We want everyone to get inspired by our new exhibit, By the Shores: Maritime Paintings in B.C., and create their own art to celebrate the beautiful view of the fireworks we get over Heritage Harbour during the annual Celebration of Light. 

By the Shores showcases the beauty of B.C.’s maritime landscapes and the generations of artists who have been inspired by them. It presents a tour of maritime scenes of our beautiful province through the museum’s painting collection. The experience begins in the heart of Vancouver and its port. Visitors then travel across the Lower Mainland, to Vancouver Island and finally to the northern coast of B.C. The exhibition features artwork from recent years as well as pieces from the early days of ship travel in the province. 


painting of inlet with text reading by the shore

Here are a few techniques to get you started with your maritime-inspired art: 

Firework Skyline Silhouette Painting 

Paint Fireworks Art with Toilet Paper Rolls 

3D Paper Fireworks Craft 

Image credit: mykidsadventures.com

Share your finished artwork with us and you could win a gift certificate. Here’s what you need to do: 

Follow our Facebook, Twitter or Instagram accounts 

Share a picture of your finished artwork on social media 

Tag us @vanmaritime and use the hashtag #ByTheShores 

On July 1, you can tune in to one of the many virtual celebrations across the country or take your pick of other fun patriotic crafts and activities you can do at home. 


Make a Canada Day garland, wand or shaker (Canadian Museum of History) 

Canadian Cultural Crafts (Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21) 

Anishinàbemowin (Algonquin) Words Colouring Pages (NAC Indigenous Theatre) 

Colouring Pages (Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami) 

Colouring Coins (Royal Canadian Mint)  


Guess Where? – A Picture Matching Game (Library and Archives Canada) 

Turtle Island Game (Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada) 

Indigenous Languages Word Search (Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada) 

Printable Art Puzzles – Birds of a Feather and Unity (Canadian Heritage) 

Take Part in the Framing Nature Photography Activity (National Gallery of Canada) 

Chalk Paint a Provincial or Territorial Flower (Canadian Museum of Nature) 

Maple Cheek Face Painting Tutorial (Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21) 

O Canada sing-along with the NAC Orchestra (National Arts Centre) 

Canada Moves (National Arts Centre) 

Create a stop motion animated film with StopMo Studio (National Film Board of Canada) 

Make Canada Flag Fruit Popsicles (Canada Agriculture and Food Museum) 

Make Your Own Bannock (Metis National Council)