Maritime & History Museum, False Creek Ferries
Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Today was the first of three full days exploring Vancouver. First stop was to the large Safeway supermarket for some breakfast and to buy the day pass for the transit system for $9.75.
I walked down along English Bay beach towards where the ferry terminal was. I thought the pass included the ferries but they said it was only for the SeaBus to North Vancouver. For the False Creek ferries I could either buy a ticket based on number of stops or a day pass for $15 which I did.
First stop was to the museum district to explore a bit. I forget the price but they said I can get a 3 in 1 combo ticket to the other musuems I was going to for $36 so I got that.
I hadnt gone to the Victoria Maritime Museum so didnt really know what this was and just expected some fishing related stuff and parts of boats. Like the Viking Ship Museum in Oslo or the Vasa Museum in Stockholm this housed a historic ship.
The museum is home to the St Roch which was the first ship to make the northwest passage. First they make you sit thru a 15 min video before allowing you onto the ship. This is the only way onto the ship when they let you on after the video ends.
The movie tells of an Inuit family that lived on the deck in their tent and aided in the navigation without any use of instruments.
The living quarters were interesting too if a little cramped. There were then some maritime and city historic exhibits.
Next stop was the Museum of Vancouver and Space Centre both housed in the same building. The Space Centre is more for kids and not much to engage an adult.
There was a movie every 30 mins but when I tried to walk around the small exhibit area and come back she had already taken a school group in and closed the movie room.
In contrast the Museum of Vancouver had so much more to see. There was a recreated street from the turn of the last century, similar to the living history street in the Royal BC Museum in Victoria earlier.
They they focused on recent decades with a 50s diner, retro car, living room, and jukebox.
This continued with the 60s and political movements of the 70s and 80s. Then a hall with neon store signs from the 50s and 60s.
The next section was closed for a special exhibition on collectibles due to open tomorrow. I tried my luck and asked the people arranging if it was possible to take a quick sneak as I wont be back tomorrow. Fortunately they obliged and said I only had 5 mins as they needed to go for lunch.
There were various types of collections but they ones that interested me were the action figures and movie related collectibles.
There was a whole other room with pinball and video games but the workers needed to leave and my time was up. We dont have a city history, transit, or pop culture museum like this in Toronto which is a shame.
I then went back to the ferries to use my day pass to hop over to Granville Island. This is not really an island but a round piece of land that abuts the mainland in the shape of circle with a narrow connection to the mainland.
The area is made of warehouses. The main is the market hall, other warehouses are for hand crafts.
The food hall was like St Lawrence Market in Toronto or European food halls. I got a pizza slice which was scrumptious hand made not pizza chain slices.
I then wasted time going up and down the ferries since I had the day pass and wanted to make the most of the view. I picked the best day as the next two days had rain and drizzle.
I was looking at another airbnb property here but that was an apartment share with the guy that lived there which creeped me out a bit.
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