Fantastic exhibition of beautiful artworks by Bill Reid in downtown Vancouver.
Bill Reid was an acclaimed Haida master goldsmith, carver, sculptor, writer and spokesman, and one of Canada's greatest artists.
His artwork ranges from exquisite gold and silver jewellery to full sized totem poles and ocean-going canoes carved from massive timbers. These pieces embody his evolving interpretation of his native heritage and how he extended the traditional artistic vocabulary to embrace modern ideas and forms. He played a pivotal role in reviving interest in native art forms among the younger generations of Canada's First Nations, and in presenting those arts to a wider world.
There is a small entrance fee for the museum but it is worth every penny to see such a great collection of Reid's work gathered together under one roof.
Worth going at the start of your trip to put the history of the people in perspective. Great exhibits of First Nation artifacts and way of living.
You cannot go to Vancouver without eating at the Old Spaghetti Factory in Gastown. It's a living museum of Canada's colourful past and has brilliant food.
Suite 210 - 55 Water St.
Tel: (604) 684 1287
Best collection of Northwest native art in the world. Stunning setting for beautiful artefacts, totems and the famous sculpture by Bill Reid (The first men). Do not miss
University of British Columbia, 6393 North West Marine Drive;
tel: 604 822 5087
In the heart of China Town there is an oasis. The Chinese gardens are the biggest replica outside of China (I think) and are beautifully kept.
In the summer you can see turtles floating in the ponds and the flowers are stunning.
The guided tours are free and really interesting.
Well worth popping into especially if you happen to be in China town.
578 Carrall Street;
tel: 604 662 3207;
If you want a day outside of Vancouver there's only one way to travel - by float plane. Planes leave from the harbour next to Canada Place and take 20 minutes or so to fly across to Victoria on Vancouver Island, and the views from the tiny plane are stunning. Ask the pilot if you can sit in the front for the best view.
You can then spend an afternoon in Victoria for a perspective on what Canadians think Ye Olde England is like - tea on the lawn of the Empress hotel is a local favourite - or visit the quite fantastic Royal BC Museum, before wandering down to the harbour for your return flight.
A landmark from Expo 86, the "Golf Ball" is now home to Vancouver's Science World. There are five permanent galleries in the centre, as well as ALCAN Omnimax theatre, a feature gallery for special exhibitions and Centre Stage for live science shows.
1455 Quebec Street; Tel: 443 7443; www.scienceworld.bc.ca
The building alone is worth the trip, designed by Arthur Erickson and based on traditional northern Northwest Coast post and beam structures. Check out the full scale Totem Poles and outdoor Haida Houses. Adults $9, concessions $7 and children under 6 free.
6393 N.W. Marine Drive; Tel: 604.822.5087; www.moa.ubc.ca
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