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Vancouver Maritime Museum

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Address: 1905 Ogden Ave., Vancouver, British Columbia V6J 1A3, Canada
Phone Number: +1 604-257-8300
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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For over fifty years, the Vancouver Maritime Museum has celebrated the...

For over fifty years, the Vancouver Maritime Museum has celebrated the profound significance of the ocean and waterways of the Pacific and Arctic. Located in on the waterfront in stunning Vanier Park, the Maritime Museum's featured attraction is the St. Roch, a National Historic Site and RCMP vessel that was the first vessel to circumnavigate North America and the only link between distant communities in the Canadian Arctic in the early 20th century. The museum also has extensive galleries of model ships, including a particularly fine bone model of the French warship Vengeur du Peuple which was built around 1800 by French prisoners of war, a Children's Maritime Discovery Centre, a recreation of the fo'c'sle (forecastle) of Vancouver's ship Discovery, an extensive collection of maritime art, the boiler of the Beaver which was the first steamship in the Pacific Northwest, and many more wonders and treasures.

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Close up look at the St Roch ship

This is a wonderful museum, especially the documentary and self guided tour of the st Roch ship which was first to circumnavigate the north American continent. Enjoyed it on a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Lisa M
Anchorage, Alaska

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Seahouses, United Kingdom
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48 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The RCMP St Roch is a real gem and a great piece of Canadian history which has be preserved and cared for be the museum. A great story of adventure passing through the North West passage in both directions. Well worth a visit.

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Anchorage, Alaska
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17 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a wonderful museum, especially the documentary and self guided tour of the st Roch ship which was first to circumnavigate the north American continent. Enjoyed it on a very rainy day!

Thank Lisa M
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51 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Unsung heroes of Canadian Maritime... I like getting into the actual decommissioned boat...you have to attend the preview film before you can board the boat.

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Longmont, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Really enjoyed my visit here. From the beautifully restored St. Roch vessel to the vast collection of maritime artifacts with displays on shipwrecks and pirates among many others, there's something for everyone here. Lots of interactive things for kids. Lovely building right on the water. I went on a free evening and parked for free on the street nearby. Such... More 

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Marciac, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

Well worth a visit. The home of the beautifully restored RCMPV St Roch vessel - the 2nd to complete the voyage through the NW Passage after Amundsen's original trip. Excellent children's activities/interactive displays too.

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Marco Island, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

A small museum built around a sailing frigate which explored the Northwest Passage. A fascinating glimpse into our past, and the living conditions of the explorers.

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015

A difficult place to get to if you are down town Vancouver. The best way is by water taxi. However if you do make the effort it is well worth it. All Canadians should know the story of the St.Roch and famous Captain Larsen. This wooden ship with a reinforced hull has been both ways through the North West Passage... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2015

My dad is an avid ship lover so whenever we visit a new city he always wants to go to their maritime museum. This museum was relatively hard to get to for us (had to take a water taxi) and was very underwhelming due to its small size and being very outdated. The major exhibit in the museum is the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2015

Small, but interesting museum. The tall angular building was constructed around the ship that spent winters stuck in ice. It's possible to climb up and down the ship (can't remember the name) and see how it was set up. There are naval uniforms and things set up to give you a real feel for what it was like on board.... More 

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Rhos-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

Good to visit if you like boats or history. There's a video to start with which makes you realise how intrepid the RCMP were in those days. Then you get to wander around a 1920s wooden boat that went through the northwest passage. There are other exhibits, but it's the boat itself that imparts the sense of danger and recognition... More 

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