Location in Vancouver:
Vanier Park Near Burrard Bridge.
St. Roch ship, various displays, reasonable admission price.
The museum could be tricky to find, pay parking in
Vancouver Maritime Museum - Official Site.
Other Trips in Vancouver Area:
Admiralty Trail (Pacific Spirit Regional Park),
Canada Line Skytrain
Vancouver Maritime Museum is
located in Vanier Park just across Burrard Bridge from downtown Vancouver, yet it could
be tricky to find. The photos below provide directions from Oak Street. The museum itself is a very
good place to visit for kids and adults alike, especially on a rainy
day, when not much is going on outside. There are numerous interesting
exhibits at the museum, including the featured attraction - retired RCMP
ship St. Roch, which was the first ship to cross from Pacific to
Atlantic ocean via the Northwest (Arctic) Passage in 1942.
1. We are now Northbound (towards
downtown) on Oak Street, about to turn left onto 16th Avenue to head
Oak Street at 16th Avenue Vancouver BC Canada
2. Several minutes later, we are
ready to turn right (North) onto Burrard Street.
16th Avenue at Burrard Street Vancouver British Columbia Canada
3. Now we are Northbound on
Burrard Street past 4th Avenue, getting ready to approach the left turn
lane. Note a very distinctive residential building on the left side of
Burrard Street Vancouver BC
4. Waiting for the green light
to turn left. Going straight (where the dark-coloured sedan is located
on the right side of the photo) would have led directly onto Burrard
Bridge to downtown Vancouver. If you are coming from downtown via
Burrard Bridge, stay in the right lane.
Picture of Burrard Street Near Burrard Bridge Vancouver Canada
5. Upon turning left (onto what
is now Cornwall Avenue), get ready to make an immediate right onto
Chestnut Street (where the beige car is turning from on the photo below).
Cornwall Avenue at Chestnut Street Vancouver BC Canada
6. Keep driving straight on
Chestnut Street. Disregard the "parking on the right" sign (seen
photo below), which would lead you past the School of Music all the way to the
Seawall. Drive past this sign, as the Maritime Museum is just a hundred
meters further straight ahead.
Chestnut Street Vancouver British Columbia
7. And here we are at the end of
Chestnut Street, where it meets Ogden Avenue. Drive straight through the
gate seen in the photo below and photo #8.
Chestnut Street at Ogden Avenue Vancouver BC Canada
8. Here is the gate. A note
states that the gate is
closed from 11 PM to 9 AM.
Entrance to Vancouver Maritime Museum grounds in Vanier Park
9. Just past the gate we see
Maritime Museum, as well as the parking lot in front of it.
Vancouver Maritime Museum
10. This machine is where you
say good-bye to $3.00 for each 1.5 hours of parking. It is possible to
limit your visit to ninety minutes, but it is certainly possible to
spend more time inside than that.
Seawall runs just past the Maritime
Museum, so you may want to incorporate the Maritime Museum visit into your Seawall
Parking Payment Machine at Vancouver Maritime Museum
11. Vancouver Maritime Museum as
seen from near the parking payment machine. The entrance is under the blue
canopy. The rates are as follows: Adults - $11, Youth/Senior/Student -
$8.50, Family (2 Adults + 4 Children) - $30. Plus tax.
Maritime Museum Vancouver BC Canada
12. Once you enter, St. Roch is
right in front of you, the reception desk is on the left, and the gift
shop is on the right. This is the gift shop.
Gift Shop Vancouver Maritime Museum
13. We walked a few meters
forward, turned around, and took a photo of St. Roch's side. The
reception desk is seen far ahead.
14. The other side of St. Roch.
The entrance to the second half of the museum is through a door (not
seen here) to the right of where we are standing.
St. Roch Ship in Vancouver Maritime Museum BC Canada
15. Various exhibits and pieces
of art can be seen by the windows, as you walk around St. Roch. This is
one of them. It's called "Male Figure" and is by Tommy Ashevak.
16. Having walked around St.
Roch, we arrived to the ship's entrance. Before you can come in, the
staff shows a 16-minute documentary about the ship and its history.
After that, 20 minutes are given to explore the ship under the staff's
watch. Such trips are organized throughout the day.
Entrance to St. Roch ship in Vancouver Maritime Museum British Columbia
17. The exploration of the
explorer ship begins. The man at the front is Capt. Larsen.
Aboard St. Roch Vancouver Maritime Museum
18. Capt. Larsen's bronze
sculpture is by Simon Morris. Commemorated in 2006.
Captain Larsen of St. Roch
19. Quite a powerful face.
The Statue of Captain Larsen Vancouver Maritime Museum BC Canada
20. Looking at St. Roch from
near the captain's statue. We will climb the ladder seen straight ahead
to check out the helm.
St. Roch Photo
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