History

Day Trip Ideas for Vancouver Island Museums

A region steeped in history, Vancouver Island’s museums are some of the best in the world. Regardless of where you are staying on Vancouver Island, there are numerous different, informative museums that make for a perfect day trip. You will quickly find that you can spend hours upon hours, or even days, discovering all the incredible artifacts and exhibits that lend a little bit of insight into th...

Vancouver Island Attractions: Nanaimo’s HMCS Saskatchewan Diving Site

The city of Nanaimo has a lot to offer tourists and residents. There is the Old Quarter district downtown, a ton of walking trails and nature spots, great restaurants, interesting history, and accessibility to Vancouver, Gabriola Island, and Newcastle Island. There is yet another element to the city’s popularity not many know about, and it is located in the waters around Nanaimo, particularly Snak...

The Campbell River Museum Gives a Colourful Edge to the Town’s History

The Campbell River Museum is one of the main reasons why this town attracts visitors from all over the world. It is interesting to see the boat building tools and historical fishing tackle that was and still is a passion to some. You can also learn how the art of trolling, gillnetting and canning was done. Learn about First Nations Identity in the Form of Art and History The exhibits at this museu...

The Royal BC Museum is a True Journey through Time

Visiting the Royal BC Museum is a great plan for when the weather is not enjoyable, or for entertaining kids in an educational way for a few hours. Conveniently located alongside the Inner Harbour in Downtown Victoria, the Royal BC Museum has a few historical features on its property before you even get in the door. One of them is a First Nature Garden, a collection of indigenous plants arranged b...

Vancouver Island’s Haunted City

Everyone has heard a ghost story, and many have first hand experiences with the spirit world ranging from brief glimpses to full-on encounters. I find it fascinating and am always up for a good story; the freakier the better.

Explore Victoria’s Artistic Heritage at the Emily Carr House & Gallery

I have seen a few paintings by the legendary artist Emily Carr and I have come away with a feeling that I have experienced something sensitive, profound, female powered, and intimate. Her portrayal of B.C.’s native villages are absolutely stirring. That particular collection was eventually collected and bound as a book called Klee Wyck and earned her a Governor General’s Gold Medal for literature.

Cowichan Valley Visitors Shouldn’t Miss the BC Forest Discovery Centre

I am long overdue for a visit to this awesome museum. And it’s not a “hands off” museum either: most of the exhibits are outside, so you can get a feel for how logging looked and felt in its early days. The centre covers about 99 acres and started out as a mink farm. A man named Gerry Wellburn from Deerholme had a private collection and was willing to share. One of the reasons the site was chosen ...

Victoria’s Craigdarroch Castle Offers a Glimpse of BC’s History

In central Victoria, Craigdarroch is near many other attractions. To be fair, no battles were ever fought on the grounds of Craigdarroch Castle, and it was never home to royalty. It was, however, built for the shipping and mining magnate Robert Dunsmuir and his wife Joan. It was intended to be the couple’s mansion home, but Robert passed away in 1889, about a year before it was completed. Joan liv...

Take a Trip Down History Lane at the McLean “Steam” Sawmill

Guest Blog: Ever heard of the McLean “Steam” Sawmill? Well, if you are planning to visit Port Alberni, BC, don’t dare miss this historical adventure. Visit the only commercial steam-operated sawmill on Vancouver Island, BC or more accurately the only one in Canada to be exact. While some people may wrinkle their nose at the thought of a seemingly “boring” excursion, you will be pleasantly surprise...

The Hatley Castle and Gardens are a Wonderful Side Trip from Victoria BC

Hatley Castle is a beautiful National Historic Site near Victoria, BC on Vancouver Island. It is a short 20 minute drive from downtown Victoria and is open all year with tours available. The Castle has an amazing history and is now a university. Decades prior to that it was a military college and before that an estate of the Dunsmuirs who built the Hatley Castle as wells as the Craigdarroch Castle...

Courtenay and District Museum and Palaeontology Centre

History comes alive at the Courtenay and District Museum and Palaeontology Centre, in Courtenay, BC on north-eastern Vancouver Island.  During the year the Museum provides outdoor and indoor programs for all age groups covering First Nations history, history of the Comox Valley, amazing fossils, logging history and geology. The Museum is a member of the The Great Canadian Fossil Trail.

Royal BC Museum in Downtown Victoria BC

The Royal BC Museum is located in downtown Victoria, BC on Vancouver Island. It is centrally located near the BC Parliament Buildings, the Inner Harbour and the Empress Hotel. The Museum has a collection of more than seven million unique objects and documents which makes every visit a new experience. The price of admission is reasonable and tours are available.

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