Culture Lover’s Guide to Vancouver
Vancouver’s cultural scene is shaped by the diverse communities that reside in the city. From contemporary art and towering totem poles to art deco architecture, here are a few ways to discover Vancouver’s eclectic cultural offerings.
Visit a Museum or Gallery
You’ll find a multitude of treasure-packed museums and galleries in Vancouver. Head to Vancouver Art Gallery to admire contemporary pieces, or to the Museum of Vancouver for a lesson in local history. Granville Island and South Granville are home to a high concentration of independent commercial galleries that are also well worth exploring.
Admire Architectural Landmarks
Though the majority of Vancouver’s buildings were constructed in the 20th century, there’s still a surprising amount of architectural variety in the city. Highlights include the art deco Marine Building (which doubled as the Daily Planet inSmallville); the neon-signed Vogue Theatre; the Hotel Europe building; and the flying-saucer-style Vancouver Lookout in the Harbour Center.
Learn about First Nations’ Cultures
Delve into Vancouver’s indigenous heritage at the city’s Museum of Anthropology, where collections cover artworks and artifacts from First Nations communities and indigenous cultures. Admire intricately-carved totem poles in Stanley Park and at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park, and learn about local Lil’wat Nation and Squamish Nation communities in Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre in Whistler.
Take a Photography Tour
If you want a cultural activity that allows you to get creative, consider joining a photography tour. Explore photogenic neighborhoods such as Granville Island, Chinatown, and Gastown with a guide who helps you capture frame-worthy images.