6542 King George Boulevard.
Surrey, BC V3W 4Z4
Phone: (604) 591-6001
Fax: (604) 591-6050
Arts & Museums
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This center is dedicated to the ongoing education, archival preservation and awareness creation of the hatred and intolerance that occurred during the Second World War. It exhibits insightful art, film, literature and other creations that reflect its mandate. Many important and difficult issues are explored through a variety of art and media. Temporary exhibits have included Janusz Korczak and the Children of the Warsaw Ghetto and Too Close to Home: Antisemitism and Nazism in Canada.
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.
The Artisans' Gallery in the village of Steveson in Richmond supports the region's local artists at this trendy little shop. Enjoy one-stop gift shopping at their gift shop of Arts Council of Richmond features paintings, sculptures, photography and jewelry; a great place to find a unique gift for your friends back home. The Arts Council of Richmond also hosts various events, markets classes and more throughout the year, so be sure to check out their website for more details.
Vancouver's photography gallery is the PhotoHaus Gallery is open in Mount Pleasant. The gallery hosts only one exhibition in a month, and lasts for around 15 days each. The displays are normally centered around a particular idea, and can include work from more than one exhibitor. Some of the collections are also available online. You too could have your work displayed at the gallery. Check the website for further details on how to submit your work. Open hours change regularly. Call for timings.
The Gulf of Georgia Cannery brings visitors back to the place when this small plant produced the majority of canned salmon in British Columbia. Enjoy guided tours and video of the cannery in action and learn the importance of this cannery in Canadian history. The cannery shutdown in 1979 and successfully reopened as a park and museum in 1994. This museum offers an interesting insight into one of Canada's popular manufacturing process.