Spend a day in Vancouver and explore the city’s natural beauty. Immerse yourself in First Nations history, and indulge in dishes that use ingredients from local farms to get a true taste of Vancouver. Take a drive (or bus) out to Vancouver's West Side, and explore the history of British Columbia's First Nations at the Museum of Anthropology. This gorgeous building designed by Arthur Erickson is home to thousands upon thousands of unique pieces, carved and created by First Nations and other cultures from around the world. Next, continue the visual treat at Jericho Beach, where sand and awesome views wait. Finish your day with a stellar meal at Fable Kitchen.
British Columbia is loaded with First Nations history and one of the most spectacular displays can be found at the University of British Columbia’s Museum of Anthropology. The endowment lands that surround the university are bursting with trails that are a delight to trek through. There’s nothing too challenging, and it’s great for all fitness levels.
Bill Reid's carvings are at MOA — Photo courtesy of Museum of Anthropology
When arriving at the museum, take a moment to admire the building’s architecture. It was designed by renowned architect Arthur Erickson and Stantec Architecture and is made of cement pylons that surround large glass windows, encouraging plenty of natural light.
The front entrance features artworks by Musqueam artists Joe Becker and Susan Point, and they’re a warm welcome to the museum. An interesting note is that the museum is built on traditional Musqueam land and it’s quite fitting to have these two artists work here.
The Museum of Anthropology is the largest of its kind in Western Canada, and after one visit, you'll see why. It is home to over 38,000 ethnographic objects, 535 000 archaeological objects and thousands of objects from around the world.
In the Great Hall, where the large glass windows are, you will be wowed by the jaw-dropping totem poles, house posts and carved figures from an array of Northwest Coast nations. The Multiversity Galleries is home to 10,000 objects from around the world. It is very interesting to see the comparison of different cultures. There is so much to explore here, and you should give yourself plenty of time to make your way through. You will leave amazed and in awe.
Now that you have been acquainted with British Columbia’s history, introduce yourself to the city’s natural beauty at Jericho Beach. Views of the North Shore Mountains and downtown Vancouver are excellent from here, and there is a concession stand (open during summer) and public washrooms for your use. The quintessential beach in Vancouver will have large tree logs lining the beach that are a welcome backrest as you watch the world go by.
When your stomach starts to growl, head to Fable Kitchen on West 4th Avenue to enjoy farm-to-table eats at a favorite restaurant amongst locals. Chef Trevor Bird sources local and seasonal ingredients and whips them up into refined, yet unpretentious dishes and serves them in a relaxed environment. If you can get a seat at the kitchen’s bar, then do so. That way you’re close to the action.
With a content belly, a camera full of pictures and a brain full of knowledge, you’ll sleep well tonight.
Inside Fable's kitchen — Photo courtesy of Fable Kitchen