Vancouver offers a wide range of places to learn about history, culture, science, the arts, nature and everything, including food and enjoying life.
Best Educational Venues in the Lower Mainland
The following are some of the best educational places and activities in Metro Vancouver. That means they are fun and interesting to visit, but also offer an educational component, for children especially, but for adults too.
- Atchelitz Pioneer Village – a museum and historic site with heritage buildings in Chilliwack.
- Burnaby Village – an outdoor museum where you can learn about Vancouver’s history and life in the past.
- Britannia Mine – a historic copper mine and museum.
- The Capilano River Hatchery at the Capilano River Regional Park (North Vancouver) – learn about fish (and see them swimming upstream too). Best time to visit is in the fall.
- Capilano Suspension Bridge (North Vancouver) – offers nature to look at, but also ecological and historic exhibits.
- Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden – a beautiful garden with informative guided tours.
- Greater Vancouver Zoo (Aldergrove) -– learn about animals (obviously).
- Grouse Mountain (North Vancouver) – educational movies (except at Christmas) and animal habitat and birds in motion presentations in the summer.
- FlyOver Canada – a multi-sensory theatre at Canada Place where you buckle into your seat and fly over Canada (or other countries sometimes too).
- Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours – guided walking tours in downtown Vancouver.
- Fort Langley (Langley) – where the history of the fur trade era comes alive.
- Fraser River Discovery Centre – a facility in New Westminster that’s suitable for young children that teaches about the ecosystems of the Fraser River.
- Gulf of Georgia Cannery (Richmond) – learn about the salmon canning industry of yesteryear.
- H.R. MacMillan Space Centre – learn about space and the stars.
- Kilby Historic Site – a museum and historic site in the Fraser Valley depicting area life in the 1920s.
- Maplewood Farm (North Vancouver) – farm animals (for very young children).
- Museum of Anthropology – at the University of British Columbia.
- Museum of Vancouver – profiles the history of Vancouver.
- Pacific National Exhibition (PNE) – mostly just rides, carnival activities and music, but also educational exhibits featuring animals and farming.
- Roedde House Museum – a heritage building in Vancouver’s West End where you can see how an upper middle class family used to live.
- Science World – educational IMAX Theatre shows and lots to learn about science.
- Stave Falls Powerhouse – BC Hydro’s visitor centre in Mission (it’s an interesting place if you’re in the area anyways, like at Alouette Lake or Rolley Lake for the day or camping).
- Vancouver Aquarium – home to sea otters, and a million fish to look at and learn about.
- Vancouver Maritime Museum – learn about the maritime history of the Pacific Northwest and Arctic.
- Vancouver Police Museum – a museum about the history of crime and law enforcement in the City of Vancouver.
- West Coast Railway Heritage Park – where you’ll learn about trains and railway life in Squamish.
Other articles that might be of interest include the following:
- Best Places for Children
- Vancouver Rainy Day Activities
- Vancouver’s Top 100 Places
- Vancouver on a Budget