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Our most recommended British Columbia Museums & Exhibitions

Calgary: Heritage Park Historical Village Admission Ticket

1. Calgary: Heritage Park Historical Village Admission Ticket

Complete your trip to Calgary with a visit to the Heritage Park. Spend an incredible day at Canada’s largest living history museum, and witness history come to life. Explore the historic buildings and antique machinery, ride authentic attractions, interact with costumed improvisational actors, learn about the history of Western Canada and have lots of fun. The park encompasses 4 distinct areas that you can reach by train or by feet: • 1880s Pre-Railway Settlement • 1860s Fur Trading Fort and Indigenous Settlement • 1900s Living Historical Village • 1930s to 1950s - Heritage Town Square Each area is full of exciting things to see and do, taking you back in time to the early days of Western Canada's history. Visit the exhibitions of Calgary's Electric Streetcar System, Standard Gauge Railway, Gasoline Alley Museum with an impressive vintage car collection, Hudson's Bay Company Fur Trading Fort and many others. Explore inside the historical homes and saloons, see a blacksmith in action, explore the origins of Alberta’s energy industry at Prospect Ridge – including the new STORYSEEKER exhibit. Visit the farm animals in the Ranch Area and find out how Veterinarians plied their trade at the turn of the century in the Vintage Veterinary Exhibit at the Nanton Livery Stable – also new for 2022. Don't forget to ride the antique midway rides, including the Ferris Wheel, Bowness Carousel, the Caterpillar and the Whip - the world's first thrilling attraction. Finish your day by riding the S.S. Moyie paddle-wheeler boat or take a horse-drawn wagon tour. Food and drinks are available in various locations throughout the park, along with several shopping opportunities to find the perfect souvenir.

Edmonton: Fort Edmonton Park Admission Ticket

2. Edmonton: Fort Edmonton Park Admission Ticket

Enjoy many fun attractions for kids and adults at Fort Edmonton Park in Edmonton’s beautiful River Valley.  Explore life through the diversity of First Nation and Métis histories, cultures, and perspectives at the new 30,000-square-foot Indigenous Peoples Experience — the first of its kind in Canada. Next, explore the fur trading era in the Fort and take a stroll through the settlement, municipal, and metropolitan eras. At the 1920s-style midway, join in the fun on the Ferris wheel, swing ride, outdoor maze, the Cabinet of Curios exhibit, funhouse, and games alley. In addition to the rides and attractions, there will be plenty of carnival-style food to enjoy and a healthy serving of photo ops. Relax in the velvet seats of the beautiful recreation of Edmonton’s original Capitol Theatre, and journey back in time on the 1919 Baldwin steam train or by riding the rails on a vintage streetcar. Relax on a wagon ride, as you immerse yourself in the unique atmosphere.

Britannia Mine Museum Admission, Tour and BOOM! Experience

3. Britannia Mine Museum Admission, Tour and BOOM! Experience

Britannia Mine Museum opens up a little-seen world that fascinates all ages, turning out awe-inspiring sights and memorable family experiences. Explore 10 acres of historic buildings and artifacts, rumble aboard the underground train as it rolls into authentic mining tunnels, and discover BOOM!, a live-action experience in the historic mill. After entering the site, take a tour with an informative but informal tour guide sharing fun facts about mining, history, and life at Britannia. Learn and engage with interactive exhibits, and push up your sleeves and try out the Gold Panning Pavilion where you can keep what you find. Delight in BOOM!, the greatest show under the earth. Get an introduction to the story, sights, and sounds behind the architectural marvel with an immersive live-action experience inside Mill 3. The experience involves multiple screens, over thirty speakers, and physical and special effects that bring all the stories of the historic mill rumbling back to life.

Vancouver Art Gallery Entry Ticket

4. Vancouver Art Gallery Entry Ticket

Discover the power of art on your next trip to Vancouver with a visit to the Vancouver Art Gallery, one of North America’s most exciting and innovative visual arts institutions. See works by renowned Canadian Modernist painter, Emily Carr, as well as ground-breaking temporary exhibitions and selections from the permanent collection. Open 7 days a week, a visit to the gallery is an opportunity to meditate on more than a century's worth of Canadian and international art, from historical masters to contemporary visionaries. Take a guided tour of the exhibitions in English or Chinese, or simply wander through at your own pace. Enhance your experience by attending one of the gallery’s engaging special events, educational tours, or programs designed for families, youths, and art enthusiasts of all ages. As well as the galleries, spend time in the Gallery Store, a locals’ favourite for one-of-a kind-gifts. When you need to replenish your energy, head to 1931 Gallery Bistro, an eatery with a reputation for great food and an outdoor patio that is one of Vancouver’s hidden gems.

Vancouver: BC Sports Hall of Fame Museum Admission Ticket

5. Vancouver: BC Sports Hall of Fame Museum Admission Ticket

Come explore the BC Sports Hall of Fame, showcasing the accomplishments of individual athletes and teams, as well as those who have contributed to the development of sport in British Columbia. Complement your Vancouver holiday with this unmissable museum experience. Step into the most iconic stadium in Vancouver to walk through exciting displays and the iconic Hall of Fame dedicated to the major sports stars of the region. Explore interactive and engaging exhibits that the whole family can enjoy. Perfect for both sports and history lovers, browse through a collection of 27,000 artifacts representing 150 years of athletic events. Don't forget to snap a photo standing on the 2010 Olympic podium and test your sprinting skills in the participation zone.

From Calgary: Drumheller and Badlands Tour

6. From Calgary: Drumheller and Badlands Tour

After departing from Calgary, your first stop will be at Horseshoe Canyon, with the stunning views of the valley. Continue to the Hoodoos, where you will hop off the vehicle to enjoy views of these unique sandstone formations. Walk amongst these imposing structures.  Next, visit the Atlas Coal Mine. Designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 2002, you ride an antique train and explore the mine on the underground tour. Stop for lunch at the old East Coulee School Museum for some great food and some rest before continuing the journey.  Visit the Royal Tyrrell Museum, Canada’s only museum dedicated exclusively to the science of palaeontology. Housing a collection of over 130,000 fossils, see mounted dinosaur skeletons including the T-Rex, Stegosaurus, and Triceratops. Look into the "Preparation Lab", where you can watch technicians prepare fossils for research and exhibition.

Fort Langley & Vineyards Private Tour

7. Fort Langley & Vineyards Private Tour

The tour will start at 10:00 AM from downtown where you will proceed towards Highway 1, crossing the scenic Port Mann Bridge and head into the countryside, the Fraser Valley. Your first stop will be the Chaberton Estate Winery. We'll tour the vineyard, learn about grape cultivation, wine brewing process, storage cellar, and then taste the wines! Next, you will head to Fort Langley, a quaint picturesque township in the heart of the Fraser Valley, by the Fraser River, the birthplace of British Columbia. First, you will have a drive around the village, experience the local quaint setting. Then, visit the historic Fort Langley. Enjoy the on-site events and relics. You will then have the rest of the afternoon free to explore the town. Enjoy lunch, peeking into antiques, and souvenir shops, visit the museums and count the train cars on the mile-long train. Late in the evening, you will head back to Vancouver.

Canmore: Downtown Sightseeing Smartphone Audio Walking Tour

8. Canmore: Downtown Sightseeing Smartphone Audio Walking Tour

With your smartphone as your audio tour and guide, explore the best of Canmore as you learn about the surrounding mountains, parks, and rivers that have played a role in the town’s history. Visit Canmore Museum, see the Red Telephone Box, stroll around Friendship Park, and more. After downloading your tour on your phone (download instructions found on your confirmation voucher), the route begins on the east end of downtown Canmore. From here, see the Three Sisters Gallery before crossing the railway tracks, where you'll learn about the importance the Canadian Pacific Railway had on Canmore's development. Follow along a portion of the Bow Valley Trail where your audio guide will point out some sculptures and tell you about some of the mountains you can see to the north. Learn about some of Canmore's old coal mining equipment that you’ll walk past before making your way to the picturesque Policeman's Creek Trail. As you meander along a portion of the trail, hear about the creek, Bow River, and the Canmore Nordic Center. After about a kilometer, find yourself in the heart of downtown Canmore, where you'll hear about its history and historic buildings like the Canmore Hotel and the Canmore Miners Union Hall. Spot Mount Rundle, the Canmore Museum, and Geoscience Center and get a taste of nature as you head through Friendship Park. Finally, finish up your tour with a short walk through Centennial Park, followed by stops at the famous North-West Mounted Police Barracks and the Big Head sculpture where you'll learn all about how Canmore got its name.

Vancouver: Botanical Gardens Tour and Museum of Anthropology

9. Vancouver: Botanical Gardens Tour and Museum of Anthropology

On this day tour of Vancouver, visit the Van Dusen Botanical Gardens, Nitobe Memorial Garden, Museum of Anthropology, and Queen Elizabeth Park. Experience the eye-popping colors of the four seasons. After being picked up at your accommodation, visit Van Dusen Botanical Garden, learn about plants from every corner of the world, from the lowlands to the highlands, from the rain forest to regions with deciduous species. Study both the fragile ecosystem and First Nations influence found here. Next, at Queen Elizabeth Park, stroll the manicured gardens of the Little Quarry and the Main Quarry. Watch the dancing water fountain. Take advantage of photo opps with the Photo Session, a bronze figurative sculpture of a man photographing three people, by J. Seward Johnson, Jr. At the next stop, the Museum of Anthropology, learn about world arts and cultures with a special emphasis on the First Nations peoples and other cultural communities of British Columbia. See original carved totem poles, First Nations longhouses, and the works of masters such as Bill Reid and Susan Point. Take a short walk over to the Nitobe Memorial Garden via the Asian Centre and its Japanese landscaped garden and architecture. See Japanese flora and visit an authentic tea house. View cherry blossoms in spring, and fall colors in autumn.

From Calgary: Canadian Badlands Private Geological Tour

10. From Calgary: Canadian Badlands Private Geological Tour

Explore Drumheller Provincial Park and the Canadian Badlands on this all-day private sightseeing tour in Alberta. Travel at your own pace with your own group. Visit Horseshoe Canyon and walk among the hoodoos (tall, thin spires of rock), followed by the Atlas Coal Mine. Stop at the Royal Tyrrell Museum, Canada's only museum dedicated to paleontology. Leaving from Calgary, Your first stop will be at Horseshoe Canyon, with unique views of the valley. A quick stop at the Drumheller Welcome Sign then Continues to the Hoodoos, where you will have time to explore and enjoy views of these unique sandstone formations and take Instagram photos in between rocks. Next, visit the Atlas Coal Mine. Designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 2002, Stop for lunch at the town of Drumheller or See the World's Largest Dinosaur Structure. Added Stop will be Little Church of Drumheller and Horsethief Canyon Visit the Royal Tyrrell Museum, Canada’s only museum dedicated exclusively to the Science of Paleontology. Housing a collection of over 130,000 fossils, see mounted dinosaur skeletons including the T-Rex, Stegosaurus, and Triceratops. Look into the "Preparation Lab", where you can watch technicians prepare fossils for research and exhibition.

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What people are saying about British Columbia

It was fascinating to learn the history of the site and the show at the end was impressive. Tour guide was knowledgable and made the experience educational and fun. Close to Sea to Sky Gondola and a great drive from Vancouver.

I absolutely loved the tour! Ian the guide was very attentionate, well organized, and told us a lot of things about life in Alberta.

We didn’t have time to see everything. You could probably spend 2-3 days there. We plan to spend another day in the future.

Such a nice and clean park. Good way to spend a leisurely day. Loved Gasoline Alley and all the old cars and gas pumps.

The heritage village is great, the history you can experience and talk to