Looking for something to do with the family on BC Day? We’ve got you covered. The Vancouver Maritime Museum is open on Monday August 2 and offering family-friendly programming from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Drop in any time for crafts, entertainment and maritime fun.

Audio Drama

We’ll be premiering an audio drama, Adventures on a Fog-covered Ocean. This action-packed tale chronicles the SS Valencia shipwreck off the east coast of Vancouver Island. The drama commemorates the victims and heroes of the Graveyard of the Pacific. And it explores the little-known origin of British Columbia’s iconic West Coast Trail.

Many people believe the West Coast Trail was established as an access point to the beauty of the region. It’s true that the trail passes through some of the most beautiful places in the province, including Darling River, Owen Point and Tsusiat Falls. But the trail was built as a lifeline for ships that got wrecked long the east coast of Vancouver Island.

The Pachena Point Lighthouse was also built after the SS Valencia tragedy. We’ll have archival photos of this and other lighthouses on display for the day.

Colouring & Crafts

There will be maritime-themed crafts for the kids as well. Colouring sheets will be available, and kids can learn to make a porpoise. We’ll have all the material ready and programs staff will guide young ones through the making of their own porpoise they can take home with them.

The activity station will be set up from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and the audio drama will be played throughout the day. Be sure to leave time to check out the Canoe Cultures exhibition, Underwater World and the St. Roch as well.

All B.C. Day activities are free with museum admission. Book now to secure your spot.