21735 Lougheed Highway
Maple Ridge, BC V2X 2S2
Phone: (604) 463-5111
Fax: (604) 463-3113
Arts & Museums
A place to be at if you have always wondered how gold panners lived way back in the days of the gold rush. This site combines cultural history, archeological curiosity and activities like gold panning and costumes. Visit the blacksmith to watch old-fashioned workmanship first-hand. There are also characters milling about in traditional garb. In-depth guided tours show all the features of this historically rich area. Getting there is one hour's drive east from downtown. Many tours drive out from the hotels situated nearby.
This non-profit museum showcases a unique collection of air-crafts and is committed to the preservation and education of Canada's aviation culture. In the 1970s most of Canada's historic planes were being moved to the U.S. and Europe. Thanks to efforts of a group of aviation enthusiasts, many of these aircraft were acquired, and the museum was created. Some of the aircraft displayed include the T-33AN Silverstar, Bowlus Bumblebee BB1, the CF-100 Canuck Mk 3b, and the DH82c Tiger Moth. As you make your way through the museum, you can take a chronological route, starting with the world wars and ending in present day, allowing you to see the huge role Canada has played in the development of aviation. This is an ideal trip for families, and people of all ages.
The Port Moody Station Museum is housed in the historic Port Moody Railway Station which was built in 1908. The museum focuses on spreading awareness about the local history of the Port Moody area. The museum is home to over 17,000 artifacts and items pertaining to the region's history. There are certain areas within the museum which are recreated as in the style of station office and a kitchen. The museum also organizes special events for all the members of the family. Visit their website for more.
The Irving House was built in 1865 and is a time machine to those bygone Victorian days. When Captain William Irving had this house built in New Westminster, it was the capital of British Columbia. Now as a well-maintained historical site, it features stunning architecture, original wallpaper, fireplace, as well as other ornate furnishings. Costumed guides help to make this even more of a historical experience. The hours vary seasonally, so call ahead for exact timings.
The military history of New Westminster is preserved at the Royal Westminster Regiment Museum in Vancouver, Canada. Located in the gun room of the historic armory, you will find several artifacts, photos, uniforms, and memorabilia commemorating the Royal Westminster Regiment and their involvement in both World Wars as well as the 28 Battle Honors dating back to 1863. Tours are available with special appointments.
Built as a memorial to British Columbia's centennial in 1958, this four-hectare (ten-acre) open-air museum is a recreation of an early 20th-century community. Among its 30 buildings and outdoor scenes are a schoolhouse, blacksmith's shop, dentist's office and a theater. It also has an ice cream parlor but the main attraction is a restored 1912 carousel. During the holiday season, the museum puts on a spirited Heritage Christmas.
Featuring the largest collection of motorcycles, the Deeley Motorcycle Exhibition is the only one of its kind in Vancouver. Owned by motorcycle enthusiasts, Don James and Malcolm Hunter, this state-of-the-art museum takes visitors through the history and evolution of the two wheeled speed machine. The collection spans 120 years with over 250 antique, vintage and modern pieces from the likes of Harley-Davidson, Zenith and more.
The Lynden Pioneer Museum is a delightful museum that shows what life was like for the early residents of the Lynden region. The museum also hosts special programs and events throughout the year.
It's incredible that such delicate figures can be sculpted from such hard materials. The jade and semi-precious stone creations of master sculptor Lyle Sopel are well worth seeing. His work is world-renowned and has been commissioned by internationally recognized figures. Most of his pieces are expertly and intricately sculpted wildlife figures.
Presentation House Gallery is North Vancouver's multi-functional art center. Part theater, gallery and museum, it focuses on contemporary art in many forms. The gallery portion houses one of the largest photographic and artistic media collections in the west. Both national and international artists display their work here, but the focus is on Canadian talent. In addition to the gallery, the North Vancouver Museum and Archives holds the key to the North Shore's photographic history. The Presentation House Theatre plays host to a variety of dramatic performances year round.
Little Mountain Gallery is all about art and innovation! It is a gallery that besides showcasing contemporary art works, provides a large floor space that can be rented by new and upcoming artists to showcase their talents. It is also known to host various cultural events; live gigs, musical events, film screenings, literary sessions and so on from time to time. Through these activities it aims to acquaint the common man with culture and art in all their forms. You can also book the space for other events, meetings, shows and events. Check website for more details on current and upcoming showings.
An art lovers' home, Catriona Jeffries Gallery provides a variety of discourses since 1994. The contemporary art scene at the venue exposes you to the works of renowned Canadian and international artists like Ron Terada, Damian Moppett, Brian Jungen, Geoffrey Farmer etc. to name a few. Treat yourselves to their historical documents, art works and collections and encourage the ambitions of new and established talents. The interactive exhibitions also gives an opportunity to learn and understand their beautiful creations. Whilst in Vancouver, this place is a must-visit! For more information, visit their website or call ahead.