to Sky Highway, with a stop at Shannon Falls and a visit to the Britannia Mine Museum will be a hit for the whole family.  This National Historical site has undergone significant updates and added tons of new exhibits and features to entertain and educate visitors about the life and times at one of the British Empire's largest copper mines.   The most recent addition to this comprehensive attraction, is the immersive live action experience BOOM! This fun for all ages show explores the story, sights and sounds behind Mill No. 3, an architectural marvel in its time, and even today, the leading-edge special effects show brings all 20-storeys back to life!  And of course, a highlight for all is the Underground Tour, just like the miners back in 1914, you'll board the mine train and rumble inside an early haulage tunnel where you see, and hear, the actual mining equipment used and see first hand what the mine's working conditions were like.   All these great experiences are included with admission, check tour times before you head up, space is limited, but lots of tours are available, Britannia Tours. britanniaminemuseum.ca/pages/hours-tour-times